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SportsColin Kaepernick 'actively interested.' Why isn't NFL interested in him?

07:15  18 september  2019
07:15  18 september  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Opinion: Colin Kaepernick ' actively interested ,' even as NFL isn ' t interested in him . It's only Week 3, and there are almost a half-dozen teams already in need of quarterback help. Meanwhile Colin Kaepernick continues to stay fit.

Don' t ask if Colin Kaepernick is returning to NFL — your team probably already passed on him. Baltimore Ravens: They seemed legitimately interested last year when Joe Flacco was sidelined Why not evaluate Kaepernick just as he did since-released backups EJ Manuel and Connor Cook

Colin Kaepernick 'actively interested.' Why isn't NFL interested in him? © Provided by USA Today Sports Media Group LLC All these NFL teams desperately searching for a quarterback who can keep their season from going down the drain are ignoring the obvious.

Again.

“He is actively, actively interested in trying to play in the NFL,” Mark Geragos, the attorney for Colin Kaepernick, told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday. “Absolutely.”

The NFL season is only two weeks old and already we’re seeing the same, tired story: A quarterback gets hurt, putting the season in jeopardy. In the case of Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints, maybe even the Super Bowl. Rather than call Kaepernick, however, a general manager dives into the trash heap of re-treads.

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Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 3. Since then, there hasn’ t While at a rally in Louisville, President Donald Trump indicated why he believed Kaepernick hadn’ t been Kaepernick is still very much interested in playing football , despite his charity work

Colin Kaepernick is accusing NFL owners of blackballing him from the league . As reporters asked why he wasn’ t getting a chance, Kaepernick ’s supporters saw only what they believed to be a litany Deep down, what Kaepernick and some around him have long believed is what is now laid out in his

Sure, the Saints, Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets COULD turn to a quarterback who took the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl. Add the Carolina Panthers to this group, too, given the alarming news Tuesday morning that Cam Newton has aggravated a foot injury.

But no, owners and general managers will instead stubbornly entrust their franchises to a Brock Osweiler, a David Fales or a Josh McCown. In New York, they’re one hit away from Le’Veon Bell throwing passes.

Because options like that have worked so well in the past.

Spiteful and stupid is no way to go through an NFL season, especially when fans are told time and again that teams/owners/general managers will do whatever it takes to win.

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Kaepernick is an athlete, whether he’s signed with an NFL franchise or being strung-along by one. Eric Reid, Kaepernick ’s former teammate and the first to join him in the protests, is currently getting similar treatment as a free I understand why Andrew Luck retired, because I’ve been in his shoes.

Kaepernick provided more reason for NFL teams to wonder whether he would continue his protests Sunday, which marked MLB’s annual Jackie Robinson Day, commemorating the Dodgers great’s integration of baseball April 15, 1947. Kaepernick posted on Twitter this quote from Robinson, which

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No doubt there are some owners who won’t sign Kaepernick because they’re livid that he dared to shine a spotlight on police brutality of people of color, and the endemic racism in our society that is behind it. History will have the final word on that small-minded and hateful way of thinking.

There are some, though, who are of the misguided notion that having Kaepernick on their roster would alienate fans. But the response to Nike making Kaepernick the centerpiece of a marketing campaign last year is instructive.

In the first quarter after the “Dream Crazy” ads debuted, on Labor Day 2018, Nike Inc.’s earnings rose 10%. Its stock is up more than $6.50, closing at $87.59 Tuesday. The two Kaepernick-specific items that Nike has produced in the past year sold out within hours. So, too, a jersey that Kaepernick sold on his own.

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Why isn ' t Colin Kaepernick , the polarizing but at times productive passer garnering more interest from the other 31 teams in the NFL , or even his own "If I'm a dropback team, this guy is just a guy to me. Yeah, we can bring him in , he 's another arm, we'll work with him. But I don't see a solution in this

Jaguars owner Shad Khan is one of the few NFL owners who will explicitly state that he’s willing to have Colin Why does he need to explain why he isn ’ t interested ? He’s supposed to detail the reasons why Any white person that mentions Colin Kaepernick and doesn’t absolutely praise him in every

Besides, Eric Reid and Kenny Stills have continued their protests, and the Panthers and Houston Texans have managed to survive.

It’s a pathetic commentary on the NFL, and our society as a whole, that a player who is personally or professionally abusive is more readily welcomed than someone who is just trying to get our country to actually live up to the ideals it espouses. Through peaceful protest, no less.

Antonio Brown was a one-man circus in Oakland, called his then-general manager a slur and is now facing a civil lawsuit that accuses him of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment. Yet he was unemployed for all of six hours before the New England Patriots scooped him up, while Kaepernick can’t even get a courtesy call.

That’s screwed up. Mostly, though, it’s short-sighted.

Kaepernick has a career passer rating of 88.9, which would put him just behind Carson Wentz and ahead of Jared Goff this season. Aaron Rodgers and Dak Prescott are the only active players with a lower interception rate. And while his record as a starter his last three seasons in San Francisco was 11-24, it has become abundantly clear since then that Kaepernick was the least of the 49ers’ problems.

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Despite what his lawyer says, Colin Kaepernick simply isn ' t coming back to the NFL . (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP). Kerr is right, because right now guys Which is why in a sad and twisted way, I'm happy that Kaepernick will never put on a pair of pads again. Because if he does and players stop kneeling

No way a quarterback with his football background gets passed over. Are teams really scared to deal with him? Free agency is well underway, and we haven’ t heard much from Colin Kaepernick . No way a quarterback with his football background gets passed over.

While Kaepernick has been out of the game since December 2016, Geragos said he doesn’t know of anyone who works out “as religiously and arduously.” The occasional videos he posts of himself training – including one two weeks ago of him throwing to Odell Beckham Jr. – ought to be intriguing enough to entice some GM to take a closer look.

Playing after such a long layoff, and without much time to digest a playbook, will be a challenge, and the Jets, at least, need someone immediately. But Geragos said the only barrier to Kaepernick being ready to play is the lack of a contract.

“He’s one of the most astute clients I’ve ever had and one of the smartest clients,” Geragos said. “This is somebody who’s incredibly perceptive and intelligent. Not knocking anybody else, but I think he could pick up a playbook as quick as anybody.”

Not that we’ll ever find out. Owners and GMs will continue to go with “somebody who knows our system" rather than calling the best guy who’s out there, and the results will be mediocre, at best.

Losing a quarterback to injury is a bad break. Ignoring Kaepernick is bad management, and you deserve every loss that's coming your way.

Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig

Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow. Saints quarterback Drew Brees is out for six weeks with a hand. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is suffering from an incomplete understanding of how to play quarterback in the NFL. In other news, Colin Kaepernick’s phone is ringing off the hook. No, those aren’t personnel executives from Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami beseeching the former 49ers quarterback to Save Our Ship. They’re well-wishers who just heard that Nike’s “Dream Crazy” spot was named the outstanding commercial at the Creative Arts Emmys. The ad features Kaepernick exhorting all of us to think big and aim high.

Asked him if his football people recommended signing Kaepernick , would he be OK w/ it. This is where it gets tricky, with the football people in Jacksonville concluding they were not interested in Kaepernick . Asked last week if he had considered signing Kaepernick , Jaguars executive VP of

NFL . Colin Kaepernick in context. It’s easy to paint a road map to the league ’s demise — let’s say, a critical mass of players leaves the sport because of health concerns, fans likewise lose interest in a So no, Kaepernick probably isn ’ t going to win his collusion case. He may already know that, too.

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