The Kansas City Chiefs Are Not Blackballing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /
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There are many in the media that claim Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have a job in the NFL because of bias. That may be true for some teams, but not the Kansas City Chiefs.

Colin Kaepernick created a firestorm last year when he refused to stand for the National Anthem. Since then, the situation has been a dramatic series of events that now sees Kaepernick as a very talented, but unemployed quarterback. Many in the media say he is being “blackballed”. That’s a strong allegation, and completely unfair to teams like the Kansas City Chiefs.

There is no doubt that there are some NFL teams that could use a player like Colin Kaepernick. There is also little doubt that at least one of those teams refuses to sign him because of his political and social stances and actions. However, to paint the league with a broad brush like that simply is not fair or accurate.

Are you going to tell me that the New England Patriots, with their quarterback situation, should sign Colin Kaepernick? If you answer “no” to that (as you should), then already you accept that this cannot be a league-wide issue. Each team is responsible only to themselves. If you answered “yes” to that question, then I’m going to assume you don’t watch much football.

Not A Simple Question

That is the true crux of the situation. Every team in the NFL must weigh their individual situation as to whether or not they should sign Colin Kaepernick. It’s not an easy question to answer. Teams must consider their current quarterback situation (both at starter and backup). They must factor in financial concerns as the latest reports have Kaepernick seeking a good bit of money.

Teams will also have to consider how Kaepernick fits into their system since he is not a prototypical passer. After all of that, then they must also factor in how much of a distraction Colin Kaepernick will be to the organization. Let us not forget the media nightmare that was Tim Tebow. That’s not what coaches want during training camp.

Certainly that is the case in Kansas City. The Chiefs are focusing on building off of their quality 2016 performance and taking the next step. Every move the team makes has to be one designed to make the entire roster better. There is very little room for error as this Chiefs team has the highest of aspirations.

Simply put, there is no place for Colin Kaepernick with the Kansas City Chiefs right now. They won’t be calling him, and they shouldn’t be. The potential gains weighed against the risks simply don’t add up in their favor. It’s not a matter of Kaepernick being “blackballed”…

…at least not in Kansas City. There are several reasons why that is.