Mike Francesa: Kaepernick Doesn't Actually Want To Play In NFL

"He Wants To Cash In Against The League And Off The Field"

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November 18, 2019 - 4:05 pm

On Saturday, free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick completed a 40-minute workout in front of representatives from eight teams. Originally, 25 teams planned to be in attendance for the workout, that was previously scheduled to be at the Atlanta Falcons training facility.

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The location of the practice was changed shortly before the start of the workout because of a disagreement over the terms of the workout between Kaepernick's representatives and the NFL.

WFAN's Mike Francesa explained his thoughts on the Kaepernick situation Monday afternoon.

"I told you the whole thing was a farce from the beginning ... to take off and have his own [workout>, he has no intention of playing in the league ... the NFL wanted to make sure they didn't get hit with another lawsuit."

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who led them to Super Bowl XLVII, hasn't played in the NFL since the 2016 season.

"I don't think Kaepernick wants to play in the NFL. What he's trying to do is position himself where he can have his big PR day and show he can still get people there. Get a lot of attention, which gets him set for his next payday, commercial he's gonna do, to get his message out. Show everybody I can still throw it, I'm being unjustly kept out of the league, send the whole message ... I think he wants to cash in against the league and cash in off the field ... that's all he's looking for, his payday."

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the Niners in March 2017 and became a free agent. He went unsigned through the off-season and 2017 training camp.

"If he really wanted to go about it, you'd go through it the quiet way, contact the teams in need, ask if you could work out for that team quietly, without anyone even knowing and show them you still have something left. That stuff has not gone on... you didn't need the public there."

In October 2017, he filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing the 32 league owners of collusion to keep him out of the league.

"I think the NFL wants him to go away. The NFL wants no part of him. They don't want the lawsuits or bad publicity... all it is is one side trying to scam the other side."

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