Cris Carter To Jaguars: 'Pick Up The Phone and Call' Colin Kaepernick

Fox Sports 1 analyst and Hall of Fame wide receiver Cris Carter has a simple solution for the sputtering Jacksonville Jaguars: Sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.


In a discussion on FS1's "First Things First" on Monday morning, Carter said the Jaguars made a mistake by not previously signing Kaepernick and instead sticking with Blake Bortles, whom coach Doug Marrone benched Sunday.

Now, Carter said, the only solution to the team's inefficiency at the position is to reverse course.

"It's not a public service announcement. This is just free advice: Swallow your pride, pick up the phone and call Kap," Carter said on the show. "Now you want to galvanize your locker room? You're having a problem with that defense? Call Kap. Bring Kap to the locker room. Let's see if Kap can change it. Because he's better than the quarterback you have, and I just believe right now, in the season, I believe he can make a difference on that football team."
Cris Carter To Jaguars: 'Pick Up The Phone and Call' Colin Kaepernick
Bortles, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, was benched in the third quarter of Sunday's 20-7 loss to the Houston Texans after completing six of 12 passes for 61 yards and losing two fumbles. Marrone told reporters after the game that he made the switch to backup Cody Kessler in an attempt to "get a damn spark from this football team."

Bortles has thrown for 1,735 yards, nine touchdowns and eight interceptions this year. Jacksonville has lost three games in a row after starting the season 3-1.
Carter argued on FS1 that Kaepernick, who has been out of the league since the conclusion of the 2016 season, could provide such a spark. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first player to kneel during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality, protests that he alleges have led to collusion among NFL owners to keep him out of the league.

"If you're trying to play that type of system – let's grind it out – oh there's no one better than (Kaepernick)," Carter continued. "That's how they won in San Francisco. That's how they went to the Super Bowl. ... He's a better thrower of the football than Blake Bortles. He's a better runner of the football. He's been a better winner. (And) he's a better leader than Blake Bortles."

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