Matter of time for the "Kaperkneeler" is in the CFL

Mike Freeman
NFL National Lead Writer
March 17, 2017
It's more than a week into free agency and Colin Kaepernick is still unemployed. Remember, this is a quarterback who played in the Super Bowl only four years ago, yet now it appears he can't get a look from teams. So I set out to discover, once and for all, what teams think of the 29-year-old former Niner.

"He can still play at a high level," one AFC general manager said. "The problem is three things are happening with him.

"First, some teams genuinely believe that he can't play. They think he's shot. I'd put that number around 20 percent.

"Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

"Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can't stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won't move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did."

When I spoke to a handful of executives at the combine a few weeks ago, one even called him "an embarrassment to football."

For the moment, the interest in Kaepernick is slim, and that's putting it kindly.

It's possible teams are waiting for the right time to make their play for him. That's sometimes how it works in free agency. Weeks or months will go by with little interest in a player and then, boom, it all heats up at once.

But what's happening with Kaepernick is highly unusual. So far, it seems he hasn't visited a single team. I can't find a quarterback-needy team that's interested. Again, things can change quickly, but the silence is deafening.

From a football perspective, teams worry about Kaepernick's throwing accuracy. He still has some difficulty hitting tight windows and sometimes runs even when receivers are open. In 2016, Kaepernick connected on 59.2 percent of his passes, which ranked 26th in the league.

There's also the perception—a wrong one—that he has difficulty learning new schemes.

And if those weren't enough, concerns linger that he is moody and not a good teammate. That belief also may not be accurate. From speaking to 49ers players about Kaepernick, it's clear most of the San Francisco locker room liked him.

Kaepernick can take hope in how putrid the quarterback market is. When Jay Cutler is at the top of the heap, that says it all.

There are still teams desperate for a competent QB, so much so that one eventually will find the risk in signing Kaepernick is worth any potential backlash. That's my guess.

Still, it's hard to emphasize how unusual Kaepernick's current situation is. If a Super Bowl quarterback can walk and chew bubble gum simultaneously, he gets opportunities. Those opportunities usually arrive until that player is totally and completely done. That's not the case with Kaepernick.

Four years ago, he ran for a playoff-record 181 yards and two scores at Green Bay as the 49ers beat the Packers in a divisional playoff game, 45-31. The Niners would then go to Atlanta and upset the Falcons in the NFC title game before losing Super Bowl XLVII to the Ravens when a last-gasp drive fell five yards short. Throughout those playoffs, Kaepernick was more than capable, completing 61.3 percent of his passes, throwing only two interceptions and producing a combined quarterback rating of 100.9.

Further adding to the intrigue is that teams understand Kaepernick hasn't been playing with a great deal of talent around him recently. The 49ers, frankly, have been a dumpster fire the past few years, and it showed with some of the players with which the team surrounded their QB.

Despite all of that, his phone is not ringing off the hook. Or at all, for that matter.

Kaepernick's new agents appear to have foreseen all of this, which is why it wasn't surprising when sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Kaepernick would start standing for the anthem.

Now, he sits. Waiting and waiting. A still-talented player whose political statement may have cost him his NFL career.

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There you have it. That article was very definitive in the way it didn’t mention the CFL once.
Thanks again for taking an off-topic article and putting it in CFL-talk with that click-bait headline, AccessMedia.
Fill in that unfounded speculation void :roll:

There you have it. The antagonistic close minded CFL fan who sees boogeymen everywhere. Your new GM had this guy on his neg list since he was a freshmen in College, all together he was on his neg list for seven years but you don't think it is worthy enough to discuss FOR YOU, the authority on what is CFL related/centrix.

It does seem that the chatter in the US of Kaepernick to the CFL is building. I was looking at the Sporting News and found this older article. They suggest he go the way of the CFL. there are other comments articles on this subject so I will post them when I have gone through it

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Come North Colin. Come North.

Does anyone have his CFL rights?

Why is it that every yesterday's south of the border washed up flavour , is suggested to come to the CFL ?

don't think this guy is washed up, teams don't want him because of what he did. If the NFL followed the CFL rule where players must stand along the sidelines for the anthem then this wouldn't of happened. No standing, No anthem, No game and player is sent to the locker room.

Kaepernick would do well up here I think. His speed would kill defenses on a CFL sized field.

The thing that would hold him back is his accuracy and consistency. He shows flashes of brilliance followed by horrendous play. Then again he didn't have much of an oline in San Francisco.

It'd be interesting to see him up here.

TOTALLY AGREE !!!! This guy has BIG BIG Bucks in the bank. CAN and Will get a backup role for 2 million a year
with high incentives for success. Oh!!! Forget that for $250,000 to play in Canada.

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It looks like Montreal has his rights.

That's from 2013, and neg lists are always changing, since each team can only have 35 players on the list.

maybe , maybe not , that link is from 2013 . I'm not sure of what the parameters are for how long a team can have a player on their neg list. It indeed does look like the Als did have CK neg listed 4 years ago but that doesn't necessarily mean that they still do today.

BUT then again in this updated link I found (2016) The article mentions and quotes Russ Lande who is apparently the college scouting director for the Alouettes as well as an NFL draft analyst talking about how he thinks Kaepernick would fare if he did come to the CFL.
Reading more into this article it would appear that the Alouettes still do indeed have the neg list rights to CK.

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Given his history would anyone be surprised if Popp brought a QB with NFL name recognition to Toronto ?

Then would any out of favor/flavor QB turn down an opportunity that maybe Trestman could help them re-ignite their career ?

And Tillman gets to the fax machine first :lol:

....I thought the Als. had him on their neg. list??? Doesn't matter anyway...I doubt that he'll ever see the inside of a CFL stadium...unless he pays for a ticket...I could be wrong and he'll follow the steps of the illustrious Vince Young and want to make himself great again...I think however you have to be great in the first place before you can be great again :smiley:

Apparently Tillman added RG III to his neg list as well ......Ah the games people play !

Ticats add Kaepernick, RGIII to neg. list

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats added two prominent names to their negotiation list on Monday, quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.
Both QBs are currently free agents, after Kaepernick opted out of his deal with the San Francisco 49ers this off-season and Griffin was released by the Cleveland Browns.
Kaepernick and Griffin have each experienced tremendous success in the NFL in the past, but at this stage are now likely looking to sign with an NFL team in a backup role.
Kaepernick's best years came when he was playing under current University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh. He helped lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.
The 29-year-old, who has 12,271 career passing yards and another 2,300 rushing yards in six NFL seasons, stirred up controversy last season when he kneeled for the American national anthem.
Injuries have derailed Griffin's career after an impressive rookie season that saw him gain more than 4,000 combined yards and 27 touchdowns. After three seasons with Washington, who traded up to draft him second overall in 2012, Grifin played for the Browns last season.

Yup it's apparently official according to Dunk , CK is on the Cats Neg List ...........BUT WAIT !!!! It gets better , they also seem to have RG3 all Negged up as well. I wonder if Tillman has Jones number on speed dial ? :wink:

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