REPORT: Colin Kaepernick Has Received No Offers from NFL Teams So Far

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In every employment situation, the employee’s talents or productivity (whether proven or merely perceived by management) must outweigh their liabilities (whether proven or merely perceived by management).

It could be salary. It could be demeanor. It could be nearly anything, employers can value different things. There is always a sliding scale.

If you’re the best at the company and worked without incident for a decade, you can probably show up late one morning and not get fired. If you’re the worst and have attitude problems, among other things, then you might be gone.

At the heart of everything is the NFL’s perceived talent/liability scale of him. The wrong way to view Kaepernick’s employment hopes is to ask if he is a better on-field quarterback than the worst quarterback in the league, be it as a starter or a backup.

That isn’t the equation. It’s whether the NFL thinks his talents (and thus production) outweighs what it considers to be his
Patrick Mahomes could begin kneeling for the national anthem and he’d remain the starter. Kaepernick can’t.
And Saturday likely didn’t change a thing.

That isn’t to say the NFL is correct in its assessment of his problems. It’s worth noting that kneeling for the anthem violated no NFL rules (it would have in the NBA or MLB). Yet it’s the league’s assessment.


It played into his decision to move the workout to a high school some 60 miles away. Only eight clubs made it there and just six watched him throw.

It’s clear that moving the workout alone was enough to turn off the majority of teams.
It appears Kaepernick never believed he was getting a fair shake from the league, and that is his right and there is plenty of reason for his suspicion. It is also his right is to apply for the job in any way that he wants.
He has to deal with that decision.
Kaepernick wanted to do it his way. The NFL wanted to do it its way.
The golden rule? The people with the gold, rule. In this case, the NFL is under no obligation to employ Colin Kaepernick and it’s clear by the reaction of NFL-types that they viewed Kaepernick’s negatives as too burdensome for his talent to overcome.
“If I was still coaching, my big question would be, Colin Kaepernick is a good quarterback,” former Super Bowl winner Tony Dungy said on NBC. “He’s a good athlete. I know he can throw the ball. I know he is one of the top 100 quarterbacks playing. But what I don’t know is how badly he wants to play. And that didn’t get answered.”
Dungy is generally indicative of the conservative and cautious nature of the NFL, and his words are being repeated in private.


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