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Colin Kaepernick: No Option as Broncos Backup Quarterback; Passed Up Chance, Elway Says

Colin Kaepernick: No Option as Broncos Backup Quarterback; Passed Up Chance, Elway Says

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Friday, 17 August 2018 05:32 AM

Colin Kaepernick is not an option as a veteran backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos, general manager John Elway said on Thursday, noting his opportunity to join the NFL team came and went in 2016.

"Colin had his chance to be here," Elway told reporters, referencing the Broncos' trade discussions with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 offseason. "We offered him a contract. He didn't take it. So, as I said it in my deposition (for Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL) -- and I don't know if I'm legally able to say this -- but he's had his chance to be here. He passed it."

The Broncos and 49ers got far enough in trade discussions during the spring of 2016 that Kaepernick was allowed to meet with Elway.

The GM reportedly asked Kaepernick to take a paycut of $12.4 million combined over the final two seasons of his deal, a six-year, $114 million pact that had been signed in 2014, and Kaepernick declined. No trade was ever made.

That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game. He played in 12 games that regular season for the 49ers before opting out of his contract in March of 2017, though many expected the team to release him if he did not opt out.

He has not played in the NFL since.

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Colin Kaepernick is not an option as a veteran backup quarterback for the Denver Broncos, general manager John Elway said on Thursday, noting his opportunity to join the NFL team came and went in 2016.
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