The Pros to adding Kaepernick:
Kaepernick played surprisingly well last season. He had 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, a very healthy ratio. The 49ers situation and the drama around Kaepernick paint a different picture than his actual performance. Kaepernick threw for over 300 hundred yards and three touchdowns in Super Bowl XLVII. He almost stole the Super Bowl away from the Ravens and that talent didn’t go anywhere. The talent around him vanished, and his critics’ perception of him (as a quarterback) conveniently matched their perception of him as a person.
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Ryan Mallett looked promising coming out of Arkansas. He hasn’t looked all that promising in the NFL. The New England Patriots gladly shipped him off to the Houston Texans. Things went poorly for Mallett with the Texans. Mallett became destined to become a career backup. Mallett orchestrated a big win in 2015 against the Steelers, but other than that his performance has been unconvincing. While relieving Flacco, Mallett completed less than 60 percent of his passes and threw two touchdowns and two interceptions.
From a football position this is an easy decision. It’s cut and dry. Kaepernick is an affordable option that happens to be better than the current backup. That point is debatable only if you allow yourself to fall victim to false narratives about his performance. He has broken no law. He has the right to do what he did.