Colin Kaepernick is “more motivated to play than ever”

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The early days of the shunning of Colin Kaepernick featured plenty of spoon-fed false narratives to media members who pushed facts that were alternative, at best. Now that the NFL is facing unprecedented public pressure to put Kaepernick back in the league, a new false narrative could be emerging.

Consider this lede from chief Associated Press NFL writer Barry Wilner: “It certainly would be a difficult decision for Colin Kaepernick to make. Yet if he comes to the realization that his platform of advocacy is now stronger than ever, attempting a return to the NFL might be unwise.”

Wilner argues that Kaepernick should consider giving up returning to the NFL and focusing instead on the work he has done over the last three years.

“Whether Kaepernick has thought about giving up the quest to return to pro football is impossible to know unless he speaks out about it,” Wilner writes. “But he probably should be considering it.”

He’s not. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Kaepernick is in great shape, and he wants to play. And he is “more motivated to play than ever” to the NFL.

It will be interesting, and probably not coincidental, if other reporters and analysts begin pushing this same theory. But few players end up with a bigger platform when, you know, not playing.

Regardless, Kaepernick wants to play. No opinions from the AP or anyone else, whether crafted organically or with a nudge from someone with the league office or a team, will change that.

78 responses to “Colin Kaepernick is “more motivated to play than ever”

  1. If Kaepernick wants to play, it’s been pretty difficult the past few years to know that. Everything he’s done has made sure he doesn’t step back on the field.

    The door is open Colin. If you truly want to play, make it known….accept a backup role on a prove it deal….and show us what you got.

    If you don’t, then we finally know your true intentions.

  2. Nobody questions his will to play… When last seen (BEFORE the kneeling) he was benched for Blaine Gabbert.

  3. Yep, none of this is going to end well because we have the first president in modern history who thinks it’s good politics for him to attack a business and affect them financially. Oh, and Kap is never getting a job…

  4. Kaep burst through tackles and had a rocket arm before having so many surgeries that he was benched for Blaine Gabbert… idk how 3 years off could possibly improve his physical abilities if guys in their prime like Lev Bell see huge dips in their game missing just ONE season

  5. Well if he’s that motivated does that mean he will play in Canada after the NFL says “No Thanks!”

  6. He is motivated because he thinks its going to be handed to him. What team really needs him at this point?

  7. Kap didn’t have very good stats his last 2 years. After 3 years out would be tough to come back. If someone signs him and he does more power to him

  8. Well duh….that’s what happens to most plays years after they’re done because they blew all that money

  9. Cam Newton cant even get a job….. And somebody is supposed to just hand this guy 30 million and a starting job??? 😆

  10. IF he does play now, he has all kinds of pressure to not look bad or everyone will say it’s why he never should have been signed to begin with. Will have more pressure on him as a backup than any starter, right or wrong

  11. Kaepernick is willing to play on his terms. He’s willing to play if a team brings him in as the starter and gives him a 25M+/YR contract. Kaepernick is not willing to come into the league and fight for a roster spot, he’s not willing to come back and be a back-up QB, he’s said as much. He’s no longer good enough to be a starter in the league and wasn’t good enough back in 2016, so this is nothing but a bunch of noise to make the NFL look bad. If Kaep wanted it as bad as he says he does he’d be willing to come back and try to fight his way onto a roster. He doesn’t want to do that, he wants to be given a starting role witch is not going to happen.

  12. When it takes SJWs for someone be “motivated” their heart isn’t remotely close to being in the right place.

    And ever since he elected to opt out of his contract with the 49ers, not ONCE have we ever heard from him or his agent about what his contract demands have been. That says that how he and his agent value his game and how teams value his game are far apart.

  13. Kaepernick would’ve been released before he ever took a knee if he would’ve been able to pass an off-season physical. His contract was guaranteed for injury so they kept him around before benching him for Gabbert. The issue was surgery plus he went vegan and lost a ton of strength.

    Even so he’s be in the league if he were willing to accept a modest contract. He probably knows he can’t play any more and he’s better off playing the victim than actually stinking it up on the field.

  14. I feel sorry for whatever team gets stuck with him. 24/7 media distraction. No one else on the team will matter. And if he plays terrible, you won’t be able to bench him without people questioning if you’re a racist.

    I doubt he signs anywhere. Right now, most rosters are filled up. So he would have to be a backup more than likely. And most teams are at their cap. So he’ll have to take little money. No team in the league has starting QB cap room to pay him.

  15. Just fold the NFL already, the NBA too, so these activists…I mean athletes…can realize how unimportant they really are and can just go away. NHL and MLB is all we need

  16. He better be ready to be a backup, maybe even a 3. The nfl is actually well stocked with quality QBs for once. Hell some teams have backups that should be starters but there is just not enough starting spots to go around

  17. Give him a shot. An honest authentic shot. He might outperform your expectations. Or maybe not. But you already know he’s probably better than your team’s current backup QB, at a minimum.

  18. For what it cost for a day at the stadium I don’t see myself spending that kind of money to see that spectacle. I can barely take reading about it now and that’s not costing me anything.

  19. First, let me start by saying I support Kaep’s kneeling during the anthem. However, I feel it necessary to point out that while him kneeling may have led (in part) to his release, it was not the kneeling that led to him not getting another look. There were a number of reasons he didn’t even get a tryout, but the number one reason always was and always will be his value-versus-headache factor.

    There is no scenario where a team would risk losing fans just to sign a backup quarterback. There is no scenario where a team would want to subject their coaches and players to swarms of media just to sign a backup quarterback.

    The NFL didn’t put Colin in the position he is in. Colin is in the position he is in because of 1) his actions and 2) the media’s response to those actions.

  20. If Kaep played WR or RB maybe he could return, but not as a QB. His star was falling before his protests and it’s hard to ask for anything more than a backup QB salary if your last season as a starter was 1-11 (regardless of the reasons). Dalton and Winston have had to humble themselves and take low ball offers. Cam Newton is still a free agent. Kaep hasn’t taken a snap in 3 seasons and wants starter level money. He needs to humble himself, take league minimum, and prove he really wants to play football.

  21. Is Kaepernick willing to take a backup role and salary? Why will no one just ask him?

  22. The NFL blackballed him. Kneeling while respectfully listening to the anthem, as suggested to Kaepernick by a Green Beret, was not the issue. The issue was a black man saying the police frequently engage in racist behavior, which fans do not want to acknowledge.

    This season there will be a lot of athletes kneeling during the anthem, and they won’t all be black. There will also be some major changes happening to police departments.

  23. Let’s see — wasn’t he 1-10 and benched for Blaine Gabbert in his last role? One year overpaid wonder with Jim Harbaugh/Jed York regime!

  24. I have not heard a player or a team say they want him on “thier”team. Only thing players and fans say is he needs to be in NFL..

  25. Some team is going to be forced to give him millions.. I’m ok if a team wants to sign him but if it’s more than the league minimum outside of some incentives than you know this is all for show (actually all of it is for show all the time)

  26. Motivation doesn’t mean he has the tools to still be an NFL QB. By the end of his time in SF he was a shell of the man that took them to the Superbowl. Political pressures may force the NFL to take him back.

  27. He’s already blown all his chances for a return…especially the ridiculous sabotage of the NFL’s scheduled workout for him. Please go away already and good riddance.

  28. He only wants starter money. Won’t play for anything less. Didn’t Baltimore offer him 3 years at $21m, and he turned it down. And for everyone saying he was blackballed. Yeah, he was, like every other player that wasn’t good enough to make a roster. Do you think if Wilson, or Mahomes did this, they would have been out of the league? I think you know the answer.
    To summarize:
    1. 1-10 as his last time starting
    2. Beat out by Gabbert.
    3. Wants starter money.
    4. Turns down multi million dollar offer.
    5. Hasn’t played in 3 years.
    6. More off field baggage then any other player.

  29. For $25m a year and for the increased visibility. Not to actually practice and learn the playbook.

  30. BLM has changed the political landscape. I know y’all won’t like this, but even Drew Brees has changed his public position. So if anything a team might score a PR win by hiring him now. However, lots of true facts here about his injuries, etc. He’d have to compete for and win a position like any other athlete. Otherwise it really would be a sham.

  31. Maybe it’s the time for him to compete in camp with Stidham and Hoyer. When he can’t beat them out and doesn’t make the final roster everyone will see why no one signed him.

  32. What team would want to to sign him to play back up? Every press conference will be about him. The players will constantly be harrassed with questions about him. Think of being the starter in that situation. We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t been good since 2013, and even that was smoke and mirrors. When the legs go, you gotta be able to stand back there and sling it. Kaep has never done that.

  33. Zero chance he plays on a team, he is not talented enough. Nothing else to do with that, talent and he can’t beat out many teams number 3s
    And no team is going to risk developing a young QB so they can have a washed up old QB inactive every week.
    End this madness!!

  34. Guaranteed the Minnesota Vikings will sign him….not because they need him, or he is a talent upgrade, but for the optics.

  35. I’m 68 and remember watching Kaepernick play – great scrambler but CANNOT pass. Horrible accuracy. Time to just go away.

  36. What team would want to to sign him to play back up? Every press conference will be about him. The players will constantly be harrassed with questions about him. Think of being the starter in that situation. We’re talking about a guy who hasn’t been good since 2013, and even that was smoke and mirrors. When the legs go, you gotta be able to stand back there and sling it. Kaep has never done that.

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    every player apparently is fine with the notion that he will be the centre of attention on their team as evidenced by the outcry of players that he should be on a team. i cant wait for a press conference later in the season where someone has a really great game, and the story is how the backup qb looked great kneeling and standing. players love to share the spotlight with those that dont deserve the praise.

  37. Im not sure after a few seasons away from the game he will be signed for anything more than a prove it deal. I applaud what he did to bring awareness to police brutality and injustice, but come on. He needs to accept what he can to get back in the league and let his play speak for him, then he can get the big bucks. Maybe even MORE than the 20 million a year that he wants. I wish him luck but I feel like its an uphill battle at this point.

  38. I think that sports should go back to NOT playing the National Anthem before sporting events.

  39. I think the problem with bringing him in is the instability it brings your team.
    Sign Kap and every question the media has will be about Kap. Your starting QB has a bad half or game and the pressure and questions would grow.
    Nearly all talk around the team would be about the back up QB.
    That isn’t what teams typically wasn’t in their back up QB.

  40. I noticed that La Chargers and Dolphins coaches have not chimed in on signing him. Insert conspiracy theories here.

  41. March on Kap right into a back-up role kneeling on the sidelines all game. Perfect job for you and allows you to take a knee for the full 3 hours.

  42. backinthepackinthebackoftheac says:
    June 10, 2020 at 8:58 am
    Maybe it’s the time for him to compete in camp with Stidham and Hoyer. When he can’t beat them out and doesn’t make the final roster everyone will see why no one signed him.
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    Honestly it won’t matter. This narrative that his career was unfairly stripped away from him for his beliefs will never go away. His supporters won’t allow it.

    He could come in to a camp, look putrid, and get cut, and the goal posts will always be moved to say how he has been wronged.

    And he knows it. Everything Kap says and does is calculated.

  43. He should be the backup on any team and start on at least 1/3 of the teams. The numbers support it! 75 career TDs vs 25 Ints. 90 QB rating. You guys don’t have to like him but he should be playing.

  44. I need to clarify my previous statement, the NFL started playing the National Anthem before it’s games back in 1945 (and some as early as 1941-1942). However, the players were only on the field during the National Anthem during the Superbowl. It wasn’t until 2009 that the players started taking the field Before the National Anthem was played. So, I think that we should go back to playing the National Anthem Before the players come out of the locker room. Let the people in the stands (if there are any) decide whether to sit, kneel, stand, or go get a beer.

  45. He likely won’t return to the NFL as a player. But as an ambassador in some capacity, promoting the NFL in the U.S. and abroad – I can see that happening.

    Kaepernick did what he did years ago, but after the George Floyd murder, his cause not only sprang to life here in the States, but it also gained strong momentum globally. Kaepernick could take on an ambassador role that would give him a platform, and it would give the appearance (at least) that the NFL cares about this cause. It has all been lip service from the league so far, but if they truly care about this type of social change, then hire Kaepernick as an ambassador, and let him do his thing as a non-player representing the NFL in that capacity.

  46. Given that Kaepernick is a below-average QB on the wrong side of 30 and that he’s a major distraction it doesn’t make sense from a cost-benefit perspective for a team to sign him even for the veteran minimum.

    Other players who have been major headaches have been signed and played but that’s been the case only where the talent level is such that GMs/coaches are willing to gamble. Kaepernick simply doesn’t have nearly enough talent to justify the baggage that he brings.

  47. He went 8-8, 2-6 and then 1-10 the games he started his last 3 seasons. The season he went 1-10 and was benched, the backup was able to take the same team to a 1-4 record. Enough said.

  48. blkdogcreative says:
    June 10, 2020 at 9:59 am
    He should be the backup on any team and start on at least 1/3 of the teams. The numbers support it! 75 career TDs vs 25 Ints. 90 QB rating. You guys don’t have to like him but he should be playing.
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    72 TDs* vs. 30 Int’s* w/ a career rating of 88.9*. I realize it isn’t a large difference, I just want the actual #’s presented.

    Btw he never threw for more than 3,369 yards in a season, and even when combining his passing AND rushing he (BARELY) produced 1 4000+ yard season. Add in that he wouldn’t be the same running threat at 32 going on 33 and the long layoff (regardless of the debate about whether it was completely voluntary or not), and that is not a recipe for a QB that will upgrade a teams’ chances and be worth the constant distractions.

    I’m all for Kap being a backup and would gladly take him as my teams’ btw…but he isn’t owed a job the way many people seem to think he is, and is absolutely no longer a starter the way many have convinced themselves he is.

  49. Kap could easily force the NFL’s hand if he truly wants to play. Just announce that he’s going to donate a large portion of whatever salary a team will offer to his cause. All he wants is a chance to compete for a spot. If he’s still got it he will win one, and if he doesn’t this 24/7 Kapwatch goes away. Wonder why that hasn’t happened in the 3 years he’s been out?

  50. Sure some team sign him. And cut him after 2-3 days after they see there is nothing left. Maybe then the sports community can get some peace

  51. I’m way beyond tired reading about him. I say bring him back and let him lay a big fat egg and go away again – this time, once and for all!

  52. The question that remains to be seen is would you accept a backup role for less than $3M per year…if yes, then he realistically will have offers. My guess is, the answer is no and that’s why he’s been out of work since 2016.

  53. ThenCameBronson says:
    I’m way beyond tired reading about him. I say bring him back and let him lay a big fat egg and go away again – this time, once and for all!
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    I’ve long thought that too. Then I realized there will never be peace or satisfaction in some quarters, even it if he plays.
    Colin Kaepernick could stink up the field like no QB ever has and still many — including him and his camp — would scream he was signed only as a publicity stunt, with the end game to cut and embarrass him. Any team that cut him, no matter how legitimate the reason, would never hear the end of it.
    Kaepernick doesn’t want to play football, and he’s proven it time and again. He wants to stir the pot and play the martyr. Bringing him back won’t end anything.

  54. ThenCameBronson says:
    June 10, 2020 at 11:01 am
    I’m way beyond tired reading about him. I say bring him back and let him lay a big fat egg and go away again – this time, once and for all!

    On your team for 20+M?

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