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Harry Edwards: Three teams have inquired about Kaepernick

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Although no team has offered quarterback Colin Kaepernick a contract or even engaged in substantive negotiations with him, Kaepernick has drawn some interest, according to one of his advisors.

Harry Edwards, a well-known sociologist with long-time links to pro football, tells Jarrett Bell of USA Today that three teams have asked Edwards about Kaepernick since he became a free agent on March 9.

“They’ve asked, ‘Can he play? Does he want to play?'” Edwards told Bell. “The last question I can’t answer. The first question, absolutely. If Kaep makes up his mind, he wouldn’t only go in and make a team, he’d put pressure on somebody to start.”

That response hasn’t sparked the formal pursuit of Kaepernick by any of the three teams, none of whom Edwards named. Meanwhile, Edward believes that Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest from 2016 has become a factor in his ongoing unemployment, even though the reasons leaked by unnamed sources to various media members focus on more innocuous factors.

“I don’t think there’s any question that there are some owners who wouldn’t have him in the league, much less on their team,” Edwards said. “But I fully expect one [team to sign him], because it’s in the best interest of the league to have him on a team.”

This suggests that, eventually, the league office could get involved with this one, twisting arms and/or trading favors to get someone to give him a job — like the league office reportedly did three years ago with Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to attempt to play in the NFL.

Still, if Kaepernick eventually will be on a team, it makes sense both for him and his employer for that to happen during offseason workouts, so that he’ll have the best chance to learn the offense, the coaches, and the personnel. If he’s thrust into an unfamiliar environment at the outset of training camp, it will become much harder for him to make a 53-man roster.

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88 Responses to “Harry Edwards: Three teams have inquired about Kaepernick”
  1. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: May 11, 2017 11:49 PM

    The three teams are the Omaha Nighthawks, Birmingham Thunderbolts, and the Los Angeles Express

  2. realjuztice says: May 11, 2017 11:57 PM

    Great. Someone called. Can we now move on from this myth of Kaepernick being blackballed because of his stance on social issues.

  3. xofdallas says: May 12, 2017 12:04 AM

    I just had a thought. Tony Romo and Jay Cutler got jobs with the media. Why hasn’t any media outlet offered Kaepernick a job announcing or analyzing or being a spokeperson or whatever?

    I would suspect it’s for the same reasons many pundits are suggesting as reasons why NFL owners/gms would consider other quarterback options as being better than Kaepernick.

    Makes you think, doesn’t it…

  4. bighoser says: May 12, 2017 12:07 AM

    Cutler couldn’t get a job offer either, and now he’s broadcasting. Fitzpatrick is now in the same boat as Kaepernick: both guys THINK they deserve to start and be paid $9-$10 million per year. The trouble is NO team wants to pay them that because clearly they aren’t worth it, and last time I checked Fitz stood for the anthem so PLEASE, let’s just kill this storyline! If Kap was clearly a top 10 QB, he could drown puppies and teams would line up to sign him (see Michael Vick). He ain’t so unless and until he lowers his asking price to a more reasonable contract with incentives, ha will remain unemployed (just like Fitzpatrick).

  5. ss5555 says: May 12, 2017 12:11 AM

    Breaking news, McDonalds is hiring, someone get this man an application and end his unemployment slide..

  6. billybone says: May 12, 2017 12:12 AM

    I’d welcome him to my team if he is willing to be a team player, work hard, and be the best that he can be.

  7. PriorKnowledge says: May 12, 2017 12:13 AM

    A QB is the face of the franchise. By sitting or kneeling during the National Anthem, he is representing that the team is sitting or kneeling. People love their spouse. They may not agree with everything the spouse does or says, but would never disrespect them. Kap did that to America. That is unacceptable and intolerable. Even with Brady skills, no team will have him. It isn’t politics, it is Patriotism.

  8. nomdeplume01 says: May 12, 2017 12:15 AM

    All three teams ask the same two questions, seems odd. Maybe the teams are in Havana, Guantanamo or in the Bay of Pigs, all in his favorite country.

    Does he want to play? He might not once he sees the condition of the facilities. He would put pressure on someone to start there.

    If he doesn’t get signed before training camp starts the excuses are already written.

  9. Phoenix11 says: May 12, 2017 12:19 AM

    Well that debunks your stance about teams no inquiring, swing and a miss.

    Though I get it, this whole Kaepernick debacle creates clicks/views/comments. Got to hype up the blackball and rile both sides.

  10. struckgold49er says: May 12, 2017 12:22 AM

    Riley Cooper even got a try out. Great American Ballplayer he is, dude deserves a bust in Canton!!!

  11. ramrene says: May 12, 2017 12:28 AM

    Kapernick made his stand, that was his choice. The choice from each individual owner is do I want the media attention the fallout from his stand will bring if we put him on the team? That is the owner’s choice.

    Now, factor in his diminished play and the risk-reward ratio is tilting too much on the “It’s not wort it” side. So where’s the black balling? He doesn’t have a birth right to play in the NFL, it’s a privilege and an honor, he abused that honor and the owner has a right to assume as much or as little risk as he wants.

  12. therealraider says: May 12, 2017 12:31 AM

    “Harry Edwards:” ..

    ^ stopped reading right there.

  13. djvh2 says: May 12, 2017 12:43 AM

    I hope the Redskins sign him just for the irony, both for him and the guy who apparently has a Kaep poster above his bed.

  14. thorsmark says: May 12, 2017 12:44 AM

    Where’s the update on all the other unemployed QBs?

  15. bleedingfacemask says: May 12, 2017 12:51 AM

    So, one of Kaep’s advisors is a well-known sociologist? And he can’t answer the question if Kaep wants to play?


  16. eljefedelmundo says: May 12, 2017 12:57 AM

    I just don’t get the K pick hate.

    You all hate on Jesse Owens when he put his fist up at the Olympics?

    Didn’t think so..

  17. GreasedLightning says: May 12, 2017 1:01 AM

    He’s a beast, he could start in Buffalo, Jacksonville, Cleveland, NY Jets, Carolina, Baltimore and Buffalo again

  18. rxmontanagf says: May 12, 2017 1:05 AM

    This website has a serious hard on for Kap. Sure, he shares your politics. Doesn’t mean he is a good player.

  19. alonestartexan says: May 12, 2017 1:38 AM

    IF someone signs him, I’d put my bets on either a California team or the Dolphins.

    They seem to be the only places where fans wouldn’t revolt..

  20. BrentMayFF says: May 12, 2017 2:09 AM

    Cap made a choice when he decided to take a knee. I thought it was misguided at the time, and still do. Better ways to make a point than the avenue Cap chose. But IMO it seemed he wanted to make a splash, and that he did.

    While I have no ill will towards him for his actions, I also have no issues with any team that did, or any team that wants to avoid any headaches associated with signing him.

  21. dingbutt says: May 12, 2017 2:48 AM

    3 teams didn’t get the memo.

  22. drunkraider says: May 12, 2017 2:59 AM

    and kap said he wants 10mill a year and all 3 teams hung up the phone.

  23. harissonhits2 says: May 12, 2017 3:27 AM

    Nobody called.

  24. wahoo21 says: May 12, 2017 4:02 AM

    So far the teams have decided what is in the best interest of the league as well they should….

  25. davej13 says: May 12, 2017 5:00 AM

    He is a good fit for the Cowboys behind Dak. He could easily fit into the current offense. Jerry, go sign him!

  26. theright0pinion says: May 12, 2017 5:13 AM

    I’m sick of reading about Kaepernick. He made his own bed.

  27. cpozsgai says: May 12, 2017 5:25 AM

    Name names!

  28. aj66shanghai says: May 12, 2017 5:38 AM

    I was guessing they were interested in him coming to a game and letting fans throw tomatoes at him at halftime

  29. dickshotdogs says: May 12, 2017 5:44 AM

    He sucks.

  30. bigmark67 says: May 12, 2017 5:58 AM

    One of the teams is the Pittsburgh Kneelers….

  31. jammer88 says: May 12, 2017 6:30 AM

    The boy made is own bed and now he has to lye in it.

  32. officialgame says: May 12, 2017 6:40 AM

    His advisor isn’t sure he wants to play? Why would a team go any further with a QB who isn’t sure he wants to play? Add to that the baggage, injury’s and the fact he has regressed not progressed for the last three years.

  33. strength531 says: May 12, 2017 6:52 AM

    Three teams asked, there you go, it’s not about the flag. Can we move on now?

  34. exinsidetrader says: May 12, 2017 6:56 AM

    So many pro-Kaepernick posts I believe the site should either disclose any conflict of interest, be it financial or otherwise, or change its name to ProKaepernickTalk

  35. DugoutDirtbag says: May 12, 2017 7:02 AM


    What…are you an idiot?

    If you were a billionaire and couldn’t buy a pair of nads would you hire him?

  36. DugoutDirtbag says: May 12, 2017 7:04 AM

    Maybe it would be best if he went and played in the CFL.

  37. rodgerstonelson says: May 12, 2017 7:12 AM

    Can he play baseball?

  38. dcpatfan says: May 12, 2017 7:23 AM

    realjuztice says:
    May 11, 2017 11:57 PM
    Great. Someone called. Can we now move on from this myth of Kaepernick being blackballed because of his stance on social issues.
    …no we cannot.
    sorry, despite what your privilege has led you to believe, if you truly think that Kaep is not being blackballed by the power structure of the NFL then your being the mythological one.

    but why should you be any different than the current administration or the sheep that follow it.

  39. notlistinin says: May 12, 2017 7:26 AM

    “Harry Edwards, a well-known sociologist with long-time links to pro football,…”

    I guess that IS an accurate description, but it really doesn’t tell much of the story.

    “Che Guevara, a well known physician and symbol of the counter culture,…”

    Would that be the same kind of description?
    This site goes into politics too much to say it doesn’t go into politics. Sometimes, what a person doesn’t say about a topic speaks as loudly as what they do say.

  40. oldhuskerfan says: May 12, 2017 7:28 AM

    CFL teams?

  41. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: May 12, 2017 7:28 AM

    Mr. Krabs can always hire Kaepernick back as a cashier at the Krusty Krab…

  42. 1stargazer says: May 12, 2017 7:31 AM

    Russians, Chinese and Democrats.

  43. tonebones says: May 12, 2017 7:34 AM

    Kaepernick got drafted the year of the lockout, so there was no pre-season. Harbaugh was signed just before the lockout, so he was able to meet with Alex Smith and give him the playbook. Smith directed unofficial off-season workouts with the other players, so once the season started, Smith was the only QB capable of taking snaps on game day. So Kaepernick’s real first season was washed out. So his second year was really his first. That year he took over for an injured Smith and led the team to the super bowl. His next season he led them to the NFC championship game up in Seattle. The 49ers very nearly won both those games, so really, Kaepernick was only a whisker away from being a two time super bowl winning QB, in his first real two seasons. History shows us without a doubt that QBs get better and better over time. There was a lot of upheaval and change taking place in San Francisco after Kap’s first two seasons. So there’s absolutely no doubt about Kap’s ability to play winning football, and win big playoff games. This is the same group of GMs that traded away the house for RG3, and drafted E.J. Manuel very high, so I would say this current group of GMs is more incompetent when it comes to evaluating QBs, than anything else. That can be their excuse, and nobody can argue.

  44. ochostinko says: May 12, 2017 7:44 AM

    Mike, why are you so obsessed with this guy? Where are your constant updates on other free agents like RG3?

    Is it that difficult to see that his baggage outweighs any potential upside he has? Kaep made his decisions; he can live with the consequences.

  45. elyasm says: May 12, 2017 7:54 AM

    How is it in the league’s best interests to have him on a team? If anything, keeping him out of the league sends a very clear message to all players to restrict any kind of sociopolitical activities to their own time, which is exactly the way it should be. I don’t know of any company that would encourage its employees to go around proselytizing for their political beliefs on company time while flying the corporate colors.

  46. rootpain says: May 12, 2017 8:15 AM

    Nonsense. Harry Edwards has as much influence on the NFL as a swarm of killer bees. There is just no place to accommodate them. Period. The NFL knows Edwards would have Kaepernick wearing a black power glove the moment the national cameras are running.

    There are no lies being told. No one wants him on their team. Period.

  47. ncfloyd says: May 12, 2017 8:23 AM

    I have more respect for Kaepernick than Edwards. If I was an owner I would now be less likely to hire Kaep if he approves Edwards speaking for him. He’s made too many past comments that seem racist to me.

  48. Seprix says: May 12, 2017 8:26 AM

    1. “This suggests that, eventually, the league office could get involved with this one, twisting arms and/or trading favors to get someone to give him a job.”

    This is HIGHLY insulting. If the League had to do this to make me play, I wouldn’t want to play at all. I’d feel like I was there just because I was supporting a social cause.

    2. ““They’ve asked, ‘Can he play? Does he want to play?’” Edwards told Bell. “The last question I can’t answer. The first question, absolutely.”

    Edwards isn’t even sure if Kaep wants to play? Maybe teams weren’t wrong in questioning whether or not he’d rather do social justice work than play. Like, he doesn’t even have an agent.

  49. charger383 says: May 12, 2017 8:27 AM

    He should be blackballed

  50. ecniner says: May 12, 2017 8:32 AM

    Someone’s trying to sell it…. and it smells….
    BTW- the seller has nothing to do with football…. smell the smell?

  51. Joe Schmoe says: May 12, 2017 8:36 AM

    They inquired if he is still an ineffective quarterback, a distraction for the team, and a massive headache. The answer was yes.

  52. cmoney4949 says: May 12, 2017 8:39 AM

    trumpies start spewing the racist hate

  53. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 12, 2017 8:44 AM

    Maybe Harry Edwards is lying to you

  54. FinFan68 says: May 12, 2017 8:50 AM

    “They’ve asked, ‘Can he play? Does he want to play?’” Edwards told Bell. “The last question I can’t answer. The first question, absolutely…”
    I would expect the sociologist to be better equipped to answer the second question rather than the first

  55. saltineamerican says: May 12, 2017 8:53 AM

    People seem to forget he had a team: He was on the 49’ers and he quit.

  56. blitzinc43 says: May 12, 2017 8:56 AM

    As a close friend of the organization known as the Toronto Argonauts, I can say that they are certainly are interested in Colin and his liberal views.

  57. mikeinminny says: May 12, 2017 8:58 AM

    I wonder what Pat Tillman’s take would be on this whole situation?

  58. nflfan4now says: May 12, 2017 9:03 AM

    Why should the league twist arms? Michael Sam was ‘born this way’, so they helped him out. This was his choice to disrespect the country and policeman everywhere by protesting the way he did.
    And don’t forget it’s not only the owners personal thoughts on him, it’s also the teams fans, and from the amount of ‘thumbs’ voting on this I think it’s pretty evident he would produce a lot of controversy wherever he goes.

  59. meximyke says: May 12, 2017 9:08 AM

    A peewee team in Biafra is interested!! Other than that he can pass out towels at the gay bath house for peanuts!

  60. jagsfan1 says: May 12, 2017 9:11 AM

    Bottom line is this:

    He is not good enough as a player to make teams willing to put up with his social agenda.

    NFL teams will sign guys who beat up grandmothers if they think they can “help us win”.

    Kap is a backup who would be a very mediocre starter in a pinch. So are a bunch of other guys.

    He is also never going to get a team to structure offense around him – so his options are extremely limited.

    ALWAYS a rookie coming out that teams will fall in love with and rather give the chance to.

  61. briang123 says: May 12, 2017 9:12 AM

    It is amazing how much credibility Edwards gets by wearing that hat.

  62. tdshouldbeinthehall says: May 12, 2017 9:15 AM

    And helmet head proved wrong again

  63. freebird2011 says: May 12, 2017 9:17 AM

    Three teams since March 9 suggests all the inquiries were before the draft. Now that teams have either drafted QBs or signed FA QBs since then, his best bet may be the CFL.

  64. whatjusthapped says: May 12, 2017 9:23 AM

    This seems to have all the makings of a “Fake News” story. First, why would any serious team call Harry Edwards for anything personnel related? Second, the same 2 questions? As if Harry Edwards had the first clue on answering either of them.

    Here is my theory, Mr. Edwards is like any other celebrity, he needs to keep his name in the news to appear relevant for the near future. His income depends on it. I assume he has more than a superficial relationship with Colin Kaepernick so they talk once in awhile. Mr. Edwards seizes this an opportunity to keep his name in the news.

    In other words, nothing to see here, move along.

  65. jjackwagon says: May 12, 2017 9:23 AM

    Where is the daily update on Fitzpatrick, & RGIII?

    I guess they are not political enough to get daily updates on this non-political site.

  66. bocadiver1 says: May 12, 2017 9:27 AM

    Jesse Owens didn’t raise his fist. That was John Carlos and Lee Evans. Thanks for your perceptive comment.

  67. qbarrel says: May 12, 2017 9:27 AM

    The author clearly thinks Kaep deserves another opportunity with a team because (1) he is not the worst QB in the league and (2) I have no idea why else.

    He had a good contract sitting on the table waiting for him to sign. He bet on the fact that other NFL owners and GMs would be willing to overlook the fact that he pissed off about 75% of NFL fans and offer him a better contract. He blew it – plain and simple.

    He might get another opportunity at some point, but it will be an injury fill-in, backup role for far less than he left on the table. He’s hasn’t been good enough to be an NFL starter for several years now.

  68. raysfan1 says: May 12, 2017 9:40 AM

    eljefedelmundo says:
    May 12, 2017 12:57 AM
    I just don’t get the K pick hate.

    You all hate on Jesse Owens when he put his fist up at the Olympics?

    Didn’t think so.
    Geez, if you can’t get your history right, don’t post at all.
    Jesse Owens did not put his fist up at the Summer Olympics in 1936. That was Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Summer Olympics after winning gold and bronze in the 200m sprint. …and they took a lot of backlash for their Black Power salute.

  69. thermalito says: May 12, 2017 9:43 AM

    Harry Edwards is a left wing race hustler moron. What cares what this idiot has to say about anything.

  70. omeimontis says: May 12, 2017 9:44 AM

    At this point, he may have to settle for the league minimum to find a team. His win-loss record from last season is a major factor. QBs are judged similarly to baseball pitchers, by their win-loss record above all else. Having a good ERA or QB rating is not enough.

  71. blackdb says: May 12, 2017 9:45 AM

    I am sure there are owners who just don’t want him on his team but I think the majority of teams feel he is not a good enough player to be worth the media circus and distraction he brings to a team (See Tim Tebow). You would also have to alter your offense to fit his skill set and most teams are not going to do that for him. No one wants a backup QB to be in the media every day. He was a huge distraction to a disaster of a season last year for the 49ers.

  72. omeimontis says: May 12, 2017 9:46 AM

    He replaced Alex Smith in the 2012 season even though Smith had the highest QB rating, and the reason he got the job was because Harbaugh said that he gave the team the best chance to win.

  73. dexterismyhero says: May 12, 2017 9:48 AM

    @eljefedelmundo says:: You all hate on Jesse Owens when he put his fist up at the Olympics?

    Didn’t think so..

    Are you dumber than a box of rocks or what?

  74. ihavenoeyedeer says: May 12, 2017 9:51 AM

    “Can he play? Does he want to play?”


    My 8 year old son’s friends asked me the same questions last weekend.

  75. saltineamerican says: May 12, 2017 9:52 AM

    eljefedelmundo says:
    May 12, 2017 12:57 AM
    I just don’t get the K pick hate.

    You all hate on Jesse Owens when he put his fist up at the Olympics?

    Didn’t think so..


    You should have spent more time in school and less time playing video games

  76. DugoutDirtbag says: May 12, 2017 9:56 AM


    Tony Romo and Jay Cutler got jobs with the media. Why hasn’t any media outlet offered Kaepernick a job announcing or analyzing or being a spokeperson or whatever?

    There is no way any network is convinced Kap is done playing.

    And anyway, after the stance he took, i’d be as surprised as you if he made the cut over wRomo or wCutler

  77. DugoutDirtbag says: May 12, 2017 10:01 AM

    thermalito says:
    May 12, 2017 9:43 AM

    Harry Edwards is a left wing race hustler moron. What cares what this idiot has to say about anything

    Would it be OK with you if I think your opinion sounds like something a XXXX would say and go ahead form my own opinion?

  78. collectordude says: May 12, 2017 10:03 AM

    Must be 3 VERY DESPERATE teams to inquire about that bum.

  79. bigmikeskinsfan says: May 12, 2017 10:05 AM

    eljefedelmundo says:
    May 12, 2017 12:57 AM
    I just don’t get the K pick hate.

    You all hate on Jesse Owens when he put his fist up at the Olympics?

    Didn’t think so..

    ummm…did you mean Tommie Smith or John Carlos? Jesse defeated Hitler’s “master race” at the Olympics.

    Please get your names right before you act like you’re mad.

  80. thermalito says: May 12, 2017 10:18 AM

    Harry Edwards is worse of a creeper than the groupies who hang out at bars hoping to hook up with a celebrity. He latches on to professional athletes for his own personal benefit as some sort of guru despite the fact his own real marketable skill is being black. Nobody cares what this clown has to say besides a few of the young, vulnerable athletes manipulated by him.

  81. crush22 says: May 12, 2017 10:18 AM

    “But I fully expect one [team to sign him], because it’s in the best interest of the league to have him on a team.”

    I’m sure the league will be just fine without him.

  82. DugoutDirtbag says: May 12, 2017 10:19 AM

    Actually it was the combined efforts of the US infantry, Air forces, and the Navy, as well as the Allied forces and the American people.

    Jesse Owens fired the first shot back in 1936 though !

  83. elvoid says: May 12, 2017 10:19 AM

    Telling quote from Kap’s rep:

    “If Kaep makes up his mind,”

    Y’know – maybe that’s a big part of the reason here – teams just aren’t truly sure that Kap is truly sure about committing to being an NFL QB.

    Maybe Kap should make up his mind. Maybe he doesn’t really want to play. Remember – he turned down a nearly 17 million dollar offer that was his for the taking.

  84. atahualpaoxford says: May 12, 2017 10:30 AM

    If the League needs him, as the article suggests, then one team, with an agreement with the NFL and all other teams, should hire him ( his salary not counting against the cap), to be a roving ambassador….
    He can go to Australia and teach Aussie rules football players how to take a knee during their anthem. Then go to Fiji and American Samoa and do the same with the rugby players…
    And then go to Europe: Albania, Kazakhstan, etc etc….
    This will silence those that think he should be in the NFL, while at the same time keep him far away from a football field.

  85. timmylaz99 says: May 12, 2017 10:41 AM

    Not sure why PFT is in such a huff as to why he doesn’t have a job – I know they are pushing the whole political ideal. They need to look a four things

    1) His acting like an idiot – Not talking about the flag thing, but the stuff like the pro-Castro stunt he played up in Miami

    2) His win/lose record and his stats over the last few years

    3) his want to be paid like a starter

    4) his image as selfish player even before the flag situation

  86. trubroncfan07 says: May 12, 2017 11:20 AM

    Maybe PFT will hire Kaep to come into the studio and take a knee while the rest of you guys work.

  87. buffalosunshine says: May 12, 2017 11:33 AM

    be sincere.. you know he doesn’t have a job because he wouldn’t stand for the anthem.. they are giving QB jobs to clowns like Mark Sanchez.. if it was that he wanted to much cash that doesn’t stop anyone from giving him a lower offer.. if it is because he was “selfish” welcome to the NFL where almost every player is selfish when it comes to getting money and wanting the ball.. if it is his wins and loses then why on earth did someone just sign Blaine Gabbert or Josh McNown? You can not like the guy that is your right as an American and just as a human, but don’t act like it has nothing to do with his not standing that just makes you look like an uneducated bigot.

  88. fhvned says: May 12, 2017 3:12 PM

    Note to Colin: You had a great plan You wanted to make a statement. You did. You obviously didn’t think too hard about it though, because you never expected the backlash. Maybe you thought the world would applaud your choice and the accompanying publicity would raise the value of your stock. Maybe you expected the masses to embrace you as the “face of change” for America and would launch your legacy to the stars. Forgive the world for jumping on the bandwagon and, instead, found your actions to be repugnant and unpatriotic.

    Yes, you had a great plan.

    BTW…. So did Custer.

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