In NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s first public appearance in almost two weeks, he was hit with an array of questions by the media, one of them being why former 49er QB Colin Kaepernick is not currently on an NFL roster. Despite multiple attempts of present media members to press him into answering further, he was steadfast in his talking points, saying,
“Our clubs are the ones that make decisions on players that they wanna have on their roster,
“They make that individually. They make that in the best interests of their team.”
He continued, “They all want to win … and they’re all gonna do whatever they can to win.”
When a second reporter pushed Goodell on the issue he reiterated.
“I think if a team decides that Colin Kaepernick or any other player can help their team win, that’s what they’ll do.
“They want to win and they make those decisions individually in the best interests of their club.”
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The free agent Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL under the current CBA for colluding with clubs to keep him from any roster in the league. Despite throwing for a career total of 12,271 yards, 72 TD’s, and 30 INT’s, he has yet to garner any interest from the leagues’ 31 other teams after being released by San Francisco. It might have to do with his less than stellar production his last two active years in the league, posting an average 46.45 QBR during a span where his team went 7-25. Goodell seems to think so, too.
Obviously Goodell must and will make public statements like he did yesterday to continue to maintain the stance that there has been no collusion on the league’s part. That said, without a doubt teams want players on their team who can help them win and who don’t bring excessive baggage or drama. No matter what you think of Kaepernick’s cause, wherever he goes the sideshow distractions will follow. In that respect, it is obvious that most front offices see more downside than upside when it comes to Kaepernick, all things considered. And it doesn’t seem like that view will be changing anytime soon.