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- More than halfway through the season, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent.
- His lawyer recently criticized the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos for poor quarterback play, saying both teams would benefit from signing his client.
- As part of Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, his lawyer plans to depose officials from the Texans, San Francisco 49ers, Dallas Cowboys, and other teams.
Ten weeks into the NFL season, there are still a number of sorry quarterback situations around the league, yet Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.
After learning that the San Francisco 49ers had plans to release him, Kaepernick opted out of his contract back in March and has been without a team ever since. His departure came on the heels of a tumultuous season, during which the California native made headlines for his protests during the national anthem.
Kaepernick has maintained that the protests, which have been continued by other players this season, are about police brutality and racial injustice, but many fans see them as a sign of disrespect to both the US and its military. While some feel that Kaepernick’s continued unemployment is due to football reasons, others believe that NFL front offices are scared of the potential backlash that would come with signing him, regardless of his skills.
Mark Geragos, Kaepernick’s lawyer, echoed this sentiment on a recent episode of “Reasonable Doubt,” his weekly podcast with the comedian Adam Carolla. Geragos identified two teams beset by poor quarterback play that could benefit from picking up his client: the Houston Texans and the Denver Broncos.
“Anybody who watched the Houston Texans game or Denver – did you watch the Denver game – I mean, they need a quarterback,” he said.
The Texans lost the star rookie Deshaun Watson to a torn ACL just two weeks ago, while the Broncos recently benched the Week 1 starter Trevor Siemian due to poor results. Neither team was closely linked to Kaepernick in searching for a replacement.
Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL last month, accusing its teams of colluding to keep him out of the league. The case is unlikely to land him on a roster, but it could have other massive implications. Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement can be terminated early after just one collusion incident if there is “clear and convincing evidence of a violation.”
On the podcast, Geragos said Houston Texans owner Bob McNair should feel especially compelled to sign Kaepernick. McNair landed in the news during the October owner meetings when he said the NFL “can’t have the inmates running the prison.”
“I just don’t understand the Texans,” he said. “If I’m Bob McNair, and maybe I’m addled and maybe I’m sick, I just don’t know. I mean, I’ll find out when I do his deposition, but if I’m Bob McNair, and I’ve already misspoken and my players want to come and beat the crap out of me, I think, that somebody should be whispering in my ear, ‘Sign Kap, sign Kap.’ Because that can redeem you, I would think, just from a public relations standpoint.”
Geragos previously predicted that Kaepernick would be signed by a team by November 11, but that turned out to be incorrect. He is surprised by how the season has progressed for his client, but confident about the case.
“I have to say, I just thought it was a no-brainer that somebody would do the right thing and sign him, and the fact that they haven’t, thank you very much,” he said. “They just made this case even stronger.”
In addition to McNair, Geragos will depose officials from the 49ers, Cowboys, Ravens, Seahawks, and Titans, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.