Akiem Hicks on Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment: We signed Mike Glennon

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Akiem Hicks could have said a lot when asked about Colin Kaepernick’s continued unemployment. Instead, he needed only four words to make his point.

We signed Mike Glennon,” the Bears defensive lineman said Wednesday, via Jason Lieser of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Bears signed Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed in March 2017 when Kaepernick was a free agent. Glennon started four games before Mitchell Trubisky took over.

Glennon has signed three times since then, while Kaepernick hasn’t played since 2016. In fact, Kaepernick hasn’t even gotten so much as a workout since parting ways with the 49ers.

NFL teams have blackballed Kaepernick since he took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial inequality, Hicks said.

“All I will say is this: We saw it. We watched how it unfolded,” Hicks said. “And we see that he doesn’t have a job now. This call isn’t to advocate for Kaep getting a job, but he did sacrifice his position for where he is now. His career was ended because of it, in my opinion.”

He then added his exclamation point: “We signed Mike Glennon.”

Hicks later said about his Glennon line, “You heard that, huh? Yeah, I said that. It was a feeling.”

Hicks hopes what’s happening around the world after the death of George Floyd will change things.

49 responses to “Akiem Hicks on Colin Kaepernick’s unemployment: We signed Mike Glennon

  1. A lot went into not signing Kap beside the issue of his personal agenda, Money,length of contract, attitude, affect on locker room, his skill set vs the planned offense, owner(s)perception of Americanism etc.

  2. Fact, Falcons were about to sign him until his radio hosts girlfriend trashed the gm and owner and that stopped immediately.

  3. To me, the social stance of Kap was driven by the gravity of the issue, namely racism. Far from being a disrespect to the flag, it is in fact a tribute to the flag, in the sense that deep in his heart, he believes that the flag is the symbol or equality and freedom.

  4. Kap had 1 more year left on a contract that he walked away from. Stop with the poor Kap crap. He is done, will never play a down in the NFL again.

  5. For all you who truly believe KNEELING is a form of disrespect…

    then every time I meet any of you – you will not stand.
    – you MUST kneel before me!

  6. betsyross says:
    June 3, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    Elway offered him a job.. he didn’t want it.

    ——————–

    Elway also offered Brock Osweiler a job which he also turned down then offered him a 2nd contract after he failed spectacularly with the Texans. Why didn’t Elway extend a 2nd offer to Kaepernick?

  7. Nothing wrong with signing Glennon. Paying him that much, though, was ridiculous.

    I think if Kaepernick was serious about playing, he’d have made a sincere effort to separate the political from the football over the last couple years. But he turned the tryout last year (admittedly slapped together) into an outspoken PR farce, and he’s turned down playing for anything less that full starter money.

    He’s just not sincere about playing.

  8. Why are you guys so stupid? Mike Glennon was never even in Kap’s league as a QB.

  9. I don’t feel sorry for Kaepernick he lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert.

    That’s how bad he was.

  10. If kneeling is disrespectful then it ought to also be considered disrespectful when people start cheering before the anthem is over. Happens every single time.

  11. Yes, they did. They signed someone else’s backup QB based on potential. It didn’t work. This happens all the time. Jimmy G. Jacoby Brissett. Tyrod Taylor. It certainly isn’t racially motivated.

  12. Anyone raising Kaepernick’s skill set at this point just doesn’t get it. Any honest person KNOWS why he’s not playing in the league. Let’s stop pretending otherwise.

  13. According to many haters, Kap is the absolute worst NFL QB who has ever bent a blade of grass on the field, bar none. That is the real reason why he is still unemployed. No collusion, no blacklisting, no nothing.

  14. The real question isn’t why isn’t Kaepernick employed by the NFL, the real question is how is Cam Newton not on a roster yet. If I needed a QB and thought there was even a chance he wasn’t currently injured, I’d gladly roll the dice on him (unless I was trying to tank).

  15. At the time Glennon was a backup with starter potential. Kaepernick was a descending starter with rapidly diminishing physical skills. Let’s not try to rewrite history.

  16. Kaepernick has not played a down of football in almost 4 years. Forget all of the other stuff. He was 3-16 in his last 19 starts and lost his job to Blaine Gabbert. He was the one that opted out of his contract…If he could help a team, someone would have signed him. I just don’t want to see a team pressured into doing it for the wrong reasons. He hasn’t wanted to play football..

  17. Yes, what happened to Floyd was terrible. But does this mean we need to over correct? There is change and then there is knee-jerk, over the top reaction. If you are talking about reforming the way SOME police behave, I am fine with that. But beyond that, just like the REST of us, you are owed NOTHING.

  18. Mike Glennon was the reason Wilson was escorted out of SC and to Wisconsin. Why isn’t Russell Wilson demanding reparations for that?

  19. I wish a team would publicly offer Kaepernick a 2yr/$10M contract and see if he accepts.

  20. His time has passed but i am sure he will somehow scrape by on his millions of dollars

  21. Only one factor matters with Kap, is the juice worth the squeeze?. protests every where you go, every person watching your every move, some of his teammates disagreeing with him. Your on Fox News , CNBC, CNN, and god knows what other things daily plus much more for an 8-8 probably QB? Hard pass.

  22. “All I will say is this: We saw it. We watched how it unfolded,” Hicks said. “And we see that he doesn’t have a job now. This call isn’t to advocate for Kaep getting a job, but he did sacrifice his position for where he is now. His career was ended because of it, in my opinion.”

    I totally agree with this. Kaep cost the NFL millions of dollars and no owner wants to risk losing millions more for someone who would sit on the bench. Alienating hard core customers will cost you every time.

  23. John Elway said he offered a spot to Kaepernick as a backup QB. But he said Kaepernick wanted to be paid like a starter – $20 million per year. Not many teams are stupid enough to pay a backup QB $20 million per year. Kaepernick should admit that he priced himself out of a job.

  24. All NFL fans know the 49ers tried to trade Kaepernick to the Broncos but he wouldn’t take a pay cut nor a backup role. Could easily have a job in the NFL. Chose not to.

  25. People seem to forget that Kaep went 1-10 in the games he played his final season, that’s not going to get a QB many, if any more chances! Kaep was a flash in the pan QB as after the 14-2(2013) season he went 8-8(2014), 6-2(2015) and 1-10(2016) in the games he started.

  26. Because of all the publicity, Kap has a chance to become a leader in civil rights issues.

    I could see him growing into an important spokesman.

  27. Kaepernick has a losing record as a starter.

    He has never made a Pro Bowl.

    He regressed from 2013-2016, seeing his QB rating and QBR drop over time.

    His career completion percentage is below 60%.

    He was 3-16 in his last two years as a starter.

    He’s a talented player, but his political actions make him a giant distraction. It’s easier to stomach the media circus if you’re winning football games, but Kap was very obviously regressing as a quarterback. If I’m an NFL GM, the juice isn’t worth the squeeze here.

  28. Ima Payne says:
    “Fact, Falcons were about to sign him…”

    =======

    Wrong fact! It was the Ravens.

  29. Kaep just isnt worth the trouble anymore. No team wants a million cameras at training camp asking them when Kaep will start after their starter has one bad game. No team wants that in their locker room. Sorry, there are lots of reason to dislike Kaep outside of his kneeling. You all think he is being blackballed because of the kneeling, totally ignoring the other troubling aspects of his career and personality.

    Kaep is average right now at best after being out of the game so long. In the NFL there is no point to being 8-8. Either you are great or you suck and build for the future. Kaep doesnt fit either mold right now.

  30. Kap insisted on starter money when many teams felt he was a backup. Since he lost his job to Blaine freakin Gabbert, the gm’s might’ve had a point. Just sayin.

  31. Kap’s record as a starter his last three seasons were 8-8, 2-6 and 1-10. The season he went 1-10 and was benched, the backup, Gabbert was able to take the same team to a 1-4 record. Oh, but Kap’s stats? I watched a game where Kap three for 200 yards and 2 touchdowns by halftime. The second half, 99 yards of total offense and the 49ers lost the game. But those stats!

  32. Simple, the baggage and problems he brings to any team is many times greater than his talent.

  33. People have revisionist history about Kaepernick’s career. It wasn’t like he hit free agency right after the Super Bowl season. He was awful during his last season with the Niners. I’m sure teams avoided him because of the controversy, but at that point he wasn’t going to be anything but a backup on the majority of the teams in the league. If you’re not a starter or a starter in waiting, the NFL wants someone who can accept their role and support the starter. No team would ever get that from Kaepernick.

  34. Trying to rival that signing, the Bears brought in Graham at an absurd amount of $9 million guaranteed. Adding to their astounding brilliant moves, Olsen was traded in 2012 for a third round pick.

  35. cam180 says:
    June 3, 2020 at 6:09 pm
    To me, the social stance of Kap was driven by the gravity of the issue,

    ——

    Wrong. Kaep’s “stance” was all about getting benched

  36. If Kaep signed as a backup to hold a clipboard for a few million dollars a year, he shoots his own narrative in the foot. And like that *poof* he’d be out of the spotlight.

    By refusing to workout, approach teams, and work hard to get himself back into the league, he remains more relevant. If he were to sign, he’d be no more thought about than Chase Daniel, CJ Beathard, and Geno Smith.

  37. NinersFan1973 says:
    June 4, 2020 at 8:24 am
    People have revisionist history about Kaepernick’s career. It wasn’t like he hit free agency right after the Super Bowl season. He was awful during his last season with the Niners. I’m sure teams avoided him because of the controversy, but at that point he wasn’t going to be anything but a backup on the majority of the teams in the league. If you’re not a starter or a starter in waiting, the NFL wants someone who can accept their role and support the starter. No team would ever get that from Kaepernick.
    ————-

    So perfectly said. I agree 100%.

  38. Steve Cunningham says:
    June 3, 2020 at 10:56 pm
    People seem to forget that Kaep went 1-10 in the games he played his final season, that’s not going to get a QB many, if any more chances! Kaep was a flash in the pan QB as after the 14-2(2013) season he went 8-8(2014), 6-2(2015) and 1-10(2016) in the games he started.
    ————————-

    Also, 49ers NFL passing rankings his last four years:

    2013 – 30
    2014 – 30
    2015 – 29
    2016 – 32

    Any questions? His own team didn’t trust him to throw it. Still took a ton of sacks.

  39. I watch football, and -PAY- to watch football, to watch football, not someone protesting. Protesting under those circumstances is completely inappropriate, let alone the chaos, negativity and even more divide it caused. The NFL doesnt make money from chaos, negativity and divide. See how that goes round? Besides, he was no good any more. So what is in it, at all, for the NFL? Its not hard to understand what happenned.

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