Bob McNair hasn’t signed off on a Kaepernick workout

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With fewer and fewer experienced veteran quarterbacks available, news of the torn ACL suffered by Texan quarterback Deshaun Watson sparked immediate speculation that the team would sign Colin Kaepernick. And so, of course, the Texans promptly signed Matt McGloin.

As to a report (that has since been dubbed a joke . . . good one?) that owner Bob McNair has signed off on a Colin Kaepernick workout, a source with knowledge of the situation tells PFT that this isn’t accurate.

Of course, that doesn’t mean the Texans won’t kick the tires on Kaepernick. Obviously, they should. The team’s offense had evolved in recent weeks to match the skills and abilities of Watson, and those skills and abilities have plenty of similarities to Kaepernick’s. And coach Bill O’Brien has the skills and abilities to be creative on the fly in order to help his offensive players score points.

Apart from the football-only reasons that supposedly have kept Kaepernick out of the league, the non-football reasons that kept him out of Baltimore could make him attractive to the Texans. With plenty of resentment still lingering regarding McNair’s “inmates running the prison” remark, what better way to show true contrition and understanding than to embrace the first guy who crawled through a river of sh-t and came out unemployed on the other side?

Of course, McNair probably fears that it would be bad for business to give Kaepernick a job, creating roughly a week apart an incident that alienates those who are sympathetic to player protests and another incident that alienates those who are not. So don’t hold your breath for the Texans to explore Kaepernick.

Actually, maybe you should hold your breath. Or at least hold your nose. Because the ongoing failure to employ Kaepernick continues to potentially plunge the league even deeper in to its own river of sh-t.

90 responses to “Bob McNair hasn’t signed off on a Kaepernick workout

  1. They just traded Duane Brown last week. So their ineffective O-Line got worse, but was negated by Watson’s mobility. Now with Savage as QB standing as mobile as a statue, they need to either improve their O-Line on the fly, or get another mobile QB. Hence, Kaepernick. Or they could ride it out with Savage, and probably miss the playoffs

  2. I’m an Eagles fan, I watched McGloin all offseason. Nothing against him personally, but he was brutal. I’m sure Mr. McNair can’t stomach having Kaepernick on his team, given his politics, but you cannot say with a straight face that he wouldn’t be 100x better as a professional QB. This is a guy who put up good stats on a terrible SF team last year, and came within ONE PLAY of winning the Super Bowl, and instead they are signing a guy who isn’t really an NFL QB while in contention for the playoffs.

  3. I feel terrible for Watson. And as much as you want to hate Kap, he does fit what Houston has now been doing and given their o-line issues he makes more sense as a long term back than a pocket passer like Savage.

  4. If you haven’t seen Kap lately he is super skinny. If you don’t remember Kap went on an all vegan diet. I don’t see him ever coming back….IMO I don’t think he wants to. He’ll get more traction for the outside world being the controversy than if he comes back and falls on his face.

  5. The team’s offense had evolved in recent weeks to match the skills and abilities of Watson, and those skills and abilities have plenty of similarities to Kaepernick’s
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    What similarities? That they are both mobile QB’s because that’s about the only similarity that Kaep has with Watson. Watson is a far superior passer and decision maker.

  6. I agree that McGloin was horrible in an Eagles uniform.
    O’Brien probably looked at it as a backup that knew his system, since McGloin played for him at Penn State..
    There only chance is for Savage to play adequate, and maybe they make the playoffs.
    Cause if Savage goes down also, neither Kap, who has trouble learning a new system, OR McGloin who probably knows it but is not good enough for it to matter, whill save this season for the Texans.
    They are probably shot anyway, so why sign the expensive backup…..not just to make somebody feel better about some misunderstood comment. That’s not a good reason to pay football players a lot of money.

  7. Honestly, I want a team to sign him at this point. I hate this entire process more than anybody, trust me, but I want someone to sign him so I can watch him throw 4 for 20 and 5 int’s so everyone can finally go “Oh, right, he’s just a terrible QB”.

  8. Alright… this injury happened after the trade deadline, so that’s a no-go. The fact that Kaep hadn’t been signed yet, and that they’d choose McGloin over him… it’s over. Please, let it go. It ain’t gonna happen. I know it hurts, but that’s reality. The sooner people realize this, the better off we’ll all be.

  9. You don’t bring a QB off the street midseason and expect him to play anyway. Regardless of talent, the backup is the most qualified to take over. At this point, they need another arm in the QB room not a social warrior.

  10. Of course Kaep is the best bet. He did just go 1-9 as a starter last year, passed for 4 yards in a game, got beat out by Blaine Gabbert, and 75% of NFL fans hate him. Can’t figure out why this guy can’t get a shot…. smh

  11. Whoever signs Ryan Nassib and puts him on the field is going to be happy. He would be a top 15 NFL QB. Some guys, like Kurt Warner, were never given a chance to compete. Usually it takes an injury to get one of those short guys on the field.

  12. McNair should take one for the NFL team. Bring in Kaep and work him out, then pronounce him unfit and cut him. Or…even better…sign him and let him play, then cut him after he plays poorly. #endofkaepstory

  13. People who think Kaep quit don’t understand how contracts work in the NFL. He was going to be cut for his high salary. He bailed out early so he could get on the market earlier and therefore have a better chance to get signed. That’s why they have this thing called player options timed the way they do.

    He also had a very good TD-INT ratio. Probably too good. He needed to air it out more and take some risks.

    I’m not saying he is a starter. He doesn’t read defenses well enough pre-snap. He certainly is a decent back up option for a team that features a running QB.

  14. Damn shame the Texans won’t at least kick the tires on Kap. Makes absolutely no sense if you want a better chance at winning. The Savage led offense was horrendous and hard to watch. More 3 and outs than a no-hitter.

  15. McNair owes the league a solid after his gaff but he isn’t going to do it at the expense of his bottom line. The only hope of Kaepernick landing on a roster to make his continued unemployment a non-issue with the players lies with a team that has a huge reservoir of good will with their fans. GB, Dallas, Seattle, Denver, New England and Pittsburgh come to mind as teams that could pull it off without too much damage to their bottom line. Two of them, Dallas and New England, don’t owe Goodell the time of day and probably wouldn’t urinate on him if he was on fire. GB and Denver have real QB issues at the moment so it’s hard to justify wasting a roster spot on one that isn’t going to play. Pittsburgh is humming along but they have an ‘interesting’ locker room dynamic and wouldn’t be inclined to play with fire. That leaves Seattle, a team that already declined to sign him, as the best candidate to follow on their sword. Or Goodell could always twist the Browns or Colts arms because what the heck both teams are already in the toilet in the standings and with their fans. Goodell has also taken pretty good care of Haslam and Irsay.

  16. The media would love, just love, if the Texans signed Kaepernick. Texans fans (you know, the actual paying customers) would hate it.

  17. I find it amusing that so many people are trying to get Colin a job when he truly doesn’t want one. He has no interest in playing and has made very clear with his actions. He wants a job he hasn’t earned. He wants a job based on his prior performances.

  18. mcgil38 says:
    November 2, 2017 at 8:19 pm
    Just a reminder… Kapernick did have a job this year that would have paid him $14mm, but he decided to walk away from it, so…
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    Hard to understand why this misinformation continues to have legs when the truth is even funnier. Kaepernick gave up his guarantees to get on the field believing his play would speak for itself and he’d get big bucks, the 2 sides agreed and included an option clause. It was a 2 way option and the Niners are on record saying they would have cut him. Kaepernick elected to opt out 1st to get his name out there early instead in the mistaken belief teams would beat a path to his door.

  19. Go ahead sign him and put him out there immediately! You all saw what Watson did against Seattle and now we can see how kaep does in comparison. Let the opposing defense show what they think of him.

  20. Colin won’t get a shot because he made the mistake of making himself out to be bigger than the game. That’s it. It is a team sport and nobody from the owners down to the coaches and players want to risk their money and health to play with someone who might not be putting the team first. Simple as that.

    If it were just about money, they’d at least bring him in for a look. Fans boycotting one player (who promised to stand) might affect merchandise sales for a few weeks. Fans not caring about a losing team, that will hurt the bottom line most of all.

    So no, it isn’t a product of lame, disorganized, blowhard threats of boycotts.
    He crossed a line with the entire football family, now he’s seen as a me-first guy at a position that requires more awareness and selflessness than he is capable of.

    Not a blackballing
    Not a product of boycotts
    Not a matter of talent

    He’s not a team guy and as a QB that makes him radioactive in the NFL.

  21. There is no way in Hell Houston would sign Kaepernick. Remember that this is the guy that 2 years ago when Houston was being devastated by another flood that killed 8 people, he posted a picture of the devastation on his Instagram saying “I warned you the #7torms Coming !!! #Houston.” (the 7 in “storm” being his jersey number)

    I believe his apology afterwards was sincere (I believe that he was dumb enough to post that without thinking), but if I was a Houston resident, I don’t think I could just look past that even for Aaron Rodgers, much less Colin Kaepernick..

    Houston and Miami (Castro t-shirt) are absolutely out of the question for him to ever sign with, even if they were reduced to choosing between Kaepernick and JaMarcus Russell.

  22. Kaep agreed to restructure that contract, which gave both sides the ability to get out of the contract at the end of the season. The fact that the team was going to do it is meaningless because, under the old contract, they would not have had that option. Kaep is responsible for giving it to them by restructuring in the first place.

  23. I mean you can go on and on about how Kaep isn’t getting signed, but meanwhile I’ll just wait for the whole ‘He’ll be signed in 10 days’ claim to come to an end so I can laugh even more at the people thinking he should just to make him feel better

  24. Wow, even “Baller’s” could not make this stuff up. If they did nobody would believe it was credible.

    This has become a Titanic problem for the NFL.

    On the optimistic side both the owners and players like making money. Maybe they will get get together and collectively bargain this problem away.

    Ha, ha, ha, ahh, waah, sob!

  25. Forget the kneeling for a sec. If anyone of us showed up to work tomorrow wearing cop “piggy” socks or a Fidel Castro tshirt, how long until we lose our jobs? Like it or not, the man did this to himself.

  26. I find it amusing that most everyone want some team to sign Kaepernick did anyone ever consider that maybe he sucks and cant play anymore..he had such a great season last year..

  27. If signing a quarterback that would lose fan’s for Houston more than losing games would (by the way there is no guarantee that C.K. would win anything,his last two years would not support that he would) can it be considered collusion as much as it could be considered looking out for your team’s best interest?

  28. OK Kaep out for “football” reasons. Why is RG3 not brought in? He had a bad season. Matt McGloin Blaine Gabbert Cardale Jones Colt McCoy and others have never had a good season. I begginning to suspect he’s not in the NFL for “football” reason as well.

  29. For everyone that thinks he should be on a team, please boycott and protest your team until they sign him.

  30. wearewhowethoughtwewere says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm
    They just traded Duane Brown last week. So their ineffective O-Line got worse…

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    You seem to forget he only played one week for them while he sat out the first part of the season.

  31. If you look at the Astro’s team that won the world series you could see alot of diversity on that team, So I surely doubt Houston would stop watching if they brought in a guy who could lead the team to playoffs. Kaep never had Deandre Hopkins, and Will Fuller the TD Machine on his teams. The pwner may have lost his team’s trust and would earn it back instantly with this move, it would also end Kaep’s case of collusion, and If Kaepernick stands for anthem, could also end the Anthem protest as well. it could be a win-win for everybody.

  32. hopefulvikingsfan says:
    November 2, 2017 at 6:47 pm
    Honestly, I want a team to sign him at this point. I hate this entire process more than anybody, trust me, but I want someone to sign him so I can watch him throw 4 for 20 and 5 int’s so everyone can finally go “Oh, right, he’s just a terrible QB”.
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    Dude, really? Kaep could come out, have 4 turnovers a game between INTs and fumbles, complete 20% of his passes, rush for -83 yards total on the season and STILL be praised for managing to achieve something in a flawed system. The excuses would be made that he was signed too late to give him a chance, the HC and OC didn’t put him in a position to succeed, the line was bad, the fates collaborated to curse him for the collective sins of mankind…he would never be seen as a bad QB. It would never be his fault. The blame will ALWAYS be place on others. The owners stole his prime years. The country failed him. Jesus anointed him to suffer in his place. There will always be an explanation for why his failures as a QB are someone else’s fault. Always.

  33. I understand why 49ers dont sign him, (but they havent won a game since Kaep was there) I dont understand Miami, Greenbay (Especially after Aaron Rodgers vote of confidence), Arizona, (Jets and Vikings proved everyone wrong and are excluded) and Cleveland havent even brought him in for a look. A 0-8 team worried abt distractions? C’mon. Cleveland with the support of Lebron James would not lose any sponsors at this point

  34. Kaep walked out on the 49ers prior to being cut. So to speculate that he walked out of a guaranteed 14M is nonsense. Kaep is one of the top QBs in the NFL but his political stance will keep him off the field. McGloin? Really? Texans are better off calling up Vinny Testeverde.

  35. commentawaitingdeletion says:

    Hard to understand why this misinformation continues to have legs when the truth is even funnier. Kaepernick gave up his guarantees to get on the field believing his play would speak for itself and he’d get big bucks, the 2 sides agreed and included an option clause. It was a 2 way option and the Niners are on record saying they would have cut him.
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    But what you Kaepernick supporters refuse to address when asked is WHY would they have cut him if he’s such a great quarterback.

  36. Mediocre passing ability. Lots of baggage. Divides the locker room and fans. Yet, PFT feels he is an obvious choice.

    Common sense says you don’t hire a mediocre QB with tons of baggage when other decent offerings are out there. Very simple.

  37. Kid came to the door dressed as Kaepernick for Halloween ..hair, uniform really good costume asked him to throw a football and he just wasn’t interested…

  38. Web Moss says:
    November 3, 2017 at 9:00 am
    Kaep is one of the top QBs in the NFL but his political stance will keep him off the field.

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    If Kaep is one of the top QBs in the NFL then why did he get beat out by Blaine Gabbert?

    Kaep is not a good QB. He cannot read defenses well and he is an inaccurate passer. That is why Kaep does not have a job.

  39. How come I never hear anything about RGIII????????

    Aren’t they both about equal????? Yet no one is out there pushing for RG??

    just saying….seems a bit odd….

  40. Kaep won’t be signed. The owners know that after he’s been out a whole season, his name and fans will disappear… just like it/they did with Tebow. Kaep made his bed when his gf tweeted the slave owner pic of the Ravens owner and he stayed quiet. Add in his vegan diet (which massively reduces muscle mass) and he’s not worth the trouble.

  41. “How come I never hear anything about RGIII????????

    Aren’t they both about equal????? Yet no one is out there pushing for RG??”

    No, they’re not equal. RGFragileEgo has shown himself to be utterly incapable of playing at the NFL level. He has one of the most fragile egos of any pro athlete I’ve ever seen. Whereas Kap played well in SF last season on an awful team.

  42. “But what you Kaepernick supporters refuse to address when asked is WHY would they have cut him if he’s such a great quarterback.”

    The same reasons teams cut a lot of players. They decided he wasn’t worth the salary to be paid vs performance and refused to take a pay cut. Which we see happen with quite a few players every off season most of which sign with other teams.

    He played well on a horrible team. 12 TDs, 4 INTs. Put him on a team with better players around him that’s better coached and he would likely perform better as well. Just because the 9ers didn’t want to pay what was due doesn’t mean he’s a bad player.

  43. Signing Kaepernick may actually make sense…if he will swallow his pride and take the league minimum.

    1) Bad O-line: need mobile QB
    2) Team is not going far in the playoffs: sign overhyped QB to secure Top 5 Pick
    3) We quit hearing about collusion to not sign him (wishful thinking I know)

  44. Michael E says:
    November 3, 2017 at 9:08 am

    But what you Kaepernick supporters refuse to address when asked is WHY would they have cut him if he’s such a great quarterback.
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    Maybe they didn’t think he was worth it. Maybe he didn’t fit their scheme. Why they cut him doesn’t really matter, but he WAS going to get cut, so he didn’t walk away from a guaranteed 14 million dollars.

  45. nhpats says:
    November 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    If Kaep is one of the top QBs in the NFL then why did he get beat out by Blaine Gabbert?

    Kaep is not a good QB. He cannot read defenses well and he is an inaccurate passer. That is why Kaep does not have a job.
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    Wasn’t he coming off of an injury?

    Quite frankly, I wouldn’t judge anything by looking at his last two seasons, when the 49ers were devoid of talent, and had two of the worst head coaches ever. No quarterback would have had success there.

  46. 4 years, the amount of time he had to learn to play quarterback…. didn’t happen and it doesn’t matter if he couldn’t or he wouldn’t learn it. He is done as a qb in the nfl.

  47. dbarnes67 says:
    November 3, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    4 years, the amount of time he had to learn to play quarterback…. didn’t happen and it doesn’t matter if he couldn’t or he wouldn’t learn it. He is done as a qb in the nfl.
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    His career stats look a lot better that some of the other bozos playing backup.

  48. “Actually, maybe you should hold your breath. Or at least hold your nose. Because the ongoing failure to employ Kaepernick continues to potentially plunge the league even deeper in to its own river of sh-t.”
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    Seriously Mike? CK being out of the NFL is a business decision that was made by each team individually. The collusion case will go nowhere because there is no collusion. Whether you agree with the kneeling or not, CK has made himself an object of disdain – with many fans and hence with many advertisers. The market place (the customers) has spoken and the market place has told all of the owners that bringing CK in will hurt their business. Companies make business decisions everyday to protect their bottom lines. That is why no team will touch CK.

  49. inozwetrust says:
    November 3, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Whether you agree with the kneeling or not, CK has made himself an object of disdain – with many fans and hence with many advertisers. The market place (the customers) has spoken and the market place has told all of the owners that bringing CK in will hurt their business. Companies make business decisions everyday to protect their bottom lines. That is why no team will touch CK.
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    You might be right, except for the fact that the teams continue to allow players to kneel, and the NFL is losing customers and advertisers because of it.

    Quite frankly, the players that are kneeling now are doing far more damage than the addition of Kaepernick ever would.

  50. Kaep never had Deandre Hopkins, and Will Fuller the TD Machine on his teams.
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    Nope, Kaep never had Hopkins and Fuller. He just had future HOF’ers Frank Gore and Anquan Boldin along with some dudes named Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis in their prime. Not to mention one of the best offensive lines in the past decade.

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