The New York Jets have not signed free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick despite a legit FOX affiliate falling for the bait.
The date is April 9, 2020, not April 1. Yet, a FOX affiliate fell for the bait in embarrassing fashion.
In a now-deleted tweet, FOX 8 in Greensboro, NC, actually carried the headline that the New York Jets signed free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
The supposedly legit news outlet found itself completely fooled thanks to one of those “regular” tweets looking to fool the world.
Perhaps the Adam Schefter mention fooled the writer.
In any event, the article is now deleted and the headline reads, “Parody ‘SportsCenter’ account falsely tweets Colin Kaepernick signed” when it can be easily argued it should read something else.
Kaepernick, 32, has not played in the NFL since 2016 when he threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns to just four interceptions on 331 completions (59.2 completion percentage). His story has been well-documented over the course of the last half-decade.
Though strong opinions rage on both sides, most fail to grasp the main point: Headaches at backup positions are rarely worthwhile.
If Kaepernick looked to sign a league veteran’s minimum deal (or something in the neighborhood of $1 or $2 million a year), there would be several teams interested in the talent he possesses. For the money he’s looking for, while starting as a No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback on the depth chart, the circus is rarely worthwhile. It happened to Tim Tebow, as well, arguably without the stringent salary request.
Besides, nobody knows if the man truly wants to play football these days. Even if he does, the New York Jets represent one of the worst spots for the man. This is a program looking to get off the ground, meaning the environment (culture) is critical.
It would shock the majority of folks if Joe Douglas showcased any interest in Colin Kaepernick whatsoever, but that will not stop the trolls who love choosing the Jets as Kaepernick’s next destination (as this is not the first time this has happened).