Will other teams now give Colin Kaepernick a look?

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) avoids being tackled by the Green Bay Packers while running with the ball in the second quarter of their NFC wild-card playoff game at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. (Jose Ca
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It took more than five years for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to finally get a tryout with an NFL team. Now that the Raiders have opened the door — and given that the football world did not stop spinning — will others give Kaepernick a chance to show what he can do?

One team to watch could be the Vikings. Just minutes before the news broke of Kaepernick’s workout with the Raiders, I was asking Vikings G.M. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah about Kaepernick, given that Adofo-Mensah arrived in the NFL in 2013 with the 49ers, when Kaepernick was the starter.

“I remember we played Green Bay on the road at Green Bay my first year there,” Adofo-Mensah said. “I forget how cold it was, but it’s unbelievably cold. It’s pregame warmups. He comes out for the huddle, and he flips off the jacket, short sleeves. And I remember turning to whoever I was with and I was like, ‘We’re winning this game.’ You talk about leadership and following somebody through something, that’s where that stamped to me who he was and I know that team — they had a lot of great players on the team that he was around. . . . . If he does want to play, I do hope that it is able to happen for him. I know that that’s not always that easy in this world.”

So would the Vikings, who have Kellen Mond and Sean Mannion behind Kirk Cousins, consider Kaepernick?

“When we do player evaluations, I would say it’s exhaustive,” Adofo-Mensah said. “We consider everything. There is, and again I don’t want to name specific players, but we do an exhaustive approach to it. If you’re not considering all the options out there, especially at a position like that, then you’re probably doing it wrong. We have ongoing conversations all the time. Again, I don’t want to be specific about whether it was him or anybody else, but that’s our job in personnel to be open-minded and creative about solutions and we’ll continue to do so.”

The fact that Kaepernick hasn’t played in five years surely impacts his ability to perform at a high level now. The reality that his five-year absence arises in whole or in part from the NFL’s teams wrongfully colluding against him doesn’t matter at this point.

But it needs to start somewhere. Yesterday, it started with the Raiders. Where will it go from here?

67 responses to “Will other teams now give Colin Kaepernick a look?

  1. Give it up guys. He’s finished, and he was never that good to begin with. He was a journeyman at best.

  2. So let’s say Kaep never kneeled. He just took his benching quietly and watched Gabbert QB the team. Is your stance that the guy who couldn’t beat out Gabbert would immediately be snatched up by another franchise and given the starting job? SF was just incompetent and didn’t know what they had is what you’re saying?

  3. All of these people who think that Kaep dishonored the flag have no idea what that flag stands for. All of the people claiming that Kaep dishonored the military do not support the freedoms that so many soldiers have died for.

  4. Kaepernick had his chance . He blew it. The man needs to look in the mirror and realize that the person he’s looking at is his biggest problem.

  5. “But it needs to start somewhere.”

    Why does it need to start anywhere?
    How many players have come and gone that felt they deserved second and third chances who never got one. I don’t recall countless articles on any of those players.
    I bet Tebow felt he deserved another chance after winning a playoff game or two.
    But teams made decisions that he wasn’t worth it. Especially considering the distraction factor. Why is it teams can’t decide for themselves that having a distraction as a backup QB isn’t great for team chemistry. Why can’t that be allowed?!

  6. They would only give him a look if he exposed himself to 22 woman then received the largest contract in history.

  7. Seems more like Mark Davis drew the short straw to abide to some PR stunt to look like they aren’t still black balling him. Raiders may need a live arm for camp, but they look pretty solid for starter and back ups.

  8. Any time in the last 4 or 5 years, if he had wanted to play, he had options. Arena football. Kurt Warner started there. Minor league football (USFL, AAFL, XFL). Canada as well. The problem is that when he was 6 months to 2 years out of the league he wasn’t willing to play for anything less than starter money. Now he is “humbled” and happy for the try out. Arena teams would love him. He’d get a chance to showcase his skills. Same for the minor legaues.

  9. I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a real hard time believing Kaepernick can’t beat out some of the third string QBs in this league. I understand you want typically use QB2 on a young guy you can develop, but Kaep would make a nice emergency QB if 1 and 2 go down.

  10. “It took more than five years for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to finally get a tryout with an NFL team.”

    Was Seattle not a tryout????

    Can someone please answer this?

  11. He wasn’t benched for Gabbert. He was recovering from three different surgeries and wasn’t healthy. Gabbert eventually was benched for him.

  12. Why should they? What is with this incessant need to have Kapernick in the NFL? Does every castoff QB who gets a workout with a team need to get a tryout with every single team? No. Why should he be different?

    As I said in the other post: If he can’t beat Chase Garbers and Jarrett Stidham then it’s time to let it go. Period.

  13. Why would anyone look at a PR nightmare when Cam Newton is still out there. He is not a NFL caliber QB anymore.

  14. I believe Kaepernick was treated unfairly. Literally dozens of NFL players do worse deeds on a monthly basis without such severe consequences. But if you remove politics and emotions, what remains is a statistically substandard quarterback that hasn’t played in the NFL in five years and has been unable or unwilling to prove himself in any minor leagues during that time. Any other QB in that situation wouldn’t be getting so much as a sniff from an NFL team.

  15. If Kaep is as good as he claims to be then the Raiders would be fools to let him leave the building correct?

  16. If Kaepernick were Brady, Mahomes, Allen or any number of other quality NFL starters he’d have had a job the last 6 years. There a plenty of other backup QB options that don’t have Kaepernick’s history and baggage.

    It’s high risk, low reward for anyone who sign Kaepernick.

  17. For a guy who was never all that special and already flamed out a long time ago, he sure gets a lot of looks from the media.

  18. supercharger says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:55 am
    I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a real hard time believing Kaepernick can’t beat out some of the third string QBs in this league. I understand you want typically use QB2 on a young guy you can develop, but Kaep would make a nice emergency QB if 1 and 2 go down.
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    Up until recently, CK has stated clearly he wasn’t interested in being a backup or play for pay less than 20M. That’s why.

  19. The man needs to look in the mirror and realize that the person he’s looking at is his biggest problem.

    —-

    Along with his girlfriend, who cost him a job in Baltimore.

  20. Please, Please, NO! Not the Vikings.
    I’ve been a fan since pretty much their inception.
    But I swear to my LORD in Heaven, if they sign this guy I will switch to being a Bills fan instead.
    There is NO reason to give this has-been a job.
    Because he wore short sleeves in Green Bay? Really?
    How about his “leadership” calling Police “pigs” and disrespecting our Anthem and fueling division and racism. Give it a rest Kwesi.
    I”m beginning to seriously doubt the acumen and lack of Wisdom of this GM

  21. supercharger says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:55 am

    I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a real hard time believing Kaepernick can’t beat out some of the third string QBs in this league.

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    Antiono Brown can beat out some third string recievers too, he does have a job either do you see the corolation?

  22. What were the evaluation reports of his workouts at Michigan and with the Raiders? Where are the scouting evaluations?

  23. Okay – through a football-only lens, why are you obsessing over this dude? He’s not good, he’s old, and he hasn’t played since the Obama administration. Let it go.

  24. Why is it teams can’t decide for themselves that having a distraction as a backup QB isn’t great for team chemistry. Why can’t that be allowed?!
    ==========================================================
    Comments like the one above make it clear that because of taking a knee, some fans and the league want to blackball Kap. Cleveland will have a huge distraction in Deshan Watson as their starting QB, it will be epic. Prove me wrong.

  25. upercharger says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:55 am
    I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a real hard time believing Kaepernick can’t beat out some of the third string QBs in this league. I understand you want typically use QB2 on a young guy you can develop, but Kaep would make a nice emergency QB if 1 and 2 go down.

    Yes, Kaepernick might beat out some QB3’s or even QB2’s on some rosters. But he’s not looking to be a QB2 or QB3. He’s already stated he wants to be given a chance and expects to earn a QB1 position. What team needs the distraction of a QB2/QB3 constantly pointing at himself whenever the QB1 falters slightly? He’s already a big enough distraction, more than most teams would want to accept for a QB2/QB3.

  26. Well, I can understand why he was wearing the short sleeves in Green Bay, since he wasn’t going to use his arm anyway.

  27. I’m tired of the word “colluded”…as if all the team owners and GM’s had a secret meeting and said “Don’t hire this guy.” What is far more likely is that each person involved in the decision-making process for their individual teams decided they didn’t want to hire him. That was not a crime, it was a decision based on what they felt was best for their business.

  28. gibson45 says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:42 am
    All of these people who think that Kaep dishonored the flag have no idea what that flag stands for. All of the people claiming that Kaep dishonored the military do not support the freedoms that so many soldiers have died for.

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    What about the people who think Kaep was only kneeling because he was pouting?

  29. The NFL created a showcase for Kaepernick. All teams were invited to send representives to observe the workout. Several team personell rsvp’ed. A former head coach was going to guide Kaepernick during the event. He had a few above average receivers lined up to participate. A couple of hours before the event was going to take place, Kaepernick changed the venue. The coach that was going to assist him couldn’t make it to the new venue in time. I don’t understand why Folks still bang the Kaepernick drum.

  30. The only reason he was even in the league was due to his incredible athleticism and speed. At his current age, that is no longer special. He’s done and everyone knows it.

  31. Raiders should just sign him and be done with it… If they don’t he’s not good enough.

  32. supercharger says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:55 am
    I don’t want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but I have a real hard time believing Kaepernick can’t beat out some of the third string QBs in this league.
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    No doubt he could, but is he willing to take second or third string QB money and simply do his job without making a distraction of himself? Possibly he might, but for the majority of his five year absence, he was only interesting in starting.

  33. “If he does want to play, I do hope that it is able to happen for him”
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    This quite right here where an nfl gm has questions whether Kap actually wants to play speaks volumes

  34. Two teams have already given him a look, what exactly do you want….a tryout for every team???

  35. If you’re still saying “he was benched for Gabbert”, “he opted out”, or “he was never even that good”, you’re being willfully ignorant.

    His QBR over the years was 69.5, 71.8, 67.3, 60.9, 43.7, and 49.2. His average was 60.4.

    For comparison, Matthew Stafford (who the 49ers and Rams were fistfighting over in Cabo last season) has ranged from 37.1 to 71.3 over the years, with an average of 57.

    You can choose whatever stat you want- at his best, Kaepernick was a great QB, and at his worst (when injured and coached by Tomsula) he was a slightly below average NFL starter.

  36. When people say “remove the politics,” or “look at the other 3rd string QBs,” please note: Kaepernick DID use his status at the time for politics, and most 3rd string QBs are either very smart veterans who have a great football IQ, or a young kid on a real small salary who just wants to play football. Kaepernick fails miserably in both of those conversations.

  37. Are we seriously still talking about this guy? Why not take a look at Troy Aikman while you’re at it?

  38. 2016 was his last game. No one needs a 3rd stringer with a million distractions that have nothing to do with football.

  39. Getting a lil sad to watch how desperate folks here are to get him back in the league. Just can’t accept it was less about his politics and more about his lack of ability that has kept him away. Guess I’ll just keep grabbing the popcorn and watching the show….

  40. Mannnnnnnnnnnn, we really talkin bout Kaepernick?!?! really? 2022 and were seeing threads about Kaepernick. LOl cmon man, wheres Chris Carter when you need em. I

  41. May 26, 2022 at 10:53 am
    Seems more like Mark Davis drew the short straw to abide to some PR stunt to look like they aren’t still black balling him. Raiders may need a live arm for camp, but they look pretty solid for starter and back ups.

    After all those years under BB I can’t imagine McDaniel was happy about this stunt.

  42. All of these people who think that Kaep dishonored the flag have no idea what that flag stands for. All of the people claiming that Kaep dishonored the military do not support the freedoms that so many soldiers have died for.
    —————————-

    They don’t understand because they never served. I did and I support him.

  43. cigar121 says:
    May 26, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    2016 was his last game. No one needs a 3rd stringer with a million distractions that
    have nothing to do with football.
    ============================================================
    The reason it could still be a distraction is, you guys won’t let go of it. Geez!

  44. Why in the world would any team risk the side show he will bring with his signing for a back up role at best. No team that signs him would do so with the intent to make their team better!

  45. cigar121 says:
    May 26, 2022 at 1:08 pm
    2016 was his last game. No one needs a 3rd stringer with a million distractions that
    have nothing to do with football
    ================================================================
    The Raiders franchise has been built on distraction since Al Davis elbowed his way into the league in the 60’s and they play in Las Vegas. So, yeah, they can probably handle a distraction like working out a former NFL QB.

    Let’s see how he does and settle the issue. He can either play or he can’t. Why debate it when we can just look and see?

  46. gibson45 says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:42 am
    All of these people who think that Kaep dishonored the flag have no idea what that flag stands for. All of the people claiming that Kaep dishonored the military do not support the freedoms that so many soldiers have died for.
    ————————
    I did over 24 honorable years in the military and disagree with everything you said. So do hundreds of thousands of current and former military. While some may agree with you there are just as many if not more that don’t. Please don’t speak for others.

    If you want to look at freedoms, sure he has the freedom to do what he did. I don’t even blame him for bringing the topic up. What I do blame him for is continuing to do it once he was told it was disrespectful.

    By the way, kneeling is a form of worship and submission. There’s no reason to do it during the anthem. You will not find one military person in uniform doing that. Why? Because we were taught it’s disrespectful to the flag. If he would have done it before or after the anthem, he’d most likely have the support of most people. To do it during the anthem, he lost a lot of respect and support. Feel free to let that sink in.

  47. Why is it teams can’t decide for themselves that having a distraction as a backup QB isn’t great for team chemistry. Why can’t that be allowed?!
    ==========================================================
    Comments like the one above make it clear that because of taking a knee, some fans and the league want to blackball Kap. Cleveland will have a huge distraction in Deshan Watson as their starting QB, it will be epic. Prove me wrong.
    ——————————
    I have no problem that he knelt. But let me help you with something…..DeShaun Watson gets signed for crazy money because he has crazy Top 5 level talent. CK does not.
    The NFL has proven time and again that if your talent level exceeds the distraction factor, then they’ll deal with it. Once it doesn’t…..the player is history.

  48. Didn’t the NFL have a tryout with over 20 teams in attendance and then He changed the venue with the expectation that the NFL would follow him. I think that was the last straw for most teams in the NFL

  49. Opportunity to show what he can do where? On the field or off the field? Personally, I am not interested in either.

  50. He made his bed a long time ago, so let him lay in it. Since nobody else will say it I will, the only reason the Raiders are working him out is because the owner is mad with the league and this is his way of sticking it to them.

  51. The NFL has colluded against signing me at QB for the past 5 years as well.

  52. gibson45 says:
    May 26, 2022 at 10:42 am
    All of these people who think that Kaep dishonored the flag have no idea what that flag stands for. All of the people claiming that Kaep dishonored the military do not support the freedoms that so many soldiers have died for.
    ———
    Kaep can do this all he wants on his own time on any street corner anywhere in this country. He chose to do it when he was being paid to play football.

  53. If you follow any kind of business model it is complete lunacy. Capitalism will prevail.

  54. “It took more than five years for quarterback Colin Kaepernick to finally get a tryout with an NFL team.”

    Was Seattle not a tryout????

    Can someone please answer this?

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    He only visited with them in May of 2017 and never had an on field workout.

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