The Denver Broncos need to find a backup quarterback for the upcoming NFL season. Denver recently demoted Paxton Lynch to third string, and second-year QB Chad Kelly still is being developed which leaves the cupboard pretty bare behind Case Keenum.
But don’t expect Colin Kaepernick to walk through that door.
Broncos general manager John Elway offered Kaepernick a contract back in 2016, but the quarterback turned it down. Speaking with the media Thursday, Elway was asked if Kaepernick was a “viable option” at QB for the 2018 campaign and his answer won’t surprise you.
“You know what, and I said this a while ago, Colin had his chance to be here. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it,” Elway said. “As I said in my deposition … he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”
Seems like that ship has sailed.
The contract the Broncos offered Kaepernick at the time was part of a trade with the San Francisco 49ers that would have required Kaepernick to restructure his contract and take a pay cut, so naturally, he declined.
Following the 2016 season, Kaepernick has been unable to find a new home in the NFL due to his decision to protest police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem. He has filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL and its owners.
Back in May, Elway gave a deposition as part of the case and noted that Kaepernick had the option to become a Bronco. Since that was before the protest started it’s not exactly relevant to the case, but Elway is trying to cover his bases.
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