Which NFL owner, G.M., or coach will be this moment’s Branch Rickey?

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At least one team is interested in Colin Kaepernick, according to the coach of the only team that has brought Kaepernick in for a visit during his three years (and counting) of being shunned by the NFL. The interest team is still unknown, as is the outcome to this period that seems to have cast Kaepernick in a much different light.

Fear alone and fear itself continues to paralyze some teams that would potentially benefit from Kaepernick’s presence on the depth chart. In Houston, Kaepernick meshes with Deshaun Watson‘s skillset much better than A.J. McCarron‘s does. In Minnesota, where former Broncos coach Gary Kubiak runs the offense, the Vikings should be interested for the same reasons the Broncos were in 2016, before the protests began. Besides, Sean Mannion currently is the backup to Kirk Cousins.

In Baltimore, Kaepernick would be an upgrade to Robert Griffin III as the backup to Lamar Jackson. And the Ravens likely agree; they apparently were trying to drum up interest in trading Griffin and his relatively small $2 million salary in March.

Other teams would, should, and/or could be interested. Look around the league. Is Mason Rudolph a better option than Kaepernick in Pittsburgh, if Ben Roethlisberger gets injured again? Is Brian Hoyer a better option than Kaepernick in New England, where Kaepernick once shredded the Bill Belichick defense? Jacksonville opted for Mike Glennon to backup Gardner Minshew. Mike Freaking Glennon.

How about the Chiefs? Andy Reid has given plenty of players second chances (including most notably Mike Vick). Vick missed two years for dogfighting; Kaepernick has missed three years for trying to make the American experience better for minorities.

Pop quiz: Who are Josh Love, Bryce Perkins, and John Wolford? Answer: They’re the current backups to Jared Goff in L.A. And they have combined experience of one year and zero pass attempts. Kaepernick surely would be a better option behind Goff than any of them.

Then there are the Seahawks. Geno Smith currently is the backup to Russell Wilson. Based Pete Carroll’s own words, he surely believes Kaepernick is better than Smith. So why not sign him — and in turn keep him away from the Rams or some other competitor?

Here’s the broader point, beyond the fact that there are many potential landing spots for Kaepernick. Whoever brings Kaepernick in will be remembered as this moment’s Branch Rickey, who integrated baseball by signing Jackie Robinson to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. At the time, many weren’t happy with Rickey’s decision. Today, the name Branch Rickey has permanent significance in baseball and beyond for the courageous (under the circumstances) decision he made.

So who will it be now? Who will be the new Branch Rickey? Who is the coach, G.M., and/or owner that will take some short-term heat from a shrinking, shrieking niche of the fan base and position himself (or themselves) to be remembered fondly for a stand that will stand out in a chapter that will be discussed for decades?

Setting aside the football reasons and the business reasons (the jersey sales and other gains to the fan base likely will offset those disgruntled customers who are told “don’t let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya”), there are reasons that transcend the temporary and resonate into history.

The opportunity is sitting there, ready to be seized. Begging for someone to become this moment’s Branch Rickey.

84 responses to “Which NFL owner, G.M., or coach will be this moment’s Branch Rickey?

  1. I think Kap deserves a chance to be a backup. I know he wasn’t a great starter, and 3 years out isn’t going to make things better…but I believe the first thing he HAS to do is drop the salary and starting demands he’s stuck to over the last 3 years. Sign a 1 year prove it contract and see where it goes. If it leads to more, great. If not, at least he was given the opportunity.

  2. The guy was benched for Blaine Gabbert and hasn’t played in 3 years. Saying he is better than anyone shows your bias.

  3. At 32 years old, he would realistically be in the middle of his prime had he not been blackballed…

    I think it’s conceivable to fathom that he could be one of the better backups in the NFL and ultimately challenge for a starting role if he’s given the opportunity to do so…

    However, I can’t see Kaep trusting an organization enough and furthermore, I can’t see the NFL giving enough ground to actually empower Kaep the way he wants to be to ensure his message continues to get put into the community…

  4. I am sure Baltimore is dying to sign him after the lovely speech his girlfriend gave about their ownership.

  5. Kaepernick has missed three years for trying to make the American experience better for minorities.
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    Not true. Kaepernick has missed three years because he was/is a third or maybe a second string quality QB that wants to make the money of a top QB. I’m a starting to wonder if someone will get a cut if Kaepernick gets signed. Maybe not, maybe someone is just trying to earn woke points.

  6. CK is a jerk. Remember his socks and his shirt. He supports a murdering tyrant and engages in stereotyping much like a sick racist. Comparing him to Jackie Robinson as an athlete or a person is an insult.

  7. I could see Kraft and Belichick doing their due diligence.
    However, if CK beats out Hoyer, and then Stidham has a few bad games – How long before Rev Al Sharpton and others use the opportunity to grandstand to start CK.

    By not starting CK, now the Patriots are not Branch Rickey, but the continuation of the problem.

  8. tajuara says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:30 am
    Kaepernick has missed three years for trying to make the American experience better for minorities.
    ——————————–
    Not true. Kaepernick has missed three years because he was/is a third or maybe a second string quality QB that wants to make the money of a top QB. I’m a starting to wonder if someone will get a cut if Kaepernick gets signed. Maybe not, maybe someone is just trying to earn woke points

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    Kaep’s last two head coaches were Jim Tomsula and Chip Kelly…

    Two clueless coaches that will never be head coaches again in the NFL…

    It’s no wonder he goes from a pro bowler to a punch line during that time frame…

    Take Belichick or arians from Brady and give him tomsula, see what the results are…

  9. Horrific analogy that cheapens everything Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson did. That was an entire race who had never been allowed to play in MLB. Kaepernick is one single guy who has already started in the NFL for several years. AND plenty of other players kneel for the anthem and have never missed a single down of play due to it so you can’t even argue Kaepernick being signed would be opening doors for other guys.

  10. Definitely won’t be the Bills. Western New York, for all its charms, is way too racist for that.

    I think KC has some salary cap impediments. Rams, too.

    Jon Gruden doesn’t seem to care what anybody thinks when he isn’t in the booth. I vote Raiders.

  11. I see what you are getting at, and you make some very good points and a strong argument. He could still help an NFL team I’m sure, and recent events have changed some minds about him.
    However, comparing Kaepernick (even indirectly) to Jackie Robinson is a tad extreme.

  12. He needs to accept backup money and backup status at this point..Is he willing to do that? Seems nobody has heard from him…so let him say he will be a backup before pushing him on to every team..can you do that please and quit pushing it down our throats. If he says I will play as a backup for backup money…then you can find h a team and maybe get a percent of his salary as a finders fee

  13. I can’t wait until a team signs him so we can shed all of you who claim you’ll stop watching the NFL. Good riddance.

  14. The bigger question is will Kapernick accept a backup contract? He turned down The Broncos offer and his demands were too high for Seattle or the XFL to work.

  15. I do think the Panthers are an option.
    The pendulum has swung back. There was a time where he was a PR headache without the talent to make it worth it. See Tebow and TO for examples of still being able to play better than some, but too much media or locker room drama.

    Meaning you are good, but not so good we want to deal with what comes with hiring you.

    I still think he brings a good bit of distraction that teams like to avoid. I think it would be more positive than negative.

  16. Did every bleeding heart forget he opted out of his contract worth $9 mil from the 49ers?
    He’s a clown. Branch Rickey!!!! What a stupid statement. Worthless Skip Bayless thinks there should maybe being a wing in Canton for him!!!! Get a life and stop the phony bellyaching.

  17. Is Hoyer a better option than Kaep? Hoyer is significantly better than Kaeperick. Look at their numbers from 15-16. Hoyer has less starts but more wins, less losses, more yards, more tds, better completion percentage, higher qb rating, and less int. Hoyer has been in the league for the last 3 years and previously played for NE. Kaeperick would be horrifying in a precision passing offense that ask the QB to not make mistakes. Kaeperick could definitely make a okay backup somewhere, but this guy is not a different maker. He has had about 1.5 successful seasons. I am all for him being signed but people need to stop acting like he is an NFL starting QB. He had less wins than Blaine Gabbert during his last 2 seasons and was benched for him.

  18. mogogo1 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:36 am
    Horrific analogy that cheapens everything Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson did. That was an entire race who had never been allowed to play in MLB. Kaepernick is one single guy who has already started in the NFL for several years. AND plenty of other players kneel for the anthem and have never missed a single down of play due to it so you can’t even argue Kaepernick being signed would be opening doors for other guys.

    What you don’t understand is to those of us in the African American community yes Colin Kaepernick is as significant as Jackie Robinson.

  19. By not starting CK, now the Patriots are not Branch Rickey, but the continuation of the problem.

    What a ridiculous argument.

  20. Shame, shame Florio. Kenny Washington & the LA Rams broke the color barrier in 1946. To suggest Kap’s situation is the same is to downplay what Washington had to face.
    If the NFL really wants to do the right thing they’d put Washington in the HOF immediately.

  21. Some team would be lucky to get him. The money, of course, is a big issue. A lot of teams are strapped for cap money, so they don’t have Kap money. (Sorry I couldn’t resist.)

    Someone above mentioned the Raiders–that would be awesome. Gruden isn’t thrilled with Carr and Kaepernick could give Carr some real competition. Jacksonville would also be a good spot, but I’m sure the front office doesn’t want to put that pressure on Minshew.

    The team that signs him won’t be in the Branch Rickey league, but they’ll be remembered for attempting, at some risk to their business, to right a big wrong.

  22. Branch Rickey signed Jackie Robinson when their was no black players in baseball the color barrier is gone! What a terrible comparison too make!

  23. Just so we’re on the same page, are we comparing the Colin Kaepernick situation to the Jackie Robinson situation. You couldn’t have chosen a more heroic, strong, brave, and dignified human being to be the face of change than Jackie Robinson. What an amazing human being. We ALL benefited from what he did and how he did it. There’s still a long way to go, obviously. But Kaepernick is no Jackie Robinson. Not even close. That’s unfortunate.

  24. Man, if Al Davis was still alive he would have been a Raider in 2016, why? Cause one he loved to stick it to the league, two he is way better than Carr and wanted to draft him in 2011, three AL Davis had the first black/hispanic QB/Headcaoch and female executive. Mark Davis might have scammed Vegas for a new stadium but he is not half the man his dad was.

  25. The only reason Kaepernick was not signed long ago is he plays QUARTERBACK which requires special commitment to FOOTBALL. More cowbell please.

  26. edelmanfanclub says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:52 am
    Is Hoyer a better option than Kaep? Hoyer is significantly better than Kaeperick. Look at their numbers from 15-16. Hoyer has less starts but more wins, less losses, more yards, more tds, better completion percentage, higher qb rating, and less int. Hoyer has been in the league for the last 3 years and previously played for NE. Kaeperick would be horrifying in a precision passing offense that ask the QB to not make mistakes. Kaeperick could definitely make a okay backup somewhere, but this guy is not a different maker. He has had about 1.5 successful seasons. I am all for him being signed but people need to stop acting like he is an NFL starting QB. He had less wins than Blaine Gabbert during his last 2 seasons and was benched for him.

    Exactly. Not to mention Hoyer knows the Patriots system inside out. And one other very important thing: Pats literally have no cap money to sign Kaep. They had to restructure Chung’s contract just to sign their No. 1 draft pick.

  27. A preposterous comparison. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier and had to endure constant racial taunts and decades of engrained prejudice to play in lily white Major League Baseball. Last time I checked, there were African Americans in the NFL, including at the quarterback position. Why would any team want to trigger a media circus with all the attendant distractions to sign a guy who hasn’t played for three years and, the last time he did, was worse than Blaine Gabbert? I realize some liberal commentators have a near fetish on the idea of bringing Colin back to the NFL but it doesn’t comport with reality.

  28. If it’s a circus now just think about what it would be like if they signed him, gave him a shot, and deemed him not good enough. Then what? Keep him and pay someone not good enough or face the backlash of cutting him. The same people saying he should play now wouldn’t accept that either.

  29. billymutt says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:58 am
    By not starting CK, now the Patriots are not Branch Rickey, but the continuation of the problem.

    What a ridiculous argument.

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    I think you may have missed my point. Or definitely missed it. That is not my argument. It will be the way grandstanders identify the issue of not starting CK.
    The same way those in his camp feel he deserves a roster position now, in spite of the fact that he has been out of the league for 3 years, and was performing at a low level when he left.

    To compare CK to Jackie Robinson’s plight is wrong on so many levels.

    My point is a team that signs him to be a backup, had better be prepared for many political voices calling for him to start as soon as the starter has a couple bad games. Every week, it would get louder.

  30. The love affair you have for Kaeperick is really sickening. A new story every single day, you can’t stop. And you aren’t even in the zip code with the comparison to Branch Rickey.

  31. Was it fear and fear alone that got him benched for Blaine Gabbert? Was it fear and fear alone that made him opt out of his guaranteed contract and leave his guaranteed spot on a roster? Was it fear and fear alone that made his girlfriend sabotage a spot on the Baltimore Ravens roster? Was it fear and fear alone that made him cancel the workout the league had arranged for him? Was it?

  32. Almost all backups mentioned besides Griffin and Glennon probably make league minimum. Does KC and Baltimore want to sign a more expensive backup when they are looking to sign their current starters to record deals? No. Does Minnesota and Pittsburgh have QB’s similar to Kaepernick’s skill set? No.

  33. The Vikings have been on the right side of these issues this year: Eric Kendricks speaking out, Zimmer’s superb speech to the team, the Wilfs donating $ 5 million…I hope they are the team that gives him a chance, it would not only show some class and decency, but give us a much better backup than Sean Mannion.

  34. he will never play in the NFL again. will dance around saying he not being offer his worth . to hide the fact that his heart isnt in it . why didnt he go to the CFL if he love football so much ?

  35. To compare Colin Kaepernick to Jackie Robinson insults the memory of a truly great American ballplayer like Robinson. Robinson never wore pig socks. Robinson would have compared team ownership to plantation owners. Robinson would not have idolized Fidel Castro.

    Shame on you Florio for trying to compare an attention seeker to a great American icon. You should apologize to the Robinson family.

  36. lgw91s says:
    June 13, 2020 at 11:36 am

    billymutt says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:58 am

    By not starting CK, now the Patriots are not Branch Rickey, but the continuation of the problem.

    What a ridiculous argument.

    ____________

    I think you may have missed my point. Or definitely missed it. That is not my argument. It will be the way grandstanders identify the issue of not starting CK.
    The same way those in his camp feel he deserves a roster position now, in spite of the fact that he has been out of the league for 3 years, and was performing at a low level when he left.

    To compare CK to Jackie Robinson’s plight is wrong on so many levels.

    My point is a team that signs him to be a backup, had better be prepared for many political voices calling for him to start as soon as the starter has a couple bad games. Every week, it would get louder.

    Yes, I did miss your point. My apologies. I agree with your take on it.

  37. There’s no question in my mind CK was blackballed. No question he should’ve secured a roster spot years ago. But you’re clearly losing perspective – if not entirely lost the plot.

    The need to draw parallels to make a point is lazy, but I get it – meme culture, hard not getting drawn onto the road most travelled – still, it leads to an increasing number of false parallels not being properly examined. And quite frankly, considering your passion on the subject and what seems to be a robust appreciation for historical record, you should know better than to compare any of this to the plight of Jackie Robinson. Operating at a distance on the same continuum, sure – but hardly a parallel. There will be no Branch Rickey is “this moment”.

    And best be careful incorporating anecdotal support for passing comments. When you infer CK should appeal to Belichick because he once shredded the Patriots you’re setting yourself up for having to acknowledge and apply the Blaine Gabbert Conundrum to your argument. And both instances remain well outside the crux of the issue, particularly as of 2020.

  38. This comparison is a bridge too far.

    Since 2016, every NFL owner has employed African-American players.
    Since 2016, several NFL owners have employed players who protested.

    They just haven’t employed the one who wore pig socks and the Castro shirt.

  39. Won’t be Baltimore. His girlfriend already ruined that for him. Ravens probably have to carry Trace McSorley on active roster this year and usually only keep 2 QBs. No way they cut Griffin and McSorley to bring in Kaep.

  40. Jackie Robinson and kaepernick are not in the same situation or ability.
    Robinson was a great player.
    kaepernick not even close.

  41. The NFL will do some owner arm twisting and get Kap some tryouts. Teams routinely bring FA’s every week for a look see. Zero reason not to do that. If he underperforms or wants too much money than so be it.. M

  42. They held a workout, he didn’t show up. Pulled the a whole, I’m over at this other place, you all can play Where’s Kaepernick childrens game. Some did. All because of ‘cameras’.

    He and/or his camp has actively sabotaged other potential suitors.

    How is this militant racist who cheers on violence some sort of hero? The guy is a nutjob and a headcase.

    I also love how people keep drawing parallels to actual fighters for justice. Kaepernick isn’t one of those.

    Remember folks, the Boston Tea Party damaged no other property but the tea itself. Not the ships or people it was on, or Boston Harbor, nor Boston either.

    Read the UC Berkeley professor letter. Then realize the ‘narrative’ pushed is nonsense. Don’t forget who is pushing the nonsense either.

  43. Branch Rickey? Really? Sorry I don’t see it. Kap is no Jackie Robinson. As a pure football matter, he hasn’t played in 3 years and was 11-24 as a starter last 3 years he did. Even if someone wanted to sign him why would they need the headaches of people like Florio lighting themselves on fire the moment a team’s starter throws an interception. It would be a circus. A coach and GM won’t risk their jobs, nor should they.

  44. “everything Branch Ricky and Jackie Robinson did. That was an _ENTIRE RACE_ who had never been allowed to play in MLB.”

    And this is precisely why the problem exists in the first place. Some people assert bias, prejudice, and bigotry because they imagine that a different skin color — based on just 25 thousandths of an inch thick pigmentation — constitutes a different “RACE” comprised of a different kind of people.

    Please tell me what race are blue eyed people, and what race are brown eyed people? Just how evil was David Bowie for having one eye of each color? Was he a warlock that should have been drowned or burned at the stake?

    WE ARE ONE HUMAN RACE. At some point, the human race got past the distinction between eye color, but remains stuck on skin color. The U.N. no longer uses the term “race” to differentiate people of diverse ethnicity, geography, standard of living, education, wealth, or any other factor that bigots use to imagine that they are superior.

    Light skin is a genetic abberation of people that subject themselves to deprivation of sunlight. Darker skin is the original genetic trait to protect from skin cancer. Then there are those who try to imitate darker skinned people, by using a tanning bed and taking vitamin D supplements, yet still divide themself from those whom they try to imitate.

  45. All this talk from the league is wasted breath of air unless they hire/reinstate Kaepernick. If he refuses, that’s on him, but the NFL at the very least needs to offer Kaepernick a job.

  46. Branch Rickey’s forte was signing outstanding players.

    Kaepernick was last seen getting benched in favor of Blaine Gabbert.

  47. Although I disagreed with the particulars of Mr. Kaepernick’s kneeling, his blackballing by the league was crazy wrong. If he wants to play, I hope that he gets the opportunity. But Branch Rickey?

  48. Leaving out salary demands, there are other factors at play here.
    The NFL is all about the Benjamins. Period.
    Today. the US is more willing to discuss racial inequality than any other point in its history.
    The NFL should talk to Kap, offer to invest in efforts, including Kaepernick’s movement to fight racial inequality etc. etc. in exchange for him sticking to football during the game.
    Sales of Kap apparel will skyrocket, some fans will be alienated, new fans will be attracted – both because of Kap being allowed to play again.

    If both sides stay stuck in their positions, then good luck, Kap, enjoy your retirement.

  49. Kaepernick may never again play in the NFL, but his foresight and his courageous stand will make him a legacy similar to Jackie Robinson, Muhammed Ali, Tommy Smith, and John Carlos. And his decision still angers so many inspite of all evidence. Progress ebbs and flows, but history will prove his detractors as small and petty.

  50. Wouldn’t having billions of dollars allow you to have the luxury of doing the right thing? Courage frequently comes at a cost — Kaepnerick is Exhibit A — , but when you have billions, there is no cost. You can stand on principle and if the narrow-minded don’t like it, tell them to go watch curling.

  51. Who will be this moment’s Paul Brown? Fixed your title for you. You’re welcome. Paul Brown signed Bill Willis and Marion Motley in 1946. Branch Rickey ran the Brooklyn team in the AAFC and said “If Bill Willis and Marion Motley can play a contact sport, Jackie Robinson can play a non-contact sport.” (Marion Motley quote) So perhaps Paul Brown is the more appropriate name for your headline.

  52. stay out of as a raider fan krapenick is not needed in raider world. the raiders need players who are there to play football not bring there politics on the field.besides that dude has not played game speed ball in over 3 yrs.if he really wants to play for someone play for the league min. and go from there.but please silver and black don’t sign him to anything.

  53. Much ado about nothing. Whoever will be celebrated for hiring Kaepernick will also be the one to eventually trade, waive, fire or otherwise end Kap’s story…. unless, of course, Kap wins seven SuperBowls and retires on his own terms. Frankly, I don’t see it.

  54. Jameis Winston just signed a 1 million deal to try and revive his career. Meanwhile……Kaepernick hasn’t even mentioned what salary he is asking for. If he seriously wanted to play, he would declare any deal would be great, just to have a chance to get back on the field and in a uniform and prove himself.

  55. The time to be “Branch Rickey” was when no one at all wanted to sign Kaeperick. It seems alot of people were open to it for a while, but Kaeperick’s contract requests played a part in not receiving one. Also Kaepernick is at best a backup QB who had 1.5 good years, not a HOF 2nd basemen.

  56. Phillip Rivers has played at a high level for almost 20 years. He’s considered one of the best QB’s over the last 20 years. Kaepernick and Rivers each have 4 playoff victories. Alex Smith only has 2. Matthew Stafford has zero playoff wins. He’s in his 3rd season of a $135 million contract. Derek Carr. Zero playoff wins. His 55 losses in his first 6 seasons is second in NFL history. Patrick Mahomes was held out his rookie season, but got all the way to the AFC Championship game his first season as starting QB. He won the super bowl his third season. Kap was also held out his rookie season, took over midway through his second season and immediately took the 49ers into the super bowl. The next season he went right back to the NFC Championship game. We act like Mahomes is the best QB in the world, and he is. But Kap was the same exact QB as far as winning goes at a young age. Could you imagine Mahomes taking part in some type of protest, and then having all these fans try to claim he was never any good? Some of you people sound nuts. Kaepernick was blackballed and thrown out of the league before he got anywhere near his prime years, yet he has more playoff wins than most of our “top” QB’s. The Patriots should sign him. Boston has no problem with Patriots.

  57. Comparing a coach or GM who signs Kap to Branch Rickey, and by extension comparing Kap to Jackie Robinson, is an absurd overreach. And an insult to Rickey and Robinson.

  58. ronniemundsmambo says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    Comparing a coach or GM who signs Kap to Branch Rickey, and by extension comparing Kap to Jackie Robinson, is an absurd overreach. And an insult to Rickey and Robinson.
    ****************************************************
    Easy to say today, but Jackie was hated by many of the same group that hate Kap. MLK is popular today, but many hated him too. Kaepernick will go down in history beside these other giants, even if we can’t see the forest for the trees today. Come to think of it, not everyone loved Jesus either. They hung him on the cross. Yeah, we all love him now (I think), but obviously that wasn’t always the case.

  59. Comparing the hiring of Kaepernick with what Branch Rickey did is an insult to what Jackie Robinson went through. Robinson didn’t deserve the treatment he received. Kaep made his own bed and has ruined his chances of getting a contract with at least two teams.

  60. Kap was decent for a couple years when he caught lightening in a bottle. But he proved to be an inaccurate game manager. He WAS above average when the play broke down early in his career. The years that the 49ers were good was mainly because they had one of the best defenses in the league. When Kap got his pay day he didn’t do anything. Alex Smith was a better QB, Kap was just more hyped at the time. Smith was lucky to have Andy Reid as his head coach in KC, but he still turned a 2-14 team into a playoff team and has been a winner since (best of luck to him with his recovery). Kap went from lightening in a bottle to some lethargic player that couldn’t hit receivers unless he was throwing underneath – and did that inaccurately. If anybody really thinks that Kap should be a starter 6 years removed from the league, look back at how terrible his last 2 seasons were.

  61. Nobody was crying for Josh Freeman to get back in the league when his promising career went south.

  62. racist, ugly America
    reading some of these comments is sickening
    put a name to your posts
    you are as ugly as your comments
    kap is a better man than any racist
    more loyal to America and what it should be
    your threatening to stop watching the NFL is pure crap
    you know it, I know it, the NFL knows it and the players know it

  63. No one will be this moment’s Branch Rickey because to compare this to that era is a huge insult to Branch Rickey

  64. Whoa, settle down there Doug. Contrary to popular belief, we have it pretty good in America. Life was harder 100 years ago. Life was even harder 1000 years ago. So the times are tough thing is all relative. And as far as your hero Kap, I wouldn’t be surprised if the whole kneeling thing was his girlfriend Nessa’s idea. A lot of his actions (like wearing a Castro shirt) probably were, the timeline would sure add up. And who compliments Castro?

  65. Wow. To conflate Rickey, who integrated an entire league, with hiring someone who *already played*, was already paid many millions of dollars, and ended his time with three lousy seasons of play, turning down multiple job offers, and demanding starter-level play to even be signed, is pretty ridiculous.

    You can’t compare Kaepernick with any of those other guys on rosters. Those guys are playing for modest salaries and are fine with being backups. Kaepernick has all along demanded franchise-QB pay and would not be content as a backup (he’d lose a lot of his cultural cache – who cares what a backup QB thinks?).

    Who wants a backup who wants to be paid like a starter, who would expect the chance to start, and who would bring a media circus (and deranged social-media presence thanks to his girlfriend, who compared his last potential employer to a slave owner)?

    This just happens to be a case where the man was shunned, but also not signed for very good business reasons.

  66. It’s not just about the talent, or lack thereof. There’s also the extreme potential for bozo moments like choice of t-shirt or socks.

  67. All I know is if touch wood, anything happened to my teams QB, Russell Wilson, I’d want him signed within the hour.

  68. The blacklisting of Kap is not a racial issue. Most current NFL players are black so it is not about breaking a racial barrier. Kap is not being blacklisted because of his race, but because some powerful people do not want him to keep playing because of his politics.

  69. Kaep is not better than RG3. And RG3 went thru actual organizational harassment dealing with Snyder vs. Shannahan and has salvaged his career thru hardwork. Dont take RG3s clipboard job he’s rightfully earned. 2012 Kaep and RG3 both had success but RG3 was truly an unforgettable force.

  70. bloodonhishands says:
    June 13, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I can’t wait until a team signs him so we can shed all of you who claim you’ll stop watching the NFL. Good riddance.

    Not a single person who posted before you claimed they’d stop watching the NFL if he was signed. Much to your dismay I’m sure. But don’t let that fact get in the way of your narrative.

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