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But we don’t need videos or tweets to know that Kaepernick stays ready. By all accounts, he’s never stopped working, even though he hasn’t been on an NFL roster in five years. He was 29 then. Now he’s 34, an age at which several of the great quarterbacks of the past generation—Tom Brady, Drew Brees, the Manning brothers, Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers—were still competing at a high level. All those guys had five more years of wear and tear on their bodies at age 34 than Kaepernick does.

Carroll knows what every NFL coach knows: that there’s no doubt Kaepernick would upgrade more than half of NFL rosters immediately. With the retirement of Roethlisberger, the Pittsburgh Steelers, coached by Kaepernick’s frat brother, Mike Tomlin, had only Mason Rudolph, Dwayne Haskins and Josh Dobbs on the roster before picking up Mitch Trubisky up off the Buffalo Bills’ bench.

Before Brady retired then unretired, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were left with Blaine Gabbert and Kyle Trask. If they don’t win the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes, the New Orleans Saints will be left with Taysom Hill, Ian Book and Blake Bortles. And so forth.

If you still think there’s an argument against Kaep at least getting a tryout, recall it was less than a year ago that old-ass, terrible throwing Tim Tebow got a tryout at tight end, a position he never played, from a Jacksonville Jaguars head coach in Urban Meyer who didn’t even last through the entire season before he was canned.

Only disingenuous MAGA meatheads, the kind of dullards who’ll tell you with a straight face that Brian Flores can’t get a head coaching job because he wasn’t good enough, believe that Kaep still couldn’t compete for a roster spot.

But don’t hold your breath waiting for him to get that shot, not even from Pete Carroll.