Brinson: Elway's Comments Could Hurt NFL

John Elway acknowledged that the Broncos were interested in acquiring Colin Kaepernick – months before he began taking a knee

Ferrall On The Bench
August 17, 2018 - 9:20 am

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The Broncos demoted Paxton Lynch to third string and promoted Mr. Irrelevant Chad Kelly to second string this week, leading to speculation that Denver might sign Colin Kaepernick to bring some (quality) depth to the position. John Elway, however, said that Kaepernick would not be a consideration, as he apparently had a chance to become a Bronco in 2016 but “passed.” 

Elway may not realize it, but those comments could hurt the NFL in its collusion case against Kaepernick.

“It does because Elway basically said, ‘We wanted Colin Kaepernick,’ appearing to forget that he wanted Colin Kaepernick in the offseason before the 2016 year when there were discussions between the 49ers and the Broncos about a possible trade,” CBSSports.com senior NFL writer Will Brinson said on Ferrall on the Bench. “It was back in April of 2016, and Elway and the Broncos were interested – and that was before Colin Kaepernick did his whole kneeling thing. Since then, there’s been no interest from the Broncos. 

“So you can reasonably imply with the statements from John Elway – when he came out and said take the politics out of football – that the Broncos and Elway preferred Kaepernick or liked Kaepernick before he took a knee and then didn’t like him after he took a knee,” Brinson continued. “Now that may or may not be completely accurate, but it certainly looks that way when you read the headlines and read the statement. There should be more facts that come out, but I don’t think that John Elway did himself any favors with this statement on Thursday.”