Colin Kaepernick’s Madden rating is higher than 17 starters

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The folks who create the video game that enjoys the exclusive license from the NFL not only has welcomed quarterback Colin Kaepernick back to the game but also has given him an 81 overall rating.

That number is higher than the initial rating for more than half of the league’s starting quarterbacks.

Kaepernick’s 81 is higher than 17 other Week One starters: Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (80), Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (79), Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (78), Patriots quarterback Cam Newton (78), Bills quarterback Josh Allen (77), Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray (77), Rams quarterback Jared Goff (76), Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow (76), Panthers quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (75), Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick (74), Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (73), Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (72), Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky (72), Broncos quarterback Drew Lock (70), Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins (70), Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew (70), and Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (69).

Kaepernick’s 81 also matches Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, and it’s only one number behind Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins and Colts quarterback Philip Rivers, at 82.

And while this is only the opinion of the people who set the ratings for the Madden game not actual NFL scouts, this is the company in which the NFL has entrusted its official video game. And, right or wrong, that company has pegged Kaepernick at any 81. Which even if it’s a little off represents an indictment of a league of teams that have collectively shunned Kaepernick since he became a free agent in March 2017.

165 responses to “Colin Kaepernick’s Madden rating is higher than 17 starters

  1. You are a grown man talking about the relevance of a video game to the real world. Your quixotic mission to make Kaepernick a thing, again, is leading to to become unhinged.

  2. Sure, Kaepernick is good enough to start for some teams. He’s also an ungrateful anti-American communist scumbag who no owner wants to pay money to be on their team.

    Kaepernick made his bed, now he has to face the consequences.

  3. Colin will be benched by players during Madden games also. The object is to win. Kap can’t help you do that.

  4. I understand people don’t like him…but he is better than Trubisky, Josh Allen, Darnold, Haskins,Lock, Carr, Daniel Jones, Tyrod, Lock and Minshew…the rest might have a grievance…

  5. Just when Madden fans thought this version of the game couldn’t get any worse…

    Is EA trying to tank this game?

  6. A little off… Yeah, I’m sure 3 years of rust on a guy (who wasn’t even playing that well when he left) just falls right off. Madden virtue signaling doesn’t make Kaep a great player.

  7. “… even if it’s a little off represents an indictment of a league of teams that have collectively shunned Kaepernick since he became a free agent…”

    Or, more realistically, it’s not.

    Keep harping on his last stats while ignoring the actual distance those passes were thrown. He went out as a dink and dunk QB, and now he’s just a dink.

  8. The 81 rating matches exactly his rating from his last appearance in the game. All they did was clone over his player profile from 4 years ago.

    They didn’t reevaluate or lose any sleep over how to grade him. They pressed copy & paste. LOL People read too much into Madden, like it is actual news.

  9. Wtf cares but you? He doesn’t want to play. Nobody wants him even if he was good enough….which he is not. MOVE ON.

  10. What is the statute on Colin Kaepernick not having a job stories?

    I feel like in 2037 Florio is still going to be wondering if any team is going to pick up Kaepernick. He’s about to be 33 and has been out of the league for a while…

  11. EA having exclusive rights to the only NFL licensed video game doesn’t make their opinion correct. The NFL didn’t grant them exclusive licensing because they value their opinion on player ratings either.

  12. If they have an exclusive license, you would think there would be requirements they must adhere to, such as actually having active NFL players in the game…

    This feels more like Blitz than Madden.

  13. Just another reason why the Madden franchise has become complete trash. It’s really too bad 2K can’t get back into the fold and build a competent football franchise.

  14. To be fair, not a fan of his at all, but he is better than all those QB’s below him other than Kyler Murray and Cam Newton

  15. Please, how many of the QBs listed would you take Kaep over? Maybe 3 or 4, and it’s close, and it’s for 1 year on a team-friendly contract like Cam’s with the Pats. EA is simply caving into the social justice frenzy.

  16. The only indictment here is that the NFL entrusts such a hapless game developer to be exclusively licensed. Forget the social aspects of all of this for a moment an look purely at the laughable allocation of resources. This year’s iteration of madden is generally considered to be the worst they have ever produced, riddled with bugs and game breaking errors. Instead of fast tracking and fixing those consumer facing items, they use valuable development time to include a player who hasn’t been on a roster in four years. Nice

  17. Im sure its a mut card rating…which could be a 99 just depends on the card programm. It has nothing to do with reality so you cant compare

  18. Is there a rating for causing a distraction for your team? I’m sure that would be off the charts

  19. EA Sports making a statement in their video game. Fine. How much of the profit from the video game are they giving to charities fighting social injustice?

    People and businesses want to show their support up until it means they have to give up their time or treasures.

  20. Wow, he must be better than 17 starting QB’s right now. Somehow that Blaine Gabbert was able to be better than him though…

  21. This is the player last seen pouting because he was beaten out for the starting job by Blaine Gabbert.

    This nonsense has no bounds. And someone with a functioning brain actually tried to make the case that this virtue-signal rating is an indictment on the NFL. Is the Onion or just basic stupidity?

  22. The folks who create the video game that enjoys the exclusive license from the NFL not only has welcomed quarterback Colin Kaepernick back to the game but also has given him an 81 overall rating.

    Why…….because they live in a Fantasy world!

  23. “And while this is only the opinion of the people who set the ratings for the Madden game not actual NFL scouts, this is the company in which the NFL has entrusted its official video game. And, right or wrong, that company has pegged Kaepernick at any 81. Which even if it’s a little off represents an indictment of a league of teams that have collectively shunned Kaepernick since he became a free agent in March 2017.”

    Teams really need to start signing players based on their Madden ratings, sounds like a real foolproof strategy.

  24. How can you give a rating to a guy who hasn’t played in almost four years? Do you pick the number he had four years ago, and ignore that he hasn’t played a down in four years? Do you ignore that this lay-off surely has made him worse, not better? Or do you simply pull a number out of you rear end that makes him look better than half the starters in the league?

  25. How much did EA pay to add his “likeness” to the game?

    I bet it is more than a 3rd string QB makes….

  26. Let it go, he’s not that good or he would be playing for some team. Ray Lewis supposedly killed a man and he still played. Why? Because he was good.

  27. Wasn’t he ranked like 74 in the last game he was in? How do you move UP when you don’t play a down in years? What a fraud.

  28. So Kaep is no longer 28-30 as a starter? Do you mean he wasn’t replaced by Blaine Gabbert in Madden? Its no shock who is hyping this Madden stuff….Mr. “woke” himself.

  29. I wish someone would give him a shot ( not my team ) so everyone can remember how average he was and he’s not worth the $ he wants or the distractingly he’ll cause

  30. Step 1: Find Colin Kaepernick in Manage Rosters
    Step 2: Highlight Colin Kaepernick, press x and select Edit Player.
    Step 3: R1, R1, R1 to Ratings.
    Step 4: Find Throwing Power Rating, set Throwing Power to 5.
    Step 5: Find Throwing Accuracy Rating, set Throwing Accuracy to 5.
    Step 6: Press Options button and Save.

    Ah, there we go. That looks better. Oh EA, you guys trying to get my CPU controlled teams in Franchise mode to sign Kaepernick plot will not succeed! Haha!

  31. So now we’re using Madden ratings as a measure of value in the real world? You’ve got to be kidding me.

    I can see it now – Dak’s agent is about to go to Jerry Jones and say “Well, you know, his Madden rating is XX. That’s gonna cost you.”

    This is beyond reaching for the last straw – this is just silly.

  32. Kaepernick does not want to play football. Playing football robs him of his massive value as a victim. After the 2016 season, he could have gone to Denver and proved himself, but he didn’t want to do that. He has consistently given up opportunities to get another job in the NFL. Conclusion: he doesn’t want one.

  33. Hasn’t the Madden Franchise not been selling like it once did?

    Let’s add Tebow and Aaron Brooks while we are at it. And Johnny Football. Yeah that’s one heck of a qb room (not really) but franchise mode here I come

  34. I think his rating is about the right starting point for him. I think bigger issue is not that kaeps 81 is to high, its that murray and bridgewater are to low. I think murray should be right arround 81 to start the season as a second year guy with superstar traits and Bridgewater should be an 83 with star traits. Everyone else is about right.

    You have to remember madden ratings (basically the one thing the game gets right) are a starting point, not a finished product.

  35. No one will sign him because
    A. He hasn’t played the game in 5 years.
    B. Judging by the thumb he put to the NFL’s eye last year when he blew off their arranged workout he’s not all that concerned about not playing.
    C. Last we seen he lost his job to Blaine Gabbert
    D. Coaches don’t want distractions and celebrity back ups.
    E. And lastly if his game has fallen off after 5 years of inactivity do you really want to be the coach/GM announcing you’re cutting him?

  36. LOL – he should be a starter because someone entered in really high numbers for him in a video game off of a PR move.

  37. I haven’t played madden in about 4 years. I didn’t know they rated players that had been out of the league for, well, 4 years.

  38. “Because the nutjobs would be get in an uproar if they put him at about 40.”

    No….the nutjobs are the ones on here crying like little kids that he was included in the first place

    lol

  39. realisticlionsfan says:
    September 8, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Tim Tebow > Kaepernick

    ————-

    In every way especially at being a human being.

  40. This arbitrary rating (which could have been 99 if they wanted) is an indictment of the league? Try the other way around: it’s an indictment of Madden Football, a gaming franchise whose quality has clearly and substantially fallen off since its parent company paid for a (somehow) legal monopoly. The lack of competition has had a predictable effect. By the way, the mode the Madden team spends the most effort on (Madden Ultimate Team) takes the very worst of the gaming industry (paid “loot box” purchases that target the programmed gambling instincts in a minority of people) and puts it front and center, siphoning large chunks of cash from people not because the product is of high quality but because those people can’t control their addictive spending. Using an entity that is willing to take such steps for profit as an arbiter of morality or justice is a bad joke.

  41. Might as well go ahead and add Ray Rice too and make him the best RB in the history of Madden. So much for credibility. Ridiculous.

  42. Wow, Kaps rating increased 5 points while he was away. At this rate I think Aldon Smith may be the first 100 rating.

  43. It’s his rating from 2016. Surprisingly EA chose not to use his most recent Madden rating of 74 from 2017. I wonder why that is?

  44. chessic says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Does he kneel for the anthem in the game?

    I doubt he will have his hand over his heart. He has had such a tough life you know?

  45. The joke is on Madden / EA Sports! Nobody cares about Kaep not being on the field or in the game. He is a non-entity in the real NFL world. His rating could have been 8.1 or 81 and it means the same thing! NOTHING. It is just a game where pressure influences an outcome, not the other way around. Having current skill & heart to get on the field would make him relevant. His window as a victim is over. Now he is just a tool.

  46. All the you know who types chanting “Nobody cares about football anymore because of politics!” while literally logging onto a football blog site and posting comments

  47. Compare Tyrod Taylor’s 2017 statistics to Kaepernick’s 2016 statistics, and try to explain with a straight face why Kaepernick should be 12 points OVR higher than Tyrod Taylor after 3 years out of the league.

    Oh, and just ignore the fact that Tyrod Taylor went 8-6 in 2017 and Kaepernick went 1-10 in 2016.

  48. Its a video game. By not playing in a real game but in a video game he still gets to keep his martyrdom status. Best thing that could happen to him. Keeps getting the headlines without the real critique of his game. Even if he had nothing to do with it, which makes me wonder.

  49. —-BREAKING NEWS—– In order to insure everyone’s safety during the pandemic the NFL to award Lombardi trophy to winner of a Madden football simulated season!

  50. soundwave says:
    September 8, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    I understand people don’t like him…but he is better than Trubisky, Josh Allen, Darnold, Haskins,Lock, Carr, Daniel Jones, Tyrod, Lock and Minshew…the rest might have a grievance…
    ———————————
    Carr three for over 4,000 yards last year. Please let me know what season Kap did the same. You can choose any season Kap played. Carr has a 100.8 passer rating last season. Please let me know what season Kap did the same. You can choose any season Kap played. Carr has had a season with 32 TD passes. Please let me know Kap’s best season.

  51. He couldn’t hit the broad sid of a barn when he last played and he gets a solid Madden rating? Please. That said, does it really matter what a kids games rating is? Nope!

  52. And this rating is relevant to who?

    Do you really believe he is better the Tannehill, Cam or equal to Big Ben?

    If you would take him over all those QB’s you need your head examined and your talent evaluation expertise is non-existent.

    Football team owners have one thing in common, they want to make money and they are in a small fraternity that during regular years with no pandemic, are very successful doing so. Having said that there is one really big reason he does not have a job. He is not very good.

  53. Madden football is a game and not the NFL. Kapernick should be rated in the range of Cam Newton. We know what Cam’s valuation by NFL scouts was, and monetarily it is much, much lower than Kaepernick‘s salary demands. That is why Kapernick does not have an NFL job. Like anybody, NFL player or not, if you want more money than what the market is offering to people with your skill set, you will not get a job.

  54. Don’t let this distract you from the the fact that in 1966, Al Bundy scored four touchdowns in a single game while playing for the Polk High School Panthers in the 1966 city championship game versus Andrew Johnson High School, including the game-winning touchdown in the final seconds against his old nemesis, Bubba “Spare Tire” Dixon.

  55. At this point he is probably around a 50. He was terrible last season he played, and that was years ago.

  56. soundwave says:
    September 8, 2020 at 3:58 pm
    I understand people don’t like him…but he is better than Trubisky, Josh Allen, Darnold, Haskins,Lock, Carr, Daniel Jones, Tyrod, Lock and Minshew…the rest might have a grievance…
    —————-
    Lol. No he’s not. He’s not even better than their backups!

  57. but he is better than Trubisky, Josh Allen, Darnold, Haskins,Lock, Carr, Daniel Jones, Tyrod, Lock and Minshew…the rest might have a grievance…
    ——————————————————————————-
    Is he better than these guys?? When I last saw him, he was benched for Blaine Gabbert so if Kaepernick is better than them then so is Gabbert, yet he’s not starting. I think some of those guys will be better or are better then Kaepernick right now and in the future

  58. Birdie048 says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:15 pm
    The joke is on Madden / EA Sports! Nobody cares about Kaep not being on the field or in the game. He is a non-entity in the real NFL world. His rating could have been 8.1 or 81 and it means the same thing! NOTHING. It is just a game where pressure influences an outcome, not the other way around. Having current skill & heart to get on the field would make him relevant. His window as a victim is over. Now he is just a tool.
    ______________________
    THANK YOU!!

  59. pcflorio says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:10 pm
    chessic says:
    September 8, 2020 at 5:01 pm
    Does he kneel for the anthem in the game?

    I doubt he will have his hand over his heart. He has had such a tough life you know?
    _________________________
    Poor Kap…. He is oppressed… Just ask Lebron James.

  60. The Madden game is the only way he will ever see the field again. It is what it is. Nothing has changed and taking a knee for the National Anthem is still wrong when you are doing a job and representing your team. I mean seriously… what if some idiot wanted to where a KKK hood during the National Anthem and claim freedom of speech? ? Think about it. Freedom of anything is a big blanket.

  61. I guess Bill Belichick will be cutting Cam Newton and signing what’s his name now. BB probably feels a little embarrassed that EA sports had to show him who’s the better QB.

  62. I wonder if it is higher than Blain Gabbert. You know, the guy he got benched for… years ago… before any of this kneeling stuff…

  63. Lol Madden showing its true SF colors out their in the bay!

    Hilarious they think he’s better now or in 2016 than most of the QB’s. HA!

  64. What a joke.

    All EA does with this is destroy their credibility. Well, besides what has been lost from their crappy efforts in putting out games the last 15-20 years.

    Remember when EA used to mean quality in the 1980’s and 90’s games? Yes kids, they once were actually one of the best out there.

    Now they put little effort into their barely changed game with crazy decisions like not having Nazi imagery in a WW2 game and players who don’t play football available and better than most starters.

    One thing is for sure, we have a lot of crazy fantasy land psychos in this world, and that’s really not a good thing. In the end, they’ll come back to reality, and it will be painful for all of us. Sadly, these brainless fools are everywhere.

  65. Only in today’s world people think you can tick off half of your employers’ customers and still deserve a job. Joke

  66. So 3rd Reich invades video games. All of us who watched him play his last year are just supposed to believe it was a JR Ewing dream sequence. Another case of do what we want you too and suddenly think he was any good. Still his little girlfriend peddles stories about how she can’t fathom how a team hasn’t “snatched him up yet”. He is more of a killer virus than the convid turned out to be. Teams are wiser than Yoda to keep away from this Cosmic Debris.

  67. His rating in madden 2016 was a 77. How the heck did it suddenly advance to 81 and he hasn’t played at all. At best he should have remained a 77

  68. word4press says:
    September 8, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    His rating in madden 2016 was a 77. How the heck did it suddenly advance to 81 and he hasn’t played at all. At best he should have remained a 77

    God, so simple and so right on..

    Great post!!

  69. If you didn’t know if before, this should just show that whoever made this decision shows that they know absolutely nothing about football. How can you be higher than Cam Newton? The only high rating he should have is for speed. He was and probably still is fast. He just can’t read a defense to save his life. That is why he is not in the NFL. Defenses caught on to his one trick. This is without a doubt peak pandering.

  70. Is it higher than Blaine Gabbert’s Madden rating? Last I checked, the dude got replaced by him in 2016. Just another reason to not buy this recycled trash of a football game.

  71. They make another game that gets (rightfully) slammed for being the same lazy retread they’ve put out for years, and then pull this move out of desperation.

    Hilarious.

  72. Stoked. Finally a reason to support an EA game. Gonna be wearing my #7 jersey to Target to purchase this one, maybe I’ll see one of you whiners in the checkout line:)

  73. I do believe Kap should be on an NFL roster. But, 81 rating is ridiculously high. A 75 is about right. Everyone with 75 or lower, I would take except Bridgewater and the younger guys like Darnold or Jones, who have a higher ceiling.

  74. That’s nice. Now can they create a Johnny Manziel with a rating of 99
    ——————————————————————
    Then create Tim Tebow with a rating of 99

  75. This is a guy who had a nice year and a half. He was benched and his starting record the last couple years was horrible. He’s been out of the league for years. How do they rank him that high? The guy was a 74 in 2017, he’s now improved by not playing? Ha! I was all for taking the knee and he did get screwed a bit because he would have been someone who could start for a team grooming a rookie or backup and have a paycheck, but he’s not a legit starter. He wasn’t 4 years ago.

  76. Kaepernick should be playing in the NFL. He is better than most of the starting QBs and way better than the backups. The Rams should be looking at him since they their QB backups are weak to say the least. That would be a perfect place of Kaep and he would be accepted by the fanbase. Problem is he wouldn’t be accepted by the owner.

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