I call it the Tim Tebow effect, which is when a backup quarterback is too big of a media and fan circus to warrant having on the roster. You always have to remember that the NFL is a business, so sometimes things are more about business than football.
Is that the right way to do things? Probably not, but it is how it is, and we aren’t going to change it by complaining, sadly.
Kaepernick would be signed as a backup quarterback, and he would be the headline every day. That’s a tough sell for an NFL organization that wants to make as much money as they can off of their franchise players.
Then comes the fan reaction. I am sure there will be some angry people if Miami signs Kaepernick, but that’s not the issue. Let them be grumpy for no reason. The issue would be the fans calling for Kaepernick to start if anything goes wrong.
That goes back to my Tebow effect. If Tua Tagovailoa struggles and fans start cheering for Kaepernick, wow, that would be a mess. That’s what happened with Tebow at the end, and his play did not warrant him getting into the games.
Lastly, Kaepernick hasn’t played football in a very long time. I would worry about him just coming back to the NFL and doing well when he was playing poorly already the last time he was on the field.