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Is a Colin Kaepernick comeback more likely with Andrew Luck’s retirement?

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Colin Kaepernick (Photo credit: A.R. Shaw for Steed Media)

It has been about 48 hours since quarterback Andrew Luck caused seismic quakes by announcing his retirement from the Indianapolis Colts, only two weeks before the start of the 2019 NFL season. 

That startler and the injury to Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton have created a few new vacancies at the quarterback position, and fans are clamoring to get Colin Kaepernick back onto an NFL playing surface for the first time since 2016.

Kaep’s daily workouts to remain in shape have been well documented, and he is ready to go — if a team is ready to sign him and take the PR hit that’s likely to follow, especially in conservative states like Indiana.

An interesting twist is that Luck is going to be allowed to keep the nearly $17 million in bonuses the retiring quarterback still owed his team for not fulfilling contractual obligations. However, three years ago, the San Francisco 49ers owed Kaepernick nearly $17 million in salary and bonuses before the team made it known they were going to cut him, which seemed to force Kaepernick to opt-out of his contract.

Nevertheless, Kaep indicated that he’s ready to strap on his helmet again. Fans on Twitter certainly seem ready to see him on the field, and they are not just Black sports fans.

A Kaep comeback would certainly ease, if not end, the relentless pelting that Jay-Z has been subjected to ever since he agreed to enter into a deal with league Commissioner Roger Goddell two weekends ago.

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