President Trump: If owners think Colin Kaepernick will help them win, they’ll sign him

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President Trump revisited the Colin Kaepernick situation on Wednesday afternoon. On Wednesday evening, the issue came up again during an appearance on FOX News.

“If he has the ability,” Trump reiterated regarding Kaepernick’s prospects for a return to the NFL. “Look, you know, he can only get it if he has the ability. They’re not gonna lose games because of, you know, wanting to be politically correct or whatever term you might — I don’t know if that’s politically correct or the opposite. But if he has the ability. Look, he was a great rookie. And his second year was great. And then after that he started going downhill rather rapidly and then he was out of football and then he started suing everybody. And I think he made a lot more money doing that then he did with football. But it was — if he, i he has the ability, somebody would take him. I think, look, I know a lot of these owners. If they had, if they had somebody that was gonna win games, they’ll sign him. It doesn’t matter who they are, they’ll sign him.”

There’s plenty to unpack there. For starters, it’s unclear whether signing Kaepernick at this point would be politically correct, but it remains politically and financially risky, given the President’s mandate for standing during the anthem. That fear of alienating customers who think like the President has kept Kaepernick out of the NFL. The question is whether the impact of the George Floyd murder, which has caused many to realize that Kaepernick’s message should have been taken seriously, will clear the path for his return to football.

The President’s message continues to be that Kaepernick isn’t good enough, which implies that there’s nothing else that’s keeping him out of football. Which most would say at this point is erroneous. Although Kaepernick’s performance had indeed declined as a starter (a revolving door of dysfunction in San Francisco from 2014 through 2016 didn’t help), how many quarterbacks go from starting in the NFL to completely and totally rejected for any spot on a depth chart? Jameis Winston found a job. Marcus Mariota found a job. Plenty of other starting quarterbacks whose performance went “downhill rather rapidly” weren’t flushed out of the league entirely.

Then there’s the dig at Kaepernick for “suing everybody,” made by someone with a reputation for suing everybody. Kaepernick filed one lawsuit (technically, an arbitration claim) alleging collusion against the NFL and its teams for keeping him out of the league. He settled it. And he definitely made a lot more money playing football than “suing everybody.”

Regardless, the biggest takeaway from the President’s comments is that he’s basically running the playbook that the NFL and its teams used when feeding to multiple media members the talking points that support the Kaepernick cold shoulder: That his absence from football has nothing to do with protests during the anthem, and that he’s simply no longer good enough to have a spot on any NFL roster.

29 responses to “President Trump: If owners think Colin Kaepernick will help them win, they’ll sign him

  1. Most fans agree with our President that he is not good enough, especially considering his contract demands

  2. Honestly – i really truly think the very last thing that Kap wants is teams to really try to sign him. Now he will have to actually step to the plate an acknowledge how he really feels and is actually able to play.

  3. Will Kaep sign a deal for the league minimum with no guarantees?

    Also, if he does sign with a team and doesn’t make the final roster that team will be accused of not giving him a fair opportunity. (Didn’t get reps with the 1st team, only played in the 4th quarter of the preseason games, etc..)

  4. Why are people still pretending that Kaep is a good QB? He last played in 2016 and went 1-10 before he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Yes, Blaine Gabbert. What GM would be stupid enough to sign a mediocre player who hasn’t played in over 3 years who would likely be a locker room distraction and who half your fan base would hate?

  5. Most agree with the facts, that the guy went 1-11 and was benched for Gabbert. Then went off the rails as a way to stay relevant. It happens all the time, just not in a way that splits the county by protesting during the national anthem.

    We’re all free to leave, if I was miserable and had millions of dollars I’d go to the supposed better place. Yet he remains.

  6. Seriously, someone please sign him. Let him succeed or fail on his own so we can just be done with it already. I’m so tired of reading about this. The NFL will lose fans regardless of how they handle the situation, so why drag it out? Personally, I don’t care if they even have a season at this point.

  7. How is Kaepernick going to enter a locker room filled with players that earned their roster spot while his was silverspooned and simply handed to him? What about the guy that worked his tail off and earned his spot only to get cut for Kaepernick?

    Social Justice?

  8. It’s incredibly rare for a QB to come back after 3 years away and play well. Vick did after 2 years, but Kaep was never at Vick’s level.

  9. hilltopper9 says:
    June 18, 2020 at 10:35 am
    Why are people still pretending that Kaep is a good QB? He last played in 2016 and went 1-10 before he was benched for Blaine Gabbert. Yes, Blaine Gabbert. What GM would be stupid enough to sign a mediocre player who hasn’t played in over 3 years who would likely be a locker room distraction and who half your fan base would hate?

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    This is disingenuous. Yes, the team went 1-10, but Kaepernick’s stats were above average. His rating was a 90.1 over 12 games. 16TD to 4INT. He also had just shy of 500 yards rushing with another 2TD and a 6.8 yard per run average. The team SUCKED. The defense was awful. They were dead last in yards given up, rushing yards per game and points given up. And Kaepernick got benched for Gabbert because it was CHIP KELLY as HC. The guy that ran Nick Foles out of town in favor of Sam Bradford. The guy that released DeSean Jackson and Evan Mathis, let Jeremy Maclin walk, and traded LeSean McCoy away. They knew that Kaepernick wasn’t going to be there in 2017, so they figured they’d see what Gabbert could do. Which was nothing, since Gabbert’s QBR was 68.

  10. I’m waiting for a team to sign AB and Kaep at the same time… One will help a team win, and the the media will fawn so much over a team signing Kaep that they’ll forget to rip them for signing AB.

  11. I like how Anthony Lynn’s comments got so much coverage, while he was also basically saying, “Well, I would sign Kaep, but we’re pretty happy with Easton Stick.”

  12. “he’s simply no longer good enough to have a spot on any NFL roster.”

    …that’s all you needed to say.

  13. Still waiting for one quote from Kaepernick that he wants to play and will sign as a backup for backup pay.

    Just one quote.

    Everyone speaks for him. What does he have to say??

  14. springfield says:
    June 18, 2020 at 10:51 am
    Most agree with the facts, that the guy went 1-11 and was benched for Gabbert. Then went off the rails as a way to stay relevant. It happens all the time, just not in a way that splits the county by protesting during the national anthem.

    We’re all free to leave, if I was miserable and had millions of dollars I’d go to the supposed better place. Yet he remains.

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    He was actually benched prior to this. When Gabbert couldn’t get it done, they turned to Kaep who lit up the NFL to the tune of a 1-11 record.

    He did put up some stats, but he was playing form behind in the 2nd half in 10 of those 12 games, so it was mostly garbage-time.

  15. 50DrunksInABar says:

    This is disingenuous. Yes, the team went 1-10, but Kaepernick’s stats were above average. His rating was a 90.1 over 12 games.
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    Hate to break the news to you, but Kaepernick’s 90.1 was in the bottom half of the NFL in 2016…

    And his completion percentage was only 59.2% – 26th in the NFL.

    His average yards per game was 186 – 30th in the NFL.

    He was sacked 36 times in those games – which extrapolated out for 16 games would have had him with the most sacks in the NFL in 2016.

    His average yards per attempt was only 6.8 – tied for 23rd in the NFL.

    Do you still want to try and perpetuate the myth that Kaepernick played well in 2016?

  16. “This is disingenuous. Yes, the team went 1-10, but Kaepernick’s stats were above average. His rating was a 90.1 over 12 games.”

    A lot of QBs put up garbage stats when playing from behind against prevent defensive schemes. Defenses will gladly give up chunks of easy yards in the middle as long they keep WRs/RBs from the sidelines and endzone. If the clock is running….it’s working.
    Are you seriously going to sit there and type that CK had a stellar 2016?? He went 1-11. He completed less than 60% of his passes. The rest was garbage time nonsense.

  17. Kaepernick will find some way to avoid an actual tryout if one is offered. Then complain how unfairly hes being treated.

    Offer from the Ravens – declined
    AAF contract offer – declined
    Personal workout day offered by NFL – declined

    Kaepernick has zero interest in actually playing. Much easier to complain about his unfair treatment. Anything to keep his name out there.

  18. The NFL gives everyone multiple chances, felons included, I think his diva demands are what kept him from getting a shot sooner. If can actually play, I think someone will sign him, praying its not the chargers tho

  19. Who else thinks that the reason why Kaepernick keeps finding a way to remained unsigned is that he’s scared about the outcome if he goes back on the field and stinks it up?

    Right now, he’s living off the impression that he can still play. He’s got many people and pundits out there touting his skills. If he goes out there and is terrible….what’s the narrative then?

    I think he’s scared to play.

  20. Where’s the QB that beat Kaepernick in the Super Bowl? He took a $1M contract with the Jets just to hang around a little longer. But Kaep still has top notch skills, right?

  21. …we serious here? Now people are saying owners know what it takes to win? Usually people here are telling owners to stop meddling in team operations.

    The fact is Kap got blackballed when he realistically could still play in the league (PLENTY of QBs have had bad seasons and rebounded). But now after a huge stint out of the league he’s probably going to be around the level of what RGIII is now.

    But he’ll be signed because it seems now he’s going to make teams money rather than lose teams money now. Which is what owners really care about.

  22. He has been away from the game too long, his choice. I don’t see a NFL team signing him or if he would even be interested in really playing football again. Plus he needs to drop his absurd demand of coming in as a starter.

  23. Kaepernick is from Milwaukee, let the packers sign him. CK could help Rodgers train Love to become the next starter.

  24. Anyone that attempts to trash our country, should go to another country and try to be successful I would say this to all the people who are trying to destroy all the people, property and businesses in this country. You are free, thanks to our forefathers, to go to another country and be happy and find our dreams. We proud Americans are certainly not unhappy, so for all you unhappy people, have some courage, and find another country to be happy in!!

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