Colin Kaepernick’s agent has gotten “little to no response from teams”

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All Colin Kaepernick wants is an opportunity, his representation said Thursday.

In a two-page fact sheet, agent Jeff Nalley said he wanted “to address the false narratives regarding Colin Kaepernick.”

The release came not long after Mike Florio posted about the false narratives that have led to the “blatant blackballing of Colin Kaepernick.”

Nalley said not only has no team offered the former 49ers quarterback a job, but Kaepernick hasn’t even gotten a workout the past three seasons.

“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,” Nalley said in the release. “In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.”

Seattle had Kaepernick visit in spring of 2017 when it was looking for a backup to Russell Wilson. The Seahawks, though, did not work out Kaepernick.

“Afterward, Pete Carroll said Colin is a ‘starter in this league,'” Nalley said. “No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past three seasons despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.”

Nalley said Kaepernick has made no contract demands to any league or any team and has worked out “five days a week for three years in preparation to play again.”

Devlin Hodges, an undrafted rookie from Samford, an FCS school, could start for the Steelers on Sunday night. Luke Falk, Trevor Siemian and Colt McCoy are among other backups who have gotten to play in the NFL while Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl, sits, watches and wonders whether he ever will play again.

“It is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished,” Nalley said.

106 responses to “Colin Kaepernick’s agent has gotten “little to no response from teams”

  1. “It is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished”

    Ummm, not that difficult for me. Just sayin.

  2. Sounds like teams are looking for guys that just want to be football players and focus on football. It never works when guys are focused on football secondary and in this case he’d completed divide a locker room 1/3 of the way through the season. Sounds like a bad idea.

  3. First, the guy didn’t exactly set the world on fire his last few years with the Niners. Second, he sued the NFL. How many employers would hire someone who sued them? He’s not being black-balled. His actions are the reasons he’s not playing anymore.

  4. If he could move the chains and put a team in contention to win a game or 2 he would be on roster no mater what he thinks or preaches.
    what everyone will not admit is that he is not a NFL caliber player any longer period

  5. He’s definitely deserves a roster spot on a team, but he’s not worth alienating so many fans. It would take a franchise with tremendous courage to give him a chance.

  6. It’s hardly a mystery why he is unemployed. He’s a backup QB who comes with a ton of baggage. Who would want that? Just as Kap has the right to speak out, the owners individually have the right to pass on him.

  7. They paid you millions to settle the lawsuit. They paid you to go away, not come back and cause more problems. Get it through your head.

  8. It has been a couple years since he last played. If he was truly serious about getting back in the NFL, he’d be lighting up the field north of the border. The fact is, he is not and would rather play a victim/martyr.

  9. packrule says:
    October 10, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    XFL can have him.

    He’ll never play in the XFL because if it turns out he isn’t any good, the victim narrative is dead.

  10. spfreak2003 says:
    October 10, 2019 at 5:40 pm
    “It is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished”

    Ummm, not that difficult for me. Just sayin.
    Especially since his best season was barely considered average. Character? He has none…

  11. “Afterward, Pete Carroll said Colin is a ‘starter in this league,’” Nalley said.


    If Carroll feels that way about Kapernick what does it say for Geno Smith?
    Carrol must have Geno Smith rated as a top 20 starting quarterback.

  12. If he were good enough to be in the league, he would be…but he’s not. Colin was a subpar backup quarterback that was barely holding on to his job in the NFL and the kneeling thing was the final nail in his coffin. If he was a good enough football player, they would have kept him in the NFL for sure. Just ask his kneeling buddy, Eric Reid. Eric is still in the league making millions per year. Eric didn’t get blackballed, they kept him around because he’s a good talented player, Colin’s not. Colin’s best year in the league, he was ranked 17th in passing and 17th in touchdowns. The other years he was in the league he was barely making the top 32 in those categories. Stats are stats, he’s just not good enough.

  13. While I think Colin has definitely been snubbed and was excellent his rookie year, he is far from an elite talent. He is below average with his accuracy and his ability to read the defense. His numbers don’t tell the tale. When he controls the flow, the action, he does some great things.. When he is forced to react he often looks lost.

  14. Playing in the XFL for the same amount as the other XFL QBs would go a long way to proving these claims from his attorneys that Kap guy really just wants to play football (and he could prove to teams he can still play after 2+ years off the field). But I don’t think he’ll do that

  15. People dismiss how terribly quick that 49ers team fell apart around him. From 2014 to 2015, they lost Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree, Mike Iupati, Justin Smith, Chris Borland, Parrish Cox and Chris Culliver (both starting CBs). Antoine Bethea missed 9 games in 2015, Reggie Bush missed 11 games, Aldon Smith missed 9 games, Vernon Davis was traded midway thru the season.

    Jim Harbaugh was inexplicably fired after 2014 without a solid backup plan, and they promoted Jim Tomsula (a career defensive line coach) to head coach for 2015.

    I don’t care who the quarterback was, they were not going to look good on that team.

  16. Is he better than a lot of QBs in the league? Absolutely.

    Are teams willing to lose money, fan support, and respect by signing an anti-American cop-hating commie? No way.

    There’s no blackballing or collusion, just smart business sense.

  17. royaldawgz says:
    October 10, 2019 at 6:04 pm
    While I think Colin has definitely been snubbed and was excellent his rookie year, he is far from an elite talent. He is below average with his accuracy and his ability to read the defense. His numbers don’t tell the tale. When he controls the flow, the action, he does some great things.. When he is forced to react he often looks lost.

    He sat the bench his rookie year and took over a loaded roster halfway into his second season

  18. Nobody is saying that Kaep is a 1st-string QB, but, at the minimum, he’s certainly good enough to be a quality backup. The fact that he isn’t on an NFL roster pretty much proves that the owners colluded to blackball him.

  19. “but, at the minimum, he’s certainly good enough to be a quality backup.”

    So was Tebow. Teams didn’t want to deal with that circus either. As a backup your job is to quietly stand there holding a clipboard and not draw attention to yourself.

  20. All I know is I watched the garbage the Jets put on the field last week. Makes zero sense to not get Kap on some of these garbage rosters.

  21. No one cares what Kaepernick “wants”. John Elway said that when the Broncos talked about bringing him in as a backup QB, Kaepernick wanted starting QB money – $20 million. Elway said the discussion stopped immediately. So Kaepernick has his own inflated ego to blame.

  22. “little to no response from teams”

    Yeah, that’ll generally happen when a guy who hasn’t played in 3 years, couldn’t adapt to playing outside of a college based scheme or without a talent loaded roster to mask his many shortcomings as a player, and SUED his prospective employers has the gall to ask for 20 million+ to play again. Play SJW games, win SJW prizes.

  23. He can’t read defenses, has terrible accuracy, terrible timing, terrible pocket presense, terrible footwork in the pocket, he overthrows and underthrows everything, has no touch on his passes, he’s a one read “qb”, he had two okay seasons running the read option his first two seasons, until defenses figured him out, then He became garbage, and he went downhill from there, really fast. The next three years he got worse and worse every year until he got benched for gabbert. Then the following season, gabbert beat him for the starting job in training camp, and that’s when he started crying on the bench because he knew his career was over as a starter, and he was going to be cut at the end of the season. All his crying on the bench got him one last chance to prove he’s still a good qb, and he failed miserably, losing ten games in a row to end the season and his career. He lost 17 out of 20 games last three years. Threw for a total of 4 yards against the bears. He’s out of the nfl, because he’s no good. As a,niners fan,I’ve watched every game he’s played. Most of his new sjw fanboys never watched his games, except for some highlights reels, because if they did watch his games throughout his last three years, they would know he’s no good, and would stop pretending like he’s a good qb.

  24. People seem to forget he was benched before he starting kneeling and 2-3 seasons removed from the one good season he did have.

    If he was still a good productive QB, he’s still be playing.

    Lack of talent is why he’s not a roster, it’s not because of his political views.

  25. Another point on why it’s silly to compare Kap to 3rd stringers and say he’s better. The 3rd string QB is generally a development prospect or a veteran who is experienced in the system. Kap’s is neither.

    He’s not a prospect because everybody knows he’s maxed out as a subpar starter. He doesn’t fit the veteran role either because his offensive scheme knowledge is limited to read option systems.

    Maybe he could have fit with Baltimore but they have RG3 as backup and drafted Trace McSorley as a developmental guy.

    If he’s serious he should have played in Canada and showed he’s learned an offense other than option.

  26. I believe Kaepernick has not gotten calls for a few reasons. First, he does not have the talent to be a star. He does have the talent to be a capable back up. Second, his political leanings are anathema to the fanbase of the NFL. It is not collusion if 32 teams independently come to the same basic conclusion that the negatives associated with his hiring are not overcome by his ability to help your team.

  27. Reasons he is not looked at
    Not a quality QB
    Not a team guy he is a look at me guy
    No NFL team whats the stigma that come with having this guy on the team the NFL fan who goes to games and buys products is typically middle aged and working with a family
    They do not want this cancer to be on the field

  28. Over his career, he averaged 178 passing yards per game. Puts him right about 31st in the league this year.

  29. Yeah he knows the minute he gets back on the field he’s EXPOSED. Then all the victim juice goes away. Even Florio might have to agree.

  30. “I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin,” Nalley said in the release. “In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.”


    Well, he’s partly right. There hasn’t been a guy like him perhaps in 25 years. That’s largely why he’s not wanted. Surely Mr. Agent is smarter than this…

  31. He made his bed….
    I don’t mind the issue being brought up, but there were better ways of doing it. The guy could have gotten together with other millionaire players of sports and paid for public service commercials to be run during games.
    Also if he would have made his point then said “OK they get it, lets move on”. Fans took it personally, He won’tplay in the NFL again, I never thought he was that great.

  32. I guess that should be all we hear about Kaepernick. No team is even remotely interested. Kaepernick needs to receive the message.

  33. I don’t care about Kaepernick. Kaepernick made his bed when he sued the league. Colin Kaepernick will never take another snap in the NFL. Good riddance

  34. Like others have said, he had a 3 year offer from Elway to come and compete with others to earn the starting role. The average salary was north of 7 mil, but Kaep wanted to be handed the starting job and be paid $20 mil a year. So he declined Elways offer and Elway wrote him off at that point.

  35. He is 32 years old and has played only 21 games since 2014 why would they give him a tryout. He made his choices in life and needs to accept the consequences.

  36. I believe he’s talented enough to start for some, It’s just a productivity to backlash ratio. Similar to Tim Tebow in new england it’s all the national media would ask questions about.

  37. 177ypg passing for his career. 1 and 10 as a starter, three friggin years ago.

    One hundred and seventy seven.

    One and ten.

    Most chatter ever on a 3rd stringer/bubble practice squad guy ever.

  38. Mediocre QB at best who alienated your fan base and a distraction in you lockerrooom. Can’t understand why he hasn’t been signed.

  39. It’s not about his skills at this point, it’s about the PR nightmare that signing him would create. No team wants to deal with that kind of drama unless they have to which is why he will never plan another snap in the NFL ever again.

  40. I’m from Milwaukee…his hometown. Our Pack has needed a good back-up forever. Let’s finally be honest. He’s not a great QB. His greatest moments were akin to the success that Miami had with the Wildcat for a couple seasons. Truthfully he isn’t that great as a traditional, nor non-traditional QB. Why would a team face the scrutiny of signing him when they can get the same; OR BETTER; production from a guy like Jacoby Brissette, Teddy Bridgewater, or…gonna say it a couple of other white back-ups, without the media scrutiny? If recent modern history has told us anything….Belichek would’ve snatched him up two seasons ago if he thought he could win with him. Kap has done tons for social justice, that is far more important for all people on the planet, but it doesn’t make him a great QB.

  41. He had a chance to join the CFL and AAF and passed on both
    He’s about to pass on the XFL
    He says he wants to play football but is doing the opposite

  42. Why don’t you get rid of Sims & hire Kap at an exorbitant salary & forgo your pay. Not to mention a drastic reduction in clicks. Be a true SJW & not just a fake one.

  43. If Chuck Noll was around, he would have some advice for Mr. Kaepernick: “Time to move on to your life’s work, young man.”

  44. (17) specific “clarifications” listed in the agent’s document, but the lawsuit and settlement are not included in the list. Is it possible that other relevant details have been conveniently omitted (which would make this document “false narrative” too)?

  45. When your upside exceeds your downside, you get a job.

    When your downside exceeds your upside, you don’t.

    Simple mathematics. That’s why he doesn’t have a job.

  46. Kaep chose to make his place of work his place of protest. Don’t know many employees (any actually) that would allow that. He also chose to protest during the one minute where this country is typically unified. Most people are tired of his agent’s constant whining. Not sure why Kaep wants back in a league that has done him so wrong (in his eyes) anyway.

  47. So now can people stop spreading the false narrative of him having contract demands or refusing to be a backup? Lying to push a narrative isn’t cool.

  48. You’ve buttered your bread, now you have to lie in it.
    You’ve made your bed, now you have to eat it.

  49. For those who don’t see it, this is just another PR stunt to fortify his Social Warrior status which will later lead to more endorsement dollars. Let’s see quickly review the facts, his last year in the league he sucked. He sued, he comes with baggage and if a single team thought he could help them win a single game, he would be back. But he can’t, so they don’t and that’s that.

  50. He and AB should start the “delusional” league, neither one gets it. On AB’s a team will sign him because like him or not he is the best WR in football. CK’s problem is he isn’t Tom Brady, his stats are trash and he brings a circus of issues with him. You know instead of hoping you will get a call why not try out CFL? If you’re as good as you say you are you should destroy the CFL on the field, not just in the locker room. Say what you want about Jonny football but he at least tried the CFL to prove he could play, he couldn’t, and maybe that’s what CK doesn’t want to show either.

  51. So you’re telling me that CK is so good that he can walk in right off the street, not having played a competitive snap in 2+ years and be better than QBs who have been in the team’s system through OTAs, minicamp, training camp, exhibition games and regular season games. Sorry, but I’ll take Devlin Hodges, Luke Falk, Gardner Minshew, etc. They’ve at least played competitive football recently. CK may be in great shape, but he’s not in football shape. There’s a difference. And to the people who have brought up Eric Reid… you’re 100% right. He can still play. CK can’t. That’s why he’s not been signed.

  52. When is PFT going to get this through their heads? Kaepernick is not being black-balled. He has, as you have said yourselves many times, the right to speak freely about issues he cares about, and he has done so. NFL owners are first and foremost business owners who also have the right to free speech and to do what is in the best interest of their franchise. You can’t rip the owners for practicing the same freedom you are lauding Kaepernick for practicing and expect to have your argument taken seriously.

    This has been stated here many times: All Colin Kaepernick would have to do to get a tryout would be to apologize for his actions of publicly and categorically sliming our nation’s law enforcement officers and disrespecting the nation that helped make him a multi-millionaire, while at the same time praising a mass-murdering dictator.

    He lacks the humility to admit that, despite his concerns, his words and actions were wrong. Unless and until that happens, Kaepernick will always been seen by the owners as not being worth the risk of harm he stands to bring to their brand. Freedom works both ways.

  53. I don’t believe any of this protest narrative from CK. Look at it this way, he was benched at the end of 2015. During training camp 2016, he continued his recent suckage. He was not going to start, he was going to sit behind Gabbert. That was decided about the time he started sitting, right? So he sat on the bench during the anthem and pouted. Once he got called out for sitting during the anthem, he decided to spin up this narrative about social protesting. I think he’s a big con and he has conned a heck of a lot of people over the years – including teammates and the media.

  54. One read Quarterback , did well early in his career until He got exposed. The final Year with the Niners He lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert because He flat out stunk, then all of a sudden when He got benched He went on his little crusade of equality . The real injustice was the fact the Niners were paying this bum 17 mill a year to ride the bench and He still complained and demanded to be released of his contract .

  55. youngnoize says:
    October 11, 2019 at 7:57 am
    So now can people stop spreading the false narrative of him having contract demands or refusing to be a backup? Lying to push a narrative isn’t cool.

    Actually its not false at all, well documented in fact. He actually would have been a camp arm with a couple teams, or a starter in a non NFL league if he would have come off the lofty demands. What they have done here is hope people forgot those events as they try to float a different story. This would last exactly as long until a team said “oh really, ok camp arm we will let you do” and then he would have to get himself out if it. Which he would. Note though how cleverly they waited until week 5 to say this (when literally no one is out looking for camp arms) rather than in the spring when there was a risk of someone actually taking them up on it.

  56. Who would you rather have.

    QB A. 14 TD’s and 9 interceptions in 16 games, or QB B 16tds and 4 Interceptions in only 12 games.

    QB A is Teddy Bridgewater in his last full season as a starter (not including his games this year) and QB B is Colin Kaepernick in his last season on an awful 49er team. The “he’s” just not that good narrative is so wrong its comical.

    Any realistic football fan should be able to comprehend simple statistics and say he is good enough to be on a team (or atleast given an opprotunity) based on skills and only skills.

    The issue however, is that its not just the skills its everything else and thats the point they are making here.

  57. He’s got no one to blame but himself. He walked out of his contract, and now he’s crying he can’t get a job. First, he wasn’t that good. second – Nobody wants the Gge he brings with him.

  58. Why not play in the CFL or XFL? If he’s still got the skill set, he would tear those leagues up. Just prove it! Put it on film and NFL teams, and their fans, would not be able to deny his ability.

  59. The NFL settled with him and can blackball him if they so choose. They paid for that right. And no one wants to deal with the fan backlash. If my team takes him, no more ticket or merchandise revenue from my house. He has every right to make his stand and so does everyone else by choosing to not support the manner in which he takes it.

  60. Duh. He’s old and hasn’t played in years. If he wants to play so badly then why doesn’t he go to the CFL or some other league and prove that he can still play?

  61. With all the starting quarterbacks out right now in the NFL…if he hasn’t gotten a call during the current state of the league…I think that speaks volumes of his prospects. You’re done, dude. Accept it and move on.

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