Colin Kaepernick spotted doing football workouts

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For all the quarterbacks who have been plucked off the market in the last few days, there’s one former Super Bowl participant who hasn’t gotten a call — for some reason.

And while it may not mean anything for his future employment, it appears Colin Kaepernick is at least trying to stay prepared in case anyone decided to stop blackballing him.

Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports spotted Kaepernick going through a workout at a field in Houston (though clearly not for the Texans, Lord, we all know that wouldn’t happen).

It’s unclear why he was in Houston, or whether there’s any immediate plan for him to actively pursue work in the league.

He’s been out of work since his kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 became a national conversation, with President Donald Trump stoking a fire by referring to wanting to fire any “son of a bitch” who kneeled during the song. Kaepernick has filed a collusion grievance against the league regarding his lack of employment for any rational football reason.

89 responses to “Colin Kaepernick spotted doing football workouts

  1. “there’s one former Super Bowl participant who hasn’t gotten a call — for some reason.”

    Actually Darin, there is a reason. A good reason. Kaep is not a good QB and at his past compensation levels he stinks.

  2. If everyone does not sign him for essentially the same reason, i.e. he’s mediocre and a polarizing distraction who will piss off half your fanbase, is that still “blackballing?” Did people “blackball” New Coke or did everyone not buy it for the same reason?

  3. “He’s been out of work since his kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 became a national conversation”
    Incorrect. He’s been out of work since the moment he voluntarily opted out of his contract. He remained employed for months and months after it became a national conversation.

  4. It has more to do with him losing 20 lbs in muscle mass becoming a vegetarian than anything else. Go back on muscle milk and steak dude.

  5. Doesn’t he have litigation ongoing against the league? Maybe all this can be settled by having a team fall on the sword, give them an extra 1st round pick and pay his salary out of its slush/hush fund. I see less than a 5% chance he ever puts on an NFL uniform issued by a team.

  6. Blackballing: Conspiring to ruin someones reputation until they become unemployable and people refuse to associate with them.
    >>>>>>>>>><<<<<<<<<<<<
    Kap made his own bed and damaged his own reputation. His diminished skills notwithstanding, every owner in the league has a right to keep the distraction that comes with him outside of their locker room. And that argument can be justified strictly from a business standpoint without ever getting within whiffing distance of bigotry or prejudice.

  7. “He’s been out of work since his kneeling and pouting during the national anthem in 2016 because he was beat out as the starter by Blaine Gabbert”

    there….fixed it

  8. Why would you hire a guy suing the NFL for collusion to keep him out? He would probably just claim it was only to get him to drop the suit, and when he didn’t get a job, add more ammo for the lawsuit.
    Just give it up…….he’s more done in this league than Ray Rice.

  9. Who cares? You’re always crying about this alleged injustice but don’t even allow free speech in your comment section.

  10. He could be the Villain Quarterback in Vince McMahon’s new league

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    Sorry, good idea but won’t work. Vince said standing will be mandatory during the anthem.

  11. Site standards falling.

    Black balling has a specific meaning – it means that everyone made an agreement(colluded) to not hire him.

    But its eminently possible that the 12 or so teams who need a QB all decided on their own they didnt want him.
    Even if they dont want him for political reasons – that alone does mean black balling.

  12. Kaepernick, like RG 3, is a read option QB. They both were great until the league’s defenses caught up to what they were doing and that was the end of both careers. Neither player seemed to be able evolve from that particular offensive style. They were both essentially one-trick ponies. Kaepernick lost his job to 1st round & career bust, Blaine Gabbert. That should tell you the real reason nobody wants Kaepernick.

  13. If this offseason has done anything, it has absolutely destroyed the idea that Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” for non-football reasons. AJ McCarron has been one of the most sought-after backup quarterbacks of the last couple seasons and he just signed a contract to basically be a stop-gap starter in Buffalo until the rookie quarterback they inevitably draft next month is ready to start.

    Nobody wants a sideshow attached to a backup quarterback, which is what Kaepernick is. He’s being “blackballed” in the same way as Tim Tebow. Can these guys be a backup in the NFL? Sure. Is any team interested in hearing the stadium chant (good or bad) at the guy holding the clipboard on the sideline while there are 11 guys on the field actually playing? No.

  14. “He’s been out of work since his kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 became a national conversation”
    ——
    Let me fix that for you, since your editor missed it: “He’s been out of work since he opted out of his contract. His decline in performance and general regression as a QB has led to him remaining unemployed for months. Coupled with his off field distractions, his viability as an option at both starting and back up QB is minimal due to the obvious negative PR he would bring, and his lack of skill to overcome any other associated negatives.”

  15. So Kaepernick was having an impromptu workout and one of his biggest media mouthpieces just happened to be walking by on his way to go get a slice at the local pizza joint and said “oh wow thats Colin Kaepernick throwing it!”

  16. Didn’t we figure out yesterday that there was literally one team in the NFL without a starting caliber QB and then they went and signed A.J. Mcarron? Maybe Kaepernick can’t get a job because there are over 32 qbs viewed as better than him and he over valued himself by saying he originally didn’t want to be a backup.

  17. “there’s one former Super Bowl participant who hasn’t gotten a call — for some reason.”

    The reason is simple, it’s not worth the media circus and distraction for a back up QB. That, along with how much money he is seeking are enough “reason”.

    Sure, he’s good enough to be a back up, and possibly even a starter in the league, but with the distraction he’d bring, not to mention a crazy arse gf, it’s just not worth it to find out.

  18. How many times does the “CK is not a good enough QB to start” argument have to debunked; his stats speak for themselves. What about a backup role? I can name at least 10 starters that he is more talented than and several more backups. The fact is CK is being blackballed by half of the racist owners and the other half too afraid of the “repercussions/loss of revenue” of signing CK. In actuality CK has more fans/supporters than the media will let you know. It all boils down to money and/or racism. Prove it otherwise, I’ll wait. . .

  19. You made your bed now lie on it. I don’t have a problem with him kneeling during the national anthem, that’s his decision. But now he has to live with the consequences for doing so. He’s a grown up and it’s time to learn that actions have consequences.

  20. Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports spotted Kaepernick going through a workout at a field in Houston.

    So Charles just happen to be driving by some random field and saw Kaep or was this a completely setup story? One of Kaep’s “inner circle” just happen to let a few media people know he was going to be there to keep pushing the narrative? Lame.

  21. YOU SAID…”Colin Kaepernick is at least trying to stay prepared in case anyone decided to stop blackballing him”.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Still doesn’t get it, he is still blaming others for his lack of prep time, his attitude that started the Locker room revolt that ended with Harbaugh quitting..
    Enough with the Victim mindset! YOU aren’t that good and there are plenty of backups that WANT to play and be a team leader, not a revolution leader. I’m sure this will get modded out tho.

  22. The guy can’t take a walk in the park without so called reporters fantasizing about him being on an NFL team. Sad.

    I bet this was just so he could say on a court stand that he is trying to get back to the NFL.

  23. Oh no, we aren’t going to have an entire off season with this garbage again, are we? This one was one too many! Let it go…..

  24. Has Trump learned the words to the anthem yet?

    I doubt it he’s too busy with his treason by the minute agenda

  25. eaglesince86 says:
    March 15, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    How many times does the “CK is not a good enough QB to start” argument have to debunked; his stats speak for themselves. What about a backup role? I can name at least 10 starters that he is more talented than and several more backups. The fact is CK is being blackballed by half of the racist owners and the other half too afraid of the “repercussions/loss of revenue” of signing CK. In actuality CK has more fans/supporters than the media will let you know. It all boils down to money and/or racism. Prove it otherwise, I’ll wait. . .
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    Dude lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert. As in Career bust, Blaine Gabbert. I watched Kaep throw back to back pick 6’s against the Cards in the 1st quarter of a game they lost 47-7. he completed 47% of his passes in that game not counting the passes to the other team. His career numbers are under %60 completion percentage and under 180 yards a game and never threw over 21 tds in a season.

  26. Top 50 in NFL history in completion percentage.
    Top 50 in NFL history in YPA.
    Top 100 in NFL history in TD percentage.
    #2 all-time in lowest INT percentage (tied with Tom Brady; Aaron Rodgers is #1).

    And that’s not even getting into 6.1 yards per carry.

    I don’t care if you like him or don’t, dude can play QB.

  27. Is he okay with poisoning a locker room for league minimum or does he only poison locker rooms for a specific amount?

  28. He threw for four yards and was sacked four times through three quarters against a horrible Bears team. I don’t care if it was snowing at Soldier Field, that’s awful by any standard. Worst performance I’ve ever seen by a niner qb.

  29. Eric Reid seems to be generating the same amount of interest – for some reason. At least with him you can’t say it’s because of his play. It’s that old ‘some reason’ again.

  30. eaglesince86 says:
    It all boils down to money and/or racism. Prove it otherwise, I’ll wait. . .

    –So you have proof that it isn’t otherwise? Please enlighten us. I’ll wait as well.

  31. As a socially liberal person and 49er Faithful I am glad Kap got blackballed. Not that I disagree with his right to protest but that he’s disingenuous stooge who used his anthem protest in order to mask his regression as a QB. He also has no idea what he’s protesting (e.g “Trump and Hillary are equally racist”).

  32. A great man chose humanity over money. As of can see it is un-American. You should just shut up and play football. It is a sin when you make Americans uncomfortable by pointing out the great lasting injustices of American against people of color.

  33. If he’d wanted back into the league he would have been all over social media with workouts from Day 1. Remember the last time he was seen he’d withered away to like 150 pounds on his crazy diet so teams certainly would have wondered what kind of shape he was in. The video is so poor and from so far away it’s still impossible to tell much–you couldn’t even testify with certainty it was even him.

  34. He knows exactly what he’s protesting. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream didn’t die when he was assassinated. We still have a ways to go in order for true equality to be an integral part of this country. Thank you Kap for starting the conversation and risking your career for millions of kids like me and who look like me.

  35. Such misinformed people in the comment section.

    Kaep wasn’t heathy going into camp and the team didn’t want to risk him getting injured again and further guaranteeing his contract due to injury. That’s why his contract was renegotiated and he played. As a matter of fact, Blaine was playing like crap so Kaep ended up faking spot.

    Yes, he had an awful game against the Cards and the Bears but name one QB playing in the league that hasn’t had terrible games.

    The new regime of the 49ers were going to cut him anyway so he asked to be released to get an early start on Free Agency. He wasn’t signed by anyone this sitting out the entire season.

    Don’t allow your narrative of disdain skew the facts. He kneeled before the anthem and people lost their minds. Now he’s Benedict Arnold but somehow forgotten in the midst of all of this, the guy was a very good QB. Check his stats from his last season played and then comment.

  36. basilmarinerchase says:
    March 15, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    Top 50 in NFL history in completion percentage.
    Top 50 in NFL history in YPA.
    Top 100 in NFL history in TD percentage.
    #2 all-time in lowest INT percentage (tied with Tom Brady; Aaron Rodgers is #1).

    And that’s not even getting into 6.1 yards per carry.

    I don’t care if you like him or don’t, dude can play QB.
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    Kaep passed for 72 TDs in 6 seasons (avg. 12 a year) & had under 60% completion percentage. Kaep averaged under 180 yards a game passing as a starter. He threw for just over 12,000 yards for 6 seasons (that’s 2,000 yards a season.

    Sorry but the dude plays QB horribly. His career started good, but he never evolved his game when defenses adapted to his read option skill set.

  37. Who was it that signed off on saying that the NFL is blackballing Kaepernick?
    Just asking for a friend.

  38. So he happens to be randomly training in Houston. A reporter happens to be at the field. He “gets by security” (?). Then films a video of it. This during the busiest free agency period of the year?

    I am not giving an opinion of Kap or the Texans or anything else besides the super odd circumstances to where he would be taped working out…in a city where he doesnt live…by a reporter who doesnt live there. And that there would be security surrounding it.

    It all sounds a little too convenient.

  39. No business is going to hire any person that has alienated at least 50% – maybe more – of the customer base. That is basic common sense and common business sense. This doesn’t even talk about how Kaepernick’ on field performance was deteriorating each year. If the team in liberal San Francisco did not want him, no NFL team will want him. There is no entitlement for anyone to be on an NFL team.

  40. Saying he’s been unemployed because he kneeled in 2016 is only a small part of the story. He’s terrible. His baggage outweighs his abilities. Don’t forget he also wore a shirt glorifying Castro–these articles always conveniently omit that. He also thinks he deserves to be a starter from day one, which isn’t going to happen. He could be a backup for a really desperate team but I can’t see him starting.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if some team gives him a shot this year but if they don’t why doesn’t he go to the CFL instead of whining about it. Maybe he’s afraid the entire world will see that he’s not playing because he’s terrible and not for other reasons.

  41. of course kap thinks kneeling is a football workout, and since hes so good at that he is filing a lawsuit against the nfl for not hiring him. california snowflakes will turn into pretzels trying to appease and avoid hurting kaps feelings, while the rest of us will plead with them and kap to move to canada.

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