Will the Colin Kaepernick talk lead to action?

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Multiple NFL figures recently have been talking about Colin Kaepernick. The question now becomes whether the talk will lead to action.

There’s still no reason to believe it will. Indeed, there’s no indication that anyone has actually reached out to Kaepernick or his representatives to discuss a potential visit or tryout or contract or anything. And so the question is whether the league hopes that it can talk about him just enough over the next few weeks until the eyes and ears of the nation move on to something else, or whether the talk about Kaepernick will indeed result in someone talking to Kaepernick about restoring him to an NFL team.

It still feels different now than it ever has, that someone will eventually and inevitably invite Kaepernick to show what he can do, and potentially to compete for a roster spot. Amazingly, he still hasn’t gotten a tryout with a team in nearly 40 months since becoming a free agent.

The Seahawks came the closest of anyone to doing it. Following a visit in 2017 that caused the Seahawks to conclude that Kaepernick is a starter and thus couldn’t be a backup and thus they had no interest in signing him (which makes many wonder why they brought him in for a visit in the first place), the Seahawks decided in early 2018 to give him a workout. The workout reportedly was canceled after the Seahawks sought a commitment that he wouldn’t kneel during the national anthem.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll recently denied that Kaepernick’s position on kneeling was a factor in the decision to scrap the workout. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Seahawks contend that they backed out of the workout because questions about his plans for the 2018 were promptly leaked to ESPN. The first report from ESPN regarding the workout, however, focused not on questions raised regarding Kaepernick’s plan but on the actual cancellation.

So if they already decided to cancel the workout before the leak, the leak couldn’t have caused the cancellation.

The team’s entire flirtation with Kaepernick remains odd. In 2017, he was too good to sign. In 2018, he needed a workout before he could be signed. The truth may be (is) that, in 2017, the organization was concerned that some of the players who were on the roster at the time would be inclined to agitate for Kaepernick to replace Russell Wilson as the starter. By 2018, the organization made a hard pivot toward clearing out any remaining anti-Russell players, which would have made it easier to avoid a schism over whether Wilson or Kaepernick should play, if Kaepernick had been signed to serve as Wilson’s No. 2.

Even now, Kaepernick clearly would be an upgrade over Geno Smith as the backup to Wilson. Kaepernick also would be better than the current backup (and/or a better fit as the starter’s understudy) in places like Buffalo, New England, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston, Jacksonville, Tennessee, L.A. (Chargers and Rams), Denver, Kansas City, Washington, Detroit, Green Bay, Minnesota, Atlanta, Carolina, and Arizona.

Will one or more of those teams or any other team give Kaepernick a proper evaluation and opportunity? Or will they simply talk about it, talk about it some more, and keep talking about it until people stop asking questions about him?

This time around, there’s a very good chance that the questions won’t stop being asked.

89 responses to “Will the Colin Kaepernick talk lead to action?

  1. I would love to see him get sacked and then the player celebrates the sack by kneeling !

  2. Amazingly, he still hasn’t gotten a tryout with a team in nearly 40 months since becoming a free agent.
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    So we’re just pretending the whole Ravens thing didn’t happen?

  3. Even now, Kaepernick clearly would be an upgrade over Geno Smith as the backup to Wilson. Kaepernick also would be better than the current backup
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    Absolutely true and absolutely moot until Kap says he’ll take a backup salary. You keep forgetting to mention that pretty important piece of information.

  4. If he would take a 1-year $3mil contract right now, he’d be signed. He has priced himself above his worth on the field, and then claims he’s being blackballed.

    News flash – NFL Teams won’t sign me for $20mil/year for the same reason they won’t sign Kap. Neither of us is worth that ROI.

  5. No. Hopefully the season will be cut short or suspended. That will allow things to cool down which I suspect will happen right after the election.

  6. Do you think after what his GF said a few years ago he would be considered in Baltimore? Stop being delusional. It’s not happening here. Bob Griffin will be his backup unless he is traded

  7. “Amazingly, he still hasn’t gotten a tryout with a team in nearly 40 months since becoming a free agent.”

    Free agents that have a track record never do “tryouts.” They get signed because teams already know what they can do. You’ve answered your own query. You continue to bump this narrative and it won’t change a thing. No one wants him.

    The “we didn’t sign him because we think he’s a starter” is a euphemism for “he’d be a great back-up but he’s loopy and he won’t accept being a back-up.”

  8. harrytootsie says:
    June 19, 2020 at 11:23 am
    I would love to see him get sacked and then the player celebrates the sack by kneeling !
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    And then be shunned by the rest of the entire league who have all said they will be kneeling as well. Think before you speak.

  9. If the NFL wants to make amends for it’s treatment they should offer a 54th roster spot for the team that signs him. Teams would be racing to work him out.

  10. The guy hasn’t played since 2016. How many QB’s have played effectively after a 4 year hiatus?

  11. How can you say, presumably with a straight face, that Kaepernick would “clearly be an upgrade” over anybody? He’s 32, was a good QB for arguably 2-3 seasons, then marginal at best, and has been out of the league for 3 years. He “might be an upgrade”, but also might be a total waste of a roster spot. Could be worth the experiment for somebody, but signing him would probably be nothing more than a symbolic gesture. Teams and their coaches and players are already stepping up in big ways; let them get on with that.

  12. Didn’t the NFL already set up a workout for him last year that he completely sabotaged?

    Really sad that the former MVP Cam Newton is not on a roster and we have to see articles like this. I don’t ever remember anyone having any concerns about why Tim Tebow was not able to get a job as a 3rd stringer after taking a team to a playoff win.

  13. “This time around, there’s a very good chance that the questions won’t stop being asked.”

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    By who?….You?…..Him?…..Someone else, maybe?

  14. He had an opportunity to work out for teams in Ga. The Falcons volunteered their video crew to film the whole thing. Last minute, he decides to move the workout 2 hours away. He doesn’t want to play football. He wants to be a victim.

  15. You have to seperate the player from the cause..

    The cause he was kneeling for is/was just. No argument there. But him as a player, he wasn’t very good at the end. He was beat out by Blaine Gabbert. And the owner of the 49ers saw that he was sitting on the bench and making 10 mil plus so he insisted that he be made the starter.

    You can go and you tube his low-lights/highlights that last season and it wasn’t very good. Yes he’s worthy of a backup position in the league but back up QB’s are a dime a dozen. And they don’t come with the media scrutiny/ baggage that he’s going to garner.

    I just don’t see any team wanting all that scrutiny.

  16. Signing with a team is a no win for Kaepernick at this point. Unless he comes in and lights it up for someone, which I don’t see happening. A team that signed him would just be using him. He’s better off being a symbol and a martyr. And I’ve been on his side from the beginning.

  17. Never had a problem with Kaepernick kneeling. My issue was with his defense of Fidel Castro and Cops are Pigs socks. I have relatives that are policemen, and friends who used to live in Cuba. He has no idea. He’s a media built hero. That’s it. I hope he stays unemployed.

  18. To say he better than the back up or starter in New England is YOUR OPINION & NOT FACT….
    My OPINION is he’s way worse than BOTH & & not worth bringing in….

  19. friedbokchoy says:
    June 19, 2020 at 11:34 am
    The guy hasn’t played since 2016. How many QB’s have played effectively after a 4 year hiatus?

    Michael vick.

  20. He would be the best QB in the NFL….behind Blaine Gabbard…or the best assistant Bus Driver you have ever seen…which ever comes first!

  21. Well lets look at this realistically there is only one team who my need him and that is Jacksonville and they are going with what they have. I am pretty sure he does not want to be a backup. So there is the answer NOPE.

  22. Any team willing to give him a tryout better be ready for the media circus he brings along with it, just like his workout with the NFL. He’ll bring a video team and who knows what else. Forget that.

  23. Yes – but not the desired action. The action that will happen is fans will quit watching. We want football; not politics, not kowtowing to protesters, and certainly not every camera being focused on Kaep the entire game.

  24. Whenever there’s talk about Kaepernick signing with a team, it’s always the Raiders. Al Davis brought him in, put him through the paces of a blackboard/whiteboard talk. Al didn’t draft him. Mark Davis has said his coaches could sign Kaepernick, if they wanted. They haven’t. Either his salary demands are too high, he doesn’t fit, may be an unwanted distraction, or a combination of all.

    Suppose he’s signed. His performance is uneven. Do you keep him on roster cutdown day, or cut him? Is he better than some current back-ups? We’ll never know if he won’t show for his own workout.

  25. The guy is a symbol, not an NFL QB any longer. He hasn’t played for four years, is anti-American, has diminished skills and is a locker room cancer. Who would want him?????

  26. I still think that Kap will not sign with an NFL team until (hopefully) the 2021 season because of the political climate. It depends ultimately on who wins the November election.

  27. I believe in second chances, but not with him. He disrespected our anthem and all that it stands for. Although I agree with many of his social injustice issues, he picked the wrong platform to protest same. He was/is a public figure and could have gotten his message out in so many more effective ways. The icing on the cake was when he turned into a Fidel Castro sympathizer. Sorry, Kap. You made your bed now sleep in it. Big NO from my viewpoint.

  28. It really depends on what he’s willing to accept as a salary. None of us will know what he can do until he actually gets on a field and plays.

  29. He’d be in the league right now if he hadn’t repeatedly demanding $20 million per year. After 5 years away he’s not going to be anybody’s starter so nobody is going to give him anywhere near starter type of money.

  30. I can’t speak to all of the second string QBs you mentioned but he would not be an upgrade for the Ravens. No way is he better than RG III

  31. “Amazingly, he still hasn’t gotten a tryout with a team in nearly 40 months since becoming a free agent.”
    Amazingly? Really? Ever take a marketing class in college? CK made a conscious decision years ago to turn himself into a marketing nightmare. That’s why no one signed him before. It really is that simple.

  32. Would be nice to see him do an interview where he’s asked straight up if he’d accept a backup position for minimum $$

  33. He doesn’t want to be in the league. His entire “saint Kaepernick” schtick depends on him not being in the league. The NFL have already settled with him. He could have played with Denver a long time ago if he had wanted, but he doesn’t want to play. It’s over.

  34. Not gonna happen. Even if he was willing to accept a back up $ contract. What happens if he is allowed to compete for a starting and/or back up job and it is deemed that he is not better than the other QB’s on the roster? If that team cuts him, his Marketing Team will cry foul again. Wrong or not, teams won’t sign him because you can’t cut him and if he is on the team there will be a protest to play/start him. The team is in a lose/lose situation and a PR nightmare. There is no way that scrutiny will not cause a team distraction.

  35. I hope he comes back and makes the thousand of haters on PFT eat their words. They won’t, but it sure would be nice to shove it in their holier-than-thou faces.

  36. Any team that signs Kaepernick before Cam Newton would be doing so for entirely non football reasons.

  37. The guy hasn’t played since 2016. How many QB’s have played effectively after a 4 year hiatus?

    Michael vick.
    ——————
    Trying to compare Kaep to the greatest athlete to ever play the QB position is just plain lunacy. On Kaep’s best day he was 20% of what Vick was. Wake up

  38. I hope he does get signed. Its great theater either way.

    He either comes back and plays well….which is an interesting story.
    Or, he comes back and stinks….and all heck breaks loose over the reasons why.

    I can’t wait to watch all the comments excuse his poor play and over praise ordinary play.

    It would all be great fun!

  39. Kap will be the focus of anger for the Trump fans. The team that signs him will take a big hit.

    He has so much baggage I have doubts anyone signs him.

  40. Remember when players would get signed because of merit and not because 15% of the country were running things.

  41. All this chat about Kap, is just that. Chat. The only words we haven’t heard is from the man himself, who to date has not said a word. That alone tells me he’s had enough. This should have happened years ago, and didn’t. We all know why.

  42. Ron Jull says:
    June 19, 2020 at 1:39 pm

    Any team that signs Kaepernick before Cam Newton would be doing so for entirely non football reasons.

    Truth!

    NFL home office could create a position for him. That would make more sense than a team signing him.

  43. What is the appropriate dollars and length of a contract for a QB who has not played in a long time, and was not playing that well when he played last? He has played well in the distant past, but that was very long ago in football terms. My suspicion is that the number and years are pretty low and that Kaep will not accept anything close to fair value. If he can’t play at the NFL level any more, he will lose his primary reason to say he is being a victim. He has made being a victim pay handsomely. Don’t see him risking that.

  44. Didnt he have a tryout before all this happened and then turned it into a circus ?
    Tell me what team would want all the media circus at their training camp ?

  45. ninersapologist says:
    June 19, 2020 at 1:48 pm
    The guy hasn’t played since 2016. How many QB’s have played effectively after a 4 year hiatus?

    Michael vick.
    ——————
    Trying to compare Kaep to the greatest athlete to ever play the QB position is just plain lunacy. On Kaep’s best day he was 20% of what Vick was. Wake up
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    Your point about CK vs Vick is well taken. However I would like to point out that the best athlete to ever play QB is currently the QB for the Ravens

  46. “Amazingly, he still hasn’t gotten a tryout with a team in nearly 40 months since becoming a free agent.”

    Its not amazingly at all, it’s his own fault. He had a chance to try out in front if multiple teams but instead wanted to create a media circus

  47. Why do they repeatedly keep posting this storyline on the Vikings’ thread? I’m beginning to think he’s gonna look great in purple!

  48. I think this might be the year that a bad team that is knocked out of contention early, is “encouraged” to sign him mid season and end the debate forever.

  49. Stop. He doesn’t want to play and has never said he wants to. Only those around him and Mike Florio have said that. There is no upside to him playing! If he is successful he earns the right to say I told you so, which he has now. If he fails everybody can say “see you can’t play”, which takes away from the narrative. Will he accept blame if he fails? Will he blame his teammates? Will he blame the fans? There is no upside to his playing!!!!

  50. I’m sure he’s a better QB than 3-4 yrs ago LMAO. Whoever signs the overrated clown is a sucker.

  51. The recent protests may have increased people’s empathy for African-Americans, but they have not reduced people’s desire to respect the flag. If he chose another method of protest, such as a raised fist none of this would be an issue.

  52. Once upon a time I said if Kaepernick didn’t get on a 90 man roster then it was going to be due to the kneeling issue. This was right after he left the 49ers. His best chance at being “repaired” was at that point. But that is also the issue, his play sucked. What’s even more amazing is you can go back and read articles on this website breaking down how terrible he played and how there was concern about his ability to still be an effective QB in the NFL, all before the kneeling. It makes the criticism of teams not willing to sign him now seem a bit hypocritical. Either way, politics or not, I love a good comeback story.

  53. Can’t or won’t learn the playbook, follow his progressions or hit wide open recievers. Other than that Mr one read and run is ready to play.

  54. Can we please stop this farce about Colin Kaepernick?
    He was a middling, gimmick QB, who started the equivalent of just over 3.5 seasons.

    He posted a less than .500 record as a starter, who couldn’t even complete 60% of his passes and has a lifetime rating of 88.9.
    He would be one of the top QBs in the 70’s, but with all the passing rule changes made throughout the years, he’s just average and sinking.

    Simply not worth the circus and baggage he’d tote with him.
    It wasn’t worth it in 2017 and nothing has changed to make it worth it in 2020.
    And I honestly don’t blame any individual club for making that determination because even that won’t be enough to satisfy the liberal media and SJWs that don’t understand about winning football games.
    It will be a nightmare for any team that signs him and I wholeheartedly invite the Vikings to inflict themselves with this. 😉

    He is simply a read-option QB who experienced limited success with a stellar defense, in a league that has just about outgrown that offense altogether.
    This subject has been worth about one substantial article in light of the latest news cycle, and maybe a short follow up weeks later, not daily briefings.

  55. He is old for an NFL player. His play got worse over his career, not better. His play is why he is not in the league now. If he gets signed now it will be for political correctness, not his talent

  56. The last 6 years for Kaepernick went like this: 11-24, 50ish QBR, then 3 years out of football.

    That’s the resume of an ex-football player.

  57. The kneeling was just the final straw. His play was keeping him from getting what he wanted. He was amazing on the super bowl run, but after they figured him out he was just a back up. Nobody wants a drama filled backup or Tebow would be a back up. Nobody is fighting for Tebow and Jesus. He had playoff wins too. Kap wanted too much money and thought he was better than he actually was. He was a less than average starter and people keep overlooking that part of the story. Elway tried to sign him, but Kap wanted way too much money. Nobody seems to remember that either. His play and salary demands got him here.

  58. Suppose that there is a team that signs him an now their surrounded by a media circus. If he does not live up to expectation, or he is really terrible. Are the teams hands now tied if they have you move on, the circus would be unbearable.

  59. imonfire2niteoyeah says:
    June 19, 2020 at 11:50 am

    friedbokchoy says:
    June 19, 2020 at 11:34 am
    The guy hasn’t played since 2016. How many QB’s have played effectively after a 4 year hiatus?

    Michael vick.

    —————————————————

    Michael Vick missed only two seasons (not four) and was 30 years old when the Eagles signed him. Andy Reid is the quarterback whisperer because Vick had arguably his best season in his career. Vick was grateful for the opportunity and worked hard. You wonder how great he could have been if he was like that earlier in his career.

  60. spikeit2times says:
    June 19, 2020 at 11:58 am
    Yes – but not the desired action. The action that will happen is fans will quit watching. We want football; not politics, not kowtowing to protesters, and certainly not every camera being focused on Kaep the entire game.

    This.

    Final straw for me was the pig socks. I hope my team never considers him, even if plays great.

  61. I don’t care who he signs with as long as it isn’t Miami, when he insulted Cuban-American Dolphins fans in 2016 by praising Fidel Castro, the reason these Cuban American fans left Cuba in the first place!

  62. Good Lord, no team is going to sign a marginal player for the most important position on the team, especially after he has been away from the game for four seasons. They wouldn’t have signed Brett Favre at age 32 if he hadn’t played in four years!

    Well. Maybe Favre……….but nobody else!

  63. I don’t think any team would want the distractions that come after signing him. Everything from kneeling to putting pressure on a team to start the guy.
    Nope…I’d take a pass on him, if I were running the show.

  64. It’s comedic when the non-football fans come on these sites and try argue why Kap should be signed.
    His career arc was pointed nearly straight down BEFORE the kneeling.
    His performance caused his benching in favor of Blaine freaking Gabbert
    He opted out of his contract
    He opted out of potential jobs
    He refused to be a backup
    He insisted on starter contract $$
    Yet people still weep for poor Collin
    Cry me a river.

  65. It should lead to action: Owners saying this is a football factory, this is a business, you mess with my paper, marginalize my customers or fracture the team unity, you’re gone. Bandwagon does not equal truth. This is the garbage info age. Want facts look at crime stats.

  66. Colin deserves to play. So what nobody has played in 4 years and then comeback…Colin will be the first. All these racists simply don’t want Colin to play because of their poor little flag. And his kneeling wasn’t about the flag!

  67. Why not go back to the 49ers? They don’t want Jimmy to throw more than six times a game.

  68. skawh says:
    June 23, 2020 at 6:56 pm

    Colin deserves to play……
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    A player deserves nothing but an opportunity.

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