Geragos: Kaepernick “absolutely” wants to play

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The NFL and quarterback Colin Kaepernick could have negotiated a resolution to his collusion grievance that would have ended forever his relationship with the league. Apparently, they did not.

Appearing on CNN, lawyer Mark Geragos clearly implied that the settlement agreement does not prevent Kaepernick from applying for or accepting employment with an NFL team moving forward.

“He absolutely wants to play,” Geragos said. “He wants to compete at the highest level. This is a competitive young man.”

Geragos emphasized that Kaepernick remains ready to go.

“I will tell you, he is the most fit vegan I have every seen in my life,” Geragos said. “To my somewhat trained eye, he looks like he’s ready to play.”

So will he play?

“I’m gonna make a bold prediction although I’ve been wrong once before on this, I’m gonna make a bold prediction that one of three teams will pick him up,” Geragos said.

Geragos identified the Panthers, the Patriots, and a third team in more vague terms (he possibly was referring to the Seahawks.)

“The natural would be if Cam Newton is out, the natural place to be is to play with Eric [Reid] in Carolina,” Geragos said.

Geragos otherwise would not comment on the resolution of the grievance.

“I can’t say anything at all except that it’s resolved,” Geragos said. “I can tell you that it was a long and kind of unconventional legal journey, in the sense that we brought it under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. It was not a lawsuit, a traditional lawsuit. So when some people have said, ‘I wish it had gone to court.’ It wasn’t in court, it was under the Collective Bargaining Agreement.”

Geragos also addressed the question of why Kaepernick took the league’s money.

“I’ve seen that on social media,” Geragos said, “but the difference between the criminal system where you’re fighting over someone’s liberty and the civil justice system, which is anything that not’s criminal, which is all you’re doing is fighting over money. . . . Our justice system is based on money.”

If the deal doesn’t include an agreement that Kaepernick will not accept future employment with an NFL team, he necessarily received less money than he would have gotten if the settlement included such a term. As it stands, Kaepernick will have his cake and the ability to pursue more of it, too.

PFT contacted the NFL to request confirmation that the settlement also Kaepernick to seek and accept employment in the league.

“We do not have further comment beyond yesterday’s joint statement,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said.

Bottom line? The relationship between Kaepernick and the NFL isn’t permanently over. Whether he ultimately plays for another team remains to be seen.

108 responses to “Geragos: Kaepernick “absolutely” wants to play

  1. He “wants” to play. He’s not going to play for the same two reasons as before the settlement: One, he stinks at QB judging by his most recent 2 seasons. Two, he is a distraction. Go away.

  2. Is Kaep still the guy who went 1-10 in his last 11 starts? Why, yes, he is the guy who lost 10 of his last 11 starts. Kaep may want to “compete at the highest level” but Kaep is clearly unable to compete at even a low-to-middling level.

  3. And if no NFL team offers him a contract he’ll file another collusion grievance against the NFL, because it’s gotta be that and not his play keeping him off a roster….

    He needs to move on, he’s not an NFL QB. Go sign in the AAF, XFL or CFL or retire, but he’ll never get another NFL chance because simply he’s not good enough and the media circus isn’t worth it. He’s basically Tim Tebow with a bad attitude.

  4. “As it stands, Kaepernick will have his cake and the ability to pursue more of it, too.”

    He better just enjoy the cake he has now. I don’t have the fortune-telling abilities that Mr. Geragos apparently does but I’m going to say he isn’t going to be on an NFL team ever again.

  5. I would NEVER sign him. Ever.

    And not because of all the things that people will say about me, but because he is bad for business.

  6. He wants to play soooo bad. He’s sooo competitive, and he’s in great shape after being out of football 2 years. Ha! I’ve got an insider stock for you to invest in that will make you a fortune too.

  7. edon8334 says:
    February 16, 2019 at 9:51 pm
    I stand with Kaep!
    &&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&&
    Talk about swimming in Shark infested waters lol

  8. The media, like this blog, is missing the point. He’s not playing because he sucks. The league doesn’t want to ban anyone who is healthy and good….that’s silly.

    He’s not banned

    And he won’t play

    Because he’s just not good enough

  9. The settlement means that he likely to play again. And, of course he is better than what many teams are trotting out for quarterback. Looking at you bills mafia, Arizona, fins, Jacksonville

  10. Yes, it’s bad for business but teams always need above Hoyer QB talent. I say some NFL step up to the plate and sign Kaep and give him a chance, let’s see what he has left. Dude hardly ever turned the ball over and that’s half the battle. How about the Bills? It’s like Siberia up there and Kaep can’t do any worse than what they’ve been the last 25 years.

  11. He’s a mid to low level backup who doesn’t play well outside of one scheme that NFL defenses have learned to stop. There are plenty of mid-low level backups who ARE scheme fits and have absolutely no PR baggage.

    If he wanted to play and he was as good as he thought, he’d try to prove it in another League that would take him on name value alone.

  12. Part of me was hoping that the settlement would mean the end of Krapernick stories but I have to admit that I’d love to see him play again so we can see him cut because he really isn’t very good…

  13. Eric Reid is still playing even though he settled his grievance with the NFL also. I therefore do not see why the NFL should treat Kap differently and forbid him from playing but allow Reid to play.

  14. He has had plenty of opportunity to go up north, in the CFL, prove he’s a player worthy of another shot in the NFL. The fact that he hasn’t done so, speaks VOLUMES!

  15. Everyone is assuming Kaepernick “schooled” the NFL. I personally think Kaep and Crew realizes the likelihood of winning was minimal. The NFL has items
    In Discovery they don’t want public and that’s why we got where we are.

  16. If the NFL did not seek a clause keeping Kaep away from the NFL in future, it must mean that either the NFL lawyers were too dumb to seek such a cause, or, they didn’t need to because there is not sufficient evidence to scare them, or, the evidence was so strong that Kaep had a slam dunk win and the NFL had to take any settlement offer it could get to keep it out of court.

    I am going to assume it is that there is no evidence of collusion, because the NFL lawyers are not dumb and Kaep’s team seem unlikely to settle if they had a slam dunk win and could expose the NFL in court.

    It therefore would mean that the NFL settled to keep this from dragging on and continuing to be a distraction (especially now that the remaining player protests are not attracting the same level of scrutiny and criticism), then it appears that Kaep and Reid will have initiated settlement talks and probably got not much more than their legal feeds refunded.

    Geragos needs to stop talking. I thought initially that the NFL were going to lose and then capitulated but the more he talks the more it seems that they had nothing and probably got nothing.

  17. Geragos was quoted as saying New England is interested in signing him as well as the Panthers. He has been away too long to be competetive even if he had the talent which he doesn’t.

  18. He needs to show something more than a workout after 3 years out of the game. Asking for 20 million from the developmental AAF isn’t a good start in that direction.

  19. I truly want an NFL team to sign him. Sign him, make him the starter for at least the first half of the season so he gets a FAIR shot at playing and watch him self destruct! That would end these rediculous stories about how he’s being treated unfairly

  20. hope he makes it back
    to many QB’s who play with half his talent
    He would be a perfect fit for NE
    save Brady on those short yardage plays
    he made his statement, now it is time to get back on with his football career

  21. No owner wants him and most fans don’t want to see him. He got paid for his frivolous suit. Now he needs to toddle off and be gone from our eyes and ears!

  22. He still wants to play? RIGHT…..He has as much chance of getting back into the league as I do. And I’m 71 and retired…

  23. Kap is not a leader, he is not NFL worthy of the QB position. To sum it up Kap is a wanna-be me-me selfie.

  24. Someone please give him a look so we can once and for all decide if he can play effective NFL football.

    I have my doubts, but since he has gotten his money it should only be about some team giving him a shot, right?

  25. The guy is 3-16 in his last 19 starts he made. He hasn’t played a down of football in over two years. THAT is why he shouldn’t be signed. Sadly the media will keep making this non story, a story. Putting all of the other nonsense to the side, he won’t play another down in the NFL because he simply is not good enough any longer.

  26. The problem with all the experts here claiming he’s not good enough to play is the simple little fact the NFL just admitted he was by writing him a large check .Guessing the settlement included a clause that absolved the NFL from any other legal action on the collusion issue from Kaepernick whether he plays or not .

  27. Saturn head was offered a chance to play in Denver. He turned it down. He is a problem as he can’t learn the playbook and his girlfriend is a major problem for most franchises. Ask
    Seattle. He has made a ton of money for doing very little. Most likely he will break the deal with the NFL and loose money or end up being in a legal suit again with the NFL. He
    is thriving on controversy and this will continue.

  28. ronfromnm says:
    February 16, 2019 at 9:27 pm
    Is Kaep still the guy who went 1-10 in his last 11 starts? Why, yes, he is the guy who lost 10 of his last 11 starts. Kaep may want to “compete at the highest level” but Kaep is clearly unable to compete at even a low-to-middling level.

    ————-

    And the FACT that the Niner defense that season was ranked DFL (aka 32nd out of 32) and couldn’t stop a sink had nothing to do about that?

    You sure about that?

    CK isn’t great but he’s hardly bad. Career 2.4 TD/INT ratio, average rating, low turnover rate.

    I can see why some people hate the guy, but it’s always a good idea to separate emotions from arguments such as this one.

  29. It could be said in words that would not be allowed. But I hope the racists who continue to pile on enjoy having to watch Peterman, Bortles, Heinecke, Driskel, Hundley, Osweiler, Gabbert, Kessler, Weeden, Kizer, Smith (Geno), Sanchez. And then wonder why ratings are down. And he made the league look foolish. And he has more money than you. And when the police shoot your family members, don’t complain because you forgot how we won World War II.

  30. tollisonsmith says:

    February 16, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    The settlement means that he likely to play again. And, of course he is better than what many teams are trotting out for quarterback. Looking at you bills mafia, Arizona, fins, Jacksonville
    ———–
    Josh Allen had a solid rookie yr for the Bills and will improve, Tannehills downfall is he can’t stay healthy, Josh Rosen was a rookie who may be a bust but we don’t know for sure yet and Bortles may be comparable to Kaepernick but the difference is Bortles doesn’t create divisiveness in the locker room or in the fan base.

  31. The CFL and AAF have offered him chances to play and he has declined.
    The guy is trying to extort money, that’s all.
    Will someone just pay this guy $1m and sit him for the rest of his career please?

  32. It’s too bad that the preponderance of views expressed here are so heavily skewed against CK.
    Racism and institutional, systemic bias are a shameful fact of life ….and needs correcting.
    Calling that out in a dignified, silent, kneeling posture is the absolute least of the problems facing this country.
    That the NFL colluded/conspired/coordinated to deny employment is now a demonstrable fact.

    one thing history teaches is that we don’t learn from history.
    Protests are at the very heart of the birth of this nation.
    Some seem to have no respect for our Constitution or the right to petition for redress of grievances…..and would rather that everyone adhere to some authoritarian, hierarchical social structure, fall in line, and shut up.

  33. NFL and Kap sign a settlement agreement including non-disclosure terms yet Kap’s attorney is out talking about the terms within a day or two? NFL should file a grievance with the State Bar of Michigan against Gergos and file for breach of contract against Kap.

  34. raymondmac says:
    February 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    one thing history teaches is that we don’t learn from history.
    Protests are at the very heart of the birth of this nation.
    Some seem to have no respect for our Constitution or the right to petition for redress of grievances…
    ———————————

    Agreed. But history also teaches us when you poke someone in the eye by disrespecting values, beliefs and symbols that they hold dear, they are going to poke back. The Constitution works both ways and actions definitely have consequences…..

  35. For those advocating extra-legal courses of retribution, I remind that we have laws and courts.
    Adolescent satisfactions and macho bravura aside, engaging in a conspiracy to violate the law should have “law and order” types asking that the law be upheld.

    I’m always struck by the opportunistic application of law…when in suits… that is the hallmark of fakes.

  36. I’m sure the settlement says he cant sue them again so I don’t expect him to get signed mainly because he sued the, embarrased them, and tarnished the brand of the NFL by spliting its fans on issues of patriotism and police brutality. he dosnt want to play anyways or he wouldn’t have opted out of his contract with SF, turned down Denvers offer, wore a Castro shirt to a workout in Miami know I’mng it would cost him that opportunity, and then when the ravens were going to sign him he let his girlfriend call the owner a slave master while saying nothing. Also he protested people shot by cops who turned out to be criminals who were rightfully shot tainting his message.

  37. raymondmac says:
    February 17, 2019 at 5:11 pm

    I’m always struck by the opportunistic application of law…when in suits… that is the hallmark of fakes.
    ———————————

    Gosh, we are agreeing a lot. I see that from the left every single day!

  38. Of course he wants to play. His lawyer and the IRS took modt of the “settlement”. All that after he played everyone.

  39. raymondmac says:
    February 17, 2019 at 4:37 pm
    It’s too bad that the preponderance of views expressed here are so heavily skewed against CK.
    Racism and institutional, systemic bias are a shameful fact of life ….and needs correcting.
    Calling that out in a dignified, silent, kneeling posture is the absolute least of the problems facing this country.
    That the NFL colluded/conspired/coordinated to deny employment is now a demonstrable fact.

    one thing history teaches is that we don’t learn from history.
    Protests are at the very heart of the birth of this nation.
    Some seem to have no respect for our Constitution or the right to petition for redress of grievances…..and would rather that everyone adhere to some authoritarian, hierarchical social structure, fall in line, and shut up.

    ————

    Football is a team sport. Is is not about individuals or their self-interests. Look at the Patriots for a model of succes. Team first….nothing else matters.

    What Kaep did had nothing to do with the team or it’s advancement. It has everything to do with Kaep. No team wants or needs such a guy. Especially for a QB salary.

  40. Kaepernick will always be known as a sellout. He put his principles aside for a payday. The definition of sellout

  41. Once again….I am an “overpaid” athlete who decided to extend my political views while on the clock of my employer….this is really a “no brainer”! I make 1/1000th of the amount of money this clown did, as most of us do, and we all live under the agreement that we will do our jobs, and our political beliefs and affiliations will not be brought into our workplace. We all have the right to express our beliefs, and that freedom is guaranteed by the Constitution, but that does not mean that we can affect the business of our employer, without repercussions. Whether he is good enough to play in the league, is really no longer the issue here. The NFL has a hard enough time drawing fans, and maintaining a solid business model, and it really doesn’t matter what “product” you are selling…..no portion of your product presentation should be allowed to create controversy that affects your product, and the paying customer base. Enough said.

  42. I like people who stand, I mean kneel, for what’s right, until they get paid not to. Right up there with Joan of Arc. We call them character guys. They will go to the bank, I mean grave, for their convictions.

  43. has anyone even SEEN Kapernick in front of a microphone saying he still wants to play? Geragos is a lawyer! Lawyers are trained liars! Of course he would say his client still wants to play. He can’t say anything else because it will prove the collusion case was a fraud!

  44. 8,000,000,000 dollars is what the NFL made in 2017. 1% of that is 80,000,000.Basically 1 dollar out of 100 dollars(in our language) is what he got(if accurate). Now divide that by 32 and he sold out for less than 3 pennies.

  45. Yeah that’s the recipe for getting back to the super bowl……. hire a me first malcontent to weaken team chemistry……. let’s see if he is serious as Chris Long and donate his “money” to a worthy cause besides himself….

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