Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned with the first full week of the preseason kicking off tomorrow, and it's looking more and more unlikely that he'll be on a roster at the start of the regular season. However, as we saw with the Miami Dolphins and Jay Cutler, things can change in an instant. Here are the five teams that are the most likely to sign Kaepernick at some point this season:
5) Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles is counting on Jared Goff, last year's No. 1 pick, to step up and become a viable starter this year. But if last season was any indication, Goff has to improve tremendously before he will even resemble that. If he struggles, the Rams don't have any real backup plans with Sean Mannion and Dan Orlovsky behind Goff on the depth chart. Kaepernick would be the best quarterback on LA's roster.
That said, Los Angeles is determined to ride this Goff experiment out. Kaepernick is only an option if Goff gets hurt.
4) Buffalo Bills
The Bills have a quality starter in Tyrod Taylor, but their backup is currently T.J. Yates, who plays nothing like Taylor. Kaepernick's dual-threat ability would mean that Buffalo wouldn't have to change their offense with Taylor off the field, something that would be extremely valuable if Taylor were to get hurt at some point, which is bound to happen - he hasn't played a full 16 game season in his career. However, Buffalo's lack on interest in him suggests they will only entertain signing him after an injury to Taylor.
3) Seattle Seahawks
Seattle already flirted with the idea of adding Kaepernick before passing over concerns about a potential locker room split over he and Russell Wilson. That said, if Wilson gets hurt, it's hard to believe Seattle will pass again. Kaepernick is a major upgrade over current backup Trevone Boykin and, like with Buffalo, the Seahawks wouldn't have to change their offense. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, they need the best player available.
2) New York Jets
Josh McCown is the starter, but he has only played in 24 games over the last three years. Once he gets hurt, it's only going to be a matter of time before the Jets realize that they are doomed with Bryce Petty and Christian Hackenberg (which is a realization they may be coming to already). Both have a ways to go before they are ready to contribute, and with Todd Bowles coaching for his job this year, Kaepernick would appear to give them the best chance to win.. The Jets and Kaepernick were already linked last offseason.
1) Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore has shown the most serious interest in Kaepernick and still haven't ruled out signing him. In fact, the decision may depend on how current Ravens backup Ryan Mallett plays in the team's first preseason game on Thursday. Head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome are reportedly in favor of adding Kaepernick, making it more likely than not that he's serving as Joe Flacco's backup at some point this season.