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Report: Chiefs to be among at least 25 teams attending Colin Kaepernick workout

The NFL is conducting a workout for the former 49ers quarterback Saturday in Atlanta.

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The Kansas City Chiefs will be among the reported 25 teams attending a special workout for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday, according to a tweet from Herbie Teopie and Vahe Gregorian of The Kansas City Star.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport outlined the schedule of the workout, which is set to begin at 2 p.m. Arrowhead Time:

As it stands, the Chiefs currently have three quarterbacks — Patrick Mahomes, Matt Moore and Chad Henne — on their active roster and one — Kyle Shurmur — on their practice squad.

Chiefs owner Clark Hunt wouldn’t confirm the Chiefs’ attendance when he spoke earlier this week but did mention that general manager Brett Veach would not leave a stone unturned.

”I haven’t had a chance to speak with Brett about it yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he sent someone because Brett likes to turn over every stone,” said Hunt. “We are in a pretty good spot, from a quarterback standpoint, with four on the roster right now. But Brett likes to be really thorough in his due diligence.”

Hunt was then asked if he felt Kaepernick, who hasn’t played since 2016, would be capable of contending for a backup role.

”It’s something that I really can’t speak to,” added Hunt. “I think every player in every situation is different. This workout will probably go part of the way towards answering that question, and that’s probably why he and his representatives wanted to do it.”

My take

Over the past two decades as a head coach, Andy Reid has shown that if he believes a player will help his team, he won’t hesitate to bring him aboard regardless of the situation surrounding him.

That being said, I don’t know if Kaepernick makes the Chiefs better this year. Moore has proven to be a capable backup by doing enough to beat the Minnesota Vikings, and Mahomes is healthy again. With Henne back in the picture, the Chiefs simply don’t need another quarterback, especially one without as much time in Reid’s playbook as Moore or Henne.

Next year might be a different story with Moore and Henne set to become unrestricted free agents, but there is the chance Kaepernick signs with another team by then. I ultimately think the Chiefs re-sign Moore as their backup next season.


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