There are a lot of dumpster fires in America right now, but if you look closely, you’ll discover the NFL is by far one of the most uncontrollable.
Following Drew Brees reversing his stance on kneeling during the national anthem, the NFL is prepared to embrace rampant disrespect towards our country for the upcoming season like we haven’t seen before.
But Roger Goodell just put the final nail on the coffin of the NFL for good after this crazy proposal.
Unless you’ve completely ignored the NFL over the last several seasons, the league is not only planning to embrace kneeling, but disgraced former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will likely end up in a uniform after nearly four years.
That’s a reach from what happened in the middle of last season when the NFL sanctioned a private workout for Kaepernick and invited teams to watch.
Kaepernick performed averagely so it wasn’t shocking that no teams called despite his lawyer Mark Geragos claiming two were highly interested. In the weeks that followed, it was clear that NFL franchises were disinterested with the divisive figure because the risk/reward wasn’t worth it for a mediocre quarterback.
Following Drew Brees highly publicized reversal on anthem-kneeling, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell all but encouraged players to kneel during the national anthem in the immediate future.
But Goodell took it a step further in an interview with ESPN’s Mike Greenberg in which the commissioner revealed he would “welcome” teams to sign the quarterback that hasn’t played a down in nearly four years.
Goodell said, “Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision. But I welcome that, support a club making that decision, and encourage them to do that.”
This is a stark contrast to just a couple years ago when Kaepernick sued the NFL and its franchises for “colluding” to keep him out of the league. Kaepernick can’t say that anymore, right?
Goodell added, “If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities. We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues, that have been around for a long time. But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
Recently, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said “we owe a tremendous amount” to Kaepernick in an interview on The Ringer’s “Flying Coach” podcast. Carroll went on to say he regretted not signing Kaepernick less than two years ago when he worked out of them.
Too little, too late, right?
How would that even work? Russell Wilson is the highest paid quarterbacks in the league and you’re going to spend more of your cap space on keeping a glorified backup? That doesn’t make economical sense. Why pay a backup that money when you can spend it on a different starting position?
Which teams have quarterback needs right now where this is even a plausibility? The Los Angeles Chargers just lost Philip Rivers. The New England Patriots just lost Tom Brady. Outside of that, nearly every NFL team is already set at quarterback. And there’s no way Patriots head coach Bill Belichick wants that headache so that leaves the Chargers.
And that probably won’t happen either but expect Kaepernick to be on an NFL team at some point next season for optics reasons. Watch the NFL strike a secret deal with the franchise that rosters him where his salary doesn’t count against the cap. No cap for Kaep.