Hue Jackson says he wanted Colin Kaepernick in 2017

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The 2017 season ended without the Browns winning a game. It began with Browns coach Hue Jackson wanting to sign quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Appearing on ESPN Radio in Cleveland, Jackson said that he wanted to sign Kaepernick after Kaepernick became a free agent in March 2017.

I wanted him,” Jackson said Friday. “It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision.”

That’s not what Jackson said in 2017, however. Multiple weeks into free agency that year, Jackson talked about Kaepernick without ever saying, “I want him.”

We haven’t really discussed Colin,” Jackson said at the time. “There’s other players at this point that we’ve had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won’t come up later on. You have to exhaust everything. But at this point he hasn’t come up.”

The Browns eventually selected DeShone Kizer in round two that year, after passing on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson with the first overall pick in the draft. There were no reports of any interest in Kaepernick by the Browns in 2017, or at any time thereafter.

Then there’s this: In August 2017, Jackson made it clear that he wanted no anthem protests on his team. So even if Jackson actually had any interest in Kaepernick, the fact that he had launched the protests in 2016 would have made it hard to reconcile that viewpoint with Jackson’s desire to not have any protests.

Of course, the truth ultimately may be that Jackson wanted Kaepernick (Jackson wanted to draft Kaepernick in 2011, when Jackson was with the Raiders), that Jackson has no issues with players protesting during the anthem, but that people higher in the organization, possibly all the way to the top, wanted nothing to do with Kaepernick, perhaps due to the potential impact of his presence on the bottom line.

58 responses to “Hue Jackson says he wanted Colin Kaepernick in 2017

  1. If Hue Jackson said it’s raining outside I would have to look out the window. I wouldn’t take his word for it: No credibility.

  2. If this isn’t an issue about the flag then why does the kneeling happen during the anthem?

  3. Hue Jackson is full of it. He’s trying to make himself relevant by inventing something that never happened. If he wanted to sign Kaepernick we would have heard about that long before now.

  4. Kaepernick hasn’t played in 3 years, yet, everytime his name is brought up he’s demanding $20M a year. Even for AFL and XFL leagues. Nowadays he’s about the money, I don’t think he cares less about “trying” to get back into the league.

  5. Can we stop talking about this fraud

    He doesn’t want to play. He knows he and his racist girlfriend can make more money playing the victim.

    If he really wanted to play he would have excepted the CFL offer and put his skills on display to show he still can.

    He wouldn’t have changed the location of the NFL workout at the last minute

    Oh I know , maybe they will take him in Miami after the things he said about Cuba.

  6. bootyjuice914 says:
    June 6, 2020 at 12:34 pm
    If this isn’t an issue about the flag then why does the kneeling happen during the anthem?

    Seriously? This is a real question?

  7. Record in final season as NFL starting QB: Tebow 8-5(w/playoff win), Kaepernick 1-10

  8. Talk about wanting to be revisionist history!

    Hue Jackson as Browns coach:
    2016 record: 1-15
    2017 record: 0-16

    This tells you EVERYTHING you need to know about Hue Jackson.

  9. And that’s why you aren’t a head coach Hue…That and your record as a head coach of course

  10. The fact that he wanted Kaep justifies why he is no longer an NFL coach. Nuff said.

  11. Both of his statements and stances can be true. He may have wanted Kaepernick as a QB. But didn’t want him because of the protests. In the end, professionally, Kaeprenick may be better off; 2 years out f the league or playing for the Hue Jackson led Browns…which is worse for your career?

  12. I mean this was obvious that it was coming from the top at the time considering that he had wanted to draft him and that was well known. I mean they willingly went into a season with Kizer at QB who gave them no shot to win and is mostly why that team went 0-16 because it was glaring every week that they had absolutely nothing at QB. The fact is that this isn’t going to help Jackson though because he tried to tow the company line. If I was going to do it, I would have tried to tow it somewhere that didn’t obliterate my career like Cleveland.

  13. Forget the fact that he’s revising history; can you imagine passing on Mahomes and Watson for DESHONE KIZER. What a horrid organization, top to bottom.

  14. Is the voice Kaepernick has as an ‘outcast’ more powerful than it would be if he returned to play?

    If he comes back, gets a chance to play and he’s not very good, does that hinder his position as activist/martyr? Does this factor into his decision-making?

    After Goodell’s seen-the-light flip, some team will probably now miraculously make him an offer in hopes of avoiding a big blackball lawsuit.

    Will he take it?

  15. Hue also wanted Brady in round 5, he was on board with Manning over Leaf, and Bledsoe over Mirer, and he also agrees that getting Babe Ruth for 100k was a smart move. What a doofus this guy is.

  16. So Hue wanted Kaep after he just went 1-10 for the 49er’s, that really puts the cherry on top of why he’ll never coach again, this speaks volumes!

    WORST HC EVER, two seasons and 1, count em’ ONE WIN! It also speaks volumes about the Browns organization and not firing him after the 1-15 season, they let him hang around and take them to a winless season and the worst 2yr record ever in the history of the NFL and then retained him for year 3!

    Is it any wonder they’re known as the “mistake on the lake” and to this day the ONLY place on the planet where water will burn!

  17. This is BS, just like all the other “look at me, I am virtuous” statements from everybody and their little brother. These people do not believe in what they are saying. They simply want to be seen saying it. There is no real movement because there is no actual systemic racism. All the statistics demonstrate that. The actual facts do not matter because the “message” is always viewed as the most important thing when the facts do not add up to the claims. This happens over and over on various subjects. When that incident first happened did anybody really think the coverage would be any different? The coverage is always the same. They look for their boogey-man to blame and they do it without facts or evidence. This time they may have found an actual dirty cop that is guilty of excessive force, but their claim that excessive force is because of racism has not been shown and yet is supposedly the reason behind the mayhem. It is all bogus and designed to get people to act a certain way. So far the only thing that looks likely is that excessive force was probably used by a cop and other cops did not step in to stop it. That is it. There is no racism apparent here and there certainly is no proof of systemic racism at police departments throughout the country.

  18. And for 25 bucks you can have this clown send you a personalized message…what a joke

  19. There isn’t a bar of soap big enough to clean the c rap coming out of Hue’s mouth.

  20. Kaepernick has been offered many jobs since 2016. He demanded a starting QB salary ($20m+ a year) and playing time, which no team was/is interested in giving him. The fact is Kaep was on his way to being a backup after his last season ended at 1-11. He’s refused to humble himself and that’s why he’s not employed in the NFL.

  21. What team needs an experienced quarterback who came within moments of winning a Super Bowl when surrounded by good coaching? The Patriots, that’s who. And best of all, Kaepernick and Belichick made alliteration heaven. Do it, Bill.

  22. You know what Drew Brees and Hue Jackson have in common?

    They both say what everyone wants them to say, after it’s determined what they’re suppose to say.

    Child please!

  23. murraysons says: “Forget the fact that he’s revising history; can you imagine passing on Mahomes and Watson for DESHONE KIZER. What a horrid organization, top to bottom.”
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    REVISIONIST HISTORY IS EXACTLY WHAT YOU’RE DOING.

    Myles Garrett was the consensus No.1 overall draft pick on EVERYONE’S board in 2017. No one even had Mahomes or Watson in the Top 5.

    And really, I wouldn’t trust Hue Jackson with coaching Mahomes either.

  24. What team needs an experienced quarterback who came within moments of winning a Super Bowl when surrounded by good coaching? The Patriots, that’s who. And best of all, Kaepernick and Belichick made alliteration heaven. Do it, Bill.
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    Why should the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick sign a guy who hasn’t played in the league for years while Cam Newton (who is unsigned and MUCH better than Colin) remains unemployed??

  25. Kaepernick is a career 59.8% passer who was 3-16 in his last two years. He will turn 33 this season.

    If he returns, chances are he won’t be very good, which takes the ‘took a team to the Super Bowl’ (eight years ago) card out of play.

    His return, and some lousy play, would be Goodell’s dream scenario. After the ‘well, you’d suck too after years away’ complaining quickly fizzled out, then the attention paid to Kaepernick would plummet.

    Which is exactly why I think he doesn’t return. More profitable right now to stay away.

  26. crappygovernment says:
    June 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm
    Record in final season as NFL starting QB: Tebow 8-5(w/playoff win), Kaepernick 1-10
    ——————————————-

    One had a wonderful defense with a well known above average head coach in John Fox who had already been to one super bowl with JAKE DELHOMME, the other… had Chip Kelly and a defense that was ravaged by injuries and retirements, along with no wide receivers.

  27. crappygovernment says:
    June 6, 2020 at 1:12 pm
    Record in final season as NFL starting QB: Tebow 8-5(w/playoff win), Kaepernick 1-10
    _______________

    Wins are team stats. If you want to compare individual stats, Tebow completed 47% of his passes that season. Kap had a 16:4 td:int ratio.

  28. Ha. Coming from the guy whose team went 1 and 31 his last two years of course he has all the excuses. Pathetic.

  29. Everyone brings up his stats in his bad year, but fail to show that most of his stats were when teams were already beating his team. Kaepernick isn’t that good of a quarterback and never was, Jim just put him in a good spot to look great and maybe if he stuck around in SF, Kaepernick would’ve got better, but when he left, Kaepernick regressed. He’s at best a backup quarterback to me now. I’d sign RG3 to start over Colin.

  30. Maybe football needs to go away. It’s just entertainment. Everyone go get real jobs-

  31. FinFan68 says:
    June 6, 2020 at 2:11 pm
    This is BS, just like all the other “look at me, I am virtuous” statements from everybody and their little brother. These people do not believe in what they are saying. They simply want to be seen saying it. There is no real movement because there is no actual systemic racism. All the statistics demonstrate that. The actual facts do not matter because the “message” is always viewed as the most important thing when the facts do not add up to the claims. This happens over and over on various subjects. When that incident first happened did anybody really think the coverage would be any different? The coverage is always the same. They look for their boogey-man to blame and they do it without facts or evidence. This time they may have found an actual dirty cop that is guilty of excessive force, but their claim that excessive force is because of racism has not been shown and yet is supposedly the reason behind the mayhem. It is all bogus and designed to get people to act a certain way. So far the only thing that looks likely is that excessive force was probably used by a cop and other cops did not step in to stop it. That is it. There is no racism apparent here and there certainly is no proof of systemic racism at police departments throughout the country.
    ————-
    you make no sense.

    #thisiswhatfearlookslike

  32. I am a big Browns fan for many years this guy should have never been a HC the Haslems had no clue when it came to hiring a coach. When it cam to Jackson’s briefings it was everyone else who was at fault he was spineless and talked out of both sides of his mouth

  33. Regarding Hue Jackson. I’ve defended him countless times, but this one is hard to defend.

  34. If Hue looked out the window and proclaimed “the sky is blue”, I would look outside to verify. Unfortunately, Hue is desperately trying to be relevant.

  35. you make no sense.

    #thisiswhatfearlookslike

    The relative likes/dislikes doesn’t agree

  36. Why would any team take a chance on him. If they hold a workout and he’s not good enough, what do you think he will say? Blackballed and now you have the media all over your organization. If he makes the team but gets cut. Blackballed. If he makes the team but doesn’t start. Blackballed. If he makes a team starts and then doesn’t do well, resulting in him being pulled. Blackballed. If he starts but the team doesn’t do well. They are purposely trying to make me look bad to black ball me. There is no winning by engaging with him other than appeasing the woke crowd. There can be nothing but toxicity at this point. That’s not even adding in the fact that Hue wouldn’t know talent if it walked up and punched him. I think his record has shown that. Kaepernick is done. Lets let it go. The media has beat this dead horse to the point where there is nothing left but bones.

  37. murraysons says:
    June 6, 2020 at 1:48 pm

    Forget the fact that he’s revising history; can you imagine passing on Mahomes and Watson for DESHONE KIZER. What a horrid organization, top to bottom.

    ——————————————————————————–

    Be fair to Cleveland here. Mahomes went #10, Watson #12, Kizer #52. No one passed on Mahomes and Watson to take Kizer.

  38. Hue Jackson is one of the worst head coaches of all time. When he was on Hard Knocks, he appeared to be a very weak head coach. I remember him saying how great Cody Kessler was going to be. What a joke.

  39. I believe it was two things, the first being the money. If he was willing to take a pay cut he would have gone to Denver the year before.
    The other reason is the obvious one, he doesn’t want to play, especially for the browns.

  40. Hue Jackson is a lousy head coach, but a pretty good quarterback coach. Andy Dalton played well when Hue was coaching him that year in Cincinnati. Hue just shot down the lame and inane argument that Kap is a terrible quarterback who is unemployed solely because of his lack of skills.

  41. Why are you even wasting web space on Hue Jackson. The guy is the biggest loser in the history of Cleveland sports so its not like ANYTHING he says is even relevant.

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