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VERIFY: Panthers highly unlikely to sign Colin Kaepernick

A Panthers losing streak and questionable quarterback performance prompted rumors about a potential recruit in Colin Kaepernick.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A losing season and an injured top quarterback have Carolina Panthers fans begging for a fresh start and, perhaps, fresh talent. The rumor mill is running interceptions about the future QB...and whether it involves one of the league's most controversial players.

VERIFY QUESTION

Good Morning Show viewer Bobby Garrison asked the WFMY VERIFY team, "I read where Colin (Kaepernick) is coming to the Panthers. Is there any truth to this?"

Credit: WFMY via viewer Bobby Garrison

Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who sparked controversy when he kneeled for the National Anthem. He said it was a move to protest police brutality against African Americans. The 49ers later dropped Kaepernick, and ever since, he publicly has sought out another NFL team.

Garrison likely saw an article from Panthers Wire, which claims Kaepernick's attorney Mark Geragos indicated the Panthers might be considering Kaepernick. Geragos reportedly said two teams were interested, including "one who is legitimately in need of a quarterback who had a very poor showing on Sunday..."

The Panthers have had several poor showings lately, including six in a row with backup quarterback Kyle Allen and one with backup Will Grier.

VERIFY SOURCE

  • Sean Higgins - WFMY News 2 Panthers analyst

VERIFY PROCESS

Higgins said there's no evidence Colin Kaepernick will join the Carolina Panthers. He verified three key points to support that assertion.

The rumor likely started because Kaepernick's friend and former teammate, Eric Reid (who now plays for the Panthers) talked to Panthers owner David Tepper the week quarterback Cam Newton went on injured reserve. 

Reid said, "He (Tepper) communicated to me that they weren't looking to add a veteran quarterback."

Secondly, the Panthers did not attend the workout Kaepernick held for himself in Atlanta in November.

Thirdly, "With the limited amount of cap space for the 2020 season and a big decision looming on Cam Newton's future with the franchise, it is highly unlikely they'd spend that money adding another quarterback," Higgins explained.

VERIFY CONCLUSION

Colin Kaepernick will want to 'keep pounding' elsewhere on his job search, as the Carolina Panthers seem unlikely to sign him.

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