Several NFL team owners, including Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, will be deposed under the collusion grievance suit filed against them by free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
According to ESPN reports, Jones and McNair, along with New England Patriots principal owner Robert Kraft, San Francisco owner Jed York, Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen and Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Biscotti, will not only be deposed but also asked to hand over their e-mails and even cellphone records for investigation of any evidence of collusion against Kaepernick.
Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said on Oct. 31 that he expected his client to be signed “within the next 10 days.”
“I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him,” Geragos said on The Adam Carolla Show. “I think somebody’s gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses, and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more.”
But those 10 days have come and gone and Kaepernick is still without a job.
Perhaps Geragos thought the grievance case filed by Kaepernick on Oct. 15 would pressure owners into signing the quarterback, but some might argue the suit may have had the exact opposite effect on the owners.
FS1 sports commentator Shannon Sharpe recently argued on his TV show “Undisputed” that owners like McNair definitely won’t sign Kaepernick now that he’s suing them, out of fear that it would actually prove they initially colluded against him.
Kaepernick supporters were enraged earlier this month after learning the Houston Texans decided to sign veteran journeyman quarterback Matt McGloin to help fill the void left by recently injured rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Watson, a super-talented dual-threat quarterback, was off to an amazing start to his career before tearing his ACL during practice on Nov. 2. With the Texans’ decision to replace him with the likes of quarterback Tom Savage and McGloin, it’s no wonder Kaep fans were pissed.
Why would Houston try to replace a man of Watson’s talents with players who don’t compare? Neither Savage nor McGloin possesses the arm talent or athletic mobility that Watson has. Why not sign someone that can match the abilities that Watson offered, to minimize any fall-off in production at the quarterback position?
“Anybody but Kaepernick, huh,” an angered fan sarcastically tweeted in response to reports of Houston’s signing of McGloin.
“Matt McGloin??? If only there was a mobile QB like Watson who could fit seamlessly into the Houston Texans offense…” was the similarly sarcastic response of another fan.
Ian Kenyon, an NFL associate editor for Bleacher Report, tweeted that “Kaepernick would fit the Texans offense really well and they’re in the playoff hunt. Going with Savage/McGloin is throwing towel in on season.”
Houston released McGloin a week later and picked up another veteran backup, Josh Johnson. Johnson, an African-American quarterback, has an athletic mobility similar to Watson, but his career resume lacks in comparison to the much more accomplished Kaepernick. Johnson hasn’t even attempted an NFL pass in six years.
Johnson’s signing led to further speculation that Houston wanted to sign any Black quarterback in an effort to silence critics who have called McNair out for a recent racially offensive comment he made, in which he referred to players who protest as inmates running the prison.
Peter Manfre of Toro Times said he believed signing Kaepernick would have saved the Texans from the “public relations nightmare” of McNair’s comments. But that may not even matter once McNair’s phone records and emails are exposed. If any evidence of collusion by McNair and his peers is discovered, Kaepernick may finally receive the justice he deserves.