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Discussion in 'Blinded by the Lombardis: Patriots Forum' started by soxhop411, May 22, 2018.
Sign him and trade him for Larry Fitzgerald
It is at least possible that whatever Kaepernick gets as a settlement takes his future NFL earnings into account. In which case the vet minimum might actually make some sense from his perspective. Given what has just taken place with him over the past 2+ years, it’s unlikely that there will be a horde of teams bidding up his price.
Playing time in NE could very easily be 0 or just a handful of snaps. That won’t interest him much but who knows what his market will look like.
I'm sorry if this has been brought up, but ... could the agent's mention of the Patriots simply be a jab at CK's most vocal critic?
After all, it was following a plane ride with Kraft that Trump went off-script and brought up Kaepernick in a speech. Saying he would want to play in NE could just be sticking a needle under his skin.
As a purely intellectual exercise it would be fun to think about using Kaepernick to run the Paul Hornung option pass. All that is old is new again!
I doubt his body would hold up to the beating though, or that he’d be interested in that kind of a gimmicky role.
I don't see Kaep signing for the minimum and there are much better opportunities to get snaps this year than in New England where he's had a headset on as a punching bag......literally nobody wins in that environment. I'm guessing this was a throwaway line by an agent who knows it would generate Kaep's name circulating to help gauge a market. Carolina makes sense with Newton's shoulder injury along with Reid showing ownership isn't afraid of PR hits (at least less than others). Seattle is another is the Russell Wilson trade demand to the Giants is true as Kaep already has a footprint in that market/division.
It will be interesting and Goodell has to be cringing as the prospect of Kaepernick wearing a jersey this summer/fall but if he signs I'd guess it's an incentive laden deal with a one-year out with a team where there is real opportunity.
Kaep deal netted < $10M
Have to believe this was leaked by someone on the owners’ side who was upset that the settlement was construed in many quarters as a tacit admission of guilt. Wonder if Kaepernick or Reid will try to reopen the deal or seek damages for violation of its confidentiality clause.
I personally thought Kaepernick might be disappointed in his damages award even if he persuaded the arbitrator that collusion occurred. Arbitrators tend to split the baby; the temptation would be there to find that while collusion occurred, Kaepernick’s career as a starting QB was over and he would’ve earned only backup money going forward. So I’m not surprised to learn that he accepted a settlement in the mid-to-high seven figures.