By Ethan Sacks / February 19, 2019

Analysis: Colin Kaepernick Is Not Good Enough to Lead NFL Team Anymore

New York Daily News writer Manish Mehta says whether it's fair or not, controversial QB has missed his window to be star in league.

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game at Levi's Stadium on October 23, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Now that Colin Kaepernick has settled his lawsuit against the NFL, his most ardent fans — his lawyer among them — are eying the possibility of the the quarterback returning to resume his once-promising career.

After all, before Kaepernick was best known for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest racism, he was the budding star with a 17-5 record and a Super Bowl appearance in 2012-13.

New York Daily News columnist Manish Mehta, however, is sacking that idea.

“Put aside whether owners actually colluded against the Kaepernick — or why he would agree to settle if he had a smoking gun — and here’s what’s left: He is not a starting-caliber NFL quarterback anymore,” wrote Mehta.

Some of that damage is self-inflicted: Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers, reportedly turned down an opportunity in the CFL, and apparently demanded $20 million to play in the start-up Alliance of American Football— a league that gives its players three-year, $250,000 non-guaranteed contracts.

But Kaepernick had been on a downward trend for his last few years on the field, too. He couldn’t mature into more of a pocket passer, and his cumulative quarterback rating (52.0) in 2015-16, the last two seasons in which he played, ranked 30th out of 32 quarterbacks.

“It’s silly to suggest that Kaepernick wasn’t good enough in the past two years to be on an NFL roster, but let’s get a grip on reality now,” writes Mehta. “His star on the field flickered out before he opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017.”

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