Bedard: If Patriots sign another quarterback, it should be Cam Newton, not Colin Kaepernick

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Does Colin Kaepernick deserve a job in the NFL, at least to compete in a training camp? Absolutely, no question.

It was ridiculous that Kaepernick wasn't given a job after his "controversial" — talk about a Tweet not aging well — decision to sit and then take a knee to a protest "a country that oppresses black people and people of color" during the national anthem in the midst of the 2016 season.

Kaepernick, after seeing the writing on the wall following three tumultuous final seasons in San Francisco and with a new coach (Kyle Shanahan) likely wanting his own guy, decided to opt-out of his contract instead of having the team release him. With the anthem protest as a backdrop, no NFL team signed Kaepernick. Guys like Nathan Peterman, Joe Webb, Kevin Hogan, Chad Henne, Geno Smith, Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez had NFL jobs in 2017. But Kaepernick, the man with a 4-2 career playoff record and a Super Bowl appearance in '13, did not. It was and continues to be a joke.

Kaepernick may turn 33 this season, but if such household names as Jacob Dolegala, Garrett Gilbert, Paxton Lynch, Alex McGough, Clayton Thorson, Alex Tanney, Tyler Bray, Tim Boyle, Kurt Benkert and Geno Smith (still!) have training camp spots on NFL rosters this season, surely Kaepernick deserves one.

It just shouldn't be in Foxborough with these Patriots as some, including Rep. Joe Kennedy, have suggested.

Do I think the idea might, in this climate, be appealing to Robert Kraft? Yes. The man who has teamed with Jay-Z and Meek Mill on criminal justice reform, who is cozy to the commissioner and has the clout and cover not to be called out by the President for signing Kapernick, might just be the perfect person to suggest it. He certainly has a head coach and football team that has shown it can handle any controversy or distraction.

While that would be a good story, it's not what's in the best interest of his football team, which we've been told governs every single decision inside One Patriots Place.

Not when Cam Newton is still available.