A few years ago everybody was focused on the “new kids” at quarterback: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick. These players supposedly would change the course of NFL football, all possessing legs as deadly as their arms. One particular analyst went so far as to say that Kaep could be “one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.”
Good luck ever living that one down, Jaws.
These days, Luck is doing OK and Wilson has played in a couple of Super Bowls, so their jobs are fairly secure. Healthy bank accounts, too. Wilson even married a smokin’ hot, famous recording artist. But the other two guys? Currently unemployed.
RG3 being out of a job is pretty easy to explain: devastating knee injury during the playoffs his rookie season, coach benched him the following year because he kinda sucked, third season saw an early injury, then he played just well enough to become RG3rd String in his fourth year, and was released. To add insult to injury (pun intended) it isn’t that the only team who wanted him was the Browns…the insult was that the Browns released him, too. Let’s give him a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it: the QB the Redskins drafted waaaay down in the fourth round of the same draft made $20 million last season, and will make $24 million this year. Possibly $34 million next year (but really, no way THAT happens).
Five years ago, Robert Griffin III was RG3 – today, he’s just Bob.
So today everybody’s fascination is: why is Colin Kaepernick unemployed?
Some people think it’s simply because he just isn’t a very good quarterback: he’s a stare-down-first-option-only-and-then-run-like-hell player. And he’s not very accurate when he does throw the ball. But hold on: he took his team to a Super Bowl, and then came within seconds of going to another Super Bowl (Pro Tip: do not ever again attempt a TD pass to a receiver being covered by Richard Sherman in any game, especially not during the NFC Championship game – am I right, Aaron Rodgers?) And his former coach has recently stated that Jaws may actually be right. So his ability to play QB is not the reason.
Most people are thinking it’s a league-wide conspiracy, that Kaep is being blackballed. Orly?
Some people say it’s because of his new vegan diet, resulting in loss of body bulk, so teams don’t want to pay a guy who could be too brittle to play the position. Well, Tom Brady is so health-food conscious, he eats avocado ice cream for desert, and he’s still playing in Super Bowls every couple of years. So Kaep’s sudden taste for kale ain’t it.
Previously, people were saying it was because of Kaepernick’s “anthem protest” last season, and team owners across the league are possibly a little pissed off about it. In addition he later said, “Patriotism is earned, it’s not something you demand”, but part of being a patriot is exercising your right to vote in order to demand change, and Kaep didn’t vote, stating “The system still remains intact that oppresses people of color” without realizing that the current POTUS was a person of color…and on his second term. So owners being unhappy about his protesting is plausible, yes.
Of course, now Kaep says he won’t be continuing his protests at games, which is a really good thing, because I firmly believe that if you don’t vote, you have no right to bitch. But his protests last season aren’t the reason he’s not employed. Three different teams signed a guy after he served prison time for killing dogs while running an illegal dog-fighting ring, and protesting the flag is a distant-second place to something like that.
So why is Colin Kaepernick unemployed? It’s simple: he quit his job, leaving over $14 million on the table.
He could have stayed with the 49ers and continued to collect checks on that so-called “team friendly” contract he signed. Remember when everybody thought he was crazy for taking that deal?
Yeah, well, throwing away 14 million bucks and being unemployed is a nice paper cut.