Colin Kaepernick speaks (to Shannon Sharpe)

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Conspicuously quiet during his extended stretch in free-agency, 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick recently broke his silence. Sort of.

Kaepernick called Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe on Thursday night, after word emerged that Dr. Harry Edwards, described as an advisor to Kaepernick by USA Today, claimed three teams had reached out to Edwards about Kaepernick. Sharpe shared the contents of the conversation Friday, on FS1’s Undisputed.

“[Kaepernick] says, ‘People keep putting out that I’m asking for nine, ten million dollars,” Sharpe said. “Shannon, they don’t know what I’m asking for. I have not talked to, my representative has not talked to [teams].

“What I find even stranger,” Sharpe added, “is why are teams reaching out to a sociology professor and not calling the player and his representative himself? Dr. Harry Edwards says he’s healthy enough to play, but he can’t answer the question [of] does he want to play? You would think, you’re that close to Kaep, you don’t know if he wants to play? This is not adding up.

“Here’s something else,” Sharpe said. “It seems to me that everything that’s starting to disseminate out is coming from one organization. That’s the former organization that Colin Kaepernick played for. Now [49ers G.M.] John Lynch said early on he knew for a fact that one team wanted to sign Colin Kaepernick. It’s hard for me to believe that he could know that when he didn’t know the Chicago Bears were gonna take Mitchell Trubisky. . . .

“And what I find that since so much information is coming out of San Francisco, guess who’s been a paid consultant to the San Francisco 49ers for over 20 years? The very advisor that these alleged three teams have called. . . . Why would you ask Harry Edwards, who’s a sociology professor, whether or not Colin Kaepernick wants to play and whether or not he still can play when you can pick up the phone and call Colin Kaepernick himself, when you can call his representative yourself? . . .

“Something doesn’t smell right to me,” Sharpe said. “Talking to Kaep last night, no team has called him.”

This information meshes with our item from Friday morning, which explained that despite Edwards’ claim of multiple inquiries directed to him, no NFL team has reached out to Kaepernick or his agent. That article invited derision from Jason Whitlock of FS1, who argued via Twitter that Kaepernick should be the one contacting teams and not the other way around.

Although Whitlock’s message was somewhat obscured (as it often is) by his shtick and his style, he makes a valid point: What have Kaepernick and his agent done to affirmatively market the quarterback’s services? I’ve been unable to get an answer to that question. (Maybe Shannon Sharpe can, since he has a pipeline to the player.)

Perhaps Kaepernick and his agent have decided to wait to see whether anyone calls, given that the supply of competent quarterbacks doesn’t match the demand for even incompetent ones. Quarterbacks who didn’t nearly win a Super Bowl and who didn’t have a 4-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio and a 90.7 passer rating with a 2-14 roster don’t have to initiate contact with teams; the teams come after them.

Last year, Brock Osweiler got $37 million from the Texans without ever meeting them. For what? The 2012 draft pick (one year after Kaepernick) sat on the bench for three years before winning five regular-season games behind a quality offense complemented by a championship-caliber defense. But Osweiler didn’t have to go find Houston. Houston found him.

Examples of this dynamic at the quarterback position are rare, because quality quarterbacks rarely become available in free agency. Eleven years ago, Drew Brees found a landing spot and an eight-figure contract with the Saints in 2006 despite having more than 20 studs still in his surgically-repaired throwing shoulder. Although Peyton Manning went on to have four successful season in Denver, the jury was out in 2012 as to whether he’d thrive again. He had had four neck surgeries, and the nerves leading from his spine to his throwing arm were still in the process of regenerating. In hindsight it worked out well, but at the time Manning presented the same kind of calculated risk that the Saints took (and the Dolphins wouldn’t) on Brees six years earlier.

Even with that clear physical concern regarding Manning’s age, his neck surgeries, and his dead-but-eventually-resurrected arm, a dozen teams lined up for a chance to sign him.

That’s not, despite the best efforts of those on Twitter who like to jam 140 characters into their own real or contrived agenda, a comparison of Manning and Kaepernick’s careers and abilities. It is, however, a comparison of their circumstances. Manning, with very real health concerns in 2012, had his pick of teams. Kaepernick can’t even get one to pick up the phone and call him or his agent.

If you have personal disdain for Kaepernick based on his activities from 2016, that’s fine. But try to take a step back from that and be objective on this point: Does it make sense that teams would leak a smattering of flawed assumptions and false narratives aimed at justifying the decision to not even have a conversation with the guy?

If/when a team like the Browns or the Broncos (both of which wanted him a year ago, when he was recovering from three different surgeries but had yet to engage in activities that rubbed some the wrong way) were to admit that they don’t like his politics and/or they fear losing money via alienated fans and/or he’s not good enough to justify the extra media attention his arrival would invite, then a meaningful conversation and debate could be had regarding those concerns. Instead, it’s been a shell game of excuses and lies for more than two months, which means that those who are avoiding Kaepernick fear that telling the truth will look a lot worse than continuously trying to avoid it.

108 responses to “Colin Kaepernick speaks (to Shannon Sharpe)

  1. Kap is obviously a gullible guy. So if he wants to resurrect his career he needs to dump that Nessa broad and get with a hot patriotic blonde from Texas.

    He’ll be rocking MAGA hats and waving the American flag in no time.

  2. Kaepernick has a bright future as a politician for the Democrats. Tebow will be a future star for the Republicans. Neither is qualified as a pro-level QB. It’ll be amusing to watch them debate each other on the campaign circuit.

  3. Anyone that gets this guy is going to have a media firestorm about nothing, one huge distraction without end. Why he cancelled his contract for a fortune is beyond me, I’ll go with horrible advice and planning.

  4. No team wants to deal with the drama associated with this player.. He’s not worth the time or effort to be a distraction to the team. I hope he finds a job at McDonalds.

  5. Don’t care if the idiot talked to Sharpe. I’m just pleased no team has signed or SHOULD the idiot.

  6. You are making a flawed assumption when you ask

    “Does it make sense that teams would leak a smattering of flawed assumptions and false narratives aimed at justifying the decision to not even have a conversation with the guy?”

    First, those assumptions and narratives are speculation coming from media. So it is just your supposition that nfl GMs or owners are ‘leaking’ it at all. Even if the sources are front office people, they are not necessarily ones in the QB market. Speculation here looks exactly the same as leaks do.

    Look, there is absolutely ZERO question that Kaepernick’s social stance has affected his market. He may or may not have gotten starting interest or even a job by now, but he would have gotten calls.

    But the most hyperbolic people are insinuating a coordinated campaign to keep Kaepernick out of a job, and there is zero evidence that that is happening.

    There were maybe 5 total teams who could have considered Kaepernick to compete for starter. And as a bottom end starter, that’s no slam dunk. He gets compared to the draft class, to future free agents, etc. And because of the social stance they would have to be SURE to take that shot.

    And once you get past that to all the other QB jobs (a chance to compete in camp, a backup between an experienced guy, a camp arm), Kaepernick becomes a very awkward fit.

    Coaches like their backup to be like their starter and able to run their system. Kaepernick, for his talents, is still not going to run pocket progressions under center. You need to give him predefined reads, and running lanes.

    Moreover, all the accompanying noise that comes with Kaepernick’s protest becomes less “worth it” if you are only looking for a backup. You want your own fans and opposing making ugly scenes about a guy not even playing.

    With each team that may have thought about him, all it takes is one coach/GM/owner who personally dislikes the stance, one owner/GM who doesn’t want the fan backlash, or one coach who doesn’t want the player.

    The social stance is relevant, but that does not make for a coordinated campaign. And the so called whisper campaign against him? This is NFL media. There are whisper campaigns about everything. That is what happens when you have 5000 talking heads and columnists speculating on the stories in the news.

  7. He’s a mediocre football player who sucked at his last gig at the 49ers and can’t get hired. Don’t see the big deal or why this is news.

    If I screw up at my job that pays me millions and I get let go, should I be entitled to get a new job? Especially when I push my political agenda and activism at my work place.

    It was all about “taking a knee”. Well guess what – NFL teams are taking a knee on this loser.

    Retire – you’ve got millions – and focus on your activism.

  8. I’m sorry, did Colin Kaepernick say he wants to play football, still? I must’ve missed that.

  9. It was Kap’s right to protest, and God bless him for it, but others also have the right to disagree with him. That’s what seems to be the double standard here. Playing in the NFL isn’t a right, it’s a privalledge. Teams have the right to choose whoever they want. By his own admission, Kap made a decision at the risk of a backlash. Now, right or wrong he has to deal with it and not claim he’s a martyr being disenfranchised for his beliefs. Freedom is a sword that cuts both ways, live and learn Kap, we reap what we sow.

  10. No one owes Kaep, or anyone else any explanations. I don’t know why we continue to talk about this. He offended millions with his actions last year, and we talked more than enough about that too. I think everyone is just tired of Kaep and all that comes with him. They’d just rather avoid it all together.

  11. how can you compare kaepernick to something he’s not, which is a pocket passer? You aren’t just asking teams team to take on his baggage, you’re asking them to change their entire offense for him. Go grill the only teams he could play for (Seahawks, panthers, bills) why they aren’t signing him as a backup

  12. Nfl teams are not stupid enough to collectively communicate and agree to not sign Kaepernick. They have every right to independently have no interest in the player. They also are under no obligation to comment on their level of interest in the player. It seems to be driving the media crazy.

  13. Kaep was under contract with the 49ers and opted out of it. He quit on his team and team mates. Heck he couldn’t even beat out Blaine Gabbert. Think about that for a minute.

    Secondly, Kaep would need to go to a team that ran the same type offense he was in when he went to the Superbowl. How many teams run that type offense? Which teams would be a viable fit for him Mike?

    Finally, there were better QB’s available (Romo & Cutler) who didn’t get picked up in FA.

  14. If you’re a right wing suck-up, teams line up to sign you because 99.9% of owners are rich right wing guys. Anyone can wave the flag and pretend to be all red-white-and-blue, but buck the system and you’re poison.

  15. This is what happens when a fan boy who does not really understand football runs a football news web site. He compared Kaepernick to Peyton Manning. I wonder what it it is like living in fantasy land?

  16. When I want to clear the air the first person I call is Shannon Sharpe. WOOF. Some team should bring him in just as a courtesy in order to run him through the concussion protocol because if he’s calling Shannon Sharpe then obviously something isn’t right in his head.

  17. I hardly ever agree with Jason Whitlock, But he is right, his agent should be calling other teams if he wants to find employment for his client. Colin Kaepernick has done nothing in this league to be sitting there waiting for teams to contact him. Yes you have a valid point about the Texans, but don’t bring their stupidity into this conversation. If he wants a job bad enough, then he should go out and get it. Call a team or 3. Calling Shannon Sharpe isn’t going to get you a job n the NFL.

  18. elvis2013 says:
    May 13, 2017 12:44 PM
    Kaep was under contract with the 49ers and opted out of it. He quit on his team and team mates. Heck he couldn’t even beat out Blaine Gabbert. Think about that for a minute.

    Secondly, Kaep would need to go to a team that ran the same type offense he was in when he went to the Superbowl. How many teams run that type offense? Which teams would be a viable fit for him Mike?

    Finally, there were better QB’s available (Romo & Cutler) who didn’t get picked up in FA.
    – – – –

    Not accurate.

    Last year, Kaep was coming off multiple surgeries. He missed the offseason program and SF had a new coach installing a new offense. Once Kaep was up to sped, he easily took the job from Gabbert.

    If you watched any 49ers game last year, you would already know that Kaep was a much better QB than Gabbert was.

    As for the team fits, Seattle, Carolina and Indianapolis come to mind as teams that feature athletic QBs that can move out of the pocket. He’s also better than anything the Browns, Jets or Houston will trot out this year.

    As for your “better QBs”, teams were interested in trading/signing Romo (HOU) and Cutler (NYJ), but they both decided to retire (and are significantly older). Contrary to the #fakenews and #falsenarrative that has been circulating all offseason, Kaep has not retired.

  19. All you had to do was play football…you’re personal agenda prevents you from doing what you now want to do….make all the excuses you want, this is the path you’ve chosen… Doubt it pays as well.

  20. There has to be some other NFL news out there. Why do we need multiple articles on a daily basis about a former NFL player.

  21. Im tired of people saying he “opted out of his contract”

    He was going to get let go by the 49ers no matter what. We were not going to pay him that salary for a mediocre QB.

    The reason he opted out was to save face. Because he did not want to get released.

  22. Kapernicks’ limited/declining skill set doesn’t outweigh his baggage. Teams would sign the devil incarnate if it would help them win. Ownership isn’t going to sign a guy that’s going to alienate 50% of their fan base if there isn’t an upside. This is an absolute, undeniable, irrefutable fact.

  23. I agree with earlier posters that one intriguing possibility is Seattle

    Kaepernick would have to accept– and I think he would– that Wilson is the Man, but this would allow Wilson to play his game while insuring that Seattle’s season will not get blown up if Wilson gets injured

    Wilson started and played games last year under injury circumstances that negatively impacted the team– games in which he should not have taken the field, but for the fact that Seattle’s only other option was unprepared/untested Trevone Boykin

  24. Bottom line is that Harbaugh had the structure and physical and mental buy in from players on that 49er team for those few years that would have players run through concrete walls for the guy, and Harbaugh got every ounce of play from is players. Kaep was exhibit a of that.

    Other teams have realized that, certainly since Kapernick has done zilch and regressed greatly since Harbaugh left. And other teams to bring him in would have to try and build Kaep up to that mental and physical state and motivate him, as well as others, as Harbaugh did.
    Not an easy task. Recall Harbaugh has been gone a while now and in QB years it’s even longer as far as maintaining development for a young player. So, his ship has sailed in that regard almost.

    Toss on his diet change, political displays since that point and while his play has regresssed, and in a league where teams can cut you for no good reason like GM or coach or owner or position coach having personal differences, and teams in general wanting zero distractions behind the scenes, he’s got a lot of red flags.

    But this seems to be the latest soapbox social justice project here, though the underlying theme is, buried well below the surface, appears to be implying that this is a racial thing when it’s not.

  25. If teams are not signing Kaepernick because of his baggage that’s their right to do so. I’m not sure why people assume it’s a bad thing NFL teams don’t want him EVEN if he has talent.

    And let’s stop saying kneeling for the Anthem – he sat on his butt on a bench during it first. That’s a slap to a lot of faces no matter who does it.

    Finally, Ray Rice was a talented guy too who smacked his wife – but nobody wanted that baggage either. Not saying they’re comparable; saying NFL teams will bypass talent once in awhile if the blowback is too much of a distraction.

    Kaepernick is too much of a distraction.

  26. The truth is no one sees him as a starter anymore. Backups can’t afford to be outspoken or draw attention. Add in the fact he can’t run most offensses and he’s right where he should be unless the right QBs go down. If he never kneeled and had some other non conservative cause he would be in the same boat. He’s too big a name for a safe backup.

  27. I’ll never understand the hatred aimed at Kaep for his simple, peaceful protest. The flag is not sacred. The anthem is not sacred. Both ARE NOT ONLY about honoring our brave veterans, but ARE about what the country does both inside and outside our borders.

  28. 1. No one is bringing him in as a starter. You can assert he’s a starting caliber QB but he’s too inconsistent and he never really progressed. The book on him in SF was he wasn’t exactly burning the midgnight oil at the facility trying to improve his game.
    2. No one wants him as a backup. He would need the O catered to him which teams aren’t going to do. A major role of a backup is watching film and finding tendencies to share with the starter. If Kap wouldn’t put the time in the film room as a starter why would he as a backup?

    Take the above limitations and add all the political nonsense and it becomes apparent why no one is calling.

    On another note, if his agent isn’t calling teams he’s not doing his job.

  29. ”If you have personal disdain for Kaepernick based on his activities from 2016, that’s fine. But try to take a step back from that and be objective on this point”

    Lol, good luck with that. Objectivity requires self-awareness.

  30. Oh, fans, Brady is being carried off the field. BB says, “Give Kaep a call!!!. Strike that. Call Elmer Fudd instead.”. Ok, BB

  31. Kap was 1-10 last season at age 29. Tebow was 7-4 and took the Broncos to the playoffs in 2011 at age 24. Seems like Timmy was “whiteballed” more blatantly than Squidward the Squat was blackballed. Or “off-brownballed”, or whatever.

  32. If this is purely about politics how come every other player that took a knee last year has a job?

    The level of distraction tolerated is directed related to talent level. NFL owners have decided his talent isn’t commensurate with the level of distraction.

    Look no further than TO and Chad Johnson, when they were playing well, teams tolerated their nonsense. Once they slipped slightly they were gone and no one wanted them back. Hell Philly bounced TO in his prime because the distraction he created. If that can happen to a future HOF’er why is everyone shocked it’s happening to a QB with major flaws in his game?

  33. Nobody is calling Kaep because Kaep is not a very good football player…. SF only made it to the SB that year because of Alex Smith. ST got rid of the wrong guy.

  34. Honestly I think Kaep would be happier as an activist. It seems to be his passion.

    I think football people know this, which is why he’s not getting calls.

  35. IF Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL he isn’t the first nor will he be the last.

  36. Kaep will play in the NFL again. The reason all you trolls keep clicking, reading, and commenting on this daily off-season click-bait is beholden to the fact that the guy is still quite “relevant” and draws attention. In case nobody has noticed, attention in the media = ratings, ratings = dollars. Regardless of any underlying innuendo that may or may not be effecting his current employment status, he is one of a third of the QB’s in this league who have played in a SuperBowl (and nearly won it). All this “regression” speak and “arm-chair” chatter about reads and progressions is coming from people who base their expertise on playing video games and paying for extra game footage from the NFL. In less than 12 games, Kaep put up better numbers than half the QB’s in the league did, in a brand new system, under a new coaching staff, and with ARGUABLY one of the 3 worst rosters in the league. Kaep will play again in the NFL and y’all haters will continue to hate because MAGA and other dumb stuff. It will be nice when you all lose your health coverage and die early, though.

  37. because 99.9% of owners are rich right wing guys

    Most of those guys earned their way to it.

    You can do that in America, buy a team, and install the quarterback of your choice.

    If you’re good enough.

  38. Teams have decided that Kap’s potential for losing $ and/or customer goodwill overides his skill. Don’t see why they need to open it up for public debate–it’s a business, they’ve made their cost/benefit analysis, and are moving on. The author seems to think they have some sort of social responsibility to have an open discussion. They don’t. Now, their decision may come back to bite them if the public sees it as a screw job, but that still doesn’t require any sort of debate.

  39. Bottom line is, they just don’t want him! That happens to be their right as owners. They don’t need to explain it to anyone.

    His activist views aren’t even wanted in the broadcast booth. Two far better quarterbacks are already doing that gig so you can also question why the networks don’t want him. None of them have made an offer either, that I’ve heard of.

    Nuf said about this loser! Move on, the consensus on this site is, we don’t want to hear about him anymore.

  40. Kap and Sharpe: Small-minds think alike.

    Two guys fighting the last war not realizing that America has changed and few are still willing to tolerate their race-based hatred and identity politics.

  41. The idiotic “conspiracy” theory ignores several fundamental issues: (1) only three teams run an offense similar to the one in which Kaepernick excelled – Seattle, Buffalo and Carolina; (2) to run an offense that could employ Kaepernick’s skills requires different blocking patterns for the offensive line, receivers’ routes and running back responsibilities (remember the zone read requires the backs to know when the QB will pull the ball back) and assumes all offensive coordinators possess the skillset to install, call and develop the zone read offense; (3) Kaepernick has not aggressively pursued another opportunity – is that to avoid submitting to a physical or displaying deteriorating skills or taking drug tests or a lack of motivation (Whitlock is right! Why hasn’t Kaepernick taken the offensive and sought out a job? Anyone looking for a job would!); (4) the continued media speculation without any factual basis is fueling the distraction and may itself be a contributing factor to his unemployment. I think too little time has been spent examining Kaepernick’s motivation in not aggressively pursuing an opportunity; his physical condition and his preparation for the coming season. This is on Kaepernick the player – investigate don’t speculate!!!

  42. haywoodjablomey says:
    May 13, 2017 3:24 PM
    Kaep will play in the NFL again. The reason all you trolls keep clicking, reading, and commenting on this daily off-season click-bait is beholden to the fact that the guy is still quite “relevant” and draws attention. In case nobody has noticed, attention in the media = ratings, ratings = dollars. Regardless of any underlying innuendo that may or may not be effecting his current employment status, he is one of a third of the QB’s in this league who have played in a SuperBowl (and nearly won it). All this “regression” speak and “arm-chair” chatter about reads and progressions is coming from people who base their expertise on playing video games and paying for extra game footage from the NFL. In less than 12 games, Kaep put up better numbers than half the QB’s in the league did, in a brand new system, under a new coaching staff, and with ARGUABLY one of the 3 worst rosters in the league. Kaep will play again in the NFL and y’all haters will continue to hate because MAGA and other dumb stuff. It will be nice when you all lose your health coverage and die early, though.

    ——–
    Kaep may indeed play again but Kaep is not a very good player…. if he does play, he will not help a team contend for a championship

  43. So the constant flood of Kaepernick stories would slow if some team came forward and said the risk of backlash is greater than the potential reward? What about the backlash risks to the team that admits it? Why should any team accept them? The bottom line is NFL teams are in the entertainment business, goodwill matters. For the teams at the top winning begets forgiveness for the ones at the bottom perception is everything and it isn’t the teams at the top that might have need of Kaepernick’s services. It wasn’t any team that dug the hole Kaepernick finds himself in, the guy he sees in his mirror did that. Why should some team offer him a hand out of that hole at the risk of getting pulled in themselves if they don’t absolutely need to?

  44. Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.

    BUT it’s perfectly okay for the sitting ‘President’ to tear up the Constitution and wipe his a** with the flag by committing treason with Russia, consorting with actual Nazis in the White House, and turning the country into a fascist nation.

    Stop pretending that your complaints are about anything other than your racism. Nobody’s buying it other than your fellow bigoted, brainwashed FOX “News” viewers.

  45. kcchefs58 says:
    May 13, 2017 1:48 PM
    I’ll never understand the hatred aimed at Kaep for his simple, peaceful protest. The flag is not sacred. The anthem is not sacred. Both ARE NOT ONLY about honoring our brave veterans, but ARE about what the country does both inside and outside our borders.

    ————————————

    You can protest all you want on your own Time. When I spend $300.00 plus parking and concessions for my family and I to attend a game, you’re on my time.

  46. fordmandalay says:
    May 13, 2017 5:28 PM
    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.

    BUT it’s perfectly okay for the sitting ‘President’ to tear up the Constitution and wipe his a** with the flag by committing treason with Russia, consorting with actual Nazis in the White House, and turning the country into a fascist nation.

    Stop pretending that your complaints are about anything other than your racism. Nobody’s buying it other than your fellow bigoted, brainwashed FOX “News” viewers.

    —————————
    The irony in that comment is that to think anyone is owed anything because of their race is in fact being racist.

    But if it makes you feel any better I would not hire Donald Trump either.

  47. saltineamerican says:
    May 13, 2017 5:29 PM
    kcchefs58 says:
    May 13, 2017 1:48 PM
    I’ll never understand the hatred aimed at Kaep for his simple, peaceful protest. The flag is not sacred. The anthem is not sacred. Both ARE NOT ONLY about honoring our brave veterans, but ARE about what the country does both inside and outside our borders.

    ————————————

    You can protest all you want on your own Time. When I spend $300.00 plus parking and concessions for my family and I to attend a game, you’re on my time.
    _____________________________________

    You’re joking, right? There are many things wrong with this. Surely, you can spot at least a couple of them.

  48. I would support a team signing him if he apologizes for his disrespectful actions and agrees to donate all his salary to the families of fallen military/police families.

  49. fordmandalay says:
    May 13, 2017 5:28 PM

    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.

    BUT it’s perfectly okay for the sitting ‘President’ to tear up the Constitution and wipe his a** with the flag by committing treason with Russia, consorting with actual Nazis in the White House, and turning the country into a fascist nation.

    Stop pretending that your complaints are about anything other than your racism. Nobody’s buying it other than your fellow bigoted, brainwashed FOX “News”
    ________________
    Your delusion has been noted. Cry more.

  50. fordmandalay says:

    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.
    ======================================

    And if you went to a restaurant and a waiter started screaming “build that wall” while you were eating I’m sure you would be fine with it. Right?

  51. Squid stole $50 m from the 9ers over the past three years for a grand total of 11 wins. He should be ashamed to show that unfortunate looking face outside of his shoe closets.

  52. Kap disrespected the country he lives and calls his home of business. To sit and show your true colors has hurt you more than you will ever know.

  53. Nobull night says:
    May 13, 2017 5:37 PM

    fordmandalay says:
    May 13, 2017 5:28 PM
    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.

    BUT it’s perfectly okay for the sitting ‘President’ to tear up the Constitution and wipe his a** with the flag by committing treason with Russia, consorting with actual Nazis in the White House, and turning the country into a fascist nation.

    Stop pretending that your complaints are about anything other than your racism. Nobody’s buying it other than your fellow bigoted, brainwashed FOX “News” viewers.

    ——————-

    brainwashed fox news viewers made me laugh. its like ok, where are you getting your facts about the president committing treason? what channel are you watching? or are you doing all this ” fact ” finding yourself?

    take a page from your own book and dont listen to everything you see on tv.

  54. TheWizard says:
    May 13, 2017 4:13 PM
    because 99.9% of owners are rich right wing guys


    Most of those guys earned their way to it.

    You can do that in America, buy a team, and install the quarterback of your choice.

    If you’re good enough.

    =================

    I dispute both points.

    (1) There are more than a few owners who have documented left-wing political affiliations. Both major parties are the property of big bucks.

    (2) About half of the owners were good enough to earn their way into being able buy a team. The other half simply inherited their teams by luck of the birth-lottery and never worked a day in their lives. And some in the latter half have no business acumen whatsoever and are dumber than a bag of hammers.

  55. In response to what Kaep is asking for in compensation… He never denied asking for $9-10 million per year. He only said, “they don’t know what I am asking for” because they have not talked to his representative. ” So, Kaep… what are you asking for? I have a sneaking suspicion that 9-10 million is what he is asking for, but he doesn’t want to admit it. Otherwise he would say something like, “I am not asking for $9-10 million per year”.
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    “[Kaepernick] says, ‘People keep putting out that I’m asking for nine, ten million dollars,” Sharpe said. “Shannon, they don’t know what I’m asking for. I have not talked to, my representative has not talked to [teams].

  56. wow, Kap must be really desperate, i would rather speak to a new born instead of horse face Sharpe. The new born would say a lot more intelligent things than Shannon.

  57. You know, lol, I sorta agree with everyone that disagrees with how Kap behaved. The leader of an NFL team probably shouldn’t do something that most of his teammates and his fans disagree with.

    The thing is, freedom of speech is in our Bill of Rights so it sorta was patriotic.

  58. He’s a backup who wants starter money and attention. Backups shut up and are happy to be employed. He has to work his way back to starting and then negotiate for a bigger contract. In other words, he’s going about it all wrong. He’s been on the same progress curve as RGIII with fewer injuries. Each year he seems to have gone backwards but so did the 49ers. So the only answer is work harder and eliminate distractions.

  59. Cutler couldn’t get offers. Racism? Fitzpatrick’s phone wasnt ringing either but I dont see anyone protesting for the Amish.

    Or is there maybe something Cutler, Kaepernick, and Fitzgerald all have in common?

  60. curtj5 says:
    The thing is, freedom of speech is in our Bill of Rights so it sorta was patriotic.

    Freedom of speech is a Constitutional guarantee that protects a citizen from sanctions or reprisal from the government (with certain exceptions).
    The Bill of Rights does NOT protect Colin Kaepernick from the consequences of his free speech in the public sector, particularly in a private workplace.
    Owners of NFL teams also enjoy free speech protection. If Kaepernick’s protests, done on their time and dime, were somehow “patriotic” then so is their collective decision to exercise their rights in choosing not to employee him.

  61. In case anyone is wondering Kaep is slightly better than Alex Smith
    16 game avg over the last 2 seasons
    Kaep 3427 yd 19.5 TD 8 int 59% 643 rush yd
    Smith 3502 yd 15 TD 8 int 67% 143 rush yd

  62. Why are people like Sharpe doing shows and interviews about Kaepernick? No one cared when no teams would sign Tebow.

    The ONLY reason Kaepernick is making news is because he’s black, he’s now with a muslin woman, and he made a BLM protest.

    You can’t FORCE teams to sign this pathetic loser, it’s OVER. No one wants to alienate their fan base for a guy that can barely play.

  63. I don’t mind if he talks to Shannon Sharpe. I don’t mind if he’s seen talking to himself for that matter. In fact I don’t care if he stays up all night writing letters to Santa Claus… The only thing Kapernick could do that would interest me would be to take a bic lighter and light his hair on fire.

  64. As a student of American history, I love seeing stuff like this. Kaepernick did a protest against black people being gunned down in cold blood. Some would think that’s a good thing. But the reality says we’re a very racist society. It is what it is, and I’m ok with that. I’ve lived in just about every corner of this country and I see how people think. We’re a lot different in public than we are in private. I would love to see all the back players in the NFL fake an injury for week #1 and sit out. Let the owners know they’re not ok with that stuff. Kaepernick is an elite QB and everyone’s pretending like he isn’t. I don’t get why people are afraid to just come out and admit their true feelings. There are so many cowards amongst us. Geez, history does repeat itself. Racism is worse today than it was in the 60’s.

  65. Kap is 5th all-time in TD/Int ratio. Enough said. Anyone who thinks he doesn’t deserve a job is a crusty wanna be good ol’ boy flag worshipping republinut.

  66. Ya know it’s kinda funny that Jim Harbaugh thinks he’s a winner and thinks he’ll win many a championship. Why haven’t the Ravens and. John Harbaugh haven’t signed him? Everybody knows Flacco isn’t elite and Ryan Mallett isn’t the answer. Should be a no brainer to sign Kaep.

  67. But this seems to be the latest soapbox social justice project here, though the underlying theme is, buried well below the surface, appears to be implying that this is a racial thing when it’s not.


    It not that far below the surface. In fact it’s well above.

  68. You can extend the racist analogy to the NFL itself. For the most part it’s a group or rich, white egomaniacs. Note there are no women in the inner circle, either.
    They had to pass a rule so that they would be forced to take into account people of different colors within their own hiring practices. There are laws, allegedly, that people can use, but apparently it doesn’t apply to the NFL.
    Colin K. is being shown the door because he had enough guts to say something no one else would within the ‘sacred temple’ of Sunday afternoons.
    He showed declining skills in SF. But he clearly is a better QB than 90% of the backups in the league. Surely there would be a job there.
    He’s being sent away simply because the good old boys don’t want to deal with anyone who might interfere with them taking our money.

  69. fordmandalay says:
    May 13, 2017 5:28 PM
    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.

    BUT it’s perfectly okay for the sitting ‘President’ to tear up the Constitution and wipe his a** with the flag by committing treason with Russia, consorting with actual Nazis in the White House, and turning the country into a fascist nation.

    Stop pretending that your complaints are about anything other than your racism. Nobody’s buying it other than your fellow bigoted, brainwashed FOX “News” viewers.

    —————————————————————–

    And you said nothing when O’Bama stood on the same stage with Louis Farrakhan and Al Sharpton — two avowed racists — when he was running for President.
    And 99% of cops are good cops who do the difficult job we pay them to do, and many of them are minorities and women. And — I’ve never seen you post your outrage when a cop is ambushed and murdered on duty.
    Here’s what you don’t get. It is unacceptable to millions of Americans for someone — black or white — to stand on a football field which was built with tax payers’ money and disgrace the National Anthem and the American flag while they are being paid millions of dollars to play a kid’s game.
    And the reason he did it was to bring attention to himself as much as it was the issue at hand. And further, he was insinuating that all cops are bad instead of just focusing on the very few isolated cases of this happening. But you don’t get that.
    The truth is, millions of young blacks in this country have been told since they were little kids to not respect and even hate white cops. The result is the numbers of crimes committed by blacks in this country dwarfs crimes committed by others, including crimes against blacks by other blacks.
    If you’re going to open this can of worms, let’s put the whole truth out there.
    Finally, do you remember Marion Barry, the former Mayor of the District of Columbia, an area that is overwhelmingly black? The guy had served jail time for drugs even before he ran for Mayor, and he continued to use drugs while he was Mayor. In 199o, he was videotaped in a sting in a hotel room with a woman (not his wife) and he used cocaine, twice. When the room was stormed by the police, he uttered the famous line, “bitch set me up”, which also said a lot about how he felt about women.
    He was married 4 times and had affairs with other women all the time. He was sentenced to 6 months in jail after the sting, but even that didn’t stop him from running for Mayor again. He won. That tells me a lot about the double standard with blacks and politicians. I guess scandals and politicians only count if they’re white.
    What Colin Kaepernick did angered me because of what he was saying and how he decided to protest. Had he chosen to do something on his own time at some other venue, I’d have had no problem with it.

  70. I still think the reason is win-loss record. Kap was 8-8 in 2014. He had a losing record in 2015 and won only 1 game in 2016. Qbs are hired to win games, not to put up quality stats such as TD-INT ratio or QB rating near 100. Peyton Manning has a great W-L percentage for his career. The year he sat out because of injury, the Colts ended up with the worst W-L record in the league. Brock Osweiler had 5 wins as a part time starter, and that was why Houston thought that he could take them to the SB. He couldn’t so the Texans dumped him. Drew Brees was a winning QB in San Diego before he got injured. So, all the cited examples showed that teams can gamble on health issues, but they are not impressed by a QB with a mediocre W-L record.

  71. Teams are also asking the key question, what has he done lately? It does not matter that Kap took the 9ers to 2 NFC CG and 1 SB in 2012-13, his win-loss record of the past 3 seasons have not been impressive. His old team may still have confidence in him, but a new team may not. So, Kap may have overestimated the amount of interest for his services around the league.

    Nevertheless, there is a chance that teams are simply waiting for June 1, the date that Romo is officially released. When that date arrives some teams, including Denver and Houston, may want to see if he wants to come out of retirement. If he does not, they may give Kap a one year contract to see if he can still play. So, the Kap situation may not be set in stone yet.

  72. In case you missed it, deneb1973 wrote the definitive post in this thread. The fact is (as he noted), only 3 NFL teams run offenses that fit Kapernick’s skill set. (Bill’s Carolina, and Seattle). That is a HUGE market problem for Kap.

    People forget that one of the reason’s Kap thrived for those 3 seasons was that Harbaugh created an offense that fit his very PARTICULAR skills. So while Kapernick has proven to be a pretty good QB, he’d be a disaster in the Pats offense, just like Brady would be a disaster in Carolina’s

    In my opinion, Kapernick to make a concerted effort to get a job as the back up in Carolina, and wait for Cam’s inevidable injury or melt down. Don’t forget Kurt Warner had more than few miserable years before he resurrected his career in AZ. But when he did, it was in the RIGHT offense for his skills.

  73. Why on earth would teams that don’t want the guy want to be open and honest so they can have a “meaningful debate”? They don’t need the distraction of debating about about a player they don’t want. The only one that seems to want that debate are sportswriters like Florio.

  74. @fordmandalay says:
    May 13, 2017 5:28 PM
    Because it’s utterly unacceptable for a black man to peacefully protest out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality by not standing for the national anthem.
    ==================================
    “out-of-control police brutality, injustice and inequality “.

    Wow, now that is way out there.

    Then you blast the POTUS about our Constitution.

    You can thank Obama for that.

    Trump saw what this country went through for 8 years and said to himself, crap, I can do that.

  75. I applaud Kaepernick for standing up for his beliefs. But in doing so he had to realize that this treatment was upcoming. Right or wrong is immaterial. He knew that this could be a possibility. The facts are it happened & it’s time for Colin to accept the inevitable. You can’t tell me Kaepernick didn’t see this coming & proceeded to exercise the option to protest. He made his bed, now sleep in it.

    It’s funny that many of his adversaries supporting his crusade landed contracts. In my opinion Colin had his best season as a 49er. So is the issue actually politically related or is this possibly related to Kaepernick’s inability to succeeded in a pro set/read system, or possibly because Carolina is the only other franchise who runs this philosophy, or just maybe business owners don’t want the distractions in the locker room? There’s soo many negatives standing in Kaepernick’s path of getting a contract that it’s almost impossible to pin down the actual culprit. Personally I feel it’s the combination of the group & his production between the lines doesn’t warranty taking the chance.

  76. the guy took a hugely unpopular way to protest, and he did it on his employers dime…

    how can anyone be surprised that he can’t get a job now?

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