Carlos Hyde: If NFL is serious, sign Kaepernick

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Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde says there’s one thing the NFL can do to convince players concerned with social justice that the league shares their concerns: Sign Colin Kaepernick.

Hyde, who played with Kaepernick on the 49ers and at times joined him in kneeling during the national anthem, told reporters today that bringing Kaepernick back is paramount.

“What can the NFL do? I think the NFL can start by signing Kap back. I think if they sign Kap back that will show that they’re really trying to move in a different direction because Kap was making a statement four years ago about what’s going on in today’s world and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to him then. So I think they should start by doing that,” Hyde said.

Despite NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s statement that the league would do more to support players’ protests, there have so far been no reports that any team will sign Kaepernick. If a team does, that would go a long way toward players believing that the NFL is serious.

28 responses to “Carlos Hyde: If NFL is serious, sign Kaepernick

  1. Luckily for these players, they don’t get paid for their brains. There’s a lot more to it than just signing him. Namely, he hasn’t played in three years. He’s hasn’t been willing to accept a fair contract though multiple teams have offered. He’s now 33 years old and teams can find players with more potential to develop or more brains to hold the clipboard.

  2. You willing to give up your spot Carlos? One non-relevant player for another.

  3. If they’re gonna force a team to sign him I think it should be the Patriots

  4. Carlos, you should hold out till some team signs him….. show us that it really matters to you…. talks cheap, right?

  5. If Kaepernick was serious he would be with the Ravens right now but he doesn’t know how to “handle his business”.

  6. I am sorry but the two are completely unrelated. I support (and live) everything that is going on right now. But signing Kap does a complete disservice to it. The guy lost out to Blaine Gabbert. THAT is what we should be focused on when it comes to signing him.

  7. Carlos Hyde is correct about this, Kaepernick deserves a legitimate shot at making a roster.

  8. There’s a reason he’s on his 5th team in 6 years. Not too smart.

  9. I never liked him as a player (hate the Whiners) but he’s better than half the QBs out there right now.

  10. I’d be embarrassed to have him on my team. Not because of his protests and kneeling, but because he’s a bad quarterback and we would be admitting that’s the best we can do.

  11. the league cannot force a team to sign a player. This has to come from an NFL owner. It’s not likely to happen anyway since he won’t play for the league minimum. And that is what a player who hasn’t played in 3+ years should be paid if he makes the team.

  12. Kaepernick would at least be the starter for half a dozen teams who have an iffy at best – QB1 right now. If he’d accepted Elway’s low-ball offer 3 years ago, Drew Lock would be on some other roster right now.

    We all know he’d probably be 26th to 35th on Simms’ top 40 QB list.

  13. And somehow everybody is shocked when players don’t have the smarts to make it as coaches.

  14. I REALLY with some team would sign Kaepernick. Then he could be a bench sitter like he was with the 49ers and we could all STOP having stupid discussions like this one. When Blain Gabbert beats you out then you are not a starting QB on ANY NFL team.

  15. smarter than you says:
    June 8, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    If they’re gonna force a team to sign him I think it should be the Patriots

    NAH the Browns, it’s the only team he may improve!

  16. Think of it this way. You don’t do your job AT ALL for four years. You don’t even practice doing your job for four years. Would you then expect to be considered one of the top 64 people in the whole world at your job and entitled to a contract?

    The first year he was blackballed, I’d have agreed that he deserved a shot; not a gift starting role, but at least a contract offer to come to a training camp (that’s the level of QB he was at the time – a camp guy who might be able to make a team). After not playing for this long? Just no. Not even as a camp arm.

  17. I suspect a team or two could use ticket takers or concessions personnel…

    Carlos – step away from Florio’s Kool Aid…

  18. smarter than you says:
    June 8, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    If they’re gonna force a team to sign him I think it should be the Patriots

    With the exception of your choice of word “force” I agree. It would be a good fit for both player and team. The overriding issue here is his ability to play, and play at a high level. I don’t think he should be signed a “goodwill gesture” or any of that BS. His time away from the field could be a wash in terms of wear & tear on his body. But, like Cam Newton, it’s the PHYSICAL ability of Kap that should be the deciding factor. If he can compete and succeed, then why wouldn’t he get signed? Black balling anyone for anything is never a smart tactic, but that’s just my opinion. I continue to be surprised at the level of vitriol aimed at Kap by my fellow fans, especially in light of considerably worse actions committed by other NFL players.

    Let’s just take a minute and see if Kap can demonstrate the level of capability that’s required of any other potential NFL Quarterback. How does that not work for all interested parties?

  19. springfield says:
    June 8, 2020 at 4:05 pm
    You willing to give up your spot Carlos? One non-relevant player for another.

    I mean…Hyde is coming off a 1000 yard (in only 14 starts) 6 TD season so…I’d say that’s pretty relevant.

  20. Just because the media keeps saying that the NFL isn’t serious until they sign Kaepernick, doesn’t make it true. They’ve come out and admitted they were wrong and should have listened to him. They’re all saying that will start listening better. That’s a big statement. They’re already back tracking, on their heals, and saying everything the protesters are demanding. Someone needs to stand up for their beliefs and not break their spine bending over backwards (cough…Brees…cough). Booger McFartland just said on Get Up “to hell with the statements”…wasn’t it just yesterday everyone was clamoring that silence is violence? Can’t win. Now you’re a racist if you saying anything like things like this…someone will call me racist without even knowing my race, watch.

  21. What uninformed and sad comments.

    It’s true at this point Kap’s been out of the league three years and we don’t know about his skills.

    It’s also obviously true he was better than many QBs on NFL rosters in past years when he was blackballed for kneeling.

    The NFL is a “equality farce”.

    Look no further than Jerry Jones and Robert Kraft.

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