“I haven’t talked to him,” Lynn said of Kaepernick (via the AP’s Joe Reedy). “He fits the style of quarterback that we want. We’re happy with the three quarterbacks that we want but you can’t have enough on the runway.”
The Chargers are heading into the season with Tyrod Taylor, who backed up Phil Rivers last season, as their starter (the 30-year-old is -370 to be Los Angeles’ Week 1 QB, per Fan Duel). Behind Taylor is 2020 No. 6 overall pick Justin Herbert, who is the QB of the future and Easton Stick– the franchise’s 2019 fifth-round draft pick and former North Dakota St. stud.
Lynn previously said that Kaepernick was clearly good enough to be in the league either as a starter of a backup. Kaepernick, who is just 32 years old, wouldn’t have a long-term future as the Chargers’ starter, as Herbert will be given the reigns of the franchise as soon as this season. However, it could be an opportunity for him to showcase his skills and set himself up for a wider selection of teams in 2021.