Colin Kaepernick: Will the Traveling Circus End?

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Ever since it was announced that QB Colin Kaepernick would be leaving the San Francisco 49ers, people have been speculating about his fate. Obviously he would get signed in free agency, right? He’s the best QB option available, isn’t he? Then, March 9, the official start of NFL free agency, passed. Then the rest of March…April…May…June…and now July has almost concluded and Kaep has still yet to find a new football home. I read an article today about the Baltimore Ravens needing another QB option with Joe Flacco sustaining a back injury that is projected to keep him out for at least three weeks. Of course, Kaep’s name came up because Ravens HC John Harbaugh knows about Kaep from his brother, Jim Harbaugh, having coached Kaep in San Fran. Oh, and they played against each other in a Super Bowl, so there’s that.

I decided, what the heck, I’ll project what will happen with Kaep, too. So here are a few spots I think he might end up:

7. Denver Broncos– I HIGHLY doubt GM John Elway would sign a guy with Kaep’s antics. And the salary cap probably isn’t conducive to a Kaep signing in Denver. And Elway seems to see something in Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch that the rest of the world doesn’t see. But I don’t see what Elway sees so screw it, I’m putting Denver in here anyway.

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Colin, you’ll never usurp me as starter.

6. Las Vegas Raiders– I know that they are still the Oakland Raiders for the next couple of seasons but I put Las Vegas there for a very specific reason: Kaep played his college ball in Nevada, and he was good (good enough to beat what was probably the best Boise State football team to ever take the field in 2010). Even though he would only be a backup to Derek Carr, I’m sure the Raiders could bring in some extra revenue by having the local boy ride the bench and play in preseason.

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Only after I retire, Colin.

5. Arizona Cardinals– If there is one thing that we all learned from the Cards’ 2016-17 season, it’s that Carson Palmer is not getting any younger. Granted, part of the reason he looked so bad last year was because he looked so good in the 2015-16 season. Regardless, he is 37 years old and I don’t think he is on the Tom Brady diet and workout routine that will allow him to play well into his 40s. Also, Bruce Arians is known as a QB whisperer (see Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, Andrew Luck, and…well…Carson Palmer). What’s wrong with this possibility? Blaine Gabbert is listed as the 3rd QB on the Cards depth chart and there were several times where he looked better than Kaep in San Francisco. So this one probably isn’t very likely. But it would be fun to see Kaep playing for (theoretically) a contender again.

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Nice of Geno to leave me his jersey.

4. New York Jets– Nothing can save the 2017-18 New York Jets. NOTHING. If this team wins more than 2 games, with or without Kaep, I would be SHOCKED. That said, Kaep could be the interesting, controversial player that the Jets need to get any sort of fans to show up to view their train wreck in person.

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Chad, I think you’ve got my jersey there.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars– I honestly feel as though this scenario hasn’t been talked about at all even though it’s a pretty interesting scenario. Maybe it’s because the Jags have been dumping so much money into their defense that they likely don’t have enough for Kaep. But follow me for a second: Let’s say the Jags decide to finally give up on “franchise QB” Blake Bortles. Kaep would join an offense with 2017 first-round pick RB Leonard Fournette, promising young WRs Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, and a solid o-line with 2017 second-round pick Cam Robinon, up-and-comer AJ Cann, veteran Branden Albert, and the highest-paid C in NFL history, Brandon Linder. That, plus the part about the money that the Jags have been pouring into their defense would make for an easy job for Kaep. But, then, that job is supposed to be easy for Bortles, too. He makes it look IMMENSELY difficult.

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Calm down, Colin. I’ll only be out for a few weeks.

2. Baltimore Ravens– (see the first paragraph of this article) He’d mostly be a temp in this scenario.

1. Retirement– Let’s be honest, this is far and away the most realistic scenario on this list. The league has turned his back on him because of his controversial pregame national anthem antics. The National Football League prides itself on being patriotic (hence the annual “Salute to Service” week), and Kaep certainly isn’t. The anti-Kaep sentiment doesn’t just run amongst NFL front offices, either. Fans of teams who have been working out Kaepernick have been protesting against his signing, including his most recently visited team (just a couple days ago), Baltimore.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on your thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s fate and/or on whatever else is on your mind, along with a much appreciated like. As always, respectful, constructive criticism is welcome. If you are not yet a follower, join Team TheHaysWay so you can say that, unlike Kaepernick, you are on a team. 🙂 Have a pleasant tomorrow!


Daily Update: June 29, 2016

“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” -Tom Landry, Former Dallas Cowboys Head Coach

Never give up on your goals. I love this quote for that reason. No goal is unattainable, and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise. No matter what happens on your road to achieving a goal, keep fighting. I mean that wholeheartedly. Even if unexpected events alter your plans, NEVER give up. Nothing can stop you from achieving what you want to achieve. If you put your mind and/or your heart into something, you WILL achieve that goal. My goal right now is to bring you all the daily NFL news, so I’m staying with it, and here it is:

  1. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck has become the highest-paid player in the National Football League. He signed a new six-year contract worth $140 million today, with $47 million guaranteed. This comes following his worst season in the league. Definitely an interesting time to give him this contract, but his previous seasons have given no reason to say he isn’t worth it. Plus, the Colts don’t currently have many players that are elite enough to give lots of money to, so why not?
  2. ‘All or Nothing’ is set to premiere on July 1. That’s right, just two days away. ‘All or Nothing’ is Amazon’s new version of ‘Hard Knocks’. The series follows the journey of the Arizona Cardinals during the 2015-16 season. There are eight, one-hour episodes in the series, and they will all be available to Amazon customers from July 1-August 31 on all Amazon platforms (Fire TV, their website, etc.).
  3. DE Cory Redding is retiring. He retires as a free agent following 13 seasons in the NFL. Redding spent last season with the Arizona Cardinals, the previous three seasons with the Indianapolis Colts, the two seasons prior with the Baltimore Ravens, the season before with the Seattle Seahawks, and the previous six seasons with the Detroit Lions.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, make sure to leave a comment on the daily quote and/or the daily news, along with a much-appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.

Daily Update: June 8, 2016

“I think the thing to do is enjoy the ride while you’re on it.” -Johnny Depp, Actor

I confess, I watched Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl again today, so I felt like getting a scene from that in here. Luckily, Captain Jack Sparrow had this gem of a quote that seemed to match the scene I picked perfectly. I agree with the quote. Regardless of what you choose to do with your life (or what happens in life that you don’t choose), the only thing you can really do is enjoy it. The truth is, life is fairly frivolous, so there is no point getting upset over things because you only have so much time with various different people, pets, or events. Don’t worry, be happy (and don’t worry, I won’t subject you to another song link for that, that said, leave a comment if you liked the music from yesterday and you want a daily song to be added in). Now, ON TO THE NEWS!!!:

  1. Contract extensions: A. Denver Broncos LB Von Miller rejected a $114.5 million offer from the team today. The deal would have made him the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. What else do you want? Do you really think you even deserve to make more than Houston Texans DE JJ Watt? I DON’T! B. Cincinnati Bengals RB Giovani Bernard signed a 3-year extension worth $15.5 million. Given Bernard’s flashes on the field, I think this was a great deal for the Bengals. I personally believe he is a better RB than teammate Jeremy Hill. C. The Indianapolis Colts are working on an extension with QB Andrew Luck. The deal will reportedly make Luck the highest-paid player in the league. Assuming last season was a fluke, Luck definitely deserves that kind of money after returning the Colts to relevance following their 2-14 season when QB Peyton Manning was injured.
  2. OG Manny Ramirez is retiring from the NFL. The news comes just three months after he signed a new deal with the Chicago Bears. Ramirez was a serviceable lineman, starting 65 games with the Denver Broncos and Detroit Lions, including starting at C in the Denver Broncos collapse to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48 (yes, he was the one who snapped the ball WAY over QB Peyton Manning’s head during the first play from scrimmage in that game). But, Mr Butt Fumble has a shot at starting at QB for the Denver Broncos now, so players can still be serviceable, despite COLOSSAL mistakes.
  3. John Madden is currently recovering from hip replacement surgery. So this isn’t super relevant, but Madden is the greatest coach in NFL history, a consultant in the only current, annual football video game, and a great broadcaster too. Go Madden!
  4. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed their 1st round, 25th overall pick, CB Artie Burns to a four-year contract today with a fifth-year team option. The monetary values haven’t been disclosed. I get the feeling Burns will not be good enough to warrant the use of the fifth-year team option, but I’ve been wrong MANY times before, so…

Just a quick memo: I was thinking about separating the quote of the day and the news of the day into two posts per day. Leave a comment with your opinion on that matter, because it doesn’t make a difference to me if my content is separated into different posts so you readers can look at just one if you don’t like the other daily component.

That’s all for TheHaysWay today, leave comments on my ideas for changing the blog, the quote of the day, and/or the news of the day, and PLEASE leave a much appreciated like. Have a pleasant tomorrow.