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Buccaneers didn’t pursue Colin Kaepernick as Jameis Winston backup

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Deferring to others the question of whether Colin Kaepernick and his 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions with 11 starts would have been a better choice for the Buccaneers than Ryan Fitzpatrick’s 12 touchdown passes against 17 interceptions with 11 starts, the question for now is whether the Buccaneers actively considered both players before signing Fitzpatrick. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, they did not.

And so the reported one-year, $3 million deal between the Bucs and the former Jets starter happened without Tampa Bay negotiating with Kaepernick as an alternative to Fitzpatrick, at $3 million or maybe even less. It’s for the Buccaneers to explain why they deemed Fitzpatrick to be a more desirable understudy to Winston than Kaepernick. A persuasive case could be made for either guy, depending on what the Buccaneers were looking for.

If the Bucs wanted to find a mentor for Winston, Fitzpatrick makes more sense. If the Bucs wanted a guy who will be in the best position to help the Bucs win games if Winston is hurt, Kaepernick may have made more sense.

Regardless, the Buccaneers made their choice without even using Kaepernick as leverage against Fitzpatrick.

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  1. dylannelson7575 says: May 19, 2017 2:38 PM

    Maybe they are looking at more 2015 performances where Fitzpatrick had 31 TDs to 15 INTs and almost 4,000 passing yards whereas Kaepernick had only 6 TDs and 5 INTs with under 2,000 passing yards?

  2. scmems07 says: May 19, 2017 2:45 PM

    But, but, I thought the only thing that matters with QB’s are how many games the team wins? So now your comparing who is better off stats now, so Which one is it?

  3. charger383 says: May 19, 2017 2:51 PM

    how many fans truly hate Fitz?

  4. bigbuccss says: May 19, 2017 2:58 PM

    kaep blows & fitz blows less. its pretty straight forward.

  5. ubb44 says: May 19, 2017 2:59 PM

    Actions have consequences.

  6. coltzfan166 says: May 19, 2017 3:00 PM

    Kaepernick is not better than Fitz. First of all, Jim Harbaugh is the only reason Kaepernick ever looked like a HOF quarterback at any point. Now, if you want to look at stats from last season…Kaepernick’s stats are aided by the fact that he played for Chip Kelly last season, whose offense doesn’t take aggressive shots downfield, giving Kaepernick little room for error. He would be a lot different in a real NFL offense.

    Sorry, but you need to accept that your favorite NFL player just simply isn’t very good

  7. James says: May 19, 2017 3:03 PM

    So now it is bad that they did not even use Kaep as leverage to get Fitz cheaper? Wow. You are REACHING to make people feel like this guy is being mistreated. The JETS paid A LOT of money to Fitz to be their starter because he had shown success. It was a non story that nobody called him after they let him leave to test the FA market.

  8. bobthebillsfan says: May 19, 2017 3:06 PM

    “It’s for the Buccaneers to explain why they deemed Fitzpatrick to be a more desirable understudy to Winston than Kaepernick”.

    I disagree with you, Mike. The Bucs really don’t need to explain anything if they don’t want to.

  9. johnnybandwagon says: May 19, 2017 3:11 PM

    Is there now a “Kap rule” I wasn’t aware of. On all qb position openings, teams must first talk with Kaepernick.

  10. billjones383 says: May 19, 2017 3:11 PM

    Wow, Kap is so worthless they couldn’t even use him against Fitz.

    YOUR LAST SENTENCE SUMS UP WHY HE DOESN’T HAVE A JOB.

  11. waynefontesismyfather says: May 19, 2017 3:14 PM

    It’s for the Buccaneers to explain why they deemed Fitzpatrick to be a more desirable understudy to Winston than Kaepernick.

    No it isn’t, they aren’t a publicly traded company, they don’t have to answer why they took one guy over the other or if they didn’t even kick the tires on Kaep.

    Maybe, JUST MAYBE this will be the end of the Kaep-saga.

    Oh hell, who am I kidding? The over/under on Kaep PFT stories before 8AM Eastern Monday morning is 7.5 and I’m taking the over.

  12. coltzfan166 says: May 19, 2017 3:15 PM

    Kaepernick is not better than Fitz. First of all, Jim Harbaugh is the only reason Kaepernick ever looked like a HOF quarterback at any point. Now, if you want to look at stats from last season…Kaepernick’s stats are aided by the fact that he played for Chip Kelly last season, whose offense doesn’t take aggressive shots downfield, giving Kaepernick little room for error. He would be a lot different in a real NFL offense.

  13. cadreamer1969 says: May 19, 2017 3:17 PM

    I told you why but you delete my post.

    One is a pro style QB and the other is a gimmick QB where the OC has to change the offense to include zone reads.

  14. brenenostler says: May 19, 2017 3:18 PM

    Are you going to write one of these articles every single time a QB is signed?

  15. brenenostler says: May 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    Kaepernick opted out of his contract that would have paid him $12 million this season. I won’t shed a single tear for him

  16. dasboat says: May 19, 2017 3:21 PM

    Dungy had it right…if Kaepernick were awesome, he’d have a job. (Look at Joe Mixon.) He hasn’t been, so who wants the potential backlash? And with the close ties the Bucs (and our community) have to Macdill AFB, he is not a good fit here.

  17. JameisWillTakeUsToThePromiseLand says: May 19, 2017 3:23 PM

    Why would They? Koetter would have to develop an entirely new scheme that caters to kaep. Fitz would be a much easier plug and play. If the titans or Seahawks passed fitz over kaep I would understand

  18. JameisWillTakeUsToThePromiseLand says: May 19, 2017 3:24 PM

    *kaep over fitz

  19. TheAfterParty says: May 19, 2017 3:24 PM

    Good lord. Anyone else tired of pointless articles on Kaepernick? Any time a team signs a player, is there going to be another article on completely speculative reasons why they didn’t consider Kaepernick?

  20. Duckhomie says: May 19, 2017 3:26 PM

    How do you leverage a scumbag against anybody else? Our anti American, cop hating friend has zero leverage capabilities…PFT just won’t acknowledge this truth.

  21. stuckonwords says: May 19, 2017 3:28 PM

    Everybody talks about him being “black balled”. I find it extremely easy to imagine 32 intelligent General Managers being completely capable of deciding on their own, without having to collude with anyone else, that they don’t need the baggage that Kaepernick brings.

    I know if I were a manager I wouldn’t need anyone else’s input to decide for myself that it’s just not worth the risk. Somebody else can do it if they want, but I don’t have to. Next thing you know, 31 other intelligent people felt the same way. No black-balling needed.

  22. kamthechancellor says: May 19, 2017 3:36 PM

    They prefer true criminals at quarterback over public activists.

  23. kcflake says: May 19, 2017 3:36 PM

    All of these kaepernick articles are reaching Deflategate levels. Who cares if Kaepernick gets a job in the NFL? He made his bed., he can lie in it.

  24. tindeaux says: May 19, 2017 3:39 PM

    good no-sign. how’s the kneeling working for ya?

  25. skimbell says: May 19, 2017 3:42 PM

    Oh, thank god!
    I’m so glad to see this.
    I thought I’d missed today’s episode of “Assets the Kaepernick Turns”.

  26. feckyerlife says: May 19, 2017 3:44 PM

    Seriously wtf is the point of this article. Winston is a Pocket Passer, Fitzy is a Pocket Passer, Kap is a Moblie , not a pocket Passer. He wouldn’t fit in their system, this shouldn’t even been a topic. Good ole liberaland pft though has to bring it up as always. I mean you guys have been covering football forever, you should know it doesnt work like that.

  27. jklecko77hof says: May 19, 2017 3:58 PM

    It must be difficult running this website and being a player agent at the same time.

  28. dawoger says: May 19, 2017 3:59 PM

    All you’re accomplishing with your berating quips is widening the dichotomy with your conservative minded fans. All this Kaep crap stinks of an air of liberal moral superiority. You’re just like the barney skoltrolls, you seem to honestly believe that your opinions are the acme of insightfulness when in fact they read more like someone suffering from an inferiority complex. I’m serious!

  29. hescominsoon says: May 19, 2017 4:02 PM

    All of this concern trolling for a multi-millionaire…seriously?

  30. Xenu D. Alien says: May 19, 2017 4:05 PM

    Kaepernick probably wouldn’t go over too well in Tampa, there’s a big military presence there. The Bucs stadium is maybe 20 minutes away from Macdill Air Force Base, home of U.S. Central Command.

  31. klutch14u says: May 19, 2017 4:10 PM

    Kaep HAD to have known consequences might come do if he did what he did. He chose to do it anyway. Let him live with that decision.

    I agree with Dungy, it they thought he could be a starter he’d get signed. Isn’t worth the distraction otherwise

  32. fwippel says: May 19, 2017 4:14 PM

    Damn those Buccaneers! They must be run by a bunch of racists or conservatives! That’s why they didn’t sign Kaepernick.

    I’ll bet the Bucs owner is probably a Trump supporter too. What bums those Bucs are! How dare they choose an inferior white back up QB over an far superior talented black QB with better stats. Racism!!!!!

  33. briang123 says: May 19, 2017 4:18 PM

    Why would they? Two different styles. Oh wait, they are both black, so they must play alike.

  34. charger383 says: May 19, 2017 4:25 PM

    I like Goodell better than Kapernick

  35. mmack66 says: May 19, 2017 4:27 PM

    Xenu D. Alien says:
    May 19, 2017 4:05 PM

    Kaepernick probably wouldn’t go over too well in Tampa, there’s a big military presence there. The Bucs stadium is maybe 20 minutes away from Macdill Air Force Base, home of U.S. Central Command.
    ————————

    So? Kaepernick’s protest had nothing to do with the military.

    Or are you one of those bozos that thinks that folks that fight for our freedom are angered by a guy exercising his freedom?

  36. exinsidetrader says: May 19, 2017 4:29 PM

    Fitz is very intelligent whereas Colin is not very intelligent.

  37. titans12thman says: May 19, 2017 4:43 PM

    @feckyerlife
    Seriously wtf is the point of this article. Winston is a Pocket Passer, Fitzy is a Pocket Passer, Kap is a Moblie , not a pocket Passer. He wouldn’t fit in their system, this shouldn’t even been a topic. Good ole liberaland pft though has to bring it up as always. I mean you guys have been covering football forever, you should know it doesnt work like that.

    —————————————————————————–
    Lol, but it’s not the message the writer of the article was trying to construe. The decision is not about football it’s about being black, Kaep is black and so is Winston making him the obvious choice over Fitzy….right?

  38. pftsucksblog says: May 19, 2017 4:44 PM

    “It’s for the Buccaneers to explain” Nonsense. They do not need to explain anything. They can hire whomever they want. Has Florio or PFT offered Kap a job? Explain that lol

  39. elwayisahorsetoothjackass says: May 19, 2017 4:51 PM

    Just. Let. It. Go. Please.

  40. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: May 19, 2017 5:00 PM

    I just realized that I’ve been blackballed by the NFL too!

  41. genericcommenter says: May 19, 2017 5:23 PM

    I think this is reaching, and I support Kaep getting another chance with the right team in the right situation. I think they were looking for a veteran in a clear backup role and they got one. If anything I thought it was stranger that Tampa Bay didn’t show any interest in Adrian Peterson or some other free agents backs considering how terrible their RB depth chart is.

  42. waynefontesismyfather says: May 19, 2017 5:25 PM

    charger383 says:
    I like Goodell better than Kapernick

    I just pissed myself laughing at your comment. THANK YOU SIR for starting the weekend off with a bang.

  43. joeychittwood says: May 19, 2017 6:36 PM

    Please Mr. Florio, explain to us… in all your football wisdom, how a guy that is a spread option run QB that can read only 1 route before and has questionable at best accuracy beyond 12 yards would have been a better option (regardless of winning vs mentoring) on a team that runs a pro style offense….. and the reason that kaepernik had any stats at all were cause every team he played was up 50 by the 4th quarter so they sagged off the line big time allowing the short stuff and limiting his INTs…. beyond that, they just took away his first read and stuffed him / the run. Also, a LOT of easy(r) catches were dropped cause they guy throws it as hard as he can on every throw with 0 touch or finess

  44. joeychittwood says: May 19, 2017 6:43 PM

    Man, i remember when i used to come here for all the insightful views i couldnt get anywhere else….
    Donwenblame Trump being elected for This place losing its moxy?

  45. harrietknutczak says: May 19, 2017 6:47 PM

    I read here on PFT that Mike Vick and Justin Forsett are joining a professional flag football league. Maybe one of those teams would sign Kaep.

  46. abninf says: May 19, 2017 6:50 PM

    It’s for the Buccaneers to explain why they deemed Fitzpatrick to be a more desirable understudy to Winston than Kaepernick.
    ===================================

    Who the hell do you think you are? The big man? They don’t have to explain anything.

  47. forenglishpress1 says: May 19, 2017 6:52 PM

    Florio, No team owes you or anyone else any explanation as to why they do not , or will not, sign Kaepernick.

  48. abninf says: May 19, 2017 6:54 PM

    mmack66 says:

    So? Kaepernick’s protest had nothing to do with the military.

    Or are you one of those bozos that thinks that folks that fight for our freedom are angered by a guy exercising his freedom?
    ====================================

    Let me guess. If you were at a restaurant paying money to eat and the waiter started screaming “build that wall”, you would praise him, right? Riiight.

  49. kayla203 says: May 19, 2017 8:18 PM

    This needs to stop. Learn the lessons from ESPN. We’re not looking for activism, we’re looking for news. The NFL is a business. I’m convinced that Aaron Hernandez would have found a job easily if acquitted. Dogs are pretty popular and Mike Vick had no problem finding a job. Go Philly! Regardless, you are wrong. There is no conspiracy. There is just a one trick pony QB with a lot of baggage. That’s it and get over it. I implore young journalists like Mike Reiss and Mike Rodak, and maybe revive old Billy Simmons to create a football news site that is just that. Do your job.

  50. nomoreseasontix says: May 19, 2017 8:33 PM

    You do understand, of course, that they don’t actually have to “explain themselves” to anyone regarding this signing.
    Including you.
    That’s a silly statement from an attorney. You’re rusty.

  51. nyjetman01 says: May 19, 2017 9:12 PM

    Congrats for the signing of a intellectually gifted man. He will be a great mentor for Mr. Winston. The Team Will be better off.

  52. dedxx says: May 21, 2017 3:52 PM

    Fitzpatrick a mentor for Jameis…freakin’ hilarious! Ok Jameis I want you to watch everything that this sub mediocre journeyman QB does and do the exact opposite.

  53. albundy4tds1game says: May 22, 2017 7:12 AM

    I’ll take the Harvard grad and vet qb in the film room and the sideline for winstons ear

  54. bigmark67 says: May 23, 2017 8:38 AM

    Nobody wants someone as a backup QB who brings so much controversy to your team. He has the potential to divide your locker room, generate negative press from both sides of the issue and he just isn’t good enough for a team to deal with all the extra crap he brings to your team.

  55. peytonsforehead says: May 24, 2017 8:21 AM

    You sir, should take off the mask and “explain yourself ” for continued articles that tell people what to do. ( something you claim is life rule #3 I believe) Post will not see the light of day due to censorship. 👍🏽

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