In case you haven’t been watching ESPN or many of the other sports news stations out there, there seems to be a lot of pressure building up because Colin Kaepernick hasn’t yet been signed. Personally, I think most intelligent teams and GM’s are simply waiting to see what happens with Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo. Let’s face it, when you’re the backup to the best QB in the world and most likely in NFL history in that of Tom Brady, and you showed a small sample of what your capabilities are on the field just last year, you’re going to be highly coveted…it’s how the NFL works. And yes, these owners and GM’s do heavily believe that if you come from the New England Patriots organization, you’re probably going to be pretty darn good. We’ve all come to expect success from the Patriots because they’ve figured out how to do it right for about 2 decades now. No matter who you are or what you think, that’s supreme success.
In all likelihood, Jimmy Garoppolo is going to be traded to the Cleveland Browns but that doesn’t mean the other teams out there, the ones specifically in the market for a quarterback, aren’t going to wait to see what happens first! That means that players like Colin Kaepernick, whom is going to most likely demand quite a bit of money, is going to have to simply wait. We see this happen in sports across the board…not just the NFL. But, of course, media outlets such as ESPN, whom seem to have very little to whine about (based on how much attention they’re giving to Kaepernick’s unemployment), continue to whine and complain. They are questioning the mindset of NFL owners based on Kaepernick not having a job. They have asked, rather openly, if it’s a direct correlation to Kaepernick’s stance on kneeling last year during the National Anthem. And, while I’m sure that some are turned off by that and no business owner nor company (NFL or otherwise) likes to have distractions or negative publicity, ultimately, I think it has more to do with the fact that Kaepernick is going to demand a pretty big chunk of change and that means that owners need to first do their research. Sometimes the best thing to do in life is to sit back and wait…see how the chips fall and then make a move. I think that’s what’s going on rather than people simply hating on Kaepernick for his beliefs. Let’s face it, if there’s true talent there, no matter the distraction, you’d have a job. Just look at how Terrell Owens’ career went. As soon as he lost his athletic abilities, he was an afterthought and now struggles to get into the hall of fame. During his career, he was a complete distraction…but he was a truly talented and amazingly gifted distraction. It’s the “what have you done for me lately” syndrome. Kaepernick, whom is a QB that took the 49ers to a Super Bowl, is not what I would consider a big-money, Super Bowl-caliber quarterback. He may have taken a team to the Super Bowl, but he’s probably not a quarterback to carry an entire team back to another. When Peyton Manning was a free agent, teams were after him like crazy. Here was a guy that could lead you to a Super Bowl. When Drew Brees was a free agent, though teams had questions about his shoulder, here was a quarterback talented enough to lead you to a Super Bowl. A quarterback needs to be a true leader. And while Kaepernick is an emotional leader and is liked and loved by teammates, he’s probably not talented enough to rely on to carry an entire team to the promise land.
My gripe, though, is with the media outlets that seem to have nothing better to do with their time than to blame NFL Owners and GM’s when it comes to their assumption he’s still unemployed because of his stances and beliefs. Anyone whom rushes into hiring, firing or decision-making in any way is going to deserve what they get. NFL free agency has been going on for a week….A WEEK! And you’re going to sit here and try and dissect why a guy is still unemployed after just a week, when nothing else has really happened in free agent signings yet??? Seriously? That’s ridiculous! Until Jimmy Garoppolo is signed by a team, don’t expect Colin Kaepernick to be signed by a team…simple.