ESPN's Mike Reiss: 'Very low percentage chance' Patriots sign Colin Kaepernick


ESPN's Mike Reiss joined Ken Laird and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens on WEEI over the weekend to hit on a number of Patriots topics -- one of them being Colin Kaepernick.

Reiss views the Patriots adding Kaepernick as a long shot.

“I feel like a very low percentage chance,” he said. "It would have to be, in my view, coming from a place other than the football side of it because Bill Belichick always says ‘We make the decisions that are in the best interest of the football team.'

“I feel like, the way it’s set up for the Patriots this year is they really want to see what they have in Jarrett Stidham, and they really like the idea of Brian Hoyer as a guy who has been in the system and there won’t be that same learning curve if they bring someone in from outside the system. Especially given that we haven’t had a traditional offseason and training camp is going to be a real sort of hurry up crammed session."

Reiss added: “Unless it was someone from the highest levels of the organization saying, ‘You know what? I’m going to put the NFL shield ahead of the Patriots logo here and say that I’m doing this for the NFL more than the Patriots.' That to me would be the one scenario I could see it happening and to me that feels like a long shot.”

The Patriots currently have Stidham, Hoyer and undrafted rookies J'Mar Smith and Brian Lewerke in their quarterbacks room.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season, but some feel he has a better shot now since protesting during the national anthem will be viewed differently by many.