Michael Vick understands what it’s like to have NFL teams shy away because of off-field issues.
His situation, of course, involved a federal guilty charges for taking part in a dog-righting ring — rather than the national anthem protest quarterback Colin Kaepernick undertook last season while with the 49ers.
Vick found his way back to the NFL, starting 48 games over seven years with several teams, and the former Falcons star thinks Kaepernick will too. Once there’s a backup spot open, that is.
“The stand that he took has nothing to do with him not having a job and playing in the National Football League right now,” Vick told Jason Whitlock on Fox Sports 1. “And being frank, Colin didn’t have the best two years his last two seasons. It wasn’t as productive as what we’ve seen him do.”
Vick praised Kaepernick’s protest and acknowledged the “musical chairs” of coaches in San Francisco. But he also assessed Kaepernick’s ability to play quarterback — and how it only fits in with certain teams.
“It has nothing to do with him being blackballed. The gesture that he made last year when he took the stand to do what he did… listen, we all appreciated it, we respected it. And it was a good thing,” Vick said. “I think, in terms of him getting back on the field, it’s going to have to be a team that suits his skill set and what he does well. Mobility inside and outside the pocket, making plays with his feet, maybe a little bit of the Wildcat mixed in — but it has to be some type of scheme that helps Kaepernick and that team in terms of productivity.”
Whitlock asked Vick about Kaepernick’s commitment to the QB position while also remaining a social activist.
“We don’t know his commitment, his dedication to the game right now. Unless you talk to Colin personally, you probably won’t know,” Vick said. “I still think his heart is in football. He’s fairly young. He has a ton of football ahead of him. But it’s all predicated on what teams want in the quarterback position.”
Vick used the same word as Steve Young to describe Kaepernick’s free agency situation.
“Now, I’m surprised he’s not a backup with anybody right now,” Vick said. “I’m rooting for Colin.”
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