Drew Rosenhaus: Colin Kaepernick should get signed


As the NFL looks for ways to show that it has had the same awakening that so many other Americans have experienced since the murder of George Floyd, the easiest and most compelling way to demonstrate that fact would be to put Colin Kaepernick back to work. Veteran agent Drew Rosenhaus, who has represented hundreds of players over the years, believes that Kaepernick should indeed be back in the NFL.

I think [Kaepernick] should get signed,” Rosenhaus told Christian Red of NBCNews.com. “I think he will get signed. It’s really important for the NFL to give him a chance. That would be great for the league at this juncture. I think it would reflect very well on everything that Kaepernick has stood up for over the last several years. He was really ahead of his time with a lot of the things he was saying. If you play many of his interviews years ago, they’re spot on today.”

Indeed they are. Consider these quotes from August 2016, the same month Kaepernick first began protesting during the anthem.

There is police brutality,” Kaepernick said. “People of color have been targeted by police. So that’s a large part of it. And they’re government officials. They’re put in place by the government so that’s something that this country has to change. There’s things we can do to hold them more accountable, make those standards higher.

“You have people that practice law and our lawyers and go to school for eight years, but you can become a cop in six months and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people that have a gun and are going out on the street to protect us.”

Kaepernick was right, even though many obsessed over his method in order to ignore his message. In California, police officers were required as of 2016 to attend an 888-hour Basic Police Academy, which requires roughly six months to complete. Cosmetologists in California had a 1,600-hour training requirement before they could even take the test required to get a license.

In Atlanta on Friday night, the nation saw once again what happens when someone who doesn’t know how to properly use lethal force has lethal force available to him in a moment of stress and confusion.

“Sign him,” Rosenhaus said. “Bring him to training camp and give him a chance to compete like everybody else. He deserves that. If he is not good enough on the football field — we’ll never know unless he gets a chance. He certainly was forced into retirement in his prime. He’s still young enough in my opinion, even with the time off, that he can still be a very solid player in this league. People should rally around him in the NFL, embrace him right now. One of the 32 teams really needs to step up.”

And there would be a reward for stepping up, from off-the-charts jersey sales to an instant nationwide fan base, both of which would more than offset those who like to huff and puff but can’t or won’t blow many houses down.

“It would be awesome if there was an NFL organization that was willing to give [Kaepernick] a chance,” Rosenhaus said. “I can’t see any reason why someone wouldn’t right now. He was a very good quarterback. There’s a shortage of good players at that position. It would go a long way on a lot of levels, for the NFL to bring him back in the fold and make him an important part of the NFL.”

He’s already an important part of the NFL, even without a job in the league. As the NFL tries to turn words into action, no action would be more impactful than getting Kaepernick back to work.

57 responses to “Drew Rosenhaus: Colin Kaepernick should get signed

  1. He should get signed, but it’s unlikely.

    Besides the fact that he hasn’t played in 4 years, there is a lot of baggage that owners and coaches don’t want to deal with.

    I can’t see it happening.

  2. Everyone fails to tell the whole story. Remember in San Fransisco HE opted out of his contract. Also I believe Denver offered him a contract but it was not enough money, he was only an average QB when he opted out in SF.

  3. I get it…every team thinks they have their starting QB…but Kap could do in a pinch as a backup….but I serie
    dont think he sign to be a backup.

  4. Make all 32 teams draw straws and who ever loses has to start him and release their current starter. That seems like about where we are headed.

  5. Nobody is really discussing he wants and always has wanted stupid money…

    Please let’s just stick to football this stuff is poisoning this sport!

    Sports are what unites us…

  6. If Kaep was a backup and came in for a series, it would probably be the highest rated game all season.
    Ali knew people would come watch him win or fail. Either way, the paid for tickets

  7. He was not “forced into retirement”. He opted out of his contract. And even if it was because he was gonna get cut, it proves that he stunk. Do we think he’s better now that it’s 3-4 years later?

  8. Sign him,” Rosenhaus said. “Bring him to training camp and give him a chance to compete like everybody else. He deserves that. If he is not good enough on the football field — we’ll never know unless he gets a chance.
    Drew Pelosi says: You have to sign him to know if he’s worth anything.

  9. It’s okay for you to believe what you believe… It’s not okay for you to demand others to believe the same way!

  10. Bottom line is he was shunned by the league. He should at the very least get a tryout. If he performs well offer a contract. If he underperforms or wants too much money than so be it..

  11. Perhaps the Saints should cut Drew B and sign kape, That will show all those nasty patriots!

  12. I would like to see the Browns sign him and Kaepernick win the job. This way Mayfield could both kneel and bow,maybe at the same time.

  13. “In Atlanta on Friday night, the nation saw once again what happens when someone who doesn’t know how to properly use lethal force has lethal force available to him in a moment of stress and confusion.”


    I was wondering if you were going to get around to the Atlanta incident.I don’t know if you have seen the police bodycam footage from this incident -that has been available since ,at least, this morning. In the video you see two Atlanta police officers acting in a professional manner, dealing with a man who was drunk and passed out in a Wendys drive-through. As the man was being arrested for DUI, he decided to resist and got his hands on one of the officer’s taser. After he broke and ran he, turned and fired the taser at the police officer who returned fire with a handgun. If the perp would have 1) Not been passed out ,DUI, in a drive through, 2) Not resisted arrest for DUI and 3) Not tried to tase a police officer, there would have been no need for any force, excessive or non excessive. He could have allowed the cops to do their job and arrest him -because DUI is still against the law- and he would be alive today.

    I believe that reasonable people can reason. I don’t know that you are a reasonable person if you believe that the cops and use of excessive force is the reason that man is dead.

  14. Sign Kap. Y’all don’t have a very good memory. Kap could be rough, but he was also special. Josh Allen for example has a lot of Kap in him playing wise. Runs well, cannon arm, not always accurate but fully competent. He could very well win a game with his legs and his arm. Plenty of game to tape to prove it. And his last season with SF had a Chip Kelly offense that was very predictable. Not to mention the talent level around him. That was a very bad team. He still put up decent numbers and his athleticism was totally there. You tell me how many teams have a backup with his skillset and resume. I’ll wait….

  15. Those 2 white cops from Atlanta knew that it was a taser that he had in his hands – outright murder.

  16. What happens when he uses the tsaer on a citizen because the police let him run away, the guy was in the wrong. hopefully the cop sues and gets his job back.

  17. emptytank11 says:
    When he opted out he was told he was going to get cut.

    Teams tell players that all the time, and often they do it. But it’s also sometimes a negotiating tactic designed to get a player to extend at a lower price. Colin Kaepernick didn’t wait to find out, using a clause in his deal to opt out. HE walked away, and that’s a fact.
    He was offered a deal with Denver and turned it down because he wanted more money. He visited Seattle, but wanted a starting job and corresponding pay. Since he isn’t good enough to carry Russell Wilson’s jock strap, they didn’t bother working him out.
    He had interest from Baltimore until his girlfriend had a racist nuclear meltdown in her social media comments. Then he played games and at the last second changed the location of a special workout he was offered by the NFL — one I’ve never seen another free agent offered in my 58 years of watching the game.
    Colin Kaepernick has proven time and again he doesn’t really want to play football. He just wants to play the martyr while pushing is agenda.

  18. Isn’t he white? He’s got a white mother and was raised by a white couple in a very affluent neighborhood outside of Fresno.

    What am I missing?

  19. I am SOOOOO tired of the never ending topic. Just 3 points –
    1) Blain Gabbert – starter on 49ers (Cardinals 2017 third-string quarterback behind Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton)
    2) Colin Kaepernick – bench sitter on 49ers behind Gabbert
    3) Nuff said . . .

  20. “Drew Pelosi says: You have to sign him to know if he’s worth anything.”

    The problem is that he’ll want to be guaranteed a ton of money to sign anywhere. So even if he sucks bigtime, he’ll still get paid millions of dollars just for showing up.

  21. It’s amazing how poor the collective memory is. It’s like driving to win the Super Bowl after the 2012 (!) season is the last thing anyone remembers of Kaepernick.

    Kaepernick went unsigned following the 2016 season. Along with Tony Romo. Let’s look at their respective last 3 seasons leading up to no one signing them:

    Kaepernick: 11-24 record, 60% completion rate, 51.3 avg QBR
    Romo: 28-18 record (not counting his 3-1 injury-ended final season), 66% comp. rate, 100.1 avg QBR

    Anyone who actually watched football at the time saw that Kaepernick looked unstoppable his first couple years in the league, then quickly fell flat.

    Who’s the last great QB you know who ended on a 1-10 season? And then expected to get signed for $20 million plus? It’s silly.

  22. I want him to get a job “hopefully” with Bill “I am taking a knee due to being destroyed on my backside with the DeAndre Hopkins” trade O’Brien.

  23. The bullying by the media is sad these days. False reporting, biased story telling, trying to push agendas…sad. The cop acted appropriately. The perp pointed a weapon at him, was he supposed to just let him taze him? Then what, he would just run away? Are you sure he wouldn’t have beat that cop to death?

  24. The only way this train wreck is going to sign is if he is the starter, this trainwreck is going to cause all types of havoc whoever takes the chance to sign him are thoughts and prayers are with the GM and coach. This is one for Barnum and Bailey a circus for all to see

  25. jonathankrobinson424 says:
    June 14, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    I get it…every team thinks they have their starting QB…but Kap could do in a pinch as a backup….but I serie
    dont think he sign to be a backup.


    It’s very possible that Kaep is thinking that his legacy would be tarnished if he returns as a backup at a minimal salary. This whole issue probably has given Kaep a greater sense of self importance to the extent that he is believing in his greatness. If Kaep were to return and fail, it would ruin everything for Kaep.

  26. let me guess, he shouldnt just be on an NFL team, he should be the starter.
    and not just any team… he should start for the chiefs 49ers or baltimore.
    oh yeah, 130 million for 4 years with 60 million guaranteed.

  27. Kap was ordered a contact by Denver prior to him ever kneeling for the national anthem. The Broncos were trying to trade for him but wanted him to take a major pay cut to play in Denver. He was making more in SF per year then they were offering him over 2 years. Not sure who would take that offer, even to play for the defending Super Bowl champs. By the time he started kneeling, Denver had moved on to the great Trevor Siemian. But this false narrative has been used by his detractors to make it seem like Kap doesn’t really want to play football again.

  28. How about admitting the fact that he was right? Something those of us in the African American community have known all of our lives.

  29. I still don’t see it happening. Kaepernick wasn’t a great quarterback, his last couple years weren’t even that good. He’d be a backup with a chance to start but he’s in his mid 30’s and likely wouldn’t be worth the media storm that would surely follow him. None of this takes into consideration the amount of money he’d likely demand.

  30. Give him a tryout BUT he still cannot read a defense & still has horrible passing accuracy.

  31. The commish’s “finest moment” turns out to be a display of hypocrisy. The blacklisting continues, and the commish deserves being booed during the NFL drafts, from now until he retires.

  32. “Two words “Blaine Gabbert”. That’s who beat you out for a job…”

    That is incorrect. Gabbert started in 2016 because Kap was still recovering from surgery according to the head coach. Gabbert was benched when he failed to win any game, Kap started the rest of the 2016 season and had the only win for his team that season. Kap ended up with a quarterback rating of 90, and a lot more TDs than interceptions. Gabbert lost his job to Kap, and not the other way around. It shows how some people are willing to twist the facts to support their nonsensical claim that Kap is not talented enough to play in the NFL. Come on, admit it. Kap is being blacklisted for political reasons. Don’t be a coward and hide behind the lie that Kap has no talent.

  33. chillyball says:

    I’d watch the Vikings play if Kap is their QB.

    Good for you.

    I wouldn’t, and I’m a season ticket holder.

  34. JJ Watt: “You’re Not Listening If You Think Anthem Protests Are About the Flag.”

  35. stellarperformance says:
    June 15, 2020 at 2:19 pm
    JJ Watt: “You’re Not Listening If You Think Anthem Protests Are About the Flag.”

    It was never about the flag, they made it about the flag when they ripped Drew Brees for an opinion.

  36. Guy is gonna want 20mil plus a year. most teams won’t have that much cap room(no pun intended)

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