Washington has never discussed Colin Kaepernick

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During Friday’s PFT Live draft, Washington came up as one of the teams that should consider signing Colin Kaepernick. You’ll have to watch the video to hear the reasoning.

Washington, though, has never discussed the former 49ers quarterback.

Doug Williams, the first black quarterback to win a Super Bowl who now serves as Washington’s vice president for player development, explained it’s because of the city the team represents.

“I think what happened here, we’re in a heavily, heavily military area,” Williams said on The Dan Patrick Show on Friday, via NBCSportsWashington.com. “And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — made such a big stink of it, the fans in this area . . . might’ve been a tough situation for both the team and [Kaepernick].”

Williams, of course, was talking about President Donald Trump. In 2017, while talking about players who take a knee for the national anthem, the president called for NFL owners to “get that son of a b—- off the field.”

“You don’t want to bring people into a situation where nobody is going to be happy,” Williams said. “I think that’s probably what happened, why he didn’t come up during that time.”

Kaepernick has not played since 2016, parting ways with the 49ers in the 2017 offseason. The NFL has backballed him for being the first player to protest social injustice and police brutality during the national anthem.

Kaepernick has not gotten anything more than a visit to the Seahawks in 2017.

But the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, and the protests that have followed, have given NFL players a bigger voice. And many are using that voice to call for Kaepernick to get a second chance.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday a team interested in Kaepernick had called him.

Patrick asked Williams about the Chiefs as a potential landing spot for Kaepernick since Andy Reid gave Michael Vick a job when the quarterback got out of prison.

“[Reid] told me — he was as real as real can get — he had two sons, and they had gotten in a little trouble,” Williams said. “He said, ‘Hey, my son got in trouble.’ He said, ‘Everybody deserves a second chance.’ And you know what? That was good enough for me. And I think if anybody could stomach that and handle Kaepernick and mentor him and understand where he’s coming from, it would be Andy Reid.”

39 responses to “Washington has never discussed Colin Kaepernick

  1. I’m not sure why anybody’s discussing him as a QB option. The dude hasn’t worked in years and he ditched the NFL’s recent workout opportunity.

  2. He just had a second chance and made a mockery of it (playing games with NFL personnel, moving the workout at the last minute, wearing the shirt)… come on man.

  3. Not sure why this horse keeps getting beat, its been dead for a while. The guy isn’t worth the money he is asking for. He is not a starting caliber QB, he has a horrible win/loss record, and was benched for Gabbert of all people. I don’t know how much more evidence you need.

  4. The irony of signing to play for the squad with the most racist team name in all of sports.

  5. If lap was serious about bringing attention to this cause he would’ve seized his chance when the league was allowing players to speak to the issue and running their opinions throughout the games. I don’t recall Kaepernick getting involved.

  6. Doug Williams is primarily a figurehead who wasn’t even informed of the Alex Smith trade until after the fact, doubt he knows what’s really going on.

  7. Let me get this straight. First, Doug Williams states that Agent Orange intimidated the Washington club to not hire a guy, who the last time we saw him hurled 16 TD’s and 4 interceptions on a terrible 49er team, because the ‘Skins management was afraid of the President? Second, Andy Reid is the guy to handle Kap because Reid had troubled family members? So now Kap is a troubled soul because he nonviolently protested police brutality? Sheesh! Is there no one in the NFL with the half the class of a Branch Rickey?

  8. The guy passed up 13 million, you think KC can pay a backup starter money after they pay Mahomes. Seems we need pro football talk and less politics. It’s clouding up your brain.

  9. Most people that want to level the playing field are the people that are at a disadvantage. Good luck trying to appeal for change to those who currently enjoy government assistance in the form of racial discrimination. Why should I give up my advantage? I’m not going to sit here and lie about it.

  10. OMG. Unaffiliated here. Progressives look super goofy politicizing this issue day in day out. Leave your politics and inability to solve social issues sensibly out of businesses and viewers’ sports. A business has zero obligation to care about the gen y ,z internet belief of the day or what their concerns are about. They’re actually not fighting for anything and stats prove this. Shame on progressives letting this nonsense even take hold. Each of these so called racial injustice cases are different and almost all starts with a criminal, brutality or contains both. They are simply interracial deaths with mitigating circumstances . Crime statistics prove this. You can’t actually see racism in a picture or video. It’s a belief. Ultimately The facts aren’t available and it’s not the employers responsibility to find out. The owners and coaches should have sent a clear message- no distractions on company time period from day one.

  11. Williams is trying to say the situation in DC would be uncomfortable for Kaepernick because Trump lives there? Do you know what percentage of the vote in DC Trump got in the 2016 election? 4%. Not a typo. He got 4% of the vote. I don’t think the people there care one bit what Trump thinks, except to determine what they should be thinking because it would be the opposite. This is the most left-wing city in the United States. If Kaepernick isn’t going to be accepted there, where in the world would he be accepted? I’m kind of shocked Doug Williams would be using this kind of excuse to explain away his team’s lack of interest in the liberal icon of the moment.

  12. Rate This
    302EaglesFan says:
    June 13, 2020 at 12:46 am

    That’s right 400 + years of oppression can’t be solved in a couple weekends. But as another commenter noted, he/she doesn’t want to give up his/her gained advantage. But I hope that person doesn’t really be he/she accomplished much on his/her own. I think that’s the conversation folks are uncomfortable having. I’m a black man from buffalo, ny (one of the most racist & segregated parts of the country). Everything I have, I earned.

  13. Oh, please. Mr. Williams’ logic seems pretty weak, but he would also have an ear to the things that the Redskins’ FO talks about. So you can bet that it has come up. So, by his logic, if Dems win in November, then Kaep will be a Redskin (not happening). What Mr. Williams does capture well is the gross power ($) of the federal government. It needs to be chopped down considerably, or the next thing you know you have unelected officials deciding who/who should not be running things-we have seen that happen for 3+ years. Best way to limit the corruption in government is to cut off its money. No one can say that we couldn’t get along with a much smaller fed government. Yes, I am Libertarian, LOL. Don’t think players realize that more they beat drum to have Kaep signed, the more anyone actually signing him just looks like a stunt or a stooge. If he was good enough to improve a team overall, he’d have been signed.

  14. That’s an easy excuse. As for the other 31 teams they haven’t signed him because he can’t play…..

  15. Kaepernick has no interest in actually playing. That’s why he asked for $25M from the XFL, he won’t accept backup money from an NFL team and he moved his workout at the last minute last year. He has to maintain the illusion that he want to play to keep his name out there but his behavior gives his motive away. He is a professional martyr.

  16. Here I’ll discuss him for you right now – He opted out of his own contract nobody forced him to do that, and the last time he was active he was benched for Blaine Gabbert…There that’s ALL you need to know about that EX NFL PLAYER turned social activist…END OF STORY

  17. “Kaepernick has not gotten anything more than a visit to the Seahawks in 2017.”

    Huh? He got a private workout in Atlanta that he blew off.

  18. Doesn’t matter how many teams have offered contracts (Baltimore, Denver) and how many have brought him in for interviews/workouts (Seattle, Miami)…..the narrative continues to be perpetuated that he’s been blackballed from the league.

    Oh…and don’t forget the workout he flouted and made a mockery of last year. What were there…..24 NFL scouts there???

    But he’s oppressed. Ok.

    P.s. Didn’t Eric Reid also kneel in protest and played for Carolina the past 2 seasons???

  19. The Redskins already have an amazing African American quarterback who is committed to social justice issues. I could easily see Dwayne shepherding the Redskins to gridiron greatness while promoting equality for all off the field. That being the case, Colins platform is better with another team.

  20. 3percenter4life says:
    June 13, 2020 at 9:28 am
    Here I’ll discuss him for you right now – He opted out of his own contract nobody forced him to do that, and the last time he was active he was benched for Blaine Gabbert…There that’s ALL you need to know about that EX NFL PLAYER turned social activist…END OF STORY

    19 0 Rate This
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    People keep putting this kaepernick comparison to gabbert out there and it’s kind of stupid…

    The coach who made that decision, chip kelly, allowed Riley Cooper to stay with the eagles after uttering racial slurs while he traded away lesean McCoy for peanuts and released desean Jackson for what was described as “ questionable behavior “… DJax has never had an off the field incident to my knowledge…
    He destroyed the eagles core group and then was fired… went to the 49ers and then tried to coach Colin kaepernick which was laughable…

  21. Michael Vick was 10 times better than Kaepernick.If Kaepernick was truly talented some team might take a chance,but he is not.

  22. We have evidence that the very gifted Dwayne Haskins may be easily distracted. Although I hope that Kaepernick gets an opportunity to play if that’s what he wants, my beloved team must pass.

  23. My gosh, Richard Sherman used to mock Kaepernick and how easy he was to defend due to him only looking at half the field, only having a fastball, and then taking off running. All the sudden now Sherman says Colin is a Pro Bowl QB who has proved to be a champion and deserves to start in this league? Eebee Deebee, ok Buck.

  24. Well the sad part is Washington has not discussed anything in years in my opinion, but I will say if this article is true then they have at least done something right.

  25. Anyone who thinks that signing Kaepernick will help end social injustice in any way needs to get their head examined.

  26. Nobody has discussed Colin Kaepernick except for the fake news story that Pete Carol threw out there. The guy just isn’t that good. Let’s see if some weak team Breaks down to political and Media pressure. That’ll be good for a luagh

  27. “Kaepernick has not played since 2016, parting ways with the 49ers in the 2017 offseason. The NFL has backballed (sic) him for being the first player to protest social injustice and police brutality during the national anthem.”
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    Come on man, he didn’t start kneeling down until AFTER he got benched for Blaine Gabbert. He was protesting being benched!

  28. So let me get this straight. After the NFL demonized Kaepernick for kneeling and Trump bought in adding further racist fuel to the fire, Williams chimes in with the same fallacy that the military would adopt the same Racist rationale. This now in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Is this to justify his prior position or to admit his sins? I don’t get it but it stinks. Maybe it’s no coincidence he works for Dan Snyder.

  29. sportsbyte says:
    June 13, 2020 at 12:17 am
    Let me get this straight. First, Doug Williams states that Agent Orange intimidated the Washington club to not hire a guy, who the last time we saw him hurled 16 TD’s and 4 interceptions on a terrible 49er team
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    A 49er’s team that Kaep went 1-10 on and Jimmy G took to a 5-0 record as a starter the following year with almost exactly the same team with more injuries. Kaep’s final two seasons he was 2-6 and 1-10 as the starter.

    Point is when you’re a QB TD-INT don’t matter W-L do and Kaep didn’t get the W’s!
    BTW 1-10 isn’t going to get any QB any offers as a starter, NONE!

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