Low settlement makes it far less likely Kaepernick ever plays in NFL again

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The moment that attorney Mark Geragos said Colin Kaepernick could still play in the NFL even after settling his collusion grievance — and predicted that someone soon would “do the right thing” and sign him — I started to think it would never happen. The moment Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal reported that Kaepernick and Eric Reid received a total of less than $10 million to settle their collusion grievances, I became convinced that no NFL team will ever sign Kaepernick again.

The fact that I’m stating it this strongly likely means that someone will sign him this weekend. But that would be a shock. The league bought the past ability to shun Kaepernick for less than $300,000 per team, gladly welcoming the possibility that Kaepernick could sue them again, if he continues to not be gainfully employed by the NFL.

Most recently, the Dolphins had to scramble for a quarterback, and they apparently never gave a moment’s consideration to Kaepernick, even though new coach Brian Flores once witnessed first hand while working as a Patriots assistant coach the things Kaepernick can do. With offseason rosters at 90 and no one even mentioning the possibility of signing Kaepernick, it’s feeling more and more like the ship has permanently sailed, with the league ultimately buying their way out of an ongoing P.R. headache for the equivalent of a bag of boiled peanuts.

So why did Kaepernick take the deal when he could have forced the NFL to go through the motions of a full-blown arbitration hearing? It’s believed that the hearing would have lasted for much of the year, in fits and starts as sessions of the hearing convened on the turf and at the convenience of the various owners who would have been testifying — a far different approach than a hearing that would have unfolded like the trial in the Seinfeld finale, with one owner after another walking through the double doors of a big conference room to be placed under oath and grilled at lenght. It’s also possible (total speculation alert) that the arbitrator sent a clear message to Geragos at a final pre-trial hearing that the evidence of collusion was lacking and that Geragos and Kaepernick were potentially going to spend a lot of time and travel money to ultimately win nothing.

The arbitrator likewise may have persuade the NFL to divert the massive legal and travel expenses that would have been incurred for the full-blown hearing to a settlement fund, kick in a little extra for good measure, and there’s the done deal. And Kaepernick likely will to not try to take a second bite at the collusion crabapple based on any future unemployment. The next time around the evidence would have been even harder to come by, because the league would be smarter about not generating any of it.

45 responses to “Low settlement makes it far less likely Kaepernick ever plays in NFL again

  1. I maintain that Kaepernick is unemployed in the NFL for the exact same reason Tim Tebow is: not good enough to justify all the attention. No one wants the backup getting more press attention than the rest of the team.
    Tebow could sue for religious discrimination but he has more character than Kaepernick and moved on.

  2. Did you honestly think Miami would even give him a sniff with his Castro T-shirt and the HUGE Cuban population there? Get real please.

  3. “The moment that attorney Mark Geragos said Colin Kaepernick could still play in the NFL even after settling his collusion grievance — and predicted that someone soon would “do the right thing” and sign him — I started to think it would never happen.”

    It took you this long to think that Kaepernick would never play again?

  4. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    March 22, 2019 at 8:53 pm
    Kaepernick is still an ungrateful, anti-American communist.
    ……….

    Agreed. How dare he exercise his constitutional rights

  5. It’s not the kneeling that did it. It was wearing the pig socks and the Castro shirt. If he had gone about getting his message out differently (like not going scorched earth on everyone) things would likely be different. Let’s face it, in the real world when you make your employer mad and continue to do so, you’re going to get fired.

    It also didn’t help that he wasn’t very good. Just too much baggage for a marginal player. He’ll probably try to sue again once he’s broke. Same for Eric Reid.

  6. Kap is a loser. If my favorite team did sign him, I’d find another team. I have not bought 1 Nike product since they support this clown.

  7. or here’s a thought, Kap got up one morning, walked in his bathroom, saw himself in the mirror and “got woke” and said to himself “dag, man, I better take what I can get because I ain’t never ballin again with this bod”

  8. Good. If they settled for less than 10 million it could be anywhere from $1 to $ 9,999,999 but probably closer to $ 1 and whatever they received their attorneys probably took half of it. Kap will be working in the fast food industry in a few years.

  9. No one denied him any of his Constitutional Rights. But as he found out, he is not free from the consequences of expressing his rights. It also doesn’t help that he really sucks at his job. If there weren’t so many people with ulterior motives carrying his torch this whole ridiculous charade would have been behind us a year ago.

  10. rkt4mayor says:
    March 22, 2019 at 8:54 pm
    I maintain that Kaepernick is unemployed in the NFL for the exact same reason Tim Tebow is: not good enough to justify all the attention. No one wants the backup getting more press attention than the rest of the team.
    Tebow could sue for religious discrimination but he has more character than Kaepernick and moved on.

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    you are a joke. Tebow couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn with a football and wasn’t good enough to run a scout team. Kaep might not be a great QB but he is good enough to be a back up or start on several teams.

  11. Footballpat is right, he did exercise his constitutional right. While I don’t agree with the anti flag stance he took, he has the right to do it.
    However he did it while on his employers clock. Anybody else did that they would be fired,and don’t tell me it’s different because he’s a sports superstar, he is still an employee. Period.

  12. footballpat says:
    March 22, 2019 at 8:58 pm

    Agreed. How dare he exercise his constitutional rights

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    This is what is so obvious about the whole situation.

    Kaepernick expressed his rights but now everyone else in America including 32 owners are exercising theirs. Nike gets to express theirs too! Yahoo for America!

    In America you can decide not to hire bad people who praise dictators.

  13. Colin Kaepernick = Joe Flacco.

    Two sub-par QBs who once each once a lucky post-season run. Neither of those jokers are — and neither of them ever have been — worth a fig as a starting QB.

  14. Why would he settle? Because the so called collusion is mitigated by his opting out of his contract so he could demand more money on the open market after a season of terrible performance.

  15. Agreed. How dare he exercise his constitutional rights

    Yeah, the government sure was oppressing his right to free speech, wasn’t it.

  16. I have the right to free speech protests, and my employer has the right to say “fine, but not while you are at work and I’m paying you to do a job”.

  17. If he does ever get a job in the NFL again, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if he sues his offensive line the first time he gets pressured.

  18. If it would have helped his team, (and ticked off the other owners) Al Davis would have brought him in. Too bad some of these billionaires don’t have the spine to stand up and do whats best for their teams. Nathan Peterman started how many games in the NFL? Come on… Kaep deserved another shot. 7 being black balled is the NFL’s version of McCarthyism. Embarrassing.

  19. Why is everyone acting like this guy has Patrick Mahomes talent? First of all he hasn’t played in the league for a few years now. And when he was playing he got benched, wasn’t even a starter. I’m convinced teams don’t even think there is much left in the tank; let alone enough to justify the whole media circus that would go along with it. Not to mention the fact this guy has caused them enough undue stress and wasted time discussing him, while not even playing in a game in years. Good riddance.

  20. You are missing a rather obvious factor playing into all this: most employers don’t like hiring employees who draw negative attention and put the business in a bad light. It’s one thing to get in trouble off the field. It is quite different to put on your employer’s uniform and act up before or during a game. Kaepernick never figured that out, which is why he’s no longer on an NFL roster.

  21. Does it ever occur to anyone that he’s just such a problem that he’s not worth signing? There doesn’t have to be collusion. He’s trouble, and no one wants trouble. Look at Manziel. Same thing.

  22. He settled because he never had a case. There was no collusion. Once again, CK made a conscious decision to turn himself into a marketing nightmare and no team wanted to deal with the back lash from fans. CK is NOT a victim.

  23. I’m sure Kaep will make up the lost NFL revenue with sponsorship dollars from Nike. Not that I will ever buy another Nike product in my lifetime but among the Progressive American-hating sector of the US, Kaep remains a hero. For exactly what, I don’t know, but yet here we are.

  24. Can anyone show me where Kaepernick has said or shown that he’ll accept a backup role and salary?? Has anyone seen anything other than demands for 20M a season?

    It’s hard to blame the teams if he’s asking for 20M in the salary cap era.

    Of course, it’s entirely plausible that doesn’t want to play. He wants to appear like he wants to play and is getting colluded against. That helps his marketing brand. If he actually plays, he’s no longer a martyr and has to prove it on the field. Right now, he’s got people singing his praises and holding up stats from 5 seasons ago as proof he’s a talent. Actually playing might show that he’s got nothing left.

  25. Yes teams don’t want to sign him because it isn’t worth upsetting their fans. It’s not worth it because he is simply not a good enough player to be worth it. Everyone that saw him play in the last couple of years he did play knows that. Is he better than some players in the league? Probably. Is he a good enough player to be worth any problems with fans? Hard not.

  26. “Nathan Peterman started how many games in the NFL? Come on… Kaep deserved another shot. 7 being black balled is the NFL’s version of McCarthyism. Embarrassing.”
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    Do you know the difference between Nathan Peterman and Colin Kaepernick? Peterman is willing to be a backup and play for the league minimum. CK wants 20M before he’ll strap on some cleats. Wasting energy trying to compare CK to the likes of Peterman is meaningless if CK won’t step on a field. He’s been offered backup roles and turned them down. Watch his actions….nothing about them indicates he’s serious about playing.

  27. Or …no collusion ever took place , hence nothing to prove and when not signed yet again (post settlement) still yet… no collusion. We would then consider Kap just sucked and was a product of a great Coach ….You know…the truth.

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