Jay Gruden Says Redskins Considering Signing Colin Kaepernick, But Likely Won't

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2018

The Washington Redskins are once again in the market for a backup quarterback after Colt McCoy suffered a fractured fibula just two weeks after starter Alex Smith broke his leg.

Gruden said that they would need to build a specific package of plays and formations to take advantage of Kaepernick's athleticism, and that doing so this late in the season wasn't realistic.

One of Washington's most famous fans has an idea that many have brought up, as Kevin Durant took to Instagram to call on the Redskins to sign Colin Kaepernick with a very simple message on his Story.

"It's about evaluating the skill set", Gruden said. "So he's been talked about and discussed, but we'll probably go a different direction".

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"Not that Colin can't do some of the things I'm talking about".

The Redskins signed Mark Sanchez on November 19 to serve as McCoy's backup. "That's why we went with Sanchez".

Way back in 2012, while playing for the New York Jets, Mark Sanchez infamously fumbled after barreling face-first into the rump of offensive lineman Brandon Moore.

Gruden said the Redskins wanted to add a quarterback who either knew his system already - Josh Johnson, who worked out for them two weeks ago, played one year with Gruden in Cincinnati and was with him in Tampa in 2008. This also means Washington will have to bring in another veteran quarterback in free agency. Jonathan Cooper tore a biceps tendon and needs season-ending surgery; Tony Bergstrom will miss at least two games with a high ankle sprain.

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