There were plenty of excuses thrown around for why NFL teams weren’t signing Colin Kaepernick, but the three most prevalent reasons were…
- Kaepernick would create a distraction in the locker room.
- The team would have to tailor the offense to Kaepernick’s strengths because he’s not a pocket passer.
- Kaepernick did not make it clear that he was committed to the game.
If any of those were remotely accurate – none of them are – it would make some sense that Kaepernick remains unemployed. But it’s not like we haven’t seen teams take a chance on quarterbacks carrying those very concerns. One of those teams being the Denver Broncos, whose GM John Elway was deposed in the Kaepernick’s collusion case against the league.
The Broncos, of course, have been looking for a quarterback since Peyton Manning retired. Elway tried to trade for Kaepernick before the 2016 season but the QB refused to take a significant pay cut. Elway said earlier this year that Kaepernick’s decision to turn down the deal meant the Broncos were no longer interested in signing him – even as they’ve continued searching for stability at the position.
Meanwhile Denver hasn’t exactly shied away from QBs who have one or more of the flaws supposedly keeping Kaepernick unsigned. The team had no problem giving Chad Kelly, currently the team’s backup, a chance after he was arrested following a fight at a nightclub, during which Kelly allegedly threatened to “spray this place” with an AK-47. That happened after he was dismissed from Clemson for “conduct detrimental to the team.” And Kelly repaid the faith the Broncos put in him by getting arrested and charged with trespassing on Monday night.
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