Colin Kaepernick Wants To Terminate CBA

Although Colin Kaepernick has filed a collusion lawsuit against NFL owners, his ultimate goal may not simply be gaining entrance into the league. Instead, Kaepernick is attempting to end the current contractual bargaining agreement that exists between the NFL and the NFLPA, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.Colin Kaepernick

The CBA can dissolved if an arbitrator determines that a single player was the victim of collusion, as Florio writes. However, the CBA clearly states that the “proceeding must be brought by the NFLPA,” per Jason Fitzgerald of Over the Cap (Twitter links). Kaepernick has reportedly filed the suit on his own and without the assistance of the union, which would seem to violate the preliminary conditions required for the dissolution of the CBA.

If Kaepernick were to precipitate the end of the current CBA, however, he’d be handing a large amount of leverage to current players, as Florio details. The CBA is not set to expire until the conclusion of the 2020 season, but terminating the agreement now would force league owners to immediately negotiate with the NFLPA, likely resulting in more favorable terms for the union.

The lawsuit is likely to end any chance Kaepernick ever had at returning to the NFL, per Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports, as the grievance “all but assures” that no club will offer Kaepernick a contract while he’s fighting the owners legally. But given that Kaepernick very well may have been ostracized from the NFL already, he has little to lose by filing suit against the league.

A source tells Florio the Titans’ rejection of Kaepernick following an injury to Marcus Mariota was the “final straw” for the embattled quarterback. Kaepernick reached out to Tennessee after Mariota went down with a hamstring strain, but the Titans expressed no interest and ultimately signed journeyman Brandon Weeden instead.

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  1. TJECK109

    As much as the players want their freedom to express their opinions owners are allowed to decide if they believe a player would be to much of a distraction. Given the likes of Michael Vick and others who have committed assaults and crimes it’s proven that owners will take a player back if they believe their talent outweighs the distraction. I think he’s got a hard uphill battle on this one.

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    • bencole

      Not if owners have emails suggesting one another not sign him that are found during the discovery process. That legally would be considered collusion and is both illegal and contrary to the Collective Bargaining Ageeement.

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      • Polymath

        Packers hire the Wisconsin native, Colin Kaepernick, to replace the injured Aaron Rodgers. His contract could include dropping the lawsuit or seeking to dismantle the CBS. Solves many issues.

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  2. WalkersDayOff

    Thats nice a non NFL player wants. a say in their rules. Kaepernick has about as much say in the CBA as you or me.

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    • padsquad

      That is not entirely true. He was a paying member of a union so he still has some say as long as he still has standing in that union.

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    • DidierD18

      I hate owners colluding to keep Tim Tebow out of the league. Also, CBA should ask what Tim Tebow thinks about CBA. /s

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      • HereComeThePhillies2018

        CK has a career rating nearly 14 pts higher than TT. 72:30 TD:INT ratio compared to 17:9. Nearly 200 yards passing per game vs. less than 70 yards passing per game.

        I get that you’re trying to be funny, but the courts would laugh at you if you tried to use Tim Tebow’s stats as comparables.

        CK has as many ints in his career as Brandon Weeden but with 40+ more TD passes. Twice as many yards passing. 12 times as many rushing yards. Weeden has a 6-19 record as a starter with equal or worse numbers than CK across the board. That’s why he’s filing collusion charges, not because he’s sad he’s not Tom Brady.

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        • DidierD18

          Yes, I was trying to be funny.

          With your logic, should Matt Schaub ask for starting job and demand starter money? Or should Colin get 2/9 Million like Schaub?

          I believe there would’ve been a number of teams interested if Colin Kaepernick acknowledges the reality and accepted 1) Prove it deal or 2) backup role and work his way up.

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      • bencole

        Tim Tebow isn’t in the league because he’s terrible. And I’m UF Law so I’m a huge Gator fan

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        • DidierD18

          I’m with you. I don’t care for Timmy either. I didn’t like him in college and pro. If you ask me, Colin is a much better QB than him.

          I was just trying to make a point here. They both are FA bc they suck or not willing accept the perceived market value. To say 32 owners (well minus teams with franchise QB) “colluded’ to not have him on the roster is just simply laughable.

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    • bencole

      He’s a union member. That’s 100% not true. He has just as much say and standing as any player on an active NFL roster.

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  3. LA Sam

    If this guy had put a tenth of the time and energy he’s spent being a carnival sideshow into his craft….actually trying to be an effective NFL QB who studies film, can read a defense, can check down off primary receiver that he has been staring at before play started, and give the play time to develop, allow receivers to run their routes before your happy feet have you off to the races…..he would be a superstar instead of an annoying footnote.

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    • yoyo137

      Boi you’re like 94 years old and obviously racist, still putting your time into whining about someone who you think is whining lol

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      • mcdusty31

        No, Kap is a waste of talent…has all the physical tools and zero intangibles and has put himself ahead of his team…he’s been doing that since day one, becoming a story in the offseason for off the field stuff that you just don’t hear the winning quarterbacks doing…it isn’t about skin color, it’s about doing your job and being part of something bigger than yourself

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        • yoyo137

          You obviously feel very strongly about a player who donates so much money to charity, only even talks when he’s asked a question by reporters, and has never been a distraction otherwise in his career. If you’re mad that he hasn’t reached his full potential that’s fair, but he has had a very solid NFL career, a 16-4 td-int ratio last year, and for sure deserves to be on an NFL team. It’s almost like your hatred of him isn’t rooted in logic at all, I wonder what it could be rooted in then?

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      • Ezra77

        Yoyo I love how because he’s sayin Kap should improve his flaws your calling him a racist LMAO

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        • chesteraarthur

          When you can’t rebut someone’s actual argument, just call them a racist. A tactic that is seen frequently in the intellectually inferior.

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          • yoyo137

            You’re right bro dang let me step down real quick. It’s cool that you think that’s my whole argument, but I didn’t even want to get started on that considering my whole idea of him not having a job is this: There are FAR worse QBs on NFL rosters right now. It’s obviously not like I was calling out this guy LA Sam for only commenting to call players thugs or call Kaepernick lazy or anything like that. You’re so smart it’s crazy and I applaud your ego, but having delusions of grandeur is a trait that is frequently seen in people who live online on comment forums to validate their lives.

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      • cdewolf

        This website needs to start blocking idiots like “yo-yo”calling others racists. Yoyo, very appropriate name btw, also threw in an age-ist comment to show what a complete moron he is. Where’s the control of the website?

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        • whereslou

          My post got deleted because I called him out on it. Wonder if this one will last.

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          • mcdusty31

            I couldn’t post one with the word boi in it…I guess the English language has morphed in a way that I’m unable to keep up with

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            • yoyo137

              Keep up with the times big dog language changes if you don’t understand me that’s your fault

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        • yoyo137

          Naw bro the only things LA Sam comments on is when any black athlete is in the news and he is always quick to call them thugs and talk about how things were better in 1876 when his opinions were relevant. U don’t know what you’re talking about pal. Calm down old man your age is showing too

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  4. wrigleyhawkeye

    If he could help a team, they would take a flier on him. Plain and simple. They showed it with Vick, Ray Lewis, Greg Hardy, Pac-Man Jones (~27 times), and AP. All are piles of crap that found homes because they were good enough.

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    • OCTraveler

      The biggest difference between Kapernick and the rest of these players is that Kapernick did NOTHING illegal and only expressed his Constitutional rights to express his beliefs – I guess it is easier to get a second chance if you are a criminal than it is if you are a simply a man with a personal conscience. With this logic maybe the Cowboys will sign OJ to replace their own player who thinks it’s ok to abuse women.

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      • HereComeThePhillies2018

        You hit the nail on the head. He’s being compared to criminals when he’s committed no crime.

        I’m waiting for all of the people who are saying he doesn’t deserve a job based off his skill to tell my why Brandon Weeden deserves a chance to play based off of HIS skill.

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        • mcdusty31

          Skill is nice but teams are looking for team players, system quarterbacks and guys that aren’t going to be a distraction beyond the value they bring to the stadium on Sundays…if you have Kap on your team at this point you’ll be spending more time discussing him than football and the other 52 guys on the roster

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  5. joemoes

    I mean I’m always under the belief Kap wouldn’t take backup money. If he came out before week 1 and said I’ll play for the minimum. Half the league would want him.

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    • HereComeThePhillies2018

      You think he approached Tennessee asking for starter money when Mariota only had a hamstring strain? He might have been asking for starter money st the beginning of the offseason, but reports are that his asking price has significantly dropped, yet there’s been no budge in interest.

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  6. badco44

    Gee the guy was a train wreck in SF, player wise and showed no improvement…. attitude maybe, but does it really take a rocket scientist to figure out this guy only wants attention… two year old in a mans body, and good luck with collusion… the lawyers are going to suck you dry

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    • bowserhound

      He actually played fairly well last year considering he had zero offensive help.

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      • mcdusty31

        That’s true…he’s not a bad quarterback, he’s a huge distraction (pretty much a circus act) at this point and it’s not worth it for a team to ruin whatever chemistry they’ve built up to this point

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  7. tylerall5

    No team was going to bring Kap in to start once the season got under way. He’d have to learn the playbook, the on field language, and develop a rapport with his receivers without any off season prep. And since Kap doesn’t want to take backup money in order to join a team, no one is going to pick him up to be a backup. Now, by taking this shot at the owners, he just ruined any chance remaining of coming back.

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  8. steelman

    He lost his job to Blaine gabbert and was about to be cut because of his play not his stance or kneel. So because his play stinks is why he is not a quarterback not because of his stance based on erroneous information.

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  9. Brooks5Robinson

    How do 49er fans feel about their current qb situation? As much as i disagree with what has transpired , they are 0-6. I can’t imagine they could be worse with him as qb. Are there any 49er fans who can chime in ?

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    • mcdusty31

      I’d be ok with Shanahan developing Breathard…the problem most rebuilding teams have is they try to go for the big signing or the big draft pick instead of letting a HC pick and develop his own guy…the season is obviously lost I think it’s in their best interest to see what they’ve got in Breathard before the take the podium with a top 3 pick next April

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  10. bradthebluefish
    bradthebluefish

    All he had to do was stand for flag and be thankful to be an American.

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  11. brucewayne

    Do you really think that the owners would actually send out e-mails to rack other stating that they are colluding against Kap

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  12. brucewayne

    You think the owners would send out e-mails to EACH other stating they are colluding against Kap? That’s delusional as Kap !

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