No offers, no workout invitations for Colin Kaepernick after Saturday’s session

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In the aftermath of Colin Kaepernick’s Saturday workout, some in league circles have suggested that nothing will change. For now, nothing has changed.

Per a league source, Kaepernick’s representatives have not heard from any teams with either an invitation to work out privately or an offer to sign a contract.

It’s no surprise, even if the league’s intentions were genuine and pure (Kaepernick’s camp suspected from the outset that they were not), no team had invited Kaepernick to work out privately or had offered him a contract in the 32 months since he became a free agent.

And so the impasse continues, whatever the reason. Some will think he’s not good enough. Others think that his presence will be too much of a distraction for a second- or third-string option on the roster. Others wonder whether he truly wants to play. (There’s one way to find out, conclusively.)

Regardless, if the league truly wants to help him (and after the events of the past week the league may not want to help him any longer), the way to do it is to work the back channels and do a deal with a team to give him a shot.

56 responses to “No offers, no workout invitations for Colin Kaepernick after Saturday’s session

  1. He’s a joke, he stunk 3 years ago so there no reason to think he’s any better. He thinks he can be like Jackson or Wilson but because he can run but not even close to either of them.

  2. Do you seriously think he would accept a vet minimum offer to serve as a backup for any team? He wants the issue, not the job, unless he is handed a starter job and 20 million+ a year.

  3. Why do you love to say “playing in the NFL is an honor not a right”, yet in his case treat it like it is a right?

    He refuses to be not seen and not heard as a backup. He wants to have the rights to an NFL workout, even though the NFL retains all rights to NFL events. He clearly says it is all about him. The NFL does not agree.

  4. Serves him right for planning this entire thing somewhere other than where he was gifted a workout by the NFL. He sabotaged this whole thing. His “workout” was awful. He had a couple good throws and a ton of terrible ones. His own receivers had to slow down because he’s lost the zip on the ball. I didn’t think he was good enough 3 years ago or now, before the “workout”… I just never thought he was even worse. That “workout” proved he doesn’t belong. Too bad, but most players regress over time, some like Kaep regressed way faster.
    When’s the NFL going to do this for players like Blaine Gabbert or other players not in the league that are clearly better than Colin?

  5. If I’m a team executive trying to determine if Kaepernick is worth the disruption to my organization, having the workout canceled and rescheduled at the last minute can not possibly have made Kaepernick seem like a better bet.

    A ton of players do work outs and sign the standard waiver language. If Kaepernick insists that his situation is so unusual that the usual workout terms do not work for him, that is actually a compelling argument for not putting him on my team.

  6. mikeslicker says:
    November 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm
    Serves him right for planning this entire thing somewhere other than where he was gifted a workout by the NFL…
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    This whole thing was not a gift from the NFL but an attempt to get the league indemnified from any further legal action for Kaeps continued unemployment by the terms of the waiver they tried to get him to sign.

    But I agree with you that Kaep’s workout goes a long way to justify his continued unemployment. It’s a win for the league even without the signed waiver.

  7. Kaepernick would be a HUGE distraction and would alienate a large section of an team’s fan base. He is a mediocre QB at best and so not worth the trouble. He is NOT Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. He gets more pub as a martyr anyhow. If I brought my politics into my workplace like he did, I would expect to be warned and then fired.

  8. I’m think the league just wanted to make sure he wanted to play football and more importantly he wouldn’t be a distraction. I think they got their answer to both. I think the Kapernick talk was dead and there was no reason for the league to go out of their way and work him out bout they did. even if you are a skeptic and think it was for show You have to admit that if he would have showed up had a decent workout and told them he just wanted to play ball and not make a scene during the games he would have at least had a chance to change someone’s mind about him but changing the location at the last minute and then calling everyone out shows he still doesn’t get it. No one wants a an back up or starter who makes it all about him and can’t keep it about football.

  9. Wouldn’t “working the back channels” to get someone to sign Kaepernick be…… literally collusion? It disturbs me that you end most of your many Kaepernick articles this way.

    If the league does that, and another free agent quarterback finds out about it, it seems to me like that quarterback would have a cut-and-dry collusion case. By the NFL colluding to get Kaepernick hired, they were preventing someone else from getting hired.

  10. It seems like the best fit would be in Baltimore, but they already have a solid backup, and when they pursued this a couple years ago Kaep’s girlfriend sent some racists tweet about it.

    What other team needs him?

  11. He had a job in Miami until he wore the Castro shirt.
    He had a job in Baltimore until his girl trashed their all time franchise player.
    He had a job in Denver, but, wouldn’t accept being a backup.
    He had a job in Seattle, but, wouldn’t agree to stop kneeling.
    He could of had a job in the NFL, but, he wanted to dictate the terms of a job interview.

    All of this. This guy is a joke and now that the NFL has told him what they think of his grandstanding. Now please, since your 15 minutes is up, GO AWAY! The way he conducted himself has only shown that he is only pulling this stunt to keep his name in the news. He sucks and was a one year wonder. Once teams came around to his style, he couldn’t adjust and couldn’t read a defense. I hope this is the end of the media giving this clown air time, but, I’m sure he will find something to gripe about to keep his name out there.

  12. If Kaepernick had just showed up at the original venue and did his workout for the 20 plus teams that were waiting at the Falcons stadium, who knows maybe someone would have signed him. But after the stunt he pulled, forget it now. When you’re applying for a job, you don’t get to call the shots.

  13. He may not be great but the Bills brought in Derek Anderson last year. That basically proves it to me. He should put out a statement saying he will play for the minimum just to try and push his point further.

  14. 25 years from now, when he’s 57 years old, Kap will still think he deserves a chance on an NFL roster and he’ll also expect at least $20 million. And the saddest part is that millions of people will also think he deserves it.

  15. No offers? Nobody in the media is a general manager for an NFL team. Maybe someone in the media could offer him a job at Bleacher Report or Pro Football Talk though (if they liked what they saw at the workout)….

  16. So, the NFL sets up a workout with Kap and whatever team wants to show up, and first thing Kap does is refuse to appear, and he schedules a workout at a different location.

    And no NFL team has floated Kap an offer? Gosh. Must be the System keeping him down.

  17. Not saying it is a good idea, but if a team as a favor signs him to a league minimum non guaranteed deel it would be a lot cheaper for the league then a lawsuit,

  18. If you believe a black man kneeling to peacefully protest racism dishonors veterans, but a President stealing $2.8 million in charity contributions for veterans doesn’t, then you need to stop pretending your racism is patriotism.

  19. What did he show? Everyone knew he could throw a football. It’s the circus that follows him . Everyone make decisions and decisions sometimes have consequences. Deal with it. The leagues moved on , you should too.

  20. @FoozieGrooler says:
    November 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm
    If you believe a black man kneeling to peacefully protest racism dishonors veterans, but a President stealing $2.8 million in charity contributions for veterans doesn’t, then you need to stop pretending your racism is patriotism.
    _ _ _ _ _

    Do you think really think that the negative ramifications of signing CK is more than 2.8M?!

  21. Who cares….he’ll probably want a big salary and guaranteed to be a starter. No team is going to do that. Then of course there’s Baltimore….they were all set to give him a job before his girlfriend did what she did…essentially biting the hand that hired him. It shouldn’t take too much to realize why he doesn’t have a job. He was benched for Blaine Gabbert, he wore a shirt idolizing Fidel Castro, he wore pig socks, and he has pretty much alienated everyone with his behavior. I guess the only one that doesn’t get it is him. Just go away.

  22. FoozieGrooler says:
    November 17, 2019 at 10:38 pm
    If you believe a black man kneeling to peacefully protest racism dishonors veterans, but a President stealing $2.8 million in charity contributions for veterans doesn’t, then you need to stop pretending your racism is patriotism.
    ================
    Technically both could.

  23. Kaepernick showed up to the workout wearing a Kunta Kinte shirt! So much for making a good first impression to prospective employers.

  24. He took a opportunity given to him by the NFL that they have NEVER offered to any other former player and turned it into a poo fling. All he does is prove that he is a locker room problem and a me first guy instead of a team guy. That’s a problem when you are a middling talent. Ask Antonio Brown how trying to be bigger than the team worked out for him?

  25. Doesn’t matter if he wants to play or not. He’s NOT good enough! He was beaten out by Blaine freaking Gabbert.

  26. He did no favors to himself with his actions on Saturday. He changed the venue at the last moment. Then he has his little self serving speech afterward basically calling out the owners. If you were an owner, why would you want this distraction. Say a team signs him for the rest of the season. After the season, they don’t re-sign him. You just know that he will trash the team and say they are racist and never gave him a fair shot. Why exactly would you want that? Seriously all that hassle and headaches for a backup QB. So here we are.

  27. What could have been a very interesting and significant happening in NFL circles degenerated into a relative sham that really only created more questions and provided few answers in the end. I have a long-held personal belief that two full years out of the NFL generally ends your realistic prospects for ever being in uniform again. We’ll see, but Kaepernick has not officially bucked that trend yet. Not a big fan of Kaepernick cohort Eric Reid, but as he said I’ll believe it when I see it and not until.

  28. If Kaepernick kept out of the limelight and was willing to be a camp arm in 2017 he would’ve been signed.

    Of course he would have been cut too, but that’s the nature of the sport.

    He also passed up potential opportunities in CFL, AAF, Spring League, and now the XFL.

    There comes a point where you have to conclude that he doesn’t want to play football anymore.

  29. I thought everyone missed the shirt he was wearing at that control the narrative work out. I’ll have to try what Collin did if I ever lose my job and find myself going to a job interview. Lose the clean cut button up shirt and khakis for a Kunta Kinte tshirt and shorts. We’ll see how things workout.

  30. If this guy really wanted to play he should have already signed with the XFL or Canada…..but playing is not really his agenda obviously. I hear the Fat Lady singin!!

  31. wtvol says:
    November 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    He may not be great but the Bills brought in Derek Anderson last year. That basically proves it to me. He should put out a statement saying he will play for the minimum just to try and push his point further.

    Derrick Anderson knows how to read a defense. He knows how to manage a game and has been a solid pro for most of his career. He also doesn’t cause problems and doesn’t alienate half the locker room nor the majority of the fan base.

  32. I guess I just don’t get why non-football people are so appalled at the lack of a job for CK.
    Florio hit it on the head though. Nobody wants to put up with a circus just to have a backup QB.
    It’s really that simple.

  33. Perhaps Kaep was pressured by Nike to make a public scene so that his BRAND stays relevant to the Nike base who feels loyalty to Nike for sponsoring resistance to the establishment. For Nike, the worst result would be if he actually is signed by an NFL team, and then wash out and never play.

  34. wtvol says:
    November 17, 2019 at 10:05 pm
    He may not be great but the Bills brought in Derek Anderson last year. That basically proves it to me.
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    Proves what exactly? That a team would just as soon bring in a QB with about the same talent level as Mr. Kaepernick, but without the potential for distractions…

  35. Kaepernick’s biggest challenge as a QB was his ability to read defenses and pass to covered receivers. Throwing to wide open receivers on a high school field is a poor demonstration of how he has progressed (or regressed) in that regard. If you really want to get a proper evaluation of Kaepernick’s abilities, some team could sign him in the next off-season and have him play in a couple preseason games where there is nothing on the line. If he can handle a pass rush and pass into secondaries covering receivers…a professional situation, then maybe he can really tell us about the “truth” that the NFL is supposedly running away from. I hope to god that an NFL team allows him to prove himself so that this whole thing is exposed for what it is: a declining athlete trying to salvage his pride by conflating football with a social justice movement. BLM and police brutality is an important issue that I’m 100% behind. I’ve just always questioned Kaepernick as the messenger, given the circumstances in which he initiated his newfound activism in losing his starting job to Blaine Gabbert.

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