Kaepernick hasn’t heard from Washington, and likely won’t

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As Washington scrambles to beef up a quarterback depth chart that will be headlined by Colt McCoy for as long as he’s healthy enough to play, many are wondering whether Washington will consider Colin Kaepernick.

They won’t be.

Per a league source, Kaepernick hasn’t received an invitation to the Gong Show tryout that reportedly will happen on Monday, with EJ Manuel, T.J. Yates, and Mark Sanchez among the candidates identified by Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Another source tells PFT that team president Bruce Allen previously has made clear within the organization his position that Kaepernick won’t be signed by Washington, ever. Allen is a political conservative, which would make Kaepernick and his habit of protesting during the national anthem something that Allen wouldn’t be inclined to embrace, ever.

So even though Washington quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell served on the last coaching staff in San Francisco that had Kaepernick on the roster, Kaepernick won’t be on the Washington roster, barring a dramatic change of heart by Allen — or a direct order from owner Daniel Snyder that having someone who possibly could help push a 6-4 start toward a finish atop the division outweighs all non-football considerations.

99 responses to “Kaepernick hasn’t heard from Washington, and likely won’t

  1. Mccoy is better than Kaep esp since he has only been a WAS Redskin. I think people are (“shockingly”) underrating Alex Smtith. If you think McCoy and Kaepernick are on the level of Alex Smith you are clueless. Smith has his physical shortcomings but if you underestimate his physical skill then you clearly underappreciate how successful he is mentally. Skins are in trouble without him.

  2. “So even though Washington quarterbacks coach Kevin O’Connell served on the last coaching staff in San Francisco that had Kaepernick on the roster, Kaepernick won’t be on the Washington roster”

    So it is not even remotely possible in your mind that O’Connell agrees with the rest of the coaches and GM’s in the league that Kaepernick is hot garbage as a QB?

  3. Anybody who reads this comment would have a better chance of being the QB for Washington then Keap. Their is no chance in hell he would be the QB for the team in the nation’s capital and playing in Trump’s backyard.

    I say this with no political agenda or anti-Kaep movement

  4. the rigged nfl is having there wish come true of dallas winning the division. they hate dan snyder and the team name so bad. if they had any class and intergrity they would ban jj watt from the sport. colt mccoy cannot play football. we need to act fast or the nfl wins again by screweing over the redskins like they have for 25 plus years!!! thy didnt take care of RGIII they didnt take care of smith! shame!!!!

  5. Kap doesn’t want to play.
    He had a contract coming from Baltimore, until his girlfriend compared the owner to a plantation owner. Kap said nothing to even attempt to get the contract.

    He does not want to play.
    He wants the issue and a lawsuit rather than playing the game.

    Yet people keep bringing him up.

  6. Jeff George is 50 years old and could win more games than Colon. If they called him he would want to play. The SJW martyr poster boy wants no part of football or he would be in Canada right now just like Johnny Football.

  7. All of you people who never served…don’t want to hear from you. Don a uniform then talk to me about rights. All of you who did and still don’t understand the Constitution…thank you for your service now learn how to read what you fought for.

    Tired of uninformed and ignorant people who think that the pledge of allegiance or flying a flag is being a patriot or being an American. It is being a lazy individual who yes – I fought for, twice – but wish people understood better the sacrifice in which I and my brothers and sisters did. We fought for people to dislike America, the same way that Americans disliked Britain and its policies.

    At least Colin K is doing it peacefully. I’ll take civil disobedience any day. Better than pipe bombs and guns.

    Again. I fought. Did you?

  8. No QB who hasn’t played in over a year including Mark Sanchez is going to help a team win many games by joining them in the middle of the season.. this author won’t let it go

  9. With their situation the Skins would be best suited to get Kapernick, but they won’t. Teams don’t want to deal with the Kapernick thing, no one wants to be the one team that hires him and starts the vitriol with the people. He should be playing if these decisions were based solely on talent but they aren’t. It’s not so much collusion as it is a reluctance of teams to deal with the backlash of singing Kapernick.

  10. Why would Washington want that cancer?
    I’d hope they’d at least call Jay Cutler & he’s absotively worthless –
    before they even think out about calling on Kaeperneck!

  11. To be fair, i dont think he fits their system.

    That said, I’d hate to think that politics would prevent a front office from fielding the best football team they can. Jeez, aren’t we divided enough already?

  12. He got benched and released from his team, he hasn’t played in three years and you have no clue what kind of shape he’s in and he’s suing the league. Why is he the one unemployed QB you want to write about?

  13. I was at the cowboys/Falcons game today, and was last year as well. The stadium was probably 60% full for both games. I have been to two dozen or so cowboys games all over the country in the 25 years before that, and there was never an empty seat.

    If your league’s premier team can’t even draw a full house, you have real problems. People left the NFL in droves when theses guys started kneeling, and it might never recover.

    The last thing the nfl needs is Fidel Castro lite right now.

  14. So why would anyone expect a guy who took a knee to protest oppression work for a company that calls themselves Redskins?

  15. I like how the article claims it’s purely because of politics. Kaepernick played poorly his last couple of years, proved that he had declined a lot, and lost his job to Blaine Gabbert. He’s not going to take a 6-4 team to the playoffs like the article assumes, just because he was good five years ago, let alone years out of football now. Even if he is slightly better than Mark Sanchez and company, he also brings a media circus with him that will disrupt a team on the fringe of the playoffs. Not worth the trouble for any team regardless of politics, simple as that.

  16. Kaepernick’s skills are considered before his leftist views. He isnt good enough to hire. If he were a quality player, he would be playing somewhere. His last seasons worth of starts weren’t impressive at all. Horrible, actually.

  17. edelmanfanclub says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm
    Mccoy is better than Kaep esp since he has only been a WAS Redskin.
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    Huh? McCoy was drafted by Cleveland then played for SF before going to WA. This is his third team.

  18. “many are wondering whether Washington will consider Colin Kaepernick.”
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    You consider yourself “many”.

  19. He hasn’t played for two years and hasn’t been on the quarterback workout circuit. Right now Washington needs an emergency quarterback who can serve as a backup in a few days. How does Kaepernick fit into this picture?

  20. If Kaepernick had enough talent left he would’ve had a job long ago. Why can’t people accept his lack of talent and his politics added together makes him retired. He really only had brief success when Harbaugh utilized his running ability. Once teams figured out how to stop that, his shortcomings became apparent. Look at his stats…avg less that 200 yds per game in his career. I think Florio for sure just likes to keep stirring this pot

  21. Yeah, an anti-American pro-criminal communist agitator would go over well in Washington.

    True, he’s better than many backups in the league. But no team will alienate a huge chunk of its fan base by signing this maggot.

  22. Bruce Allen is a faux patriot who defends the use of the “Redskins” slur. A founding member of the rich white guy club.

  23. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:22 pm
    Yeah, an anti-American pro-criminal communist agitator would go over well in Washington.

    ++++++++++++++++++
    Actually yeah, he probably would.

  24. Two posts above were spot on. Even if Collin’s SJW Blackpowermatters girlfriend would let him play, how the heck could he play for the Washington racial slurs? Not only would that throw a wrench in his bs collusion nonsense, but he would be playing for a team with the most racist mascot in the NFL. I would love to see it, but sorry, won’t happen.

  25. TruFBFan says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    All of you people who never served…don’t want to hear from you. Don a uniform then talk to me about rights. All of you who did and still don’t understand the Constitution…thank you for your service now learn how to read what you fought for.

    Tired of uninformed and ignorant people who think that the pledge of allegiance or flying a flag is being a patriot or being an American. It is being a lazy individual who yes – I fought for, twice – but wish people understood better the sacrifice in which I and my brothers and sisters did. We fought for people to dislike America, the same way that Americans disliked Britain and its policies.

    At least Colin K is doing it peacefully. I’ll take civil disobedience any day. Better than pipe bombs and guns.

    Again. I fought. Did you?
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    Thank you for your service !!!!

    So you support Kaepernick for peacefully protesting, but you do not support people peacefully loving the pledge, the flag and standing for the anthem?
    In fact, you call people idiots who peacefully support the pledge, the flag and the anthem?

  26. TruFBFan says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm
    All of you people who never served…don’t want to hear from you. Don a uniform then talk to me about rights. All of you who did and still don’t understand the Constitution…thank you for your service now learn how to read what you fought for.
    Tired of uninformed and ignorant people who think that the pledge of allegiance or flying a flag is being a patriot or being an American. It is being a lazy individual who yes – I fought for, twice – but wish people understood better the sacrifice in which I and my brothers and sisters did. We fought for people to dislike America, the same way that Americans disliked Britain and its policies.
    At least Colin K is doing it peacefully. I’ll take civil disobedience any day. Better than pipe bombs and guns.
    Again. I fought. Did you?
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    You don’t have to don a uniform in order to have or talk about rights. Showing patriotism and support is done in a variety of ways. One way it isn’t done is donning a uniform, going to fight, and then holding in contempt all those who didn’t or couldn’t fight, or attempting to characterize and put people into groups based upon assumptions, wrap a little bow around the package, and then attack them. Go build your straw men somewhere else.

  27. I’m curious how people assume that a guy who hasn’t been to the last two training camps or played the last two seasons might be ready to go.

    The liberals need to realize that Kaepernick is never playing in the NFL again and move on with their lives.

  28. Regardless of whether you agree with his politics he himself has not said whether he wants to continue to play. The kneeling doesn’t bother me but if I was a team and I had no indication the guy wanted to play I wouldn’t reach out either.

  29. You think you clowns would change your tune now after getting waxed at the polls. Guess not. Ride that titanic down to the sea floor. The rest of the nfceast applauds your decision to start Mark Sanchez over kap. Stubborn dummies

  30. TrueFBfan, is it possible for you to write a post that’s not condescending or full of yourself? You also fought for all of us to have an opinion, whether you agree with it or not. Don’t tell us what we can or can’t say just because we didn’t “serve.” I’m as grateful as anyone for those that served, by I can’t stand a jerk, whether they served or not. There’s plenty of d bags that served, and I tend to think you fit in that category.

  31. If signed today, Kaepernick wouldn’t be qualified to carry a clipboard before the season ended, much less actually play QB in an NFL game.

    Seriously, Peterman is more NFL ready today than Kaepernick.

    And Peterman sucks.

  32. Shinnbone says:
    November 18, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Why does PFT automatically go to the Keapernick garbage, he sucks that’s why he will NEVER play in the NFL again!
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    I’ll take a wild guess while also reading all these comments and say, Florio is simply writing an article about a subject that triggers a bunch of PFT readers to makes comments. I think that is how the Internet works and don’t blame him.

  33. Alex Smith’s anesthesia hasn’t worn off and you’re already writing about Kap. “Let’s get the guy who hasn’t played in years and is a lightning rod of controversy so we can stay in this playoff race” said no GM ever.

  34. NinersFan1973 says:

    The media wants Kaepernick to play more than Kaepernick wants to play.
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    They could care less about him. It’s all about their hatred of Trump. The believe if he gets signed then Trump “loses” somehow.

  35. We’ve already had our affirmative action gimmick – the Great Gimmick – the 12 win and 21 loss fraud of Robert Griffin part three. We don’t need to add insult to injury by adding an even worse fool.

  36. PFT has a vastly overrated view of Kaepernick’s ability. This guy lost his last starting job to Blaine Gabbert due to extremely poor performances. He has as much chance of playing NFL football again as Tim Tebow; both bring more in distractions than they can offset with their skill set.

  37. TruFBFan says:
    Again. I fought. Did you?
    ————————————————————–

    Yes, I did (Vietnam) … and I could never support any team who signed Kaepernick.
    I hope that answers your question.

  38. or a direct order from owner Daniel Snyder that having someone who possibly could help push a 6-4 start toward a finish atop the division outweighs all non-football considerations.
    —————-
    Clearly you wouldn’t be talking about Kaep, would you? He’s been out of the league for two years and was awful the last time we saw him.
    Please stop this nonsense!

  39. Obviously, the mid-terms pounding hasn’t dissuaded the Russian troll factories from weighing in on social media. Bashing Kaep and Hillary is probably all they can do.

  40. OK, so if an owner were a liberal and a player made conservative stances on issues the owner wouldn’t want to hire the conservative player but that would be OK right? You left out one very important fact, predictably. Kaep sucks. Peterman does too. Both don’t have jobs. Yet why aren’t you stumping for Peterman to be signed…or JaMarcus Russell?

  41. If you’re going to pimp for Kap, why not Tebow, too? Aren’t they basically the same? At least Yates has won a playoff game.

  42. A team that calls itself the “Redskins” is worried about offending people if they give Kap a tryout. That is LAUGHABLE.

    This is a 1st place team that should be doing whatever it takes to win! And it has in the past! Does the name JUNIOR GALETTE ring a bell? They were ok with signing Galette but not Kap

    This is what’s wrong with America, and the rest of the world, in 2018. (and the number of this post’s thumbs downs will confirm it)

  43. Kaepernick, before he was let go, was better than at least 10 starting QBs in the NFL and almost all the backups. The people claiming Kaepernick doesn’t have talent are either lying because it supports their political agenda or are simply ignorant.

    Allen has done so much to destroy the Redskins chances over the years, it’s not surprising he’d destroy them once again because he won’t hire someone with political views he opposes.

  44. Colin should look to Harry Potter: “It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

  45. All of you people who never served…don’t want to hear from you. Don a uniform then talk to me about rights. All of you who did and still don’t understand the Constitution…thank you for your service now learn how to read what you fought for.

    Tired of uninformed and ignorant people who think that the pledge of allegiance or flying a flag is being a patriot or being an American. It is being a lazy individual who yes – I fought for, twice – but wish people understood better the sacrifice in which I and my brothers and sisters did. We fought for people to dislike America, the same way that Americans disliked Britain and its policies.

    At least Colin K is doing it peacefully. I’ll take civil disobedience any day. Better than pipe bombs and guns.

    Again. I fought. Did you?
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    Assuming you’re telling the truth, thank you for your service. Sadly, on the Internet, the possibility that you are not telling the truth is real.

    That said, you clearly don’t understand the Constitution because this isn’t a Freedom of Speech issue and won’t be unless Kaepernick is threatened with imprisonment or other punishment by the government. This is a workplace conduct issue. Kaepernick is representing any team that chooses to sign him and therefore, they have an absolute right to decide he does so poorly, or that he’s no longer a good QB. And remember, this is a guy who lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert BEFORE starting his protests.

    Also, you know what Freedom of Speech DOES protect? The right of people to disagree with him or state (correctly) that he’s attacking the Anthem and what it stands for. Since, you know, that’s literally what he’s kneeling at.

    And he isn’t really doing ANYTHING “peacefully” if he’s encouraging a narrative that police as a whole are out to kill People of Color and thus encouraging said people to attack police. There is blood on the hands of Kaep, Reid and others.

  46. So, because Bruce Allen is conservative, they won’t have him. What does that say about a liberal heavy San Francisco who don’t want him either?

  47. So Kaep being out of football for 2 years discounts him? Sanchez? Manuel? Yates? Give me a break.

  48. Shocking that an NFL team wouldn’t be interested in a delusional, ignorant, glorified back up who wants to be paid like a starter.

  49. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Kap doesn’t want to play.
    He had a contract coming from Baltimore, until his girlfriend compared the owner to a plantation owner. Kap said nothing to even attempt to get the contract.

    He does not want to play.
    He wants the issue and a lawsuit rather than playing the game.

    Yet people keep bringing him up.

    _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Exactly! Why are sports journalists and the press continuing to bring up Kapernick’s name up with every QB vacancy, although he has yet to say wants to and show a desire to play in the NFL? Btw, let’s be brutally honest here, Kap did not start kneeling and protesting the anthem until he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert! I see a has been QB who took advantage of a hot button societal issue to remain relevant in the eyes of social media millennials!

  50. Please Snyder, override that smug semblance of a GM and bring in somebody that could help your team win. The silent majority will support you – ask Doug Williams

  51. Almost as predictable as the sun coming up….. Mike Florio opining that Colin Kaepernick should be called for every qb opening, that he is for some reason better than the qb who is playing and that the only possible reason he is not immediately called is because he is being blackballed.

  52. TruFBFan says:
    November 18, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Again. I fought. Did you?

    36 153

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    judging by those downvotes, it looks like the armchair pseudo-patriots can’t handle the truth.

  53. billzbubb says:
    November 18, 2018 at 8:54 pm
    Kaepernick, before he was let go, was better than at least 10 starting QBs in the NFL and almost all the backups.

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

    The problem is, that’s not certain. He *was* better, for a time, but the end of his tenure in SF was marked by dismal play and even more dismal results. That’s a tough note to end on, and when you add the perception (fueled by the chances he had for contract negotiation) that he sees himself as a starter only and wants to be paid as such, it gets tougher to justify.

    If he was offering the fig leaf of a backup role and a backup’s salary, it might not have played out this way. But to get past all the political controversy and then have all the uncertainty about him as a player and baggage of his contract expectations is a hurdle.

    I support what Kaepernick is protesting for. But he’s done essentially nothing to make himself easy for anyone to sign. Intermediaries may claim he wants to play, but what has he done the last couple years to make anyone want to sign him?

  54. Florio started writing this article the play after Alex Smith went down just as any good lawyer is suppose to do.

  55. ESPN has some advanced stats. Kaepernick was a negative passer and his only value to the 49ers in 2016 was as a runner. And he was so ineffective as a passer that of the 121 players who threw one, or more, passes during 2016, he ranked 105th in Expected Points Added through passing.

    He was so bad that if you threw ONE PASS, and it was an incompletion, you helped your team passing more than Colin Kaepernick did.

    The fact is, without Frank Gore to carry his sorry ***, there was no winning in SF. It was those 8-and-9 men boxes, plus his running, that allowed that scrub to look good for about a year-and-half. But by mid-2014, the NFL had him down cold.

  56. Another couple things regarding Kaepernick & Washington:

    – Do we really think a team wants Smith and Kaepernick in the same QB room again? Why would they want their franchise QB looking over his shoulder?
    – Do we think Kaepernick would want to play for a franchise with that mascot? Would be a pretty jarring juxtaposition to his supporters, I would think.

    If Russell Wilson gets hurt, then it’s time to start asking questions, but lots of poor fits in Washington.

  57. We know it’s not a constitutional first amendment debate you ignoramuses. Nobody is saying that the team doesn’t have a right to prevent speech. That’s not the issue here. The issue is a collective bargaining issue. The teams can’t COLLUDE to prevent his employment. They clearly are considering the dregs they’re hiring instead. Keep up would ya!

  58. Jay Cutler would be a far better choice. Would he take a few million to sit the bench. I bet he would. Plus he would actually get the ball down the field better than Smith. And after a few weeks probably better than McCoy.

  59. =====
    We know it’s not a constitutional first amendment debate you ignoramuses. Nobody is saying that the team doesn’t have a right to prevent speech. That’s not the issue here.
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    Really? You seemed to have missed the mass amount of people on your side bringing up the 1st Amendment. I notice you’re not telling them to stop.

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    The issue is a collective bargaining issue. The teams can’t COLLUDE to prevent his employment.
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    And if he can prove they are, more power to them. He most likely can’t, because they’re not. And it’s up to him to provide actual evidence otherwise.

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    They clearly are considering the dregs they’re hiring instead.
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    Wrong. Kaepernick on football skills alone isn’t much better than those dregs. Yes, he was good once, but as NFL defensive coordinators learned how to defend against the QB option-based offense, Kaepernick declined because he isn’t good at anything else. Now, at best, he’s a mid to lower tier backup as evidenced by a similar QB like RG3 being out of football and now just a 3rd string backup himself.

    So an NFL team taking him on would have a backup who likely can’t perform well in the scheme the team uses, who is a huge PR fiasco and is getting old for a QB who relies on his legs so much. Add to that now that he’s likely very much out of football shape and it’s very easy for anyone to believe that 32 teams independently made the decision to pass on him except for those who believe he’s much better than he is for the sake of their political beliefs.

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    Keep up would ya!
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    I can guarantee we’ve kept up far better than you. The guy doesn’t want to play again. Being a pro martyr is easier.

  60. I still believe Colin Kaepernick is a talented athlete who can help a team win. He did lead the Niners to the Super Bowl so he can have similar success again. It is the job of the coaches to develop a system that fits his abilities; look at the Patriots, where they excel because they are tailored to their quarterback. Tom Brady wouldn’t be what he is on other teams because they don’t have the patience or vision.

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