Pardon Your Take? Issue 3: Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick getting signed by a NFL team, is still one of the hottest topics in football every time a quarterback is injured or underperforming. Three years and a lawsuit later, is Kaepernick being blackballed by NFL Owners? Could it be the NFL has just moved on? Maybe the coaches and owners don’t want the media frenzy. Maybe there’s a conspiracy. Two of our best NFL writers, Code and Lachard Binkley, give us our best debate yet!!! Who do you think is right?
The Debate Begins
Lachard: In the debate on if Colin Kaepernick is disrespecting the flag for kneeling during the National Anthem there’s intense passion on both sides. What is forgotten in all of this is that Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster.
For six years, Kaepernick was an above-average QB and in some years, one of the top 10 in the league. Even in his last year on a horrible 49ers team, he finished with 16 TDs and only four interceptions. Are you going to tell me that players like Matt Schaub (yes, he is still in the league), Brock Osweiller, and Luke Falk are a better option than Kaepernick? Those are all backups, but there are at least four or five starters that he is better than as well. It’s obvious he is being blackballed by the entire league because there is no way he is not one of the best 60 QBs in the league right now.
Code: Colin Kaepernick should NOT be in the NFL. In his last two seasons, he averaged a 46 QBR. That is atrocious, other stats could be misleading due to the 49ers being awful. Aside from the football aspect, Kap draws too much media attention. He would garner more coverage as a third-string than your QB1. The NFL is a business and staying away from Kap whether he is blackballed or not is the right choice.
The Debate Rages On…
Lachard: In the last two seasons you referenced, he also had 22 touchdowns and only nine interceptions. I guarantee most teams would love to have that right about now. Kaepernick has never been a distraction on the field or the locker room, and with the case settled, there is no reason he would be now. If you are better than most people in your chosen career and you have not broken any rules, you should have a job, especially in a league where winning is all that matters.
Code: At this point, he has been out of the league for 3 years. That’s 3 years of not training with an NFL program, dietician, or coaches. He is not in football shape and even when he was, his last two seasons were not good. His case may have been settled but you know damn well that it doesn’t mean he’s not a distraction. If he were to sign as a backup right now, whichever team that signed him would become the biggest story in the NFL. You are right though, winning is all that matters. Except for his last 3 seasons, his teams went 15-33.
Lachard: True, he has been out of the league for three years, but he also isn’t a wide receiver or running back where the physical toll takes more out of you. I am not saying he would need to be on the field right away, but there is no reason a team shouldn’t bring him in for a workout. Not one team has called his agent back, which is beyond ridiculous. That tells me it is more than just his skills. When a team starts to worry about if a player is too outspoken, they are only hurting themselves in the long run by rostering inferior talent.
Code: It comes down to a business decision. How much money would he even want? If it’s anything above $5 million is too much for a guy who has been out that long. Quarterback is probably the hardest position to re-establish yourself. Kap is a social activist now whether you agree or not. This is about football, but if he were to sign, it wouldn’t be just about football. That’s a distraction regardless of talent, take a look at Antonio Brown, for example.
Who will win?
Lachard: It should be simple as if you haven’t broken any laws or any NFL rules you should have a chance to play. Colin Kaepernick wasn’t hurting anyone on or off the field. He was silently protesting and from the stats, I provided is still better than the majority of the backups in the league and some of the starters. I think winning solves any problems and if Kaepernick came in and won all the “distractions” would go out the window. If you win and can play fan bases will forgive and forget quickly just ask the Ray Lewis, Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and countless other athletes that teams put winning above anything else to have them on the team.
Code: He does have the chance to play, nobody wants him. He was subpar in his last couple of years when teams figured out his tendencies. Hence the 46 QBR rating. He is going on 32 years old and has baggage. Teams would much rather have a 20 something-year-old backup on a cheaper contract with less hassle. No matter how you look at it, you’re getting more than you bargain for signing Kap. He’s done, as he should be.
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