NFL says it is “disappointed” Colin Kaepernick “did not appear”

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The NFL tried to dictate the when, where and how of Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday. When the former 49ers quarterback wouldn’t agree to the league’s terms, the NFL released a statement.

It said it was “disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout.”

Kaepernick currently is working out at a high school in Atlanta rather than the Falcons training facility.

Here is the rest of the NFL’s statement:

“He informed us of that decision at 2:30 pm today along with the public.

“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew. It is important to note the following:

“As stated above, more than three-fourths of NFL clubs were present for today’s workout.

“The NFL made considerable effort to work cooperatively with Colin’s representatives. We invited his agent to suggest questions for the interview. Yesterday, when Colin’s representatives said he wanted to bring his own receivers to the workout, we agreed to the request. In addition, Coach Hue Jackson discussed with Colin’s agent what drills would be run at the workout so that Colin would know what would be expected of him.

“Last night, when Nike, with Colin’s approval, requested to shoot an ad featuring Colin and mentioning all the NFL teams present at the workout, we agreed to the request.

“On Wednesday, we sent Colin’s representatives a standard liability waiver based on the waiver used by National Invitational Camp at all NFL Combines and by NFL clubs when trying out free agent players. At noon today, Colin’s representatives sent a completely rewritten and insufficient waiver.

“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.

“We agreed to have Colin’s representatives on the field while the workout was being conducted and to allow them to see how it was being recorded. We did so even though we have been clear from the beginning that this is private workout. As is typical with NFL Combines, one video crew was prepared to shoot and distribute video of the interview and workout. We confirmed with Colin’s representatives that they would receive both the video that would be sent to all 32 clubs as well as the raw footage from the entire event, which is unprecedented.

“The location Colin selected is more than an hour away from Flowery Branch.

“​We are grateful to the Falcons, who made available the club’s first-class facility, along with athletic training, equipment, and communications staff to ensure that today’s workout would occur under ideal conditions, to coaches Hue Jackson and Joe Philbin, who were prepared to run a workout that would allow Colin to demonstrate his skill level, and to Jeff Foster and the Combine staff for arranging for other players to participate and for managing the logistics of the workout.

“Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”

Kaepernick has been free to sign with any club since March 2017 when he opted out of his contract before the 49ers released him. Yet, no team even has offered him a workout.

122 responses to “NFL says it is “disappointed” Colin Kaepernick “did not appear”

  1. Maybe this will be the last we hear of him. Nah. On a side note, Adidas makes some great shoes and apparel.

  2. “Kaepernick has been free to sign with any club since March 2017 when he opted out of his contract before the 49ers released him”
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    And that says it all.

  3. As much as some want to make this about the NFL, CK’s camp has been changing and making requests all along….and now, this is about filming a Nike commercial. Read the news, Nike’s camera crew was setup all along in the secondary location and this is all about filming a new commercial.

    The NFL got played. This is about a new commercial!

  4. This guy managed to turn even a run of the mill workout into a circus. Demanding a camera crew for a tryout? Absurd. He’s just making the NFL’s point for them.

  5. In other words, “I am nowhere near ready for an NFL field but can’t let that be seen and risk losing all my leverage for endorsements.”

  6. If Kaep’s team isn’t lying, they will produce a copy of this ‘unfair’ waiver that the NFL alledgedly sprung on him at the last minute, an action that would crush the NFL’s story.

    I will bet you a billion dollars they can’t produce it.

  7. ‘Kaepernick has been free to sign with any club since March 2017 when he opted out of his contract before the 49ers released him. Yet, no team even has offered him a workout.’

    Well, gee. After today, I can’t imagine why team’s would stay away!

  8. C’mon Florio….how can you keep defending this guy?? Face it…you just got played as well. While you were writing pro-CK articles, he was maneuvering to film a new Nike commercial.

    HE DOESNT WANT TO PLAY!!!

    HE ONLY WANTS TO APPEAR LIKE HE WANTS TO.

  9. How can his blind defenders not see what’s going on?!

    Follow his actions. Every time there was a chance to get signed, he’s found a way to scuttle it. Baltimore, Denver, Seattle, the AAF and now this.

    Figure it out…his brand is predicated on being a martyr. Playing diminishes his brand. If you watch his actions, this is quite obvious.

  10. kd75 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 5:09 pm
    “Why can’t I find a job?”

    *Skips job interview

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    The whole thing was a sham…the NFL had no intention of trying to see Kaepernick succeed…I would love to see Kaepernick get a fair shot with an NFL team…probably won’t happen though…

  11. You guys are just full of hate and lack honesty. As an attorney if my client was asked to sign a blanket waiver which included any future litigation I would never let them sign it. The NFL says they gave the standard waiver of liability well let’s compare what others have received at workouts and see if they slipped the extra language in that Kap’s representatives said they did. Then we’ll know all we need to know and who is being disingenuous.

  12. “As stated above, more than three-fourths of NFL clubs were present for today’s workout.”

    So by this statement it sounds like one could assume none of them showed up at the new location and I don’t blame them because it’s kind of an inconvenience to have the location switched to somewhere an hour away at the last minute. When opportunities are few and far between for 3 years you can’t get picky about the details. This definitely seems orchestrated so that kaep can act like none of the team reps showed up like they promised. He doesn’t wanna play or he would’ve just showed up to the original location.

  13. This is so boring, so strung out. No one cares if Kap ever plays, and no one cares if the NFL gave him a workout. THE FANS DID NOT ASK FOR THIS. WE DIDN’T WANT IT. What we want is the media to be covering the real NFL, because as the season winds down there are a ton of great storylines that should be on the front page, not this ridiculous garbage. And it is 100% ridiculous. Please stop, NFL and Kap, please. Go your separate ways and let the fans talk about what matters, namely the big Jets Redskins matchup this weekend.

  14. @ tinye67

    “As much as some want to make this about the NFL, CK’s camp has been changing and making requests all along….and now, this is about filming a Nike commercial. Read the news, Nike’s camera crew was setup all along in the secondary location and this is all about filming a new commercial. The NFL got played. This is about a new commercial”.

    You are so very correct. This is ALL political, and Kap and his reps decided he isn’t going to get pushed around. I doubt Kap was getting much if any money from it, and why shouldn’t he if the NFL is going to gain from it.

    The NFL is very similar to the U.S. House and Senate. Old, rich dudes who will exploit whoever for whatever cause (justified or not) to push their own agendas.

    Stay Strong, Kap.

  15. This clown has blown his last and final chance. He has no interest in playing football again. He wants a media circus and wants to file a lawsuit against the NFL and also teams. Take a hike.. the media needs to just stop writing about him. Everyone is sick and tired of him and the circus.

  16. footballpat says:
    November 16, 2019 at 5:21 pm
    You guys are just full of hate and lack honesty. As an attorney if my client was asked to sign a blanket waiver which included any future litigation I would never let them sign it. The NFL says they gave the standard waiver of liability well let’s compare what others have received at workouts and see if they slipped the extra language in that Kap’s representatives said they did. Then we’ll know all we need to know and who is being disingenuous.

    Of course you wouldn’t let your client sign it. Let’s see if they actually follow your reasonable guidance and allow for a comparison of the waiver he was asked to sign and that of a standard work out.

    When they don’t do it, will you realize he and his team are liars?

  17. I think this was a demonstration as to what type of player teams would be signing in Kap. The NFL is showing you that he will not follow rules and will do his own thing, the guy is not a team player. Too bad for him, but his NFL career is absolutely over with zero chance of being signed.

  18. Great commitment Kap, you just chased away anyone that remotely thought of signing you. Better keep your day job with NIKE and deny more shoes with flags on them. Maybe NIKE should make a sneaker with a WHITE SURRENDER flag on it.

  19. Is it any wonder why teams have been staying away from him and his circus side show. Has nothing to do with his talent. The clown will never learn. And you can throw NIKE in that basket as well.

  20. This is exactly why I have not purchased anything made by Nike since they made 1st commercial or will purchase anything made by Nike ever again.
    Anyone serious about this issue should also never support Nike.
    That entire stunt was just to film a commercial

  21. Dude should go try out for a soap opera. He already has the drama part down. If he reads a script like he reads a defense, he won’t make it as an actor either.

  22. and some how he will still play victim, and people will still hop on that bandwagon of take no responsibility for ones own actions.

  23. I have just heard that Kap will be on stage with Kanye West at Joel Osteen’s place tomorrow. He will be throwing footballs into the crowd during the final song tomorrow.

  24. What a joke. If he and/or his reps had a problem with the workout they could have said no from the start. But not this guy, just whatever will generate more headlines. Please, can we now just forget about this washed-up player?!

  25. That’s funny, it seems he was just offered a workout and declined it

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    It wasn’t a real workout, they just wanted him to sign a legal document waiving his rights to sue them later. And even if it was a real workout, he probably would have never done it anyway, since after 3 years there is no way he is near game shape and nearly every NFL team would prefer to draft a young QB instead of investing even the league minimum in an aging QB that has been out of the league for 3 years. It’s all TRASH. ALL OF IT. I hate it so much.

  26. How many times does this guy have to prove that he’s a complete fraud? Apparently, he can do this indefinitely. because there will always be suckers who will fall for it.

  27. Turns out Kaepernick did this to protect HIS RIGTS, which lest you forget, every American citizen has.

    The NFL wanted to squash his ability to protect himself legally giving up his ability to use the courts , which EVERYT American has the right to do.

    football fascist can jump in the lake.

  28. It wasn’t a real workout, they just wanted him to sign a legal document waiving his rights to sue them later.
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    You’re right in that it wasnt a real workout. It was a Nike commercial.

  29. psubeerman21 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    This is so boring, so strung out. No one cares if Kap ever plays, and no one cares if the NFL gave him a workout. THE FANS DID NOT ASK FOR THIS. WE DIDN’T WANT IT. What we want is the media to be covering the real NFL, because as the season winds down there are a ton of great storylines that should be on the front page, not this ridiculous garbage. And it is 100% ridiculous. Please stop, NFL and Kap, please. Go your separate ways and let the fans talk about what matters, namely the big Jets Redskins matchup this weekend.
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    It’s nice when you can speak for everyone. I and just about every fan of color I know of thinks he’s getting shafted and do want him back in the league. But I guess that speaks to the racial divide in this country. Some people will never see America from our side of the fence.

  30. Yeah well the NFL is nowhere’s near as disappointed as I am.
    This is a travesty.
    I was so looking forward to see Kap display his HOF QB skills again.
    Total bummer dude.

  31. footballpat says:

    It’s nice when you can speak for everyone. I and just about every fan of color I know of thinks he’s getting shafted and do want him back in the league. But I guess that speaks to the racial divide in this country. Some people will never see America from our side of the fence.

    Why do you think he’s being shafted? Because he’s a person of color? Eric Reid kneeled too and he has a job. Face it, Kap isn’t good enough. He was benched for Blaine Gabbert. He also wore a shirt idolizing Fidel Castro which many people disliked–and that has nothing to do with race. Face it, if teams thought he was good enough he’d be on a team. He’s just more trouble than he’s worth at this point and after this fiasco it’s hard to blame teams for not wanting him. The fact you choose to be divisive and claim others are divisive is hypocritical.

  32. Jesus Christ, the Eagles signed Vick after spending time in a FEDERAL PRISON. The things he did were ABHORRENT. I can’t even think of it without getting a twisting feeling of anger/sadness in my stomach. Yet they signed him. Why? He was a viable talent, even after being away from football, and actually had a decent season or two before he faded away. And that is the ONLY reason he was signed. If a team is willing to sign HIM, than Kap has no chance of ever being signed again, ever. It would have happened long ago. He isn’t good enough to play in the NFL. If he was, he’d be on a team. Tyreeke Hill literally threatened to kill his girlfriend and he got a contract EXTENSION! It’s time to drop this idea that it’s still 2015 and move on. For Kap and the NFL both.

  33. NFL is a giant soap opera.
    Antonio Brown, Colin Kaepernick, Miles Garrett and many of his Cleveland teammates, among others…
    Can’t they stop playing games and go back to playing games?

  34. I guess he just needed affirmation that he still is not that important in the grand scheme of things. In other words, nothing’s changed. 99.9 % of fans watch sports to get away from politics, and all the problems of their daily lives, not follow someone else’s agenda and the controversy it causes. Not saying he, or anyone else, shouldn’t express their views, but there is a time and place for everything.

  35. I’d like to see the waiver the NFL demanded. If it was a standard waiver, Kaepernick’s legal team really did their client a disservice. If it was modified just to affect him, he’s got a good reason to be angry.

    Aside from the waiver, as clumsy and overly restrictive as the NFL’s setup was on this, Kaepernick needed to accept it and go out and perform. Trying to change things in the eleventh hour was just stupid. It was most likely his last shot to back into the league.

  36. This is a statement from the Nfl. Who set up this last second as a weird obvious PR move. Nothing about the leagues actions this week should be cementing this release as the full story….convincing every single commenter on this page to instantly agree. Seriously sad level of intellect from the comments i read.

    There are atleast 64 qbs on an active roster each week. Anyone trying to argue from purely a football perspective thst CK isn’t better than one of or several 64-70 NFL Qbs knows nothing about the sport theyre discussing.

    How quick all of you are to carry out a political vandetta need to either stay out of politics in their personal lives or find a cause that has an actual point that matters.

    Some dude kneeled 3 years ago during the national anthem.

    Veterans support our troops patriotism

    GOT IT! So does the NFL. Who is paid loads of money to let military members onto the field film them and pretend to be super patriotic.

    Its all a shamm. Take offended if you want…but its paid for marketing. Also it has zero importance whatsoever to football. Every fan would skip through the anthem all of it to get to the game. It may be live but its a commercial with the feeling of being a commercial.

    Now onto Kaepernicks side. Boy Colin you really pushed the envelope and did something important. Well actually no you didnt but your intentions were good. They were important to some people…but how you acted on it especially when it became such a big real wasnt the right play either. You made this mess. You pissed on alot of rich dudes shoes.

    Your kneeling may have inspired people already invested in your cause…but find me one reformed racist bigot..just 1 who changed his heart over kneeling.

    All the Nfls fake pais for support of our military is rile up our troops and military familias…maybe some history buffs. Its not changing anything

    All Colin Kaepernicks quest die was rile up and became a separate group of already like minded troops.

    Both sides have reason to look bad (military service members you got dragged into it those who overreacted helped play into this but still not your fault)

    This is what everyone gets and everyone deserves for blowing up a political issue that has zero actual substance in sporting events where politics dont belong.

    We need to be voting on and changing our national anthem every few years. Actually celebrate our countries musical accomplishments. Give reason to be excited and invested in an anthem.

    In summer…nfl was playing Kaepernick Kaepernick was aware of this n probably got too paranoid n overthought everything.

    But in the end i’d say theres a decent shot Nike comes out a winner.

    Seriously people call down on politics…it sure seems to be pretty simple minded overbearing views anyways. If youre talking football dont flat out lie because of politics.

    Ck is good enough to be in the league. He isnt good enough for the owners to ride his piss off their shoes and pay jim. He isnt good enough for the media circus that would follow him. That his doing.

    In the end everyone looks bad. I dont Understand why my disinterested unbiased stance isnt the norm. Nfl supporting troops is a joke The idea that Cks kneeling has made any actual difference in police brutality is a joke.

  37. The one thing where the NFL is screwed is how can they force a team to sign him. Everyone calls it collusion but maybe it is just 32 GM’s and 32 owners that do not want him. I do not see how this can ever go away unless they pick a name out of a hat and literally give a team to take him.

  38. So a giant play to film a Nike ad? Why was this not disclosed by all the media savvy before? NFL did not want to get played, and he does not want to play. Get over it already, please.

  39. Disappointed but expected, based on his history. The only thing missing here is knowing if any team showed up for his “workout “ & interview.

  40. After all of Kaepernick’s actions demonstrating he has no real desire to play, Florio STILL thinks Kap is getting screwed over by the league. This guy had no intention of an actual workout, waiver or no waiver. His actions prove he just want publicity to enhance his sponsorships and any future frivolous lawsuits will be for the same purpose. Flush this turd.

  41. He quit the 49ers. I am uncertain why this seems to not be stressed. He had a contract and decided to walk away from it. He chose to leave the league. Plus any employer has the right to employ who they wish. He is a terrible qb that Blaine Gabbert beat out. Blaine Gabbert…let that sink in.

  42. It’s nice when you can speak for everyone. I and just about every fan of color I know of thinks he’s getting shafted and do want him back in the league. But I guess that speaks to the racial divide in this country. Some people will never see America from our side of the fence.
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    Excuse me? What am I missing? If he was a great talent he would be on a team. Teams don’t care about kneeling or dog killing or wife beating. They care about winning, and if any team thought he was able to win in the league he would be on a team, period. And BTW, your boy took a big old check from the NFL when he could have turned the screws on them on collusion. THAT would have been the righteous thing to do, and he took the money instead. So stop with the “fan of color” nonsense, because the guy you are defending is a fan of color too- green. Ask the NFL and Nike how much he wants his cash over his principles, they can give you a spreadsheet detailing his riches

  43. Without knowing more, there may have been some shenanigans on both sides, although it sounds a lot like the NFL started this. But, it seems like everyone commenting is SO sure their side is 100% right and the other side is completely in the wrong. The only thing less surprising is which way the comments on this side lean toward. Kaepernick will get even less of a fair shake on this site than from NFL teams.

  44. There are atleast 64 qbs on an active roster each week. Anyone trying to argue from purely a football perspective thst CK isn’t better than one of or several 64-70 NFL Qbs knows nothing about the sport theyre discussing.

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    Bull. You let what you saw in 2016, which wasn’t great, determine that Kap is way better than who? A young, cheap QB drafted in the 6th round that is 3rd on the depth chart? Maybe teams have decided that bringing in Kap, and the incredible amount of baggage and media attention that would occur, simply isn’t worth it. I’ve watched football my whole life, and I’ve also watched media outlets my whole life, and I know for a fact how they would react if the young QB has a rough game and how fast the conversation would become “when is Kap going to start” as opposed to pretty much anything other relevant talking point. This isn’t worth it for teams, as most try to keep media frenzies to a minimum.

  45. Hello???? This clown doesn’t even want to play football!!!! He just wants to continue to play the poor little innocent victim. He like one of the employees a company hires, then threatens to sue the company if he/she gets terminated for any reason, then blames the company for being racist!!!! Good riddance

  46. To be clear, the NFL booked an official workout for Colin Kaepernick with a few days’ notice, refused to reschedule it to give everyone more time, and are upset at *Kaepernick* for making last-second requests?

  47. The video I saw today was close in on him, and you could see him drop back a couple of steps and when he threw you could see the ball leave his hand and that’s it. No video of how the throw looked, and Kaepernick does not look like he is ready to play either. I don’t think the NFL is worried about him suing again, I think they are setting him up for breaching the original settlement agreement if he and his agents accuse the NFL of blackballing him again.

  48. askeddie11 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 5:10 pm
    “Kaepernick has been free to sign with any club since March 2017 when he opted out of his contract before the 49ers released him”
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    And that says it all.
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    fivechampionships says:
    November 16, 2019 at 5:15 pm
    ‘Kaepernick has been free to sign with any club since March 2017 when he opted out of his contract before the 49ers released him. Yet, no team even has offered him a workout.’
    Well, gee. After today, I can’t imagine why team’s would stay away!
    ________________

    Maybe if we keep beating the dead horse this will all stop! He opted out as in “no I don’t want to play.”” Why is always forgotten?

  49. The same people who think that Kap is getting shafted and want him back in the league still think that OJ was innocent,

  50. People defending this move are clueless. Instead of meeting where your next interview wants you to meet, go to starbucks instead and let me know how that works out for you. Kaep keeps provi g he isnt about football because his skills suck, he is about a publicity circus.

  51. So if it’s a standard combine waiver then what is Kap afraid of? I’m sure if the waiver is very similar if you’re brought in to workout for a team anyway. Did he and his agent want the NFL to pay for medical expenses if he injured himself during the workout?

    Regardless if this workout was orchestrated by the NFL, if Kap was really interested in playing again then he should’ve showed up anyway to prove he still go it.

  52. Several of the comments ask a very pertinent question: who pushed for this workout? If it was Jay Z then he has set up the NFL and several teams – all of whom have been embarrassed. Was it Nike? If so the “partnership” with the NFL will be severely strained. Only the NFL knows the source of the suggested “workout” but the owners will soon know and their wrath will be ferocious. Jay Z apparently wants to join the club of owners. If he sponsored or promoted Kaepernick’s lawsuit “workout” Jay Z will have much difficulty in convincing the owners that he is an appropriate member of their club. The battle will o on behind the scenes, but I doubt that the fallout is limited to the Kaepernick juvenile attempt to create another cause of action by demanding that the teams adhere to his rules for the workout. The eight teams that adhered to Kaepernick’s rules will be derided by the other owners; they have also become witnesses in Kaepernick’s next lawsuit.

  53. “We need to be voting on and changing our national anthem every few years. Actually celebrate our countries musical accomplishments.”

    How would a rap national anthem go?

  54. Kyle Cruel says:
    November 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm
    Just because the NFL scheduled a circus doesn’t mean Kap had to step in their elephant dung.
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    He won’t be stepping into the employment of any of the NFL teams though will he?…..

    Go Hawks!

  55. officialmiamidolphinsspokesperson says:
    November 16, 2019 at 7:51 pm
    To be clear, the NFL booked an official workout for Colin Kaepernick with a few days’ notice, refused to reschedule it to give everyone more time, and are upset at *Kaepernick* for making last-second requests?
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    Yes, because working for the NFL, like any company, is not a Right, it is a Privilege.

    Go Hawks!

  56. This idea that it is crazy for him to sign a standard waiver is a joke.

    Any athlete at any NFL event – signs a waiver. Period.

    If a free agent trips and blows out a knee during the tryout, that’s on the free agent, not the team or the venue / that’s standard business.

    Kaep has no interest in playing / he wants his 15 minutes as a Martyr to continue – he makes more doing that then he ever could as a backup QB

    I think finally the world has now seen what he is really about!

  57. No pads, no pass rush, no defensive backs, and he showed that he’s not as good as the <60% passer with the losing record as a starter that he used to be.

  58. psubeerman21 says:
    November 16, 2019 at 6:25 pm
    Jesus Christ, the Eagles signed Vick after spending time in a FEDERAL PRISON. The things he did were ABHORRENT. I can’t even think of it without getting a twisting feeling of anger/sadness in my stomach. Yet they signed him. Why? He was a viable talent, even after being away from football, and actually had a decent season or two before he faded away. And that is the ONLY reason he was signed. If a team is willing to sign HIM, than Kap has no chance of ever being signed again, ever. It would have happened long ago. He isn’t good enough to play in the NFL. If he was, he’d be on a team. Tyreeke Hill literally threatened to kill his girlfriend and he got a contract EXTENSION! It’s time to drop this idea that it’s still 2015 and move on. For Kap and the NFL both.

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    Not 2015. More like 2012, 2013. The people arguing he should be on a team continue to sight that he led the Niners to a Super Bowl played SEVEN YEARS AGO.

    Also, unlike Kaep, Vick admitted he did wrong and repented from his questionable actions.

  59. wallyspo says:
    November 16, 2019 at 9:11 pm
    Kaepernick is better than Mitchell Trubisky.

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    Perhaps….perhaps not. But he demands compensation beyond his value and the circus he brings is not worth his upside to any team….

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