Colin "Controversy" Kaepernick has been having a hard time finding a team to sign him this season, and according to his former GM it's because of a question of priorities.
San Francisco 49ers General Manager John Lynch spoke to Kaepernick's unique situation and offered up his perspective on what the veteran quarterback needs to do if he wants other NFL teams to seriously consider signing him.
Lynch said during an interview with KNBR radio in San Francisco last week:
“I would tell you with my conversations with Colin, he is fully committed to wanting to be in this league I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list. …
“I think the way you could best help yourself is not to have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and give an interview and let people know where you stand because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him.”
Sound a little strange? It is, and says more about the fact that perceptions around the controversy tied to Kaepernick overshadow his abilities and assets as a player. You don't see other controversial players having to go out and reaffirm their desire to play in public forums, and Kaepernick wasn't even arrested, suspended, or fell victim to the usual issues that can derail an NFL career.
None the less, not many teams seem willing to do much more than kick the tires on the veteran quarterback so far this summer, perhaps he really could use some heavy PR work to reassure potential employers.
Source: Matt Bonesteel - The Washington Post · Photo Credit: KEYSTONE PRESS