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.
"I know that I am unable to pour my heart and soul into this position. … it's sad, but I also have a lot of clarity in this."
Andrew Luck speaks on his retirement from the NFL. (via @rtv6) pic.twitter.com/cs5HAOQT2G
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 25, 2019
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.
Proud that fellow Cardinal Andrew Luck stepped away from the game with his integrity and brain intact and "the bag" secured. There is no excuse for Indy not to kick the tires on Kaepernick as a backup. He's two years older, no significant injury issues, and raring to go.
— Cheo Hodari Coker (@cheo_coker) August 25, 2019
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️⚧️🇺🇦 (@cmclymer) August 25, 2019
5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready. pic.twitter.com/AGczejA1rM
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) August 7, 2019
It’s been a couple hours since Andrew Luck retired and no one has said it so I’ll mutter the words,
“CoLiN KaEpeRnIcK cAn bE tHe CoLtS sTaRtiNg Qb”
— Jay (@Jesse_Jr33) August 25, 2019