Sunday saw the Packers potentially lose Aaron Rodgers for the season while Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against NFL owners for collusion. Could all of this be solved by the Packers signing Kaepernick? Boomer Esiason doesn’t think so.
Appearing on Toucher & Rich Monday morning, Esiason stressed the lack of attention played to both Kaepernick’s ability and his contract demands when noting why the 29-year-old remains out of the league.
“There is no way in the world that Colin Kaepernick could go in there tomorrow, learn that offense and go out on the field and play next week,” Esiason said of a fit with the Packers. “I don’t know what people are thinking about. I don’t know why they don’t understand that the NFL and offenses in the NFL are extremely difficult to pick up, and that’s why I give former Patriot quarterback Jacoby Brissett as much credit as I possibly can, doing what he’s doing what he’s doing with the Indianapolis Colts, and he’s been doing it on the fly.”
Added Esiason: “The other aspect of all of this with Colin Kaepernick is how much does he want? And how much more is he going to let somebody else talk for him? When is he going to open his own mouth and say, ‘Yeah, you know, I want to play and this is how much I want’ Everyone just assumes that somebody should just sign him because he went to the Super Bowl a number of years ago and they should write him a $10 million check because he’s some sort of activist.
“I’m sorry. It doesn’t work that way. You’re either prepared to play and when you go in and you get an opportunity, you make the most of it. Remember, he’s the one that walked away from the San Francisco 49ers. He’s the one that said, ‘Hey, I’ll go walk away from my contract and the amount of money you’re going to pay me.’ At the end of the day, other teams decided to interview and didn’t want him.”
Esiason says that there is “no way” Kaepernick will be able to prove collusion on the part of the NFL. Rather, Esiason hinted at the move being a publicity stunt.
“This is just another thing in the media, it’s just another thing to promote what he’s trying to do, it’s another thing to put a black eye on the NFL,” Esiason said. “In my eyes, that’s what this is.
“He could be fighting for social justice and be the greatest human being in the world. At the end of the day, football teams want players who want to play football and who are good at it, and I don’t believe he’s either one.”