In terms of the teams that should be most interested in signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick now that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is encouraging them to do so, the Chargers have been mentioned here and elsewhere as a logical fit.
And it seems Los Angeles coach Anthony Lynn agrees.
Lynn during a video media conference with reporters Wednesday said his team has not yet reached out to the 32-year-old passer, but "it would be crazy" not to have Kaepernick on the Chargers' workout list should they decide they need to sign a quarterback.
"I haven’t spoken with Colin, not sure where he’s at as far in his career, what he wants to do, but Colin definitely fits the style of quarterback for the system that we’re going to be running," Lynn said (via ESPN). "I’m very confident and happy with the three quarterbacks that I have but you can never have too many people waiting on the runway."
As ESPN's Dianna Russini notes, the Chargers are the first NFL team to acknowledge that Kaepernick would be on its workout list in the event it wants or needs to bring in a QB this year.
The three QBs Lynn referred to are Tyrod Taylor, Justin Herbert and Easton Stick. LA drafted Herbert with the No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft with the intention of making him its franchise passer once he is ready to play over Taylor. But the team could decide it would be beneficial to have a backup like Kaepernick behind either potential starter.
From NFL Now: With #Chargers coach Anthony Lynn's comments as a jumping off point, it's worth noting that there appears to be more interest in Colin Kaepernick than there has been in a pretty long time. pic.twitter.com/wkqOUBzKIa— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 17, 2020
From SN's Vinnie Iyer on why a Kaepernick signing in LA would make sense: "The Chargers didn't need (Cam) Newton as a bridge starting QB when they already have Taylor. If they are so inclined to roll with Taylor for the entire season, especially if he's playing the right veteran complementary football for a loaded team to have winning success, they need a better true backup plan. Should Taylor get injured in that state, the momentum might be slowed by a developing Herbert vs. Kaepernick, who can step into Taylor for Lynn with similar seasoning and arm-athleticism skill set.
"Lynn, as one of the league's two black coaches, also has been vocal about in leading the NFL's push for social justice, and adding Kaepernick would make a strong statement. Beyond that, the fact that Taylor played well for both Roman and Lynn in Buffalo would help create a favorable playing transition for Kaepernick."
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, which he began by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem of games in protest of racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. His formal claim of collusion against the NFL was settled last year.
Amid a global movement against racial injustice that has prompted multiple statements from Goodell and a handful of NFL teams, many have been pushing the NFL to get Kaepernick back into the league. Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins even suggested the league should assign Kaepernick to a team.
"Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it's going to take a team to make that decision, but I welcome that (and) support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that," Goodell told ESPN's Mike Greenberg for the network's "Return to Sports" special.