In the NFL, at the moment at least, quarterback demand exceeds quarterback supply to such an extent that the Houston Texans have discussed the possibility of signing Colin Kaerpernick to solve their problems at the quarterback position that became all too apparent when budding star Deshaun Watson was sidelined for the rest of the year.
The Texans’ backup, Tom Savage, displayed ineptitude in a 20 – 14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the worst team in the AFC South.
The Texans do not seem to have a handle on building a roster. You may remember that they famously signed Brock Osweiler to one of the richest contracts in the history of the league at the beginning of the 2016 – 2017 season, despite the fact that Osweiler had fewer than 10 starts during his entire career.
So dire is the Texans’ need that they have brought Kaerpernick into the picture.
The San Francisco 49ers ran Alex Smith out of town to make room for Kaerpernick, who did well in San Francisco initially, but then wound up tailing off and injecting politics into the game with his kneeling protest during the National Anthem.
Had he continued to play well, he might have gotten away with it, but the 49ers released him and he has been unemployed by any NFL team since, despite having respectable career numbers. He further hurt his case by filing a legal action against the NFL, claiming that team owners have colluded against him. Making millionaires and billionaires mad at you is the last thing we would recommend for anyone seeking a paycheck, but the Texans are desperate.
Kaerpernick could help any number of teams that are finding reliable quarterbacking hard to come by, such as the Denver Broncos, who have a hot mess on their hands at the position.
For appreciators of irony, the man jettisoned by the 49ers to make room for Kaerpernick, Alex Smith, is now with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he is having a career year and the Chiefs are solidly in control of the AFC West.