Pre-AAF, Bill Polian kept his Colin Kaepernick opinions to himself

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When on the same day the AAF says that it discussed a potential football contract with Colin Kaepernick and an unnamed source claims that Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to play for the upstart league, it requires a ball made neither of crystal nor Magic 8 to realize that someone from the AAF leaked Kaepernick’s supposed demands.

The primary suspect would be AAF co-founder Bill Polian, an old-school football guy who would instantly realize the potential value to his league’s relationship with the NFL that would flow from disclosing (and perhaps overstating) Kaepernick’s request.

It’s also possible Polian has the same feelings about Kaepernick as many in the NFL do. Previously, it appears Polian had chosen his words carefully about Kaepernick, while also adroitly parroting some of the hot takes about Kaepernick’s football interest and ability.

“There’s the non-football part and there’s the football part,” Polian told the Chicago Tribune in late September 2017, days after the President’s SOBs tirade made the anthem controversy one of the biggest news stories in the nation. “I talked about it with [former Colts center] Jeff Saturday on the air a while ago. The question was: Would you want Colin Kaepernick as a backup at that time? I said yeah, sure, if I thought I had a chance to win and I thought he was serious about it, I’d be okay with it, while knowing it was an ownership decision.

“Jeff said, basically, ‘I would not. I have to learn a different offense, a different signal system. I have to change my techniques, and I don’t want to do that.’ That’s where it ended. I thought what he said was valid. I’m not sure in the end that it would carry the day with me, but I heard it and I respected it.”

Polian also passed along the views of former 49ers quarterbacks coach Steve Logan to indirectly knock Kaepernick’s skills.

“He talked about all the reasons he cannot be a good quarterback in an NFL offense, how he cannot function as a drop-back passer in a real pro system,” Polian told the Tribune.

Polian never used those words directly, but Polian wouldn’t be passing along those opinions if he disagreed with them. Polian also avoided discussing the non-football issues regarding Kaepernick, explaining that those matters constitute a decision for ownership.

Well, in the AAF he’s now ownership. And even if Kaepernick requested a minimum of $20 million from the AAF, the fact that Polian (or someone else) disclosed it to the chief NFL reporter for the Associated Press suggests that the AAF may be doing whatever it can to help the NFL in the never-ending P.R. battle with the man who has a viable case of collusion pending against it.

31 responses to “Pre-AAF, Bill Polian kept his Colin Kaepernick opinions to himself

  1. Assuming the $20 million figure is true what is wrong with them making that public? It gets them publicity, shows they were willing to have Kaep when the NFL wasn’t, and exposes what would be an absolutely INSANE demand from Kaepernick. This article should really be about how Kaepernick talks out of both sides of his mouth about wanting to play again.

  2. pioniere says:
    February 15, 2019 at 10:49 am
    Give it up Florio. If Kaepernick really cared about playing, he would have been welcomed with open arms by the CFL.

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    Until an injury happened to him and he couldn’t play in the NFL for legitimate medical reasons.

  3. If Polian leaked it then good for him! About time someone proved that Kaepernick isn’t serious about being on a roster unless he can be the starter and get overpaid!

  4. I wouldn’t put much stock in anything Polian says about anything ever.

    That said, if Kaepernick wanted to play football, there have been avenues through which he could have done so these last few years, especially now with the AAF in play.

    So we’re left with the question – is he also blackballed from the AAF, or is Polian telling the truth that Kaepernick priced himself out of the AAF market?

    Interesting how nobody ever seems to ask Kaepernick about these things.

  5. Polian is a putz…

    He actually said he had Brady on his board to draft but it didn’t work out..

    Why didn’t it work out Bill? Because you had Peyton Manning or because someone scooped in and took him with one of the 199 picks first?

    Putz..

  6. I’ll wait until Kap responds on the 20 million. This sounds like Polian propaganda. His(Kap) last non-guaranteed contract, the one he opted out of because he was told he was going to be cut, was about 16-17 mill. So Polian is lying, heck maybe he wants Kap to play receiver.

  7. Those that think Kaep should go to the CFL of AAF are just plain ignorant of the situation. Telling me he isn’t at least a back up in the NFL? He should risk injury peanuts to prove what he already has, that he is an NFL QB. The guy is good enough to be a starter on at least 10 teams and back up on probably 32. He can prove himself but they still won’t bring him in because it isn’t about talent. It is about snow flake conservatives that can’t bear another point of view.

  8. Or, it could be that he really did ask for 20 mil and the AAF brass were in such a hysterical fit of laughter that they simply could not keep it to themselves.

  9. If drop back passing is so important, and I am not saying it isnt, why do NFL teams keep drafting these running QB’s….

  10. This is more about Bill Polian’s communication style than it is about Kaepernick. We are all familiar with Polian’s grudges and antics. He is just out standing in his field again (not to be confused with outstanding in his field). lol

  11. He wants to be a martyr. He has no interest in being a legit QB anymore.
    Ding, Ding, Ding 100% correct……..When you lose everything, well not everything just football….same difference…..According to Nike

  12. Those that think Kaep should go to the CFL of AAF are just plain ignorant of the situation. Telling me he isn’t at least a back up in the NFL?
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    Can you show us anywhere where he has said or showed he’s willing to accept a backup role? Or where he said he’d accept backup money?

    Here’s the hole in your argument. Sure he’s better than some backups. But the thing with those backup QBs, they’re willing to accept their role and a minimum contract. If CK is going to demand to play and demand a 14M+ contract to backup….then he’s not going to get the chance to be a backup. Follow?

  13. BuckyBadger says:
    February 15, 2019 at 11:44 am
    Those that think Kaep should go to the CFL of AAF are just plain ignorant of the situation. Telling me he isn’t at least a back up in the NFL? He should risk injury peanuts to prove what he already has, that he is an NFL QB. The guy is good enough to be a starter on at least 10 teams and back up on probably 32. He can prove himself but they still won’t bring him in because it isn’t about talent. It is about snow flake conservatives that can’t bear another point of view.
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    Did you watch any of Kaepernicks last 11 starts? In the game against the Bears he completed one pass. One. That was over two years ago.

  14. He wants to be a martyr. He has no interest in being a legit QB anymore.
    Ding, Ding, Ding 100% correct……..When you lose everything, well not everything just football….same difference…..According to Nike

  15. Remember when Polian lobbied the league to change the rules regarding how DBs could defend receivers because his Colts could not beat the Patriots?

    Thanks for helping to ruin the game Bill.

  16. Not ONCE has Kaepernick (or his agent) said he would sign with a team for the veteran’s minimum to be a backup.

    He’s pricing himself so high that no owner would ever considering signing him, thus keeping his collusion case alive… He has no desire to play football.

  17. Viable case? Because Mark Geragos said so? I think Jeff Saturday hit it on the head, I don’t want to have to have a second playbook for my backup QB vs. my starter. End of story (enormous baggage aside, that’s just a straight football observation from someone who might know a thing or two about offenses, coaches, quarterbacks, etc.)

  18. Kap is not playing period NEVER will again .

    He is horrible , why is this lost on so many ?

    He was literally the worst QB in the league prior to being benched for Gabbert. He was in the simplest of offensive systems, spread, one read and was atrocious throwing balls into the ground 3ft before a receivers feet skipping on the ground or throwing balls so far over a rec head on a simple short out route …..The guy just plain stunk and was done . He has no business being on an NFL roster two years ago nevermind now

  19. Very shortly the NFL will be setting with Kaep for a undisclosed amount in return the case is dropped and the NFL never has to admit or deny collusion. Sounds familiar….yup just like the concussion settlement.

    Polian is a puppet for Goodell. Did you really think the blackball would be lifted by joining another league lol.

  20. Polian learned from salary level mistakes in the previous Spring league he was involved in. No way is he making that mistake again. Ebersol started this league him under strict guidelines for salary $250k/yr per player.

    They won’t throw their business model for any single player. They are businessmen. Even if Brett Favre comes out retirement to have some fun, not happening, unless he takes $250k/yr… hey wait…

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