Teams reportedly concerned about Kaepernick’s commitment, diet

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Another day, another effort to throw water on the notion that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL.

Earlier this week, a report emerged that Kaepernick wants $9 million or $10 million per year plus a chance to compete for the starting job. The only problem with that report is that no one knows what Kaepernick wants because no one has expressed sufficient interest in him to even get to the point of talking terms.

Now comes another report that tries to explain the crickets when it comes to Kaepernick. Via Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area, teams are concerned about his commitment to football and his vegan diet.

Although we don’t question whether one or more people from one or more teams have expressed that viewpoint to Maiocco, we do wonder about the veracity of the claim. If teams have questions about Kaepernick’s attraction to football and/or his aversion to animal products, they can ask him. Given that no one has shown any interest in Kaepernick, chances are those discussions haven’t happened.

So as the NFL’s teams continue to repeatedly press the button on the “Reasons For Kaepernick’s Unemployment” generator in the hopes of the final outcome being something other than “Owners Don’t Like His Political Views,” the effort to pin his status on something other than the obvious serves only to make the obvious even more obvious. Obviously.

170 responses to “Teams reportedly concerned about Kaepernick’s commitment, diet

  1. you mean rich owners are worried about a Black Man’s inability to “shuffle” without music and keep His mouth shut?

  2. OMG can we please stop talking about this clown…….I feel like its Johnny Football all over again…….

  3. No concerns about Brady’s (almost) vegan diet. Unlike Kap, he didn’t lose weight when he went vegan. Of course he has a private chef. Oh yeah, he’s a winner.

  4. Just curious, if there was a black owner, would he have brought him in for a visit?

    If yes, then it shows that there is a huge problem in the NFL.

    If, no. Then we could put the whole “blackball” thing to rest.

  5. Why can’t it be because he’s a bad quarterback? Nobody is beating the drums about RG3 being unemployed. He and Kap have had similar career arcs. They set the league on fire. Defenses figured them out.

    If any of these alleged demands about Kaps salary and desire to start were untrue his agent would be putting these fires out. His agent isn’t doing anything. He opted out of his contract. Had he not opted out he would still have a job.

  6. @dcpatfan says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:20 AM
    you mean rich owners are worried about a Black Man’s inability to “shuffle” without music and keep His mouth shut?
    ==================================Your ignorance is astounding!!! Keep making a fool of yourself.

  7. Florio keeps making strawman arguments on this topic.

    1. Kaep isn’t worth what he is asking.

    2. You don’t know what conversations have taken place between the player’s agent and the teams, and you won’t ever know. Deal with it. You are not a party who needs to know. Stop assuming.

    3. Every team has the right to say no to signing a player for any reason. A free agent is in no way entitled to a contract from an NFL team.

  8. Why is this such a shocker?

    Did anyone actually watch him play last season? You can’t just look at the box score and say he had a good TD/INT ratio. That doesn’t tell the Kaepernick story.

    *He went an entire game…. against the Chicago Bears…. completing only one pass for 4 yards.
    *In 8 of his 11 starts, he failed to throw for more than 250 yards.
    *In his 11 starts, his team won a total of ONE game.

    Stop acting like this guy is some sort of juggernaut. There are actual football reasons why nobody wants him. Nobody is looking to him as a starter, and he likely wants too much money to be a backup. The fact that 3/4 of football fans don’t care for him (and probably didn’t care for him even before his anthem protests) just makes it an easier decision.

  9. @dcpatfan: Try again.

    The guy needs to get his head screwed on straight.

    Same reason why Tebow isn’t in the league…the reward is not worth the trouble.

    1…2…cha cha cha…3…4…cha cha cha

    Either you dance or you find something else to do.

    Carry on.

    Go RAIDERS

  10. IMHO its because he used social issues as a tool to force his GM to not cut him. I dont know this for sure of course, but since the protest started at a time he had fallen way down the depth chart and with his salary he was clearly on the eventual chopping block. That made the timing whether or not by coincidence look pretty suspicious. No GM wants to risk getting played like that. These guys make multi million dollar decisions so them the ability to mitigate damage on something not working out is very important. They dont want anything that might be taking their ‘out’ away from them. So a guy that might even possibly have shown a willingness to play that way is just too risky.

    So no, I dont think there was a network of guys that got together and agreed to not hire him. No organized blackball. Just a bunch of guys making their own individual decisions that its just too risky for a multi million dollar bet.

  11. nookers says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:18 AM
    Nextttt .. he only has himself to blame.

    ———-
    I hate this take.

    Because you’re saying that people with DUI’s, gun charges and women beaters deserve a second chance, but someone that wanted to express his disgust with the way minorities are treated, shouldn’t get a second chance?

    I also don’t buy the “He hates America” or the “He disrespected our troops” B.S. either. I bet he has down more for our troops than 99% of the people commenting about it. I don’t see that many people offering any help to homeless veterans begging for money outside of sporting events, outside of a dollar or two.

  12. Why would owners need to generate reasons for not wanting him? If they don’t agree with his political views, so what! If they’re trying to avoid a media circus because that’s inevitably what will follow him around the rest of his career, who can blame them?

    If he was talented enough to win a Super Bowl, he would find a home. The fact that he hasn’t received much interest is much more likely due to the fact that teams don’t think he can help them win, than for their concern for his baggage.

  13. He’s a one read and run guy and hasn’t been very good since defenses figured him out. It also didn’t help protesting during the anthem while being a back up quarterback. Who want’s that distraction from a back up?

  14. Well if that’s the case then 90% of the QB’s in this league should be unemployed! What diet are Brian, Hoyer, Matt Barkley, Brock Oswieler,(the list goes on and on) on because they’ve sucked all their careers and still keep getting opportunities regardless of their play. I think the only thing these guys have been “committed” to is sucking! How much “committment” must you have to take your team to the Super Bowl?

    The only difference is they didn’t challenge the symbols of the White power structure and Kaepernick did!

  15. I think this entire argument is flawed. Quite frankly, the guy is just not that good at football anymore, compared to the fire storm he brings. When you think of effective, long-term back up QBs you think about the guys who do their job and do not bring attention upon themselves. There is a reason guys like Derek Anderson, Chase Daniel, and even Tavarris Jackson kept NFL jobs as long as they have. None of those guys are better than Kaepernick, that is not even really a debate. But they also have not made it about themselves, which he did.

  16. Its called whey protein. I eat fish and chicken but also supplement that with protein shakes with whey powder.

    If he wants to keep his strength and conditioning up as a vegan its not that hard. Sounds like another thinly veiled excuse to me.

  17. I put Kap in the same profile as say Sanchez, have him set his demand for 2-3 million as a back up that will keep his mouth shut and actions limited to being a team player, then some team will sign him and he may actually play.

    The tail does not wag the dog, something Kap has yet to realize

  18. Honestly how many teams are in the market for a starting QB? The baggage he may or may not bring probably startles a handful of those teams away. He will get signed after the draft once these QB hungry teams either get or don’t get their guy in the draft. I could see if he had won a super bowl or two but he made it to one. If it wasn’t for the attention he brought to himself(not agreeing or disagreeing with his protest) he’d be no different than any other journeyman QB in the NFL.

  19. maddmatter5 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:22 AM
    Just curious, if there was a black owner, would he have brought him in for a visit? If yes, then it shows that there is a huge problem in the NFL. If, no. Then we could put the whole “blackball” thing to rest.

    You’re implying that he’s being blackballed because of his race. You’re the first one who’s made that claim as far as I can tell.

  20. It is not unheard of for a hypocrite to have his commitment to anything questioned. That said it’s not his political views that are the problem. The divisive and hypocritical ways in which they were expressed combined with diminishing returns on the field is the problem. If Kaepernick was playing at a Rodgers/Brees/Brady level his method of expression, views and diet would be non issues.

  21. Diet? Who cares about his diet? Teams are worried because he stinks as a QB and has stated that he doesn’t need to watch or study film.

    Plus he’s an embarrassment to himself, his (former) team, and his (former) city. I think it’s hilarious that he opted out of his contract because he thought he could get more money. Now he can’t even find a job!

  22. Friend of mine was a fullback in the league for nine seasons with weight listed at 245. He’s been a vegan since he retired, looks like he’s about 230 and could probably crush my car with one bicep flex.

  23. Why is everybody making this out to be political? It boils down to the fact that he is not a very good QB who, believe it or not, happens to be in decline. He got to the SB with a stellar defense and gimmicks but now that he is figured out, he has nothing!

  24. He’s overvaluing himself if he thinks he can get 9-10million. Even RG3 took a pay cut to play for the browns last year. Suck it up bro noboby gonna try to sign you if your in that range. At that point if his price point is here and im here do you even make an offer.

  25. Stories about this joker are right up there with the Tom Brady jersey stories.

    Just stoooooop

  26. Protesting dead soldiers by dissing the flag is not political. It is unAmerican and dumb. I don’t want this scum on my favorite team. Neither political party supports protesting the flag. Move on Florio.

  27. Mike stop putting politics as the reason he doesn’t have a job. Kap said he didn’t like either candidate and I would believe 99% of the owners and gm’s are democrats or republicans so he didn’t offend any of their political opinions. He does have a job because he disgraced the NFL by not standing for the national anthem meant to honor the people that protect us. Now they are punishing him, as they should, the only way they can by not signing him. Or they just don’t want a distraction from a qb and gf that are idiots. Kap not standing for the anthem wasn’t for political reasons, it was for the social injustice he believes is happening to black people and somehow social injustice is wrongly associated with politics.

  28. Florio is making it sound like there is something wrong with an owner not wanting to hire a guy who brings politics to his game. Seems strange that CK is getting so much press for such a “non-reason” when other unemployed QBs such as Cutler. are not.

  29. codytha035 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:26 AM
    he would insantly make the vikings a better team… on and off the field

    ///////////

    Not sure of what you mean cody. You’re saying that Kap is better than Bradford? Because if you are you know nothing about football. And as far as making them better off the field he’s a head case so no he would not make them better. You’re trolling of the Vikings on a story that has nothing to do with the Vikings is a sad sad thing. Finish you’re graham crackers and juice box and take your nap. packer fans SMH.

  30. nobody cares about kapernick more than any other free agent out there. him and rg3 will both be out of the league because they were gimmick qb’s who’s time has passed.

  31. If Kaepernick is committed to football the best thing he can do is tell teams he will sign a minimum contract and only wants an opportunity to compete to make the team outright, not to win the job.

    He was not the only one to kneel for the anthem last year. A couple Patriots players did “black power” fists, and it certainly did not distract that team.

    What was distracting for Kaepernick was his terrible play and his ego of demanding a trade before he even got a chance to speak with Chip Kelly and see if the situation could work out.

    Sit behind Tom Brady or Drew Brees or Joe Flacco next year, be a good soldier and who knows what will happen. Demanding a large contract and a starting spot after proving the last two years you’re not good enough to start right now is how you’re going to be out of the league next year.

  32. Ok. I’ll be the guy to say it. Football is a business. Owners do not want to lose sponsors and fans because of his unpatriotic act. The man was praising Castro who was well known for severe human rights violations. Not to mention the money he asking for in his contract. Remember he opted out of a 17 million deal. This is the reason he is not getting a contract.

  33. It’s hard to ignore how much muscle mass he lost after switching to the vegan diet. Just look at photos from 4 years ago until now. He is way smaller than he was.

  34. he completed 60 percent of his passes. His TD to INT rate was good for playing from behind when most QB’s would force the ball. He had an Alex Smith type season for a real bad team.

  35. More PC leftist media trying to spin this into a race (hence political) issue for clicks and revenue. Make it racial/political, gaurunteed clicks and revenue.

    Media is a business, first and foremost. Truth doesn’t generate revenue. Sensationalized tangential lies/truth parities do. It’s all about the benjamins, baby. They want you to click, and look, you did.

    And so did I.

  36. maddmatter5 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:22 AM
    Just curious, if there was a black owner, would he have brought him in for a visit?

    If yes, then it shows that there is a huge problem in the NFL.

    If, no. Then we could put the whole “blackball” thing to rest

    I don’t recall anyone, Kap or his supporters included, bringing up race as a issue. Just as quite a few white players took a knee, and there are more than a few black players in the league, this is obviously about perceived ability more than anything. Now how about dropping the race baiting and studying football before commenting on a football website.

  37. Because if it wasn’t political, then Jay Culter would be getting the same type of coverage, i havent seen one article about him. but i’ve seen 50 about colin. only if jay was half black he might get some more.

    dea49 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:40 AM
    Why is everybody making this out to be political? It boils down to the fact that he is not a very good QB who, believe it or not, happens to be in decline. He got to the SB with a stellar defense and gimmicks but now that he is figured out, he has nothing

  38. If I own a business, why can’t I consider a person’s political views? Especially if they are going to publicly display views that I disagree with during the course of their job and while representing my business?

  39. Three or four teams run the offense Kaepernick has performed in. Buffalo, Seattle, Carolina and possibly Kansas City. Stop making this about the NFL – it’s about those three or four teams. Statistics do not tell the full story of his performance – and his failure to see open receivers or understand the play concept. The pros who watch the gam see Kaepernick as a talent in a specific scheme who has failed to develop.

    Lawyers are advocates for clients or positions; reporters recite facts and positions. Your choice, Florio – reporter or lawyer? If you try to be both you’ll perform neither profession well.

  40. He’ll be on a roster in 2017 but his political stance certainly hurt his market value. Which is fair enough. I run a business, and if I used a highly resonant part of the American culture as a prop to promote my politics, I expect it’d hurt my business.

    I do support Kap’s right to do this by the way.

  41. Interesting that all of the talk out there right now regarding Kap’s salary demands, willingness to stand, diet, etc. have come from someone other than Kaepernick. He has quietly gone about his business while everyone else speculates. So much “white”noise! Your last paragraph says it all Mike. (By the way; from the looks of your comment section, you must have the most radical right wing readers on the net!)

  42. If he was good enough, teams would be interested. But he’s not. So neither are they. End of story.

  43. I’d rather have Cutler or Fitzpatrick (who are also unemployed). It’s not about race, it’s about money and how good you are. Kap currently wants to be paid as a starter, just like the other 2 I mentioned. The guy who signs first will be the one who agrees to an incentive laden contract and is okay being a backup.

  44. How come no one’s bitching that Cutler or RG3 aren’t signed? The fact is that there are better QB’s out there right now including Romo. Why would anyone sign a back up before they have a chance at a starter. Oh and sometimes a guy just sucks.

  45. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:36 AM
    Its called whey protein. I eat fish and chicken but also supplement that with protein shakes with whey powder.

    If he wants to keep his strength and conditioning up as a vegan its not that hard. Sounds like another thinly veiled excuse to me.

    =-=-=-=

    I hate to break it to you, buddy, but if you’re using whey, a byproduct of MILK and by definition AN ANIMAL PRODUCT, you are by no means a vegan, and nothing you said about the options available to Kaepernick is true.

  46. “Kap” has a right to his political views. And NFL owners have a right to theirs. So long as teams aren’t conspiring/colluding to prevent him from playing in the NFL, then I see nothing wrong here. Each individual club is free to make its own decision as whether it wants to hire him. Yes, even if that decision takes into account his political activism.

  47. Vegan diet is a non-factor

    Sure for your average joe, they probably aren’t going to be winning any iron man competitions on a vegan diet.

    For a professional athlete with a professional nutritionist and, in terms of the food and supplement costs, virtually unlimited resources, it’s a total non-factor.

    Being vegan didn’t hold Tony Gonzalez back much, did it? Dude was a beast until he hung it up.

    I’m not vegan, but I’m not sure why it’s so amusing to mock someone for having better discipline about their diet than you do.

  48. Who cares.. it’s not a right to play in the NFL. He’s made plenty of money, more than most that are chewed up and spit out by the league.

    Now he has plenty of free time to make this country a better place.

  49. Brady and Rodgers are 90% Vegan. They only eat a very limited amount of red meat.
    So the “DIET” comment is purely deflection.

    I’ll tell you why no team wants Kap.
    Because he’s a little bit “out there” ! He doesn’t “blend in” inside the locker room with his odd personality. That and the fact there will be the media distractions and hatred from the fanbase over his political views. I don’t see his jersey selling very well if at all. Now do you “Get it” ?

  50. There is a “report” quoting the 9ers front office that a team was about to sign Kap but the deal fell through. Therefore there are contradicting reports about him floating around out there and we do not know what is really going on with him.

  51. What is the problem just saying no team wants to deal with him and the potential backlash if they sign him? Wasnt aware he was guaranteed a position in the league… no one defends me that I’m not QB’ing anywhere …

  52. Who cares why he doesn’t have a job? We didn’t get day to day reports on why no one would sign Christian Ponder, or other similar bums, because, like Kaepernick, we don;t want them. If he could play, he’d be signed. End of story.

  53. harrisonhits2 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:36 AM

    Its called whey protein. I eat fish and chicken but also supplement that with protein shakes with whey powder.

    If he wants to keep his strength and conditioning up as a vegan its not that hard. Sounds like another thinly veiled excuse to me.

    ///////////////////////////////////////////

    Do you even know what whey protein is? lol. Protein sourced from cow and goat milk. Its 100% un-vegan.

    Learn something about what you are putting in your body for best results.

  54. 1. He has no touch when he throws: fastball or nothing.
    2. He doesn’t read defenses well enough to make appropriate checkdowns.
    3. When he can’t check down, he loses confidence takes off running.
    4. Because he runs really well, he doesn’t look for throwing opportunities while he’s on the move.
    5. If he sees a throwing opportunity while he’s running, see 1. above.

    Harbaugh was able to craft an offense that played to Kaep’s strengths and played around his weaknesses; no one else has really tried. Put a little political frosting on this cake, and nobody really wants to try.

  55. bighoser says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:13 PM
    I’d rather have Cutler or Fitzpatrick
    —————————————————————
    Cutler isn’t THAT BAD. Look at what the Bears revolving door of GM’s gave him for help. Not much.
    I’m a Packer fan. We saw him 2 and sometimes 3 times a year.
    He’s hands down the best FA QB on the market. Why has Cleveland not approached him is beyond me. It’s not like he will be the franchise QB. Cleveland needs to draft one and train him for a couple years before throwing one out there into the fire.

  56. I don’t mind Colin Kaepernick, the young man. He means well and has some well thought out empathy.

    I don’t really like Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback.

    In regards to Kaep’s political stance, Stephen Ross is an owner who DOES like it. In fact many of the Dolphins who kneeled in protest have received raises. Matt Moore is just a better backup in terms of what he adds to QB meetings and consistency. Kaep is a better athlete, granted. But Moore plays the position better, imho.

    However… all the Cuban residents in Miami were pretty pissed at Kaep over his pro-Castro comments after Castro died. So maybe Ross doesn’t love ALL of Kaep’s politics. But the protest? He digs it.

  57. mkreef says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:22 AM
    No concerns about Brady’s (almost) vegan diet. Unlike Kap, he didn’t lose weight when he went vegan. Of course he has a private chef. Oh yeah, he’s a winner.

    __________

    There is nothing whatsoever vegan about Brady’s diet. When they talked about their own diet, they talked about Steak, Salmon, Duck, and occasionally Chicken.

    Not even close to a vegan…but at least you got your fanboy love out

  58. If you struggle to distance yourself as the clear cut No. 1 QB over Blaine Gabbert and are seeking $9-10 million, you are going to be unemployed forever.

  59. Colin Kaepernick’s career went off the rails when he hooked up with his girlfriend. She steered him to speak up for extreme left wing political causes and into a vegan lifestyle. He lost over 20 lbs of muscle and is physically noticeably weaker and thinner.

  60. nobody owes him anything. he opted out of his 17 mill contract. you seem to forget that mr florio. no employer is obligated to hire someone they dont feel like theyre gonna like having on their team, especially if they wonder if hes gonna give 100% effort. the nfl requires players to be all in. distractions disrupt teams nobody wants to answer ? about their teammates behavior. they have their own job to concentrate on.

  61. He’s already bombed the opportunities he had. Plus his political views and lack of appreciating the nation are a powder keg. Combine that with his diet, he’s likely to explode in spectacular fashion one way or another. No one wants that on their watch.

  62. Given that no one has shown any interest in Kaepernick, chances are those discussions haven’t happened.

    That’s not true. The 49ers had a contract with him and he decided to opt out. He had discussions with the 49ers. According to GM Lynch, Kaepernick had a deal with another team lined up and it fell through. Why don’t you find out why that deal didn’t work out? Or what is Kaepernick demanding? Love how you ask a question then don’t accept any answers.

  63. Why not a daily story such as “Should the Browns sign Jay Cutler?” Jay Cutler is better than the QBs on their roster (and better than Kaepernick) and it is the same logic you used when trying to lobby teams to sign your national anthem disrespecting comrade.

  64. Hawknballs says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:16 PM

    Vegan diet is a non-factor

    Being vegan didn’t hold Tony Gonzalez back much, did it? Dude was a beast until he hung it up.
    ——————————————-
    Tony Gonzalez tried going vegan for a very short time and quickly switch back to his normal diet once he started losing muscle mass and wasn’t able to maintain his playing weight.

  65. Hawknballs says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:16 PM
    Vegan diet is a non-factor

    Sure for your average joe, they probably aren’t going to be winning any iron man competitions on a vegan diet.

    For a professional athlete with a professional nutritionist and, in terms of the food and supplement costs, virtually unlimited resources, it’s a total non-factor.

    Being vegan didn’t hold Tony Gonzalez back much, did it? Dude was a beast until he hung it up.

    I’m not vegan, but I’m not sure why it’s so amusing to mock someone for having better discipline about their diet than you do

    ____________

    Could you of possibly picked a worse example? Tony Gonzalez WAS a vegan, then gave it up because he lost too much strength and muscle mass. He then re-added meat to his diet. He was a vegan all of 1 season, then went back because of how much it effected his performance

  66. My first thought is, well no one is showing interest in Jay Cutler either, but then I think – Tyrod Taylor is the Bills quarterback and no one is interested in Kaepernick?

  67. ryder09 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:23 AM
    vegans… LOL.

    75 27

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    i know it must be rough not having 15 lbs of undigested meat in your body at all times. also must be rough having a clean conscience about what you eat. if you wanna eat venison, you should have to kill the deer with your hands only. then you would be manly. same with cows and pigs. id like to see you hop into a pen with an 800 lb pig and earn your dinner. eating red meat just makes u undisciplined and uninformed.

  68. Brady’s personal chef: “So, 80 percent of what they eat is vegetables. [I buy] the freshest vegetables. If it’s not organic, I don’t use it. And whole grains: brown rice, quinoa, millet, beans. The other 20 percent is lean meats: grass-fed organic steak, duck every now and then, and chicken. As for fish, I mostly cook wild salmon.”

    Brady’s diet is weird but healthy. It must be nice to have a personal chef.

  69. I am super skeptical about veganism. My step daughter is a very strict vegan and has been for almost a decade. I don’t know if it’s affecting her immune system or what, but she gets sick more than just about anyone I know. She has been ill enough to miss work more times in the last 12 months than I have been in the last 12 years. And I am 25 years older than her. She also has very little energy and is constantly complaining about being exhausted.

    Prince Fielder’s baseball career took a nose dive when temporarily went vegetarian a few years back.

    There are ways to eat healthy without taking such radical steps.

  70. The reason this article, and others like it, are written “obviously” is to keep the narrative alive that Kaepernick is being blackballed because the writers want him to be blackballed. Classic passive-aggressive tactic of those with an intolerant elitist opinion absent of courage.

  71. The guy is a idiot which is why no one has signed him. Probably next he will come out of the closet!

  72. codytha035 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 11:26 AM

    he would insantly make the vikings a better team… on and off the field
    _________________

    You must be referring to how Kap absolutely ripped the Packers Defense in the Divisional Playoffs a few years back. I know you think he’s good- but it’s actually a better example of how horrendous the Packs D was. Dom carries the tradition to this day.

    Thanks, but no thanks.

  73. Remember when Lt. Harris said to Mahoney in Police Academy….
    “Awwwww, too bad, so sad, bye bye…..”
    Then laughed.
    You could insert that joke here into this situation too.

  74. I will say it again just like I said it with Manziel and Tebow. If the guy is that good teams would be lined up to sign him.
    _________
    Bingo, you got it. Good post.

  75. Vegan or not, no team wants to sign a QB for $9-10 mil who may end up just holding a clipboard.

    San Fran overpaid him to begin with!

  76. When a team believes that the benefit he provides, outweighs the money they pay him and the PR nightmare he brings with him, he’ll have a job.

    Anyone who believes the color of his skin is the reason, is looking for racism where it doesn’t exist. If he was as good as Cam Newton, Jameis Winston, or even Dak Prescott, he’d be on a team.

    The NFL is about profit and PR, and teams are about winning. The reason child abusers, wife beaters, and rapists still have contracts is because some team is desperate to win.

    However good Kaep is, teams don’t think it’s good enough to help them based on either pay, the PR nightmare, or both.

  77. Gee it’s so hard to believe he doesn’t have a job when he can’t play and he hates America. Of course, hating America endears him to the left. Like the writer of this article.

  78. Why is this an ongoing issue? Who cares if he is being blackballed? This is America, he has the right to protest how he wants, fans and organizations have the right to react however they want. He may or may not be getting blackballed for his politics. If he is, so what?

  79. So what if he’s being black balled. He is a mediocre starting quarterback. NFL owners do not want to sign a player who hates America and will win only about 50% of the games. He is not good enough to deal with all the other stuff. And it’s not just the Not standing for the national anthem. It’s the saying Cuba is better than the United States.

  80. why does this continue to be a story ? I have no problem saying that I support and agree with a team exercising their freedom of choice on who to be on their roster.

    Is it not obvious by now that 32 teams have spoken ? They don’t want this POS on their team, and who could blame them ? A QB is the face of the franchise, the most important position on the team.

    I kind of wish Philly would sign him, cause we would pelt his face with snowballs every game.

  81. Florio;

    “Owners don’t like his political views”.

    Where did that come from?

    Kaepernick is an entertainer. In the context of this conversation that is ALL he is.

    Try this – “The FANS, who are the ones who pay for the tickets, buy the souvenirs, buy the hot dogs and hamburgers and t-shirts and beer and sit in the stands year after year don’t like his political views.”

    If he were any good as a QB we wouldn’t have this problem, which is actually not a problem, so that leaves us at this – You’re trying to create an issue where there is really nothing there, which leaves us at:

    What else is new?

  82. it’s not crazy for an owner to not want a QB who is going to get asked about his politics publicly at every turn. it is a major distraction and an NFL team is not wrong for wanting to stay away from that. stop trying to vilify this.

  83. Tim Tebow was “blackballed” from the NFL because his skills didn’t outweigh the distractions that came along with him.

    Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed from the NFL because his skills don’t outweigh the distractions that come along with him.

    Tim Tebow is white.

    Colin Kaepernick his a minority.

    There is your answer as to why people continue to question the Kaepernick situation whereas Tebow disappeared into oblivion.

  84. There are better QBs available to start via free agency or trade and a deep group of QB 2nd day prospects. Teams will probably be more interested after the draft

  85. All I hear on ESPN and this site is “why doesn’t he have a job” if these Companies (ABC and NBC) want him to have a job and be the face of their company, than HIRE him…I’m sure these Liberal mouth pieces would not have any problem… oh unless it would hurt THEIR $$ pocket. “Put up or shut up”

  86. Brady and Rodgers are 90% Vegan. They only eat a very limited amount of red meat.

    WTH does that even mean? 90% vegan= not vegan…

  87. Florio keeps making strawman arguments on this topic.

    1. Kaep isn’t worth what he is asking.

    2. You don’t know what conversations have taken place between the player’s agent and the teams, and you won’t ever know. Deal with it. You are not a party who needs to know. Stop assuming.

    3. NFL teams are in no way obligated to sign someone as employment for a free agent is not a right.

  88. Reality is, Kapernick is not a good quarterback. His early success was a product of an effective system and a top notch defense . When your defense gets a couple turnovers per game and holds the opposition to a lot of 3 and outs, your offense will score more because they get addition opportunities. The more a team scores, the better the odds of winning. Kaepernick was a gimmick player in a gimmick offense. He didn’t just all the sudden start sucking. He always sucked, but the D and the gimmick made him look good. He is done

  89. The only thing comical is how far PFT tries to discredit other journalists because of their agenda.

    Fact that a team was close to signing Kaep means there was at least one team already in discussions and kicking the tires.

    Second, the writer’s assertion that NFL teams are “repeatedly pressing the button on the “Reasons For Kaepernick’s Unemployment” generator” is just plain stupid. No NFL team cares enough to comment on a player they don’t want just to “protect” the NFL. They only do things in their own self interest.

    Lastly, where’s the PFT outrage that a white, grumpy Jay Cutler is still out of a job like Kaep??

  90. How can people dismiss these as concerns? Just admit you’re on the blackball train.

    It’s a myriad of concerns, commitment and diet amongst many: his declined performance and yes, his politics as well.

    Combine the concerns that his diet changed his body, his off the field work, as noble as it may be, eating into football time, his fall from Super Bowl QB to what he was last, and the politics all that equals an unsigned QB.

    You can’t dismiss political reasons or non-political reasons completely. Its simply a mix of all the reasons.

    If he threw 5000 yards, 40 TDs and the 9ers were good last year he’d have a contract, politics be damned. If he threw for more INTs than TDs last year he wouldn’t have one, even if every owner loved him.

  91. Here’s all you need to know….he’s just not that good a QB, and he comes with a lot of negative baggage! That’s why no one wants him.

  92. This site literally tripped over itself to find reasons why the NFL ratings were down last year – it just simple COULD NOT HAVE BEEN Kaepernick and his antics.

    Now, this site has completely re-branded itself this offseason to come up with why the ONLY reason Kaepernick is unemployed is his antics.

    Bleh.

  93. It’s simple, Kap isn’t a winner. He had his 4 minutes of fame. Frank Gore and some suspect power outage practically handed him a SB win and he choked. He couldn’t even win with Randy Moss on his team. He couldn’t outrun a 36-year old Ray Lewis with a bionic arm to win. He’s washed up. Once teams figured out they could hit a QB even if he hands off on an option, his career was over. That boy needs some milk.

  94. He’s skinny as a rail, has half the strength he had when he had that one good year. So ya I’d be concerned too

  95. 1historian says:
    Mar 31, 2017 1:34 PM
    Florio;

    “Owners don’t like his political views”.

    Where did that come from?

    Kaepernick is an entertainer.

    If that’s his job, he’s failing in a grand fashion.

  96. I don’t think Kaep should be blackballed because of his political views. But, teams are weighing signing him with a cost-benefit analysis. The benefit may be a QB who can rekindle the success under a coach not named Jim Tomsula. But, the cost may be unwanted media attention.

    This is why Tebow was blackballed. Tebow was a below average QB at best who probably wasn’t a bad option at second string. But, no team wanted the media presence he dragged along with him. Even as a second-stringer, any time the starter would struggle fans and media would cheer for Tebow. Owners don’t want to deal with that mess.

    I’m all for Kaep speaking his mind on politics, but you gotta be so great that teams don’t mind the unwanted attention.

    Also, as for his commitment, that’s complete bull. Kaep’s teammates have been overly supportive of his work ethic. I hope he gets a job–it’s a shame a guy who showed that much talent early on can’t find a starting gig in the NFL.

  97. Lots of stuff going on here, and it’s not all political…

    Remember, RG III, Kap, and Jay Cutler are all available….
    Tony Romo will be available any minute now….

    Why jump up any one of these QBs now, when doing so right now is clearly going to cost considerably more ?

  98. Kap is a krap head.. he has no political views… he is a self promoter who was pouting because he wasn’t starting.. finally restructured his contract and viola! instant starter,…..

  99. The best QB released this off-season still doesn’t have a job. Jay Cutler is going to get signed a lot quicker than Kaepernick (if CK is signed at all).

    So where are all the stories on why Cutler hasn’t been signed yet? Is he being blackballed for some reason? Why is there no curiosity about Cutler’s plight?

  100. Get over it – They guy had a couple of decent years. Hurt his shoulder, then coordinators found out how to defend him. Hasn’t be a winner since. Could care less about his stances, but his pro-Castro stunt he pulled in Florida when the 49er’s were playing the Dolphins didn’t help his cause. Teams look at those things as well.

  101. The Browns should sign Kaepernick, Manziel and Tebow, then do Hard Knocks and make them live together. Now that would be a reason to watch Hard Knocks.

  102. Wow, all Kaepernick, all the time. I wish you’d spend even half as much time on reporting why Cutler or RG3 haven’t been signed either.

  103. If Florio had a horse he would have been beaten it to death just like this story has been. Do we really need another story on Kaep every day?

  104. Kaepernick spoke out in support of a brutal dictator, i.e. Fidel Castro, wears socks depicting our nation’s police officers as literal pigs, and continually talks trash about our nation’s police officers, who are being slaughtered by BLM supporters like Gavin Eugene Long and Micah Xavier Johnson. He hates this country, and especially those who keep it safe.

    His extreme views were a major reason behind the drop in NFL ratings last season, and for that reason, it would be in the NFL’s best interests not to sign him even if he had the skills of Tom Brady (which he obviously does not). Among a poll of NFL fans, 40% said Kaepernick’s protests made them LESS likely to watch football. He actively hurt their ratings last season. Maybe if he showed more gratitude for the country that’s given him so much, he would have better luck. He’s more than welcome to seek a $126 million contract playing American Football in Cuba.

  105. Pleeeeeeez. They were talking about his new diet and loss of muscle during the season, before he became a free agent.

  106. Why are you pressing this story so hard? Don’t you get it? He’s just not that good. Do you want him to hear that message from all 32 teams? Or would it be kinder for him to just not get a job with any of them and they DIDN’T throw insults at him?

    Sure, he had some decent reps and showed some potential. But he is, at best, a backup that doesn’t think he’s a backup. And, the others don’t come with all the baggage of his high public profile and negative attitude.

    If he were willing to take league minimum on a one year basis with no guaranteed money to be a backup, some team might eventually take the risk, if they don’t get the QB they want in the draft with more up side and less cost. But, to suggest that his lack of any invites at this stage in the off-season is anything more than recognizing he’s a high-risk, low-reward prospect with a troubled past that makes him less interesting than most 7th round QB prospects is dumb.

  107. His ego and his salary demands are bigger than his hair and his talent makes him look bald, he is nothing more than a running back who can sometimes throw a Football. = Unemployed.

  108. I’m sure that the quote Dennis Hopper used in Waterworld could apply here:

    “Colin, you are the turd that won’t flush”.

  109. You can’t tell me that Kaep isn’t worth a look as an unrestricted free agent. Even if only for a backup spot. One has to assume his politics has come back to haunt him. The fact that he is a minority in the NFL isn’t helping him any either. Just sayin’.

  110. thejetssuck2001 says:
    Mar 31, 2017 12:42 PM

    i know it must be rough not having 15 lbs of undigested meat in your body at all times. also must be rough having a clean conscience about what you eat. if you wanna eat venison, you should have to kill the deer with your hands only. then you would be manly. same with cows and pigs. id like to see you hop into a pen with an 800 lb pig and earn your dinner. eating red meat just makes u undisciplined and uninformed.
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    Q: How can you tell if someone is vegan?

    A: Don’t worry, they’ll tell you.

  111. God forbid anyone suggest he be turned into a wide receiver. But given his speed, that’s probably his best chance to succeed at this point.

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