Should the Browns consider QB Colin Kaepernick? - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Should the Browns consider QB Colin Kaepernick?

49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (Source: AP Images) 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick (Source: AP Images)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

Here is a question for Browns fans -- could you look past the National Anthem controversy if it meant putting Colin Kaepernick in a Browns uniform?

He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl five years ago, falling just short of a title in a 34-31 loss to the Ravens. Since then it's been one issue after another, including a fine for inappropriate language, a fine for inappropriate gear, and of course the big one, his refusal to stand for the anthem.

He has also donated more than $1 million to various charities, and from a football standpoint, is better than anyone the Browns currently have. Last season, despite the self-inflicted distractions and controversy, he threw for 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions in just 12 games on an awful 49ers team.

So back to the question -- could you look past the off-field issues (Kaepernick has stated that he will stand for the anthem this season) if it meant improving the Browns quarterback situation?

Those who are part of a large group that says, "No," well, no need to currently worry. It sounds like the Browns aren't even considering it.

"We haven't really discussed Colin," head coach Hue Jackson said from Tuesday's league meetings in Phoenix. "There are other players at this point that we've had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won't come up later on -- you have to exhaust everything -- but at this point he hasn't come up."

Maybe the Browns are wise to avoid another distraction, following the epic meltdowns of Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon. The draft is one month away, however, so fans should hope the team is smart enough to not only have a plan at quarterback, but actually pull it off.

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