The Dallas Cowboys have one of the best young quarterbacks in the NFL in Dak Prescott. In his rookie season in 2016, Prescott had the third best quarterback rating of any quarterback outside of Matt Ryan and Tom Brady. The fact that those two quarterbacks played in the Super Bowl speaks wonders for what the Cowboys have in their new franchise quarterback. However, if the years with Tony Romo told Cowboys fans anything, it is that they are one injury to Dak away from falling hard in 2017.

With that in mind, there is still one proven quarterback available on the free agent market that could improve the Cowboys.

Despite the controversy surrounding him, Colin Kaepernick could make the Dallas Cowboys even better in 2017.

Colin Kaepernick has a good resume

First of all, ignore the past two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Ever since the 49ers let Jim Harbaugh walk away, they have had some of the worst coaching in the entire NFL. Colin Kaepernick faltered hard under Jim Tomsula, who had no head coaching experience before taking over in San Francisco, and Chip Kelly, who fell hard after a hot start to his NFL coaching career. Under those two coaches, the 49ers went 7-25 and that was not Kaepernick’s fault.

In 2016, when the 49ers only won two games under Chip Kelly, Kaepernick threw 16 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

If fans want to see what Colin can do with a good coaching staff, look back to the two NFC Championship games Colin Kaepernick led San Francisco to under Jim Harbaugh. Colin threw 31 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions in those two seasons and ran for nine more. In those two seasons, the 49ers went 23-8. Those are the numbers the Dallas Cowboys need to look at.

The Colin Kaepernick controversy

What everyone will start to point at with Colin Kaepernick is the “controversy” surrounding his 2016 NFL season. In that season, Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem and instead kneel down in protest of the treatment of African-Americans and minorities in the United States. Fans around the NFL wanted Kaepernick punished for refusing to stand and many called him “un-American” for kneeling down.

According to Colin, he was not doing it to disrespect America but was doing it to raise awareness and start a conversation about the treatment of minorities in the country. Kaepernick said that he achieved that and would stand for the National Anthem in 2017. However, the controversy hasn’t died down, and many people including Seattle Seahawks defensive back Richard Sherman believes that Colin has been blacklisted for exercising his Constitutional rights. Despite this, if the Dallas Cowboys ignore the controversy, they could drastically improve their team in 2017 in case of a Dak Prescott injury.