Shad Khan would “absolutely” support signing Colin Kaepernick

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The Jaguars are as needy at quarterback as any team in the NFL. So would they sign a certain controversial unsigned quarterback?

Jaguars owner Shad Khan says he’s OK with signing Colin Kaepernick. Asked by Mike Dempsey of 1010XL if he’d sign off on Kaepernick if that’s what the football people want, Khan said, “Absolutely.”

However, the football people don’t seem to want Kaepernick. And in Jacksonville “the football people” really means Tom Coughlin, who favors more of a pocket-passing quarterback than a mobile quarterback like Kaepernick, and who’s about as old-school as it gets regarding not wanting players to be focused on anything off the field.

Kaepernick, who started silently protesting during the national anthem last year, has made it clear that he has many off-field interests related to social justice. Much of the work Kaepernick has done is commendable, but that doesn’t mean a football guy like Coughlin would want him around.

So it seems unlikely that Kaepernick is heading to the Jaguars. Even if the owner would be OK with it.

71 responses to “Shad Khan would “absolutely” support signing Colin Kaepernick

  1. Jacksonville is a military town. The Jags struggle as it is with fans; signing Kap would only poke fans in the eye and create a distraction. His play just isn’t worth it.

  2. I’ll tell you what teams don’t want, they don’t to bring in Kaepernick as a back up and have people expect him to play. If they bring him in and decide to go with someone else as the starter and that guy struggles they don’t want people protesting them and calling them racist for not putting Kaepernick in, and I feel like that’s exactly what would happen because…it’s kind of already happened just not with any specific team. The people who support Kaepernick the most ironically are the people who put him in the most awkward position.

  3. Well, in no way, shape, or form, can I see TC agreeing to sign him!!! He does NOT want any distractions on his team, he seemingly now controls. Jacksonville is beyond lucky to have him, in my opinion. He will build up the team in time, “old school”, or not… CK made his own bed!!!

  4. “Much of the work Kaepernick has done is commendable…”

    Like what? Retweeting compliments and anti-American garbage?

    And no, cutting a check to his cause for PR purposes isn’t work. Real charity isn’t done in front of cameras, it’s done quietly with humility and no intention of seeking glory.

  5. Jacksonville, Cleveland, NY Jets and Buffalo are all in that same quagmire, they will never sniff the SB let alone the playoffs. They have no leadership and no real hope

  6. If Kap’s skill set is so good how come no team tried to trade for him when he was backing up Gabbert and before the whole protest issue started? Backing up Gabbert?!?!

  7. People seem to brush aside the fact that Kaep completed nearly 60% of his passes last year, had a QB Rating above 90, threw a 4-to-1 TD to interception ratio on a terrible 49ers team. Keep thinking it’s his play that isn’t getting him signed.

  8. Commendable to disrespect our flag, country, and military veterans who died so he can have his freedom?

    If Kaepernick thinks black people are being purposefully shot by police, fine. Then go talk about it. Go to any news outlet, and give an interview. Maybe start a charity, sponsor after school programs, etc. There are many positive ways to express that view. Disrespecting our military veterans is the dumbest way to get that point across, because the two don’t correlate.

  9. how can khan possibly support something that all owners are colluding against?! so does this mean the reason has nothing to do with collusion and everything to do with the free market working properly?? hmmm.

  10. Hey not a big pro or con Kaepernick guy here, but I am wondering how people can say that he have not done any real charity because that sort of stuff is not done in front of cameras but in quiet humility. If your definition of real charity is true then you can’t possibly know if he’s done real charity or not, because in the very second you and the public would find out it would no longer be real charity. I’m not sure your definition of real charity is sustainable.

  11. Just put him on a team, force him to play so these people that want him on a team that never watch football can see just how bad he sucks. Then this whole stupid “Kaep is better than half the starters in the league” thing can go away and we won’t have to hear about this guy anymore.

  12. “Much of the work Kaepernick has done is commendable…” If that work includes collectively slimiing our nation’s law enforcement officers and trashing the nation that helped make him a multimillionaire while honoring a mass murdering dictator, then most people would disagree with that statement.

    Reality check time: It is inherently racist to assume that because certain races have higher crime rates, that everyone (or any person in particular) of that race is a criminal. Well, it is just as racist to make the same assumption about police officers (in terms of how many of them use their position to abuse minorities), and yet that is exactly what Kaepernick has done. He has refused to apologize for doing this, and as such, all the “commendable” work he has done is not being recognized.

    Kaepernick has the right to kneel during the anthem and collectively slime police officers, but he does not have the right to demand no consequences from doing so.

    Kaepernick does NOT have the right to a spot on an NFL roster. The sooner the sports media start understanding this, the sooner they’ll get what the rest of us in flyover country already understand: We don’t use our positions of employment as platforms for promoting causes dear to us. We spend our time after hours on and weekends doing these things because we understand that our employer pays us to work.

  13. This statement has the cynical stink of a political virtue signal. Khan gets to make the team look good to SJWs by claiming he has no problem with signing CK, in the full knowledge that his franchise has absolutely no intention of endangering their bottom line by actually signing him.

  14. Yeah, Coughlin and Martinez would rather trot out terrible QBs like Bortles and Henne and lose every game than try winning some games with Kaepernick. That’s a sign you have the wrong “football guys.”

  15. There it is. He’ll be signed within 2, weeks. I also do not believe for one minute that the NFL will see a huge hit in fans.

  16. @westernbuc I don’t think he’s sought attention for any of the charitable donations he’s made. I do know this is the age of social media where everything is documented, so all you have to do is show up somewhere and somebody will take a pic.

  17. Kahn is saying this as a muslim to probably promote everyone getting along. As a US Navy submariner from 2005-2014, you JAX Naval Air Station, Kings Bay GA Boomer base, Mayport Florida, Pensacola Naval Air, Fort Benning GA, Parris Island, and Lejuene all within driving distance. Do not think for one second the boys and girls still in would like that. Besides, Coughlin would probably resign before being kiddie-cornered into signing Kaperclown.

  18. bucsorbust says:
    August 25, 2017 at 5:18 am
    Jacksonville is a military town. The Jags struggle as it is with fans…
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    But London isn’t, and nor would Kaep’s protests mean much there…

  19. I wonder why no article on Jim Brown’s message to Kaepernick…?? Surely, a HOF’er of Brown’s status has words that are important on the subject..no..? Hmmm….

  20. If Kapernick played well and toed the line and stuck to football everyone would be fine. But people (the medial espcically) never discuss the fact HE OPTED OUT OF A CONTRACT THAT WOULD HAVE PAID HIM MILLIONS. HE DOES NOT WANT TO PLAY FOOTBALL ANY LONGER!

    He is enjoying his time being a martyr.

  21. dirtysouthironmen says:
    August 25, 2017 at 6:19 am
    If Kap’s skill set is so good how come no team tried to trade for him when he was backing up Gabbert and before the whole protest issue started? Backing up Gabbert?!?!

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    You do realize that he took his job back from Gabbert and was 10 times more productive in the offense then he was right? Have any opinion do you want to, but at least have your facts straight

  22. While Kaep was playing for the Niners, 90% of football fans thought he sucked. Now all of a sudden people think he is a top 10 QB and he is getting black balled because he is black. You cant make this stuff up. Cleveland is desperate for a QB, has multiple players taking part in the same kind of protest that Kaep was, has an African American coach, and STILL doesn’t want him. Think about that. The team with one of the biggest needs at QB. With a black coach. With multiple players doing the same thing. DOESNT WANT HIM… Speaks very loudly to me

  23. Jacksonville should not sign Kaep unless they truly believe that he is the long term answer, otherwise they are better off going with what they have and probably finishing with a record that would position them to pick a franchise QB in the draft or use that pick as trade capital. Coughlin will make the smart move.

  24. I’m a lifelong Jacksonville resident and a former season ticker holder. If the Jaguars sign Kaepernick I will never attend another game. Actually, to be totally honest, the odds of me ever going to another game anyway were pretty slim.

  25. When the “football people” don’t want you, that’s not good. Don’t believe for one second that the other teams that kicked the tires on Kaep had any intention of signing him. The most liberal/progressive coach in the league (Pete Carroll, who lives in a very liberal city that would’ve welcomed CK with open arms) passed quickly. That means Kaep’s talent has diminished to the point that his media baggage isn’t worth the trouble. No amount of BLM rallies across the country will change that. In fact, the rallies will only continue to guarantee he isn’t hired.

  26. Much of the work he has done is commendable? What work? Sitting instead of respecting the anthem or maybe comparing nfl owners to slave owners?

  27. Enough Already! Can we please back away from this dead horse. Even CK is never seen or heard on this non issue. Groups protesting at NFL headquarters? Really? Do you honestly believe the NFL is going to to be dictated to by ANY protesting group? And they surely will not be inclined to make any concessions at the point of a bayonet. Every one of these ‘rallying’ groups have their own agenda that has little, if anything, to do with the bottom line issue (if anyone can remember what the actual issue was). They are jumping on the bandwagon for their 15 minutes of fame. Well folks, your 15 minutes are up. Has it not sunk in to anybody watching this unfold that the protagonist himself is never seen or heard from? Where is his posturing? Where’s the righteous indignation being so publicly displayed by his sign-carrying demonstrators. Where’s his agent? The fact of the matter is there are 2 things about CK’s protest that are never going away and will never be forgotten. If all he had done was silently protest by kneeling for the Anthem, at some point the teapot would have been broken and the tempest put aside. But you proudly wear pig socks in public; sport a Castro shirt and tweet and re-tweet anti-American/anti-Police rhetoric, You have burned a bridge to a place many people believe you will never get back to. Freedom of Speech is a double edge sword. If you want to exercise your right to wield the weapon and freely voice your opinion, you must accept the fact the same right is held by those who oppose your view and will freely voice their opinions as well. CK is finding out how badly he miscalculated the opposition. Which, incidentally, was the same problem he had as a quarterback.

  28. He walked away from 15 million…so some of this is on him. If I walk away from a job at NASA, I can’t expect to walk into McDonald’s looking to make a NASA salary…or for McDonald’s to even hire me for that matter.

  29. Why isn’t it ok for the coach to prefer a different style of player? Why does he HAVE to accept Kaepernick who may not fit his system….just to appease the protesters?? Ridiculous.

  30. Frankly, Jacksonville let the vets down on this team because they should have had this conversation in the off-season so he could have learned the offense and competed for the job. Henne and Bortles are terrible.

  31. bucsorbust ,

    You mean the military people who by and large aren’t the ones who have a problem with this? Hey, but who cares what they think. Frankly, management here let these vets down because all of them have eyes and can see everyday in practice that Henne and Bortles are terrible. Jalen Ramsey was on Instagram liking posts to bring in other QBs. They know behind closed doors before they have to circle the wagons in front of the media like it’s all good that neither of these guys give them much of a chance.

  32. Just to be accurate: I recently read an article where Niners GM John Lynch said Kaepernick was going to be cut if he didn’t opt-out. Kaep had no more guaranteed money left on his deal and there’s no way he could run Shanahan’s offense with all the pre-snap reads since that’s not in his skill set. Whether cut or opt out, he wasn’t going to be on the Niners and didn’t lose/walk away from any money.

  33. Not a Kaep fan but the fact that so many of you can’t stop equating not standing for the flag as disrespect for the military speaks volumes. I don’t believe that Kaep “hates the U.S.” or wants our soldiers to die just because he chose to kneel instead of stand. He simply and very effectively called attention to an issue. For his action, now he at least appears to be getting blacklisted by the NFL.

  34. Maybe Kaepernick should just quit football and be a social activist? If that is where his heart is, there is no reason people should be shoving him down our throats to play him at quarterback. That is the most un-American thing about this whole situation.

  35. spdy34 says:
    August 25, 2017 at 10:59 am
    He simply and very effectively called attention to an issue. For his action, now he at least appears to be getting blacklisted by the NFL.
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    Just curious, what part of the hate messages on social media, pig socks, Castro pimping dilettantism and not voting do you think was simple and effective? By his actions he appears to have made himself radioactive to teams. That is about fear of backlash not blacklisting. It’s frightening to me that the Kaepernauts just ignore that part of it. It’s as though if you don’t address it in your arguments then it doesn’t exist.

  36. Makes perfect sense. Sign him and put him in week 1 behind that offensive line so the Texans’ defense can pummel his vegan behind and I won’t have to hear anymore about this knucklehead.

  37. Al Davis would have signed Kap months ago just to point out the glaring hypocrisy of the NFL owners.

    R.I.P. AL

  38. The QB play is very bad down there so far. I think Colin would be an improvement, but not enough to sniff the playoffs.

    If I’m in management or ownership, why run the risk of alienating some of your fan base and at the same time moving yourself further away from drafting on of the top QB prospects.

    Not worth it.

  39. If i was a jags fan, I would be pissed they didnt sign him. He is clearly better than bortles and henne. Have fun with another under .500 season jags fans.

  40. Jacksonville plays here this year. If they sign Kap, and by some miracle he’s still on the roster by then, I will not attend the game, sending my unused tickets to our owner with a letter stating that I will boycott any team that signs this anti-American SJW, with a cc to Roger Goodell.

  41. So I guess GMs and scouts are going to have to add more metrics to determine who they draft and sign. Now there will be a column for Social Justice Approved to appease all the protesters and pundits who believe that players should no longer be chosen based on their talent and merit, but to appease social justice agendas. Who cares about system fit and ability to win, coaches should peer through the social agenda lens first to see if signing a player would make radio talk show hosts and activists happy. Then they can worry if they can actually play the game or fit their system second.

  42. “Kaepernick does NOT have the right to a spot on an NFL roster. The sooner the sports media start understanding this, the sooner they’ll get what the rest of us in flyover country already understand: We don’t use our positions of employment as platforms for promoting causes dear to us. We spend our time after hours on and weekends doing these things because we understand that our employer pays us to work.”

    Exactly. You win the internet today.

  43. I don’t agree with his anthem protest but honestly what annoys me more is how he came out and said he wouldn’t protest anymore. If you’re going to take a stand, take a stand and stick with it. If he can’t commit to this cause he “feels so deeply about” how could an owner or gm expect him to commit to a football team?

  44. “Maybe Kaepernick should just quit football and be a social activist?” Maybe he could become a highly-paid community organizer and be incompetent at that just like someone else we know.

  45. tinye67 says:
    August 25, 2017 at 10:32 am
    Why isn’t it ok for the coach to prefer a different style of player? Why does he HAVE to accept Kaepernick who may not fit his system….just to appease the protesters?? Ridiculous.

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    OK, then other teams shouldn’t use that as an excuse to not sign Kaepernick, because he comes from a “different system”. Can’t have it both ways just to fit your narrative.

  46. All you people that say you’re going to boycott if Kaep is signed, 1) No you won’t 2) the NFL will be just fine without you 3) Do it and stop telling people about it on a ….wait for it…NFL website.

  47. Kaepernick has made it pretty clear that he looks down on the people who put on the blue uniform and put their lives on the line, who looked on Fidel Castro as a tyrant, who get up at 5 every morning and go bust their butts on a job, who go to Church on Sunday MORNING to hear some preaching, and after that go to a game Sunday AFTERNOON to be entertained, to buy a brew or two, maybe a ridiculously overpriced shirt or two, maybe a hot-dog before you have to walk half a mile to your car and wait 30 minutes to get out

    and

    who think that America is the best place to live in the world.

    This idiotic thing is going on and on and on for one basic reason – the politically correct media refuses to let it die.

  48. LakefrontLegend says:
    August 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    All you people that say you’re going to boycott if Kaep is signed, 1) No you won’t 2) the NFL will be just fine without you 3) Do it and stop telling people about it on a ….wait for it…NFL website.
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    Oh, all the things that are wrong with your post: 1) Yes, I will 2) No it won’t. It’s lost so much market share on TV rights they’re whining and crying 3) This isn’t an NFL website–this is NBDNCSports.com.

    Your ignorance is overwhelming.

  49. What’s all the fuss about? Kaepernick decided that he was bigger than the game and the fans held him accountable. That’s what should happen, being held accountable for ones decisions!

  50. dirtysouthironmen wrote: “If Kap’s skill set is so good how come no team tried to trade for him when he was backing up Gabbert and before the whole protest issue started? Backing up Gabbert?!?!

    It probably had more to do with Kaepernick’s deal, nothing more. He opted out of that contract when he could have stayed, making $15 more in 2017. If a team would’ve traded for him, they potentially could have been on the hook had he not opted out.

  51. It’s time we hear from this Kaepernick! He’s done nothing to inform people what his intentions are – like does he even want to play or does he use this platform to create division with us all. If he really wants to play then get off your ass and go play. Nothing else.

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