3 NFL teams that should have a close eye on Colin Kaepernick workout

Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers
Matt Rhule, Carolina Panthers. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers‘ offseason priority was to add a quarterback following Ben Roethlisberger’s retirement. The team had Mason Rudolph under contract, but they went and signed Mitchell Trubisky to a two-year, $14.3 million contract. Not only that, but they signed Dwayne Haskins to a one-year restricted free agent tender.

Even with those moves, the Steelers have made it the worst kept secret that they are looking for a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft. They are not in the position to take one of the top signal-callers because they hold the No. 20 overall pick. That could change unless they trade up, which will be quite costly in terms of draft capital.

The Steelers should watch the Kaepernick workout just in case.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers have tried everything to fix the quarterback position under head coach Matt Rhule.

Carolina brought in Teddy Bridgewater on a three-year deal in 2020 but traded him to the Broncos one year later. They made the move for former New York Jets’ third-overall pick in 2018, Sam Darnold, and that did not pan out as they had hoped it would. Carolina even brought back Cam Newton for a second stint with the team, but the results were not there.

The Panthers did not add a quarterback from the trading block or free agency, leaving them in a position where they may have to use their sixth-overall pick on a prospect. Even so, the Panthers are in a position where they need to evaluate all quarterback options.

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