Colin Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, describes his client in a manner that may sound familiar to Patriots fans: in peak condition, on a strict diet, and only getting smarter at the quarterback position with age.
Kaepernick settled his collusion grievance with the NFL this week, and Geragos believes the former San Francisco 49er may soon join Tom Brady on the New England depth chart. The lawyer said Kaepernick is “the most fit vegan I’ve ever seen in my life” and noted that, to Geragos’s eye, he looks ready to play.
“He absolutely wants to play,” Geragos said in an interview with CNN. “He wants to compete at the highest level.”
Kaepernick is 31 years old, a decade younger than the Patriots’ current six-time Super Bowl champion QB.
“This is not somebody who’s over the hill,” Geragos said. “This is someone who’s in his prime. You get smarter at that position and he’s wise beyond his years.”
Geragos thinks the most natural fit for Kaepernick is the Carolina Panthers. Their quarterback Cam Newton underwent shoulder surgery in January, and head coach Ron Rivera said he’s open to bringing in a second quarterback to motivate their starter. The Panthers reached a three-year deal this week with Eric Reid, who followed Kaepernick’s lead in kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality, then joined his collusion grievance.
However, if that deal doesn’t come to fruition Geragos sees another option for Kaepernick.
“Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if Bob Kraft makes a move,” he said. “That would not surprise me.”
The lawyer predicted that a team will sign his client in the next two weeks. As for the criticism that Kaepernick sold out his activism by settling with the league, Geragos noted that U.S. civil cases use tort law to take some of a person’s money instead of putting them in jail.
“All an arbitrator, all a judge, and ultimately — if you go to court — all a jury can do, is just shift money around,” he said. “That’s what we do. Our justice system is based on money.”