The possibility of Colin Kaepernick returning to the NFL seems as close as its been in years with a workout in front of teams scheduled for Saturday. And with the Bears facing their own questions under center, it should come as no surprise that sportsbooks consider Chicago a potential landing place for the former 49ers passer.
Assuming Kaepernick ultimately signs with an NFL team, the Bears are listed at 10/1 odds to be that franchise, according to SportsBettingDime.com. SportsBetting.AG, while serving up a very different list overall, also views the Bears as a strong possibility with 12/1 odds as of Wednesday.
Mitch Trubisky entered 2019 with a firm grip on the role as the Bears’ starting quarterback, but the first 10 weeks of the season proved enlightening in all the wrong ways. Instead of proving himself as a franchise cornerstone in his third professional season, the 25-year-old has been wildly inconsistent.
It’s been a central problem for the Bears, who entered the year as Super Bowl contenders, only to be looking at a 4-5 record following a win over the shorthanded, last-place Lions.
With the trade deadline now in the past, a Kaepernick signing looks like the Bears’ – and other teams’ – only real shot at an immediate upgrade.
SportsBettingDime lists a pair of teams struggling with QB injuries, the Lions (5/1) and Colts (7/1), as favorites to sign Kaepernick. Chicago fans saw last week how much Detroit missed Matthew Stafford, who’s dealing with a back injury, while the Colts are trying to make the playoffs with a banged-up Jacoby Brissett.
The Steelers, who’ve been starting Mason Rudolph since Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury, and Bengals, who recently benched Andy Dalton, are also considered favorites. Pittsburgh is listed at 10/1 by SportsBettingDime and 4/1 by SportsBetting.AG. Cincinnati is listed at 14/1 and 3.5/1, respectively.
It’s important to remember that these odds all assume Kaepernick ultimately signs with an NFL team. However, that’s far from a sure thing. SportsBettingDime lists the chances of him signing this year at 6/1, with slightly better 4/1 odds for the 2020 season.