Source: “Completely false” to say Kaepernick has asked for $9-10 million per year

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To claim that quarterback Colin Kaepernick wants a chance to compete for a starting job and a salary of $9 million or $10 million per year would be to assume that conversations with one or more teams have progressed to that point. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, they haven’t.

The source said it’s “completely false” to suggest that Kaepernick has requested $9 million to $10 million per year.

Which makes the report that Kaepernick wants a chance to start and compensation in that range rooted in supposition or speculation or assumption that has morphed, perhaps via repetition, into perceived fact. And it’s in the interests of the teams that have ignored him individually and the league collectively to embrace that narrative, in order to push back against the perception that Kaepernick has been shunned for non-football reasons.

Whether he has or hasn’t been shunned for non-football reasons, embracing the idea that he has made demands that would price him out of potential spots presumes that teams would be interested in him at a lower price. Absent evidence that teams that already have signed quarterbacks actually explored what Kaepernick wants, the report seems to be nothing more than an effort to get people to quit suggesting that Kaepernick has been blackballed.

66 responses to “Source: “Completely false” to say Kaepernick has asked for $9-10 million per year

  1. Well then, the good news is no teams are interested in Kaepernick enough to even get to the point of discussing money. And since money is what move everything that pretty much confirms that no teams are interested in him. Which is awesome.

  2. Lol it’s funny how everybody worried about kaepernick and he worried about when the next shipment of food n supplies are coming in for Somalia. Dude ain’t asking for donations for employment he looking for help for aid. He honestly one of real people out holding true to his word I have to respect that cause some people aren’t doing half of that in this day and age.

  3. If an unnamed source says the story is false, it must be false.
    Not a leak from Kaep’s people, an unnamed source.

  4. The price will have to be very low before any team is willing to chance the backlash of signing Cancernick.

    BTW Cancernick hasn’t “been blackballed”, he blackballed himself. The only person to blame is himself or maybe that nutjob girlfriend..

  5. At this point, I don’t think what he is asking for even matters. I believe teams don’t see him as a viable option at QB and that he comes with baggage they don’t want. It’s as simple as that.

    Has Jay Cutler been signed yet? Where’s Tim Tebow at these days? Kaepernick is not immune to criticism and change, by virtue of being an outspoken individual.

  6. Who would want to allow an ISIS supporter like Kaep into their Home Team Stadium?

    Tell the Truth! Quit lying for Kaep! He and his Muslim girlfriend both support ISIS…

  7. I wonder if he actually opted out of his SF contract or if they told him they would make his life hell if he stayed…he had to know SF was his best chance and he would never come close to that 16mil figure anywhere else. But if he actually thought he had a chance on the open market, WOW…he’s waaaay dumber than I thought

  8. Nobody banged the drum this loudly when Tebow couldn’t find a job. I don’t hear any drums being banged for Griffin or Cutler. Why aren’t you questioning why any of these other guys don’t have a job?

  9. The Browns don’t want even want him. If the Browns don’t want him, how can you question why nobody else wants him?

  10. QB market is still in flux with Garappolo, Cutler, and Romo potentially available as starters elsewhere. Between them and there being a lack of a quality top 10 pick QB prospect, the market is in a wait and see mode. Once they shake out, then next tier QBs like Kaepernick and Osweiller may find new teams.

  11. .

    Wait, so this “unnamed source” is to be believed, but the “unnamed source” suggesting he wants the money/playing time is not? I’m so confused. Is this fake news, or real news that’s fake? Or really fake news? What is “fact” is that he lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert. He’s helmed a dismal offense the past 2 seasons. Want to know what the most telling sign that Kap is a phony(both on and off the field) is? The fact that a mass exodus occurred after Harbaugh left, meaning that he was the reason for success and not Kap. What’s even more telling? Not a single player from those dominate ‘9er’s teams has come out in his defense. So, who’s to be believed? The guy sucks, he carries more baggage than welfare recipients on the first week of the month, and he’s asking for starting QB pay and playing time. But hey, let’s just focus on the fact that he kneeled and disrespected the country he freaking lives in, cause, ya know, that was “the right thing to do and he should be commended”.

  12. I’m so glad this lowlife piece of garbage is out of work and nobody wants him. I boycotted my own 49ers for having him on the roster last year and I will not watch any game he participates in next year either.

  13. Maybe he should come out and say how much he would play for. If he publicly says he is available for $2-4 million on a one year, make good contract, and that he is willing to be a backup, maybe some team is interested. I am sure he would love to compete to start, but some guys make a lot of money signing 1-2 year deals as a backup and bounce around for another 8-10 years. Many backups have less talent.

  14. “…the report seems to be nothing more than an effort to get people to quit suggesting that Kaepernick has been blackballed.”
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    Which presupposes that anyone suggesting it believes any blackballing would be necessary. Why is it so hard to accept that there are no nefarious forces at work keeping poor Kaepernick from getting an opportunity? He is simply seeing the logical result of his own actions in combination with declining skills. What owner is going to risk the ire of their fans and disruption of their team by bringing in someone that divisive without the certainty of a massive return? There are no more than a few owners that have that kind of coin in the bank with their fans, a solid locker room and an established coaching staff. And none of them are in the market for a sideshow or a QB ATM, never mind someone who is both.

  15. jjackwagon says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:43 PM
    The price will have to be very low before any team is willing to chance the backlash of signing Cancernick.

    BTW Cancernick hasn’t “been blackballed”, he blackballed himself. The only person to blame is himself or maybe that nutjob girlfriend..
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    Why is his girlfriend a “nutjob”? Because of her religion?

    I didn’t agree with the way Kaepernick delivered his political message last year, but the hatred for Kaepernick is astonishing. I’d say something negative about him, except I haven’t donated $1 million to social causes yet (plus all proceeds from my jersey sales).

    Kaepernick knew there would be backlash from this and also that he would be a FA this offseason, yet he still stood up for what he believes in even though it would severely hurt his future earning potential. I don’t think I have that much courage.

    And now fans are attacking his girlfiend? Stay classy, jjackwagon!

  16. To think that a QB three years away from starting in the Super Bowl would ask for a starting job and $9-$10 million a year is not far fetched. It would not be too far fetched to believe that a GM could question why only $9-$10 Million.

    If this whole thing is a leak or a screw up from one of his own people, he may have just discovered his biggest issue. Probably the same people who advised him to go ahead and kneel, it will be OK.

  17. Does anyone think it’s possible to go for a day without another news story about this dirtball?

  18. You can tell Krapernick’s agent has spent a large sum of money within last 48 hours in hopes of clearing neglected brush & overgrowth from this desolate road.

  19. No, this is setting the table for his lawsuit against the NFL for “blackballing” him for his kneeling and expressing his free speech. Nothing more, nothing less.

  20. The source continued…”he actually wants more like $15M…” It’s hard to believe he’s out there willing to take veteran minimum money as a backup after opting out of a -good for him- deal in SF. Any team that does take him on is taking a huge football risk, seeing as how he has never operated effectively in any of the offensive systems that NFL teams run when not designing their scheme around a specific talent. Kaep will have to be taught not just reads but mechanics as well. No one is paying even good backup money for someone with so many question marks.

  21. Have fun in the CFL Colon!! You won’t have to worry
    about standing for the USA’s National Anthem any more!

    Oh Canada. hahaha

  22. As an earlier poster said the guy is just not that good. There is no “collusion” or “plot” or “conspiracy” or “blackballing” . He’s just not that good. He is Kyle Boller with legs

  23. .
    I heard from a source he was a TOP 10 QB and got cut cuz people whined not cuz he sux

    The source seems to be these comments.

  24. maestro1899:

    Kaepernick’s idiot girlfriend is a nutjob not just for her stupid religion but her far left wing anti-American political views that are so far outside the mainstream its frightening. I haven’t donated $1 million to charity (tax deductible by the way) and I also haven’t made $15 million in one year to be a terrible football player.
    It takes alot of courage to do what the Westboro Baptist Church does too. I could care less. As I said, his girlfriend is a moron but I find it interesting you are more offended by those criticizing his mentally ill girlfriend than his attacks on police officers and giving the middle finger to military personell

  25. The “source” who claims that it is “completely false” has zero credibility because we do not know the name of that source. The same is true of the claim that Kap has asked for $9 -$10 mil a year either. I treat both as unsubstantiated speculation.

    The speculation that the Seahawks may sign Kap as backup is also ludicrous, because the Seahawks are in a penny pinching mode and they cut Tarvaris Jackson to save money last season (the concern about his arrest is just an excuse to get rid of him). Such speculation relies on another speculation that zero team is interested in Kap and that Kap is so desperate that he will accept a backup role with minimal pay. They are all speculation, and none of them is more credible than any other Some speculations however are more believable than others. Nevertheless they are just entertaining gossip Nothing more than that

  26. its amazing the racist undertones by most of u, this man has been sending money, supplies, to people who need help, doesn’t ask for cameras to be there, I am Veteren, I might not agree with his stance, but to get blackballed, and constantly get bashed is absurded…

  27. Let the race-baiting continue. Ask your unnamed source why the deal with the team he was suppose sign with fell through.

  28. Here’s where it came from:
    ESPN’s Dan Graziano took a broad look at the narratives surrounding Kaepernick, and the words used to describe the reasons he is unsigned. But there’s this, far less controversial nugget.

    Further, we know from multiple sources that Kaepernick isn’t just looking for any job. Two people to whom I spoke last week say he’s looking for a place that offers him a chance to compete for a starting job and a salary befitting a high-end backup quarterback or a low-end starter. Think something like $9 million to $10 million.

  29. There are a laundry list of “non football” reasons that would make teams stay away from the guy. The Squidward Squat probably doesn’t even make the top 5.

  30. Right, “he’s looking for a place that offers him a chance to compete for a starting job and a salary befitting a high-end backup quarterback or a low-end starter. ”

    Split hairs all you want. Sounds like a valid reason why he hasn’t been signed. He has already had one deal fall through.

  31. gbpackfan3 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 1:50 PM
    I wonder if he actually opted out of his SF contract or if they told him they would make his life hell if he stayed…he had to know SF was his best chance and he would never come close to that 16mil figure anywhere else. But if he actually thought he had a chance on the open market, WOW…he’s waaaay dumber than I thought

    The fact that he opted out of his contract means he expected a contract similar to or greater than his current contract was. It would be interesting to see exactly what his demands are. If he’s holding out for a shot at being a starter I think he’ll be waiting a long time. No team is going to give him a ton of money given his mediocre, at best, performance the past two years.

    He must have thought some teams were willing to shell out that much money for him. Maybe he drastically over-valued his worth. I thought it was surprising when he opted out and I didn’t think anyone would pay him anywhere near that. Maybe like you said, he’s waaaay dumber than people think. I wonder if he’ll try to say he’s injured and make SF pay his salary if nobody signs him.

  32. Everybody has an anonymous source. So you can say it is false to say he wants 10M and false to say its false. What we know is the contract he tore up was for 14 M and he was a starter. That is that last set of facts we have. So in the absence of any other fact Owners, GM’s, Coaches, players, fans, pundits and media types have to factor those last two good facts into it. So it is reasonable at this point to think Kap would want something close to 14M and to start. Until some new facts come in.

  33. The sad truth for Kaepernick is that if any team thought he was good enough to help them win, they’s offer him a job. Look at the “second chancers” that were given the opportunity to redeem themselves. Murder, assault, child abuse. They got jobs because of their perceived abilities on the field.

    “Unnamed sources with knowledge of the situation” is the modern equivalent of “the check is in the mail”.

  34. Why not look at the market Gleason, Hoyer, Oswilder, Mcclown. Hey Raider nation if you had Kap you would have gotten beat by the Texans. Meow

  35. He can stand out on a street corner with his fellow SJW’s, stopping traffic and waving signs demanding $15/hour like the rest of these zero skills workers who believe somebody owes them a living “just because”. Perhaps his idiot “activist” girlfriend who helped influence him into this whole mess in the first place can join him.

  36. Can’t make the kneeling one look bad, right, Florio? The flip side to your argument is that his agents have not contacted QB needy teams on behalf of the client and/or Kaepernick has not bothered to ask why not. That boils down to a QB who doesn’t seem all that anxious to find a job.

  37. Kap is a cancer and isn’t worth any news let alone a team signing.
    He took politics over his team and his performance even prior to that was terrible.

  38. @MCWEST:
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    If Tim Tebow announced tonight that he wants to play QB, the media crush would snap into high gear and people like you would hang on every sentence uttered about Tim Tebow. Tebow’s quest to be a starter garnered more attention than anyone else. Kap was one play from winning a SB with some rather eye popping stats. 49ers are a horrible organization now. Maybe Lynch can change that. I bet Kap ends up back with the 49ers. Might be less money though. Hell if Bradford can get paid to be extremely mediocre, Kap can too.

  39. maestro1899 says:
    Mar 28, 2017 2:06 PM

    I didn’t agree with the way Kaepernick delivered his political message last year, but the hatred for Kaepernick is astonishing. I’d say something negative about him, except I haven’t donated $1 million to social causes yet (plus all proceeds from my jersey sales).

    Kaepernick knew there would be backlash from this and also that he would be a FA this offseason, yet he still stood up for what he believes in even though it would severely hurt his future earning potential. I don’t think I have that much courage.

    I guess you missed the story where he said he was going to stand now, and that had nothing to do with his employment status, and they all lived happily ever after, the end.

  40. Maestro1899, his girlfriend got dragged in to this because what was Collin before he hooked up with her? He was a dimwitted diva qb that had minor locker room problems. Not long after that there were rumors of Muslim conversion, growing out the fro, pig socks, and kneeling for the anthem. Coincidence? No one will ever know, but it’s kinda funny the sudden change occurred around the same time he hooked up with his nut ball racist black lives matters girlfriend.
    Collin then proceeded to use a race move to keep the 49ers from cutting him even though his skills were declining. He basically was holding the 49ers hostage to avoid a pr blemish on the organization to save his job. Then the dude ops out of a contract thinking that anyone would take him after all of his disrespectful nonsense. Really dumb move. Talk crap about the system in the US and kneel for the anthem, but when you need cash you go silent? By going silent, your silence speaks volumes, bone head. The system you speak ill of is the same system you want to be still employed by. By not being smart, Collin, you have just crapped where you want to eat. There are more things to list and this is why Collin and the talking media heads don’t understand why nobody wants to employ him? If I had a NFL team Collin would be the LAST person I would call. The dude is dumb, a problem child, and there are forces outside of Collin’s head filling it with more bad information.

    Let the dude be like a really bad fart in an elevator. It may be bad at first, but give it time and it will slowly dissipate and disappear.

  41. Kap has a gambling problem. He gambled a $14 million guaranteed contact he could do better on the open market. Who’s advising this guy, Larry, Curly and Moe? Doesn’t he know how to read a room?

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