Eric Reid doesn’t expect Colin Kaepernick to be signed

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The Panthers were willing to not just sign a guy who kneeled during the national anthem, they extended him. So obviously it wasn’t bad for football, or their bottom line.

But now-secured safety Eric Reid was not optimistic about the chances of the guy he used to kneel next to.

Via Joe Person of The Athletic, Reid expressed skepticism about Kaepernick’s future moments after signing his own three-year extension with the Panthers.

“Knowing what I know, my hope tank is on E,” Reid said.

If he wasn’t sure, last year should have been all the evidence he needed.

With guys such as Josh Johnson (Kaepernick’s old backup who hadn’t thrown a pass in the league since 2011) and Mark Sanchez getting jobs last year — and retired guys such as Tony Romo and Matt Hasselbeck getting calls — it’s clear the NFL is not in a rush to employ Kaepernick again.

When NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about it at the Super Bowl, he reverted to his original explanation, that teams would do what they thought would help them win. That’s ridiculous on its face, with a parade of less-able-to-win quarterbacks securing employment.

78 responses to “Eric Reid doesn’t expect Colin Kaepernick to be signed

  1. Take the kneeling issue out of the equation for a short moment, he was 11-24 in his last 35 games and has been out 2 years. Now after thinking about those numbers for a second add back in the kneeling issue and the media circus that he would bring to any team that signs him. He took a calculated risk opting out of his contract and starting the kneeling campaign, freedom of choice does not guarantee freedom from consequence.

  2. it wasn’t bad for football, or their bottom line
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    Except that once Reid was signed the Panthers started to play really bad and went from a playoff contender to a terrible, coincidence?

  3. Before Carolina signed him, Reid promised that he would not kneel anymore. But after he was signed, that promise went out the window and the kneeling resumed. So much for promises and doing what you say – its called “integrity”.

  4. I supported Kaep’s right to protest but I think his time has passed. Had he apologized profusely for the pig socks and Castro shirt and made a strong statement that he very much wanted to play in the NFL again he probably would have gotten a shot.

    Instead its been all lawyer speak from his attorney and nothing but silence from Kaep. Didn’t cut it to the owners.

  5. Why would he? Didn’t play well and he is beyond polarizing as a player. The Nfl’s ratings have increased and I believe largely due to the anthem issue becoming old news. Too much downside for the headache of signing number 7.

  6. If Kaepernick actually wanted to revive his football career (rather than making this a political side-show), he would sign with a CFL team so that if he played well an NFL team might be willing to give him a shot (despite the fact that he’s a major distraction).

    I can’t stand Johnny Manziel, but to his credit Manziel has gone about that route.

  7. If he really wants to play again then seeing him working out would be a good first step. He doesn’t have to go T.O. and do situps in his driveway but some video of him throwing tight spirals or seeing him looking like the Greek God he was when he entered the league would certainly draw some teams attention. But no team is going to go out of their way to find him and see if he’s in playing shape. That part is going to be on him.

  8. It’s not like Kaepernick was lighting it up his last 2 years playing. His QBR was 43 and 49 in 2015 and 2016. Maybe he doesn’t have a job, like a lot of other out of work QB’s, based on past performance and not whether he stands or kneels. Just saying.

  9. Reid is right. And his offer from the Panthers shows that the teams in the NFL are willing to look past the kneeling controversy to sign a capable player. Kaepernick doesn’t fit that description.

  10. teams would do what they thought would help them win. That’s ridiculous on its face, with a parade of less-able-to-win quarterbacks securing employment.

    Yet the Browns just sided Hunt, kind of shoots holes in your narrative

  11. kaepernick doesnt want to sign. he wants a starting job given to him. he does not want to compete for one. think about that for a second.

  12. He’s not worth the sideshow that he brings with him.
    Any team that signs him will have to face a barrage of media in every city they travel to.

  13. I seriously cannot believe that this is still a thing. He opted out of his contract under his own volition. Playing in the NFL is a privilege not a RIGHT that is a concept that Kaep and his supporters seem to struggle with. GO AWAY already.

  14. The main issue with Kaepernick is the last two times he had the ability to sign he high balled the Denver Broncos resulting on them passing and his girlfriend bad mouthed the Ravens resulting in them taking RG3 instead.

    The kneeling is covering up the fact that he’s a guy getting really bad business advice from people just like Tebow was. People defended Tebow too crying he was being discriminated against for his religious beliefs completely ignoring that he was telling NFL coaches and GM’s what he would and would not do.

  15. My take is that the NFL just wants to pay whatever the award is from the lawsuit (after a long appeals process) and just forget Kaepernick forever.

  16. Regardless of the maintenance of his skills (or depreciation of same) and the initial incidents that precipitated this matter; I really think this issue is no more complex than a club (the NFL is exactly that) refusing to hire a person that is currently pursuing legal action against the club. If Kaepernick wants a job he has options. First, drop the lawsuit. Second, find a team in a league that is willing to put him on the field. Third, accept the hit against potential revenue and sign a deal.

    Once the suit goes away, someone who is in need of a guy who can run an offense will call. After all, Sanchez got a job.

    Also, I’d like to request a special reference to Blaine Gabbert, who has not been ridiculed in these pages for some time.

  17. Kap had 1 and 1/2 average seasons. That’s it. He’s bragged that he doesn’t need to, nor will he, study film in order to improve. Not only is he a below average QB, his politics put him at odds with the vast majority of NFL fans.

  18. I believe the author is leaving out his other issues (pig socks, being stupid enough to think Castro is a great guy, girlfriend calling everyone racist, including Ravens’ management, etc.) as well as fact that he started the sitting on the bench during the anthem as a whine about being benched for Blaine Gabbert, right? Maybe I’m misremembering the facts, but the protest thing didn’t happen until later. Maybe he has the talent to be one of top 64 out there (maybe he did 2+ years ago), tough to know now. Also, as he was really only successful as a read option QB, if a team isn’t running that with the starter, you can’t exactly write a second play book for the back up, right?

  19. Does he even want to play?
    Look at a team like the Patriots. They find guys who are hungry to play football even if they aren’t the top talent available. Why would anyone invest in a guy who is not really serious about the game.

  20. The Panthers do need a backup for Cam. And since their season is essentially over if they lose Cam they might as well spend as little as posdible putting any warm body back there. So if Kaepernick is serious about working (questionable) all he has to do is reach out and say he is available. He does have to be willing to work for low backup money though. None of those delusions of granduer I wanna be paid as a starter and compete for the job ideas because no team is going to take that. On the other hand if he does think enough of himself he should reach out to the Panthers, land that slot, then start proving something.

  21. bworacle says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:46 pm
    My take is that the NFL just wants to pay whatever the award is from the lawsuit (after a long appeals process) and just forget Kaepernick forever.

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    To the contrary the NFL cant afford to let this legal precedent ever happen. Otherwise they are exposed to lawsuit from litterally everyone that washes out of the league.

  22. Stop it, if Colin wanted to be signed I’m sure he’s had plenty of opportunities. CFL, Arena League, you even have the AAF and next year you’ll have the XFL. Dude has a massive ego that won’t permit him to earn back up money (which is what his play warrants), he wants to be an activist and whine about non existent oppression more than he wants to be a pro football player. He’s a feux martyr, leave him be.

  23. For everyone that says that Kap’s last couple of years he didn’t produce a winning record so does that mean all 49er players sucked who were on those teams. Sanchez has gone to multiple teams and stunk it up at every stop and will probably get another shot next year. You’re delusional if you think Kap isn’t better than at least one of the 32 starting quarterbacks. Jacksonville, Washington, Giants, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Arizona, Tampa, Miami, Chicago…. seriously? No way those teams employe 2-3 better QBs. No way.

  24. I must have missed the announcement that Eric Reid was named to be a GM in the NFL. If he’s not, then his opinion is worth the same as yours and mine, zip, zero, nada.

  25. If Kaep worked for say..Pepsi. Then did the same stuff he’s done already. Then QUITS Pepsi, then sued Pepsi. You think Coca-Cola would hire him? Mic Drop.

  26. At this point why would the NFL hire someone who has filed a lawsuit against them?

    I own a business and I certainly wouldn’t hire anyone who is suing me.

  27. Why would anyone expect him to be signed at this point? If anyone was going to sign him, it would have happened 2 years ago.

  28. footballpat says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    And anybody who thinks he’s out because of talent is a moron
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    And anybody who thinks a player who lost a starting job to blaine gabbert should play in the NFL is a moron.

  29. If he was serious about playing again he would go out with the AAF or XFL just so teams can see what he can still do.

  30. The only team that really could use him based on the offense they run is the Ravens. But they already have a QB that can’t run the offense from the pocket why would they want another. If Kaepernick really wanted to be a QB he would have tried to hook up with the CFL. If he isn’t signed in 2017 or 2018 he isn’t going to signed in 2019 with 2 full years out of the league. Get Woke, Go Broke.

  31. It’s not his level of talent that is the issue, for the “Business” of the NFL, it’s that Kaepernick wants starter money for being a worse case scenario back-up.

    Romo would not have gotten starter money, Hasselbeck would not have gotten starter money.

    That small bit of fact seems to get lost on Kaepernick supporters.

    Did he give the AAF? No takers there either eh?!

  32. and nobody is going to sign Jeff George either—both have been out of the game for years and do not deserve consideration based upon not having the skills to be a successful NFL QB

  33. Great, $7 Million a year for a guy who brings in personal life onto the field before games (trying to fight Malcolm Jenkins during warm ups) and takes rage-induced personal foul penalties once the game starts (see Eagles and Steelers games). The Panthers’ second half collapse happened to coincide with bringing a me-first guy in half way through the year. I doubt he was the catalyst for all of it, but he definitely did not help the team, based on results.

  34. He only wants back in the league so he can use their platform for free again. He has no desire to play football.
    He is a distraction in a league where the Patriots tear unfocused teams apart. How would any team signing him help them win?

    He also lost his job to Blaine Gabbert twice.

  35. darkneptune73 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:15 pm
    A team signs a domestic abuser but yet won’t sign a guy who kneels? This country is so screwed up.

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    The Panthers signed Kaep’s SJW sidekick. That and teams signing domestic abusers are both horrible. Signs we as a nation need to change our priorities.

  36. fofrenchy says:
    February 11, 2019 at 4:03 pm
    It sure is brave to hate on someone standing up to police brutality and supporting the anti trust abusing NFL. You should all be so proud.

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    Protesting police brutality (or really anything) doesn’t make it right to not stand for the Anthem. People don’t care about social justice anymore. There’s currently an oversaturation of social justice and it’s time to take a break from social justice. We also need to end the politicalization of everything.

  37. Kap after the Harbaugh years had the pleasure of playing for Tomsula (garbage) & Chip Kelly (garbage) and was rehabbing injuries (the only reason he lost his starting role. Shanny/Lynch come along and he was never gonna be their guy anyway, so they gave thim the option of opting out or being cut. He opted out. Since then, he’s obviously been out of the league.

    Folks need to try to have a better understanding of the nuance to his situation. Yes he knelt. Yes he sued the league. Yes he wore things that pissed people off. He doesn’t really even speak anymore so who knows that he even wants to play football.

  38. Keep hasn’t been resigned for two reasons. One, he would be a huge distraction that teams abhor. Two, any offense would have to be dramatically altered to fit his skill set (Google it). The NFL does believe in second chances. See Kareem Hunt signing with the Browns.

  39. whatjusthapped says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I must have missed the announcement that Eric Reid was named to be a GM in the NFL. If he’s not, then his opinion is worth the same as yours and mine, zip, zero, nada.
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    If he hasn’t been signed by now, he isn’t getting signed. Teams inexplicably would rather lose every game than sign the guy, which doesn’t make sense, but that’s the NFL.

  40. Simply keeping his name out like this is insane. He is done. 100% done and people need to quit bringing his name up. Baltimore was his last hope and when that fell through the writing was on the wall. Clear as day. Or crystal. Whatever. He is done. Enough of this guy. He was a clown and he is getting the clown treatment from the NFL. Good!

  41. You put a billion dollar business through a smear campaign. Of course they’ll never employ you again. Idiot.

  42. What no one realizes is that Kap can never play again. He can be offered any qb spot in the league, but he will have to decline. Why? Because if he ever steps on the field again, and performs mediocre to bad, he loses EVERYTHING. No more Nike. No more lawsuit. No more martyr. He won.

  43. Talent – B/C depending on the evaluator and the system
    Attitude – F
    Baggage – F
    Marketability – F
    Leadership – F
    Body of Work – C – B early, A in 2012, F since
    System Fit – F for most teams including his old team

  44. It’s sad that the double digit IQ’s among us revert to something so basic as W-L for under 2 seasons record regarding CK’s talent, or lack there of. By that metric, there are some really terrible QB’s in the league.

    We know what the truth is, regardless of how your spin it in your mind (Rose colored glasses are still glasses).

  45. The guy was 1-10 when he was last a starter. In his last two seasons, Blaine Freaking Gabbert was able to win more games in fewer starts. When Blaine Freaking Gabbert can win more games than you with the same roster, you aren’t someone who “gives a team a better chance to win.” Kaepernick was a guy who was carried by a good team, couldn’t carry a bad team even as well as someone like Gabbert, and when you’re at best a backup level QB, you can’t afford to make noise just because you don’t like being on the bench.

    If Kaepernick hadn’t tried to draw attention to himself to get off the bench, he’d still be in the NFL, making a lot less money than he wants and as a backup.

  46. mmack66 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 4:47 pm
    whatjusthapped says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    I must have missed the announcement that Eric Reid was named to be a GM in the NFL. If he’s not, then his opinion is worth the same as yours and mine, zip, zero, nada.
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    If he hasn’t been signed by now, he isn’t getting signed. Teams inexplicably would rather lose every game than sign the guy, which doesn’t make sense, but that’s the NFL.

    Kaep has been out of the league for near 3 years now. Its stupid and idiotic to act like he is some godsend who will save a team. The dude was a decline with his supporters doing nothing but cherry picking his stats from his last season, ignoring the bad ones where he was ranked near the bottom along with ignoring the fact a good chunk of his stats were in Garbage Time to add on to that horrible win record he had the past few years.

    PFT and Kaep really need to stop hyping the guy up like he is some godsend. He’s not

  47. chrisrivero1527 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:12 pm
    For everyone that says that Kap’s last couple of years he didn’t produce a winning record so does that mean all 49er players sucked who were on those teams. Sanchez has gone to multiple teams and stunk it up at every stop and will probably get another shot next year. You’re delusional if you think Kap isn’t better than at least one of the 32 starting quarterbacks. Jacksonville, Washington, Giants, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Denver, Arizona, Tampa, Miami, Chicago…. seriously? No way those teams employe 2-3 better QBs. No way.

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    I personally think thats political gogles talking and no he is not as good as the guys that are actually trying to catch on. But if you are right all Kaep has to do is step up and show folks that he still has something. The opportunities are there for anyone truly trying to get on a field and show what they have.

  48. footballpat says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    And anybody who thinks he’s out because of talent is a moron
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    You’re right. He has enough talent to be a backup.

    And all things being equal, he’d most likely be a backup in this league right now.

    But he wouldn’t allow all things to be equal. He believed there were more important things, and he chose that path. And NOBODY takes on a lawsuit-prone snowflake unless there’s BIG-TIME upside to it. And there’s not.

    Kap priced himself out of the league – first with his comp demands, turning down offers from multiple teams, and then by creating city bus-sized baggage LITERALLY OVERNIGHT that he’ll be carrying around forever.

  49. Well, any team that was watching the Carolina/Reid experiment as a guinea pig to test the waters for bringing back Kap certainly got an object lesson in what NOT to do.

    SJWs and courtrooms are like peanut butter and jelly.

  50. It’s not going to matter; People are tired of football. People are tired of Tom Brady.
    People are tired of crappy officiating. People are tired of Goodall. The game is dull.
    And players are getting mentally damaged. Time to move on.

  51. footballpat says:
    February 11, 2019 at 2:03 pm
    And anybody who thinks he’s out because of talent is a moron

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    Then why is he not coming out to compete againsy those guys? The hold up here is not that someone wont hire him. Its that he wont apply for the jobs in the first place. Teams dont even get a chance to reject him when he wont make himself available.

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