If teams are interested in Colin Kaepernick, they’re not expressing it to him

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Earlier this week, Mike Silver of NFL Network said that multiple teams have interest in quarterback Colin Kaepernick. That may be the case; however, no one has reached out to Kaepernick’s camp to gather information or to do anything to suggest that interest exists.

It’s possible teams are interested. It’s possible they’re waiting until training camp approaches before making a move. It’s possible.

It’s also possible that if there’s interest it ultimately won’t be acted upon, if by late July the effort to agitate for Kaepernick’s return to the NFL has subsided.

Regardless, it’s one thing to express interest to a reporter or to anyone else who, you know, isn’t the person in whom a team has interest. It’s quite another to actually express the interest to the person in whom the interest exists. If/when that ever happens, that will be significant.

It hasn’t happened yet.

102 responses to “If teams are interested in Colin Kaepernick, they’re not expressing it to him

  1. Because it’s easy for everyone to say “Yeah, we’re interested” in our current societal climate to look good and not do anything about it. I’d be pretty confident at this point that no one’s any more interested in him than they were the last couple of years, they’re just vocalizing their feigned interest to make it look like they’re making an effort. At most some team might be willing to sign him as the fourth QB on their roster for training camp PR purposes but he obviously wouldnt accept that.

  2. More likely; teams are feigning interest to keep the heat off them & later say they did look but, he just didn’t fit their scheme. Does anyone think that the Seahawks may have done that when they brought him in, previously? I hope not, but they do get credit all the time for at least bringing him in while everyone else wouldn’t give him a look.

  3. he brings nothing but a circus with him i.e. AB , Johnny Football.. not sure any team can justify that.

  4. You mean there is no interest in signing a backup QB that hasn’t played in 3 years and is demanding $20 million a year and will cause a boycott for your league? This is unacceptable!

  5. Kaepernick needs to come out and state that he wants to play in the NFL this year. That he is willing to be a back-up QB. And that he is not seeking a contract worth more than what back-up quarterbacks make.

    Then, and only then, should any team give him a workout. But it might not happen until NEXT offseason because of the pandemic and this entire offseason and likely regular season being so crazy. Why would any team add more complications right now? If the pandemic can be used as an excuse for everything else, surely it can be used as a legitimate reason for why teams don’t want to try this experiment this summer.

    But until HE, and not his media puppets, states he wants to play and isn’t looking to land a large contract and be a starters… the league/teams don’t have to do anything. And I don’t mean a little post on twitter. I mean a press conference with him actually speaking those words.

    But seeing as how NBA players are now opting out of playing to not take away from the movement… I doubt the face of the movement really wants to play either.

    Also… will anyone who is insistent about giving this guy another chance ready for what happens if he gets signed and it doesn’t work out and he’s cut? Are you going to call his chance a sham? A charade? Rigged? That’s what happened when Kaepernick blew-off the workout that the league arranged for him. Over 50% of the league had representatives there… and he blew it off last minute.

    If he ever plays again and does well… I can handle that. I just don’t know why anyone would be interested with how good so many of these young quarterbacks are. I’d rather gamble on a rookie out of college than a guy who went to the Super Bowl with a really good team around him many years ago… but hasn’t played in 4 seasons.

  6. Signing him would not be a football move, It’s all political and would create too much distraction for a backup QB.

  7. Their could be a real possibility of a team signing him. The major problem is that we might not even have a season this year. Teams can not bring him in for a physical right now. Teams are not going to sign someone and have to pay if their is no season. Most of the draft picks have not been signed due to no available physical. Unless a season is going to be played, with training camps for players to learn their teams’ offensive, defense and special teams plays, then their are going to be many available free agents whom shall not be signed. Next year, many of the older veterans will be without a job due to loss of revenue for this year and a much lower salary cap. Those QBs on their second and third contracts will eat pretty deeply into the salary caps of their respective teams and older veterans will feel the blunt. This is a guarantee.

  8. Could someone please do the general public a favor and sign him so he can sit on ur bench so we can be done with this.

  9. No one is interested. Let’s be real.

    NFL: How much?
    CK: $20 million
    NFL: Per year?
    CK: Yeah
    NFL: [Insert J Jonah Jameson laugh GIF here]

  10. If there was REAL interest in Kaepernick, he’d have been signed years ago.

    There isn’t and for very good reason. Get over it.

  11. Gotta love coaches who talk about what a great addition Kaep would be when rather than signing him, they’re staying with backups like Easton Stick or Geno Smith…

  12. Well said JEHU.

    Kap has known exactly what he is doing all along. He has said just enough and done just enough to continue to be able to paint a picture that he is interested in playing, even though there’s plenty of reason to be skeptical of that.

    Him making a definitive statement that he would compete for any job at whatever salary that job would reasonably carry would go a long way to potentially showing teams he is focused and ready to roll.

    But as long as he continues with the vague posts, speaking through his ‘team’ etc., the more teams will continue to roll their eyes and ignore him, and honestly who could blame them at this point?

  13. i would imagine cam newton gets signed before him, providing newton is ok with competing for a starting role, and not just assuming he’s handed it

  14. Four years ago Kaepernick was Patrick Mahomes. Then he got kicked out of the league. Who wants to sign a player that’s going to be a huge media magnet? It would be a huge distraction. No contending team would want that, and why would Kap want to go to a perennial loser? The league should just hire him in an advisory role, since he was way ahead of everyone else on these issues, and pay him $10 million a year. That would be the easy way out, but the right way, and he could continue to help educate those who don’t fear education.

  15. Just spitballing here but could it be that teams actually think that they can not win with Kaepernick??

  16. I’ve said it right along…
    The only team that could sign Kaepernick and not suffer a huge backlash from their fanbase is New England.

    In the eyes of the Pats fans, the team can do no wrong. The team is above criticism, to the point where the whole thing is clownish.

    The fans can not bring themselves to even admit when another team beats them… (Never is it “Well, the other team was better than us today. They beat us.”) There’s always some excuse that tries to explain away the loss. (“The refs are against us… The league is against us.”)

    So N.E. can go ahead and sign Kaep because the Pats fans will still support the team no matter what happens.

  17. Kap would’ve long been forgotten about had he not played the victim. If he wants a job then his agent could announce that Kap would be willing to take a league minimum, or prove-it contract. Season after season we see players do this after having a down year or an injury and then released. It’ll never happen though.

  18. There isn’t going to be a season this year anyway. The NFL is crazy if they think they’re going to play football in the middle of a pandemic.

  19. I fear this NFL season, if it happens, will be politically charged. Kap is simply not good enough to be on a roster or he already would have been given a shot. The country needs to move on from him as an NFL player.

  20. The only hope he has is that several QB’s get hurt this year and the virus causes problems for the teams. What I am saying is they would have to be in a real sad situation for a team to come a calling. He is better off going to Canada and trying to improve his skills.

  21. I’m mildly surprised that when the NFL paid Kap to go away (settled his lawsuit) that there was not a clause that said his NFL playing days were over. The NFL’s lawyers could have permanently closed the window on the kind of speculation that is going on right now.

  22. i feel like this gets brought up evey time kaepernick is discussed. yes he was (probably still is) better than most backups in the league, yes if all things being equal he would be on a team. but no team is signing a guy to backup for the money he wanted then. its simple, take backup money, and you’ll probably get a position.

  23. He’d rather be a martyr then play. He’s made that clear by the contracts he’s turned down already, and prefers to manipulate the “situation”. He is NOT a hero !

  24. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:41 am
    Four years ago Kaepernick was Patrick Mahomes. Then he got kicked out of the league.
    ===============================================

    At NO point in his time in San Fran did Kap resemble anything CLOSE to Mahomes.

    Kap had his moments for sure (usually with his legs, but the jump throw in Seattle to Boldin in the 2013 NFCC comes to mind. That was a ridiculously good throw) but was never consistent enough to be elite and never carried the team.

    Mahomes on the other hand has set the world on fire since he came in the league and 2 years in to being an NFL starter has an MVP and a Super Bowl Ring.

    There is no comparison.

  25. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:41 am
    Four years ago Kaepernick was Patrick Mahomes.

    —–

    You have some serious revisionist history right there… Kaep was NEVER Patrick Mahommes. What he was was a 1-11 starter who lost his job to Blaine Gabbert

  26. My assumption is the “interest” is coming from the Marketing and PR departments and not being acted on by the football people. Pretty sure he hasn’t played any football in 4 years.

  27. I can’t believe teams aren’t lining up for a QB who hasn’t played and three years, couldn’t throw the ball very well to begin with, was a one trick pony, has a history of lawsuits against the league, and is a circus. Teams will wait to see what they have and what other QBs are available. Kaepernick is nothing more than a last resort at this point and is unlikely to be signed.

  28. I never thought I’d have to explain this but the difference between Kaepernick and Mahomes is that Mahomes can actually throw the football. The added benefit is that he’s not a headache.

  29. The unfortunate part of it is that if a team does in fact sign him, the team is not what the media will be talking about. No question will be about does it make the team better or will he be willing to sit behind a starter. Every question all the time will be about BLM and if the team cuts him the reason he is cut will be in focus. It is a no win situation across the board.

  30. Two things about this guy, first of all he isnt worth angering your fan base for a guy who will be a 3rd string player? and second he isnt any good, he was benched in his final seaason in SF!!! also, he opted out of his final year in SF and gave away his job and 12 million dollars. HAHAHA

  31. gothicscorpion says:
    June 26, 2020 at 9:21 am
    He’d rather be a martyr then play. He’s made that clear by the contracts he’s turned down already, and prefers to manipulate the “situation”. He is NOT a hero !

    17 0 Rate This
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    as much as I support african americans and the movement as besf I can, this is 100% correct.

    There are numerous others who have done more than his entitled, lazy behind.

    Read up on why he was benched and why he was cut. It had nothing to do with kneeling.

  32. This guy will never sign if he does he will lose it so called platform. he knows he isn’t a top tier quarterback and he doesn’t want to be embarrassed. Then everyone will see for themselves who he really is

  33. Ryan Dubose says:

    June 26, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Shouldnt cam newton be signed before kap anyways……
    ——-
    Does it matter which is signed? Both are players who when they excelled it was because of their athleticism but their both past their prime physically and neither was the most accurate or great at presnap adjustments or reading a defense in their prime.

  34. I sure hope Florio gets a percentage of CK’s contract once he signs. No one has worked harder to get him a deal than Mike.

  35. Maybe the question here is whether or not Colin Kaepernick wants to get signed? I think he gets a decent amount of money from Nike, but their promotion of him is based on the idea that he is a great quarterback who was blackballed from the league for having pursued his social causes. If Kaepernick were to sign with somebody, the offer would likely be for a modest salary as a backup, which would trash the Nike narrative. I suspect that he makes more money where he is at and has more time to pursue his non-football related interests to boot.

  36. Florio has worked harder than anyone else to get Kaepernick signed.

    Harder than CK’s agent, and certainly harder than Kaepernick.

    Is it possible that Kaep really doesn’t want to get signed? And just wants to appear like he does?? I’ve heard nor seen nothing directly from CK to prove otherwise.

    For the record, I’m completely fine if he plays again. I’d like to see it. It would be interesting and a good story no matter what happens. But again, I can’t recall a direct quote or interview where CK himself is stating his desire to play. He’s never on camera. Someone else is always speaking for him. Just like this article does.

  37. Ironically he will probably be the last to know that he’s playing. This is business politics at its best. In an ideal world they would be in touch with him now, not when they have made a decision either way.

  38. Dude’s just not a very good quarterback, and he hasn’t played now in years. Let’s face it; regardless of how you feel about the man, or the circumstances that led to him being out of the league, he’s just not going to be a starting NFL quarterback again.

  39. No team is going to touch him. They can’t possibly win. If he’s good enough to make the team, the entire season will be a media circus surrounding “when will he play?”. If he’s not good enough and gets cut…you can see how that would end up for said team.

  40. Ryan Dubose says:

    June 26, 2020 at 6:38 am

    Shouldnt cam newton be signed before kap anyways……
    ——-
    Does it matter which is signed? Both are players who when they excelled it was because of their athleticism but their both past their prime physically and neither was the most accurate or great at presnap adjustments or reading a defense in their prime.

  41. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Four years ago Kaepernick was Patrick Mahomes.

    ————–

    [Insert J Jonah Jameson laugh GIF here]

  42. Again Cam is available for $20 mil. Bortles played last year for $1 mil, Gabbert is making $1.2 mil. Kaepernick wants $20 mil to play plus all his baggage.. Gabbert beat out Kaepernick..Bortles is better than Gabbert..Cam is better than Bortles

    Cam > Bortles > Gabbert > Kaepernick + baggage
    $20 mil > $1 mil > $1.2 mil > $20 mil

    Why is this so difficult to understand why he isnt signed?

  43. charliecharger says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Four years ago Kaepernick was Patrick Mahomes.
    ==============================================

    Only when he played the Packers.

  44. Maybe he just isn’t worth the media circus that would surround his signing,especially since his talent is marginal at best.He might be good on special teams.

  45. Ravens : we’d love to sign you Colin
    Kaepernick : no thanks

    Broncos: like to give you a tryout Kap
    Kaepernick : no thanks

    AAF : our league would love to sign you Colin
    Kaepernick: awesome, Ill take 20 million
    AAF: we cant really afford that much, being a start up league
    Kaepernick: no thanks

    NFL : Weve organized a pro day workout for you, just you. All teams will be represented.
    Kaepernick: no thanks

    Much easier to be a “victim” than have your lack of ability exposed and lose your platform.

  46. Why doesn’t anyone ask ck if he is willing to be a backup and not get paid 20 million a year. It seems like he expects to walk in as a starter. If he was really wanted to get back in the game he has not shown it is that important to him.

  47. Because they don’t really want him and the distractions he’ll bring. Easier to just say “we have some interest” and wait it out until it goes away.

  48. The guy straight up got beat out by Blaine Gabbert, and that was before he was dragging around all the baggage he’s got now.
    He just isn’t any good, and no way is he worth the drama he’d bring to a team.
    It happens!

  49. Teams are afraid to sign him as a second or third stringer because they are likely afraid of the backlash and cries of racism they will hear when they inevitably cut him. Not worth it.

  50. The distractions that Kaep will bring this year will be waaay less than the press coverage of who kneels and who doesn’t during the anthem. By the way, it was never about the flag, it was about the anthem. The problem now is he hasn’t played in 3 years and most teams are set at starting QB and even in their backup QBs. There are, at best, 6-8 teams that could sign him. Pittsburgh would be best. No telling if Big Ben can play one year or 5 years, but he could play backup until a starter gets hurt and then the Steelers could trade him. Indy would be next in line. Who they got after this year?

  51. I still believe there is no way he signs a contract. It will prove he isn’t NFL ready anymore. His SJW victimology gig would dry up. It is far more lucrative to play the victim and have people advocate on your behalf and keep your profile high. He can make far more in endorsements because of his exalted victim status. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see him come back and compete. I just don’t think there is any chance he will do it. The contract offers will all be too low too short or otherwise insulting to him.

  52. Only player in NFL history that expects a starting qb job and the salary that comes with it without ever having to try out for the team.

  53. Owner – We’d definitely sign him, I leave those decisions up to the coach and GM

    GM – We’d definitely sign him, I leave those decisions up to the coach

    Coach – We’d definitely sign him, I leave those decisions up to the GM

  54. Cowboys recind on Dak and sign Kaepernick for 20 million. Dallas saves 11.4 million dollars without a drop in qb talent.

    Better to pay 20 million for a third stringer than 31.4.

    Get er done Jerry!!

  55. It’s also possible that teams aren’t interested in a QB that was benched for Blaine Gabbert and hasn’t played a down in three years.

    Is that so hard to believe?

    Full disclosure:

    It is beyond clear to me that Kaepernick would likely be a better back-up alternative to most teams.

    What is not beyond clear is if Kaepernick would sign as a back-up and the pay level that entails.

  56. Why would anybody be interested in a 31 year old QB that hasn’t played in several years and the last time he did play, he lost his starting job (to Blaine Gabbert) because he wasn’t any good? He probably isn’t going to be an asset to any team and a waste of money, especially the amount of money he wants. I think some people only want him signed for personal or political reasons.

  57. Pete Carol has the list of teams that are interested. Maybe he can tweet that out for Kaep?
    He talks to teams all the time that would consider signing him. Right Pete??? Where are they?

  58. How many other 32 year old former players, QB or ANY POSITION, who haven’t played in 3 years are getting signed?

    Also, if I was a 32 year old former player who hasn’t played in 3 years, I’d be more than willing to sign for league minimum to get 1 more shot to at least have a chance to make a roster, is he willing to do that?

    As for QB’s, I’d have Cam Newton or Blake Bortles at the top of my emergency list if you needed an immediate starter, or even DeShone Kizer, based solely on the fact that he’s only 24 years old.

    Many people seem to forget, Kaepernick wasn’t cut, he opted out of his contract (& chose to walk away from a 14.5 million dollar salary) to become a Free Agent. In his last 19 starts, his record was 3-16, & in his final season he got benched for Blaine Gabbert. Sure, he had halfway decent stats, but when you’re throwing into a prevent defense the entire game, you better have decent stats.

    Again, how many 32 year old’s who haven’t played in 3 years are getting signed by anyone?

  59. Teams aren’t interested in Kaep, the media is. NFL teams claim they do everything to win and there is no way an NFL team could justify signing Kaep over Cam Newton.

  60. No team wants the circus that will come. The talent doesn’t outweigh the bs he brings.
    Media is the only one interested in him, doubt he even really wants to play cause he knows he’ll get exposed.

  61. johnnycantread – You should learn to read because if you did you would know NE has under a million in cap space. Unless they can come to an agreement to restructure Joe Thuney’s contract before the July 15 deadline they will continue to have no cap space. What do you suggest they pay CK with?

  62. Everyone says Kaep should be playing! But no one wants him to QB their team.

    Talk is cheap.

  63. Just Maybe the League has to announce that their is no hidden disclosure in the settlement that prevents him from seeking employment by any team in the NFL. Most employer/ employee settlements have clauses stating you can’t sue them beyond date of settlement, and that you cannot seek anymore employment them as well !!!!

  64. shemp63 says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:54 am
    Just spitballing here but could it be that teams actually think that they can not win with Kaepernick??

    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve read- does any team expect to win with ANY back-up?

  65. Clowney (27), Newton (31), and Antonio Brown (31) all remain unsigned, and all have far more talent, production, and potential than Kaepernick (32) ever will. Since teams are still being restricted against workouts and physicals, there is no reason to expect anything to happen with any of these four players until at least the end of July. And when team facilities do start opening, expect the first three players to get far more looks than Kaep. They all (yes, even AB) come with less off-field baggage and provide a greater football impact.

  66. I don’t know why any team would sign Kaepernick. What has he done in the past 5 years? Played one season and was horrible. Played another season and was benched. Demanded his own release. Has been out of football for 3 years, not because no one would sign home, but because he demanded ridiculous money while he sued the league. If he does get signed, it will be politics and nothing else

  67. This guy is a far cry from being a NFL quarterback, maybe he can a 4th stringer who comes out when his team is way, way ahead with 10 seconds left in the game takes the snap from center and takes a knee.

  68. That’s because no one wants a QB, that wasn’t very good because defenses had figured him out, wants way too much money to be nothing more than a backup, and is going to bring a media circus down on your team. Of all the QB’s that should be signed, that currently are not signed, Kaep would not be high up on the list. Cam is a better QB than Kaep. When teams weigh the cost benefit analysis on Kaep, they realize that there is no upside to sign him, only downside.

  69. We all know Kaepernick is relieved that there’s zero interest.

    The worst thing that could happen to him would be to have to actually take the field and play. I would take less than a half of football to reveal that he’s all hat no cattle.

    So let’s hope he gets signed immediately. The massive public humiliation will be the best thing to happen in sports this year.

  70. 1. I just wouldn’t sign him.. not that good.
    2. I’m not signing anyone right now if i think we aren’t playing this year.

  71. How did that Nike marketing program work out? I’m sure that any NFL team that signs him can expect the same result.

  72. johnnycantread says:
    June 26, 2020 at 8:55 am
    I’ve said it right along…
    The only team that could sign Kaepernick and not suffer a huge backlash from their fanbase is New England.

    In the eyes of the Pats fans, the team can do no wrong. The team is above criticism, to the point where the whole thing is clownish.

    The fans can not bring themselves to even admit when another team beats them… (Never is it “Well, the other team was better than us today. They beat us.”) There’s always some excuse that tries to explain away the loss. (“The refs are against us… The league is against us.”)

    So N.E. can go ahead and sign Kaep because the Pats fans will still support the team no matter what happens.

    ————

    I’m a Patriots fan and I would stop supporting the team if they signed him. My support would be on hold until he was off the roster.

  73. He just isn’t reliable enough. He isn’t committed to football, shown last year by the way he screwed up his workout. He isn’t a football player anymore he is an activist now. If on a team he flip out at anytime and start making bad remarks about the team or his teammates just trying to get attention. He is just using it to get attention he would be a horrible player and teammate.

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