Could the Minnesota Vikings trade for Colin Kaepernick before the start of the new season?
Last season, Teddy Bridgewater and the Minnesota Vikings defied the odds to pip the Green Bay Packers to the NFC North title. This year, Mike Zimmer will have to re-think his strategy however after Bridgewater was ruled out for the entire 2016 campaign after a serious ACL tear – and Vikings fans are already adopting a negative outlook to the upcoming campaign.
Bridgewater’s injury has put the wheels in motion regarding a potential trade for a new starting quarterback. The Vikings have been linked with a number of proven veteran signal callers, including Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, but San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick may be the best option; despite his glaring issues both on and off the field. The San Francisco man lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert last season and it doesn’t look like he will be able to convince new head coach Chip Kelly to trust him with that particular role again.
Amazing how Kaepernick went from the most hated person on earth – to a “good fit” for the Vikings now that they need a QB – in 1 day
— John Boel (@JohnBoelWAVE3) August 31, 2016
Without a shadow of a doubt, Minnesota are still a run-heavy offense and no quarterback is ever going to change their offensive style of play until Adrian Peterson decides to hang up his cleats. The 34-year-old is widely regarded as one of the best running backs in the history of the National Football League and the Vikings will still be looking to run the football as much as possible – if not more than usual now that Bridgwater has gone down…
However, that suits Kaepernick. The 49ers quarterback is exceptional in the rushing game and he will provide the perfect complement to Peterson out of the back field. In play action, Kaepernick is lethal and his presence will force opposing defenders to re-consider when trying to read the play and get half a yard on the advancing Peterson – if truth be told, the QB and the Vikings are actually a very good fit.
As of September 1st, the Minnesota Vikings are 33/1 to win the Super Bowl in NFL betting markets available at bet365’s website and punters will feel much more confident if they manage to acquire Kaepernick in the coming weeks. Zimmer will believe that his team stand a decent chance of competing for the NFC North crown again this season but it would be foolish to play down Bridgewater’s injury. Without a shadow of a doubt, the Vikings will struggle to adjust without him.
Colin Kaepernick won’t necessarily lead Minnesota to the Super Bowl but he will give them a much better chance of competing with their NFC rivals for a playoff spot this season. The 49ers quarterback has a number of issues but the Vikings may be wise to ignore a few of those problems if they can agree a deal for the upcoming campaign. Minnesota fans will certainly be watching intently as the season approaches.