Labeling Colin Kaepernick as divisive could be the most understated opening to any commentary in the history of Earth. His name explosively surfaced Sunday night in connection to Cincinnati. According to a report by Pro Football Talk, Andy Dalton is on a short leash and there’s some interest in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick within the lockerroom.
The team insists that quarterback Andy Dalton is safe. But the feeling within the locker room, we’re told, is that the leash isn’t quite so long, and that if the struggles continue under new offensive coordinator Bill Lazor, the next one to go could be Dalton.
This means that A.J. McCarron would take over, if Dalton is indeed benched. But there’s a feeling among some of the players that the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing in Colin Kaepernick.
Immediately, beat writers, insiders, and reporters disputed the PFT report.
Jeremy Rauch, sports anchor for Fox 19 in Cincinnati, cited a team source that “Andy Dalton’s short leash and potential interest in (Colin Kaepernick) report is ‘made up‘”. ESPN Insider Chris Mortensen told Mike and Mike on Monday that “I was assured that Andy Dalton’s job is not on the line right now.” Cincinnati Enquirer beat writer Jim Owczarski tweets that he hasn’t heard anything similar and declared a refusal to even entertain the question moving forward.