Given the barrage of injuries during Week 2 of the NFL season, many fans may have thought that quarterback Colin Kaepernick would get his chance to rejoin the league — especially with the ongoing Black Lives Matter and the stance the league has taken. Even Commissioner Roger Goodell recently talked about how he wished he had listened to Kaep earlier when the signal-caller quietly protested by kneeling during the national anthem years ago, which seems to have been the closest we’ve seen to an apology for the former 49ers player.
Update: Denver is signing former Jags’ and Rams’ QB Blake Bortles to a one-year deal once he passes his COVID protocols, per source.
With Drew Lock out 3-5 weeks, the Broncos almost signed Bortles last year and now will take the next step this year.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 22, 2020
However, after seeing the Denver Broncos sign the inconsistent Blake Bortles to replace injured starter Drew Lock, some fans on Twitter were pissed; and didn’t hold back in ripping the Broncos for seemingly ignoring the better option out there, Colin Kaepernick.
— Joaquin Montoya (@broken_taco) September 22, 2020
if you believe Blake Bortles deserves a contract before Colin Kaepernick due to ability alone, please come see me for individual sessions. I'm a licensed substance abuse counselor
— Quentin Quarantino (@SwAnK_LuCaS) September 22, 2020
Colin Kaepernick still jobless with guys like Blake Bortles constantly get jobs. https://t.co/uJR3NzJBnN
— Anthony Ferrara (@ant11797) September 22, 2020
— ✊🏾🇵🇷ElJefe🇵🇷✊🏾 (@El_Jefe_PR) September 22, 2020
@Kaepernick7 is available and we're calling Blake bortles. This is a bad dream.
— MileHighBroncosGuy (@MileHighGOAT) September 22, 2020
How much hatred can John Elway have for Kaepernick?
He just signed Blake Bortles.
— Anonymous Sports Guy (@BlankNa06278498) September 22, 2020
Ah yes, Blake bortles, that QB who’s *clearly and significantly* better than Colin kaepernick
— Michael Turkell (@turkellviolin) September 22, 2020
blake bortles getting multiple opportunities before colin kaepernick is proof that whatever amount he settled with the nfl in the collusion suit for was far too small
— Broncos Reddit (@Broncos_Reddit) September 22, 2020
The 26-year-old Bortles, a former No. 3 overall pick, spent his first five seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars before becoming the backup for the L.A. Rams in 2019. For his career, he’s thrown 103 touchdowns and 75 interceptions with a 59.3 completion percentage, so it’s not like he can’t hit the broad side of a barn. But, c’mon, those are far from impressive stats, guys.
Still, when compared to the 32-year-old Colin Kaepernick — who, in his five seasons as a starter, threw 72 touchdowns, 30 interceptions, completed 59.8 percent of his passes and added 2,300 rushing yards and 13 rushing touchdowns — many thought the Broncos did the dude dirty by not bringing him in for a workout. Who knows, maybe Kaep got a call and turned down the opportunity (since, you know, he doesn’t really need the NFL anymore now that his voice has been heard loud and clear). Or maybe Denver’s brass really just didn’t think he was capable of leading the team after an 0-2 start?
Kaepernick has long-been blackballed by the NFL, and, while the league and Roger Goodell continue to praise him for leading the movement against police brutality years ago, it’s clear the quarterback’s still on the outside looking in. With Nike recently releasing a second version of their Icon jersey honoring the player — which quickly sold out — it’s clear Kaep is still very popular among fans. Now it’s just up to an NFL team to take a chance on him.