A source inside the NFL has told The Daily Caller that Colin Kaepernick has turned down at least one contract because he didn’t want to take the league minimum salary and wanted to start, it was reported Tuesday.
The report contradicted the narrative coming out of the former 49ers quarterback’s camp — namely, that his political views had blackballed him from the league.
“Colin thinks he’s fighting a much higher battle than he is,” the source said. “He views himself as a race messiah.”
While it wasn’t clear what team had offered him the contract that he rejected — which was worth the league minimum of $900,000 a year for a seventh-year player — the report in The Daily Caller appeared one week after the Baltimore Ravens broke off negotiations with the former 49ers quarterback.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had indicated he was interested in Kaepernick as a backup, given that Baltimore’s Joe Flacco is known for his frequent injuries as much as he is his deep passing.
However, after Ravens legend Ray Lewis posted a video online which said Kaep needed to focus on football instead of SJWing, things went sour. Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa Diab — apparently a major player in his negotiating tactics, according to the source — called Lewis a slave and Bisciotti his master. Negotiations stalled, and it’s looking like Kaep won’t be playing in Charm City anytime in 2017.
Baltimore isn’t the only team that’s backed away from Kaep after expressing interest, either. Back in May, the Seattle Seahawks brought him in for a tryout. While the team was apparently impressed, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll would later cryptically explain why the team didn’t sign him.
“He’s a starter in this league,” Carroll said, according to Fox Sports. “We have a starter, but he is a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
Carroll refused to discuss the salary Kaepernick was requesting, but a CBS Sports report from March may explain why his demands have priced him out of the league. According to them, Kaepernick wanted $9 or $10 million per year and an opportunity to start.
Given that there are only maybe a dozen or so teams where the long-term starter isn’t necessarily locked down, that significantly reduces the set of teams that are set to bid on Kaepernick. And, even if he dropped the starting requirement, he still wants a hefty salary for a man who was frequently benched last season in favor of the 49ers backup, Ryan Leaf-level bust Blaine Gabbert.
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While Kaepernick has retweeted a writer who has claimed that Kaepernick’s salary demands aren’t the reason he isn’t getting signed, he hasn’t necessarily been upfront about what his people are demanding from teams.
It’s pretty obvious that Colin Kaepernick is using his refusal to stand for the national anthem and his associated forays into social justice as a cover-up for the fact that he simply can’t pull the kind of salary that he did before. He wants money and a starting job handed to him on a silver platter in spite of the fact that he hasn’t earned any of it through his play.
Perhaps most disturbing is the fact that Kaepernick’s cause is now being used as a threat by the left against the NFL. Dr. Harry Edwards, a sports sociologist and civil rights activist who has been advising Kaepernick, says that the NFL will have a “problem” if Kaepernick isn’t signed by the start of the season — demands and all, one assumes.
“If Kaep makes up his mind (to play), he wouldn’t only go in and make a team, he’d put pressure on somebody to start,” Dr. Edwards said to USA Today back in May.
“I don’t think there’s any question that there are some owners who wouldn’t have him in the league, much less on their team,” Edwards added. “But I fully expect one (team to sign him), because it’s in the best interest of the league to have him on a team.
Now, Spike Lee is pushing for a protest at NFL headquarters to support Kaepernick’s cause, tweeting about a rally Aug. 23. Good grief.
The reason Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been signed is simple: his demands. That’s why there’s no team that wants him. It’s time for everyone to stop pretending it’s anything but that.
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