Broncos Notes: Kaepernick, Elway

On Wednesday morning, Broncos GM John Elway gave his deposition to lawyers in the Colin Kaepernick collusion grievance case against the NF, as Mike Klis of 9NEWS tweets. As has been the case with most of the depositions thus far, Kaepernick was personally on hand.

As Klis notes, the Broncos were one of just a few teams who were keenly interested in Kaepernick in 2016 and, technically speaking, Elway may be the last executive who offered him a job. Elway tried to orchestrate a trade for Kaep with the 49ers after Peyton Manning‘s retirement, but Kaepernick declined to take a pay cut. Eventually, the Broncos moved on and selected Paxton Lynch in the first round of the 2016 draft.

Here’s more from Denver:

  • Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson was briefly hospitalized with minor injuries over the weekend after he was an accidental victim of a high-speed police chase. “I don’t know if lucky is the word,” said Henderson (via Klis), whose car went airborne and flipped in the air. “Blessed. There’s just so many different words.’’ Henderson says he suffered a slightly sprained ankle and shoulder, but “nothing that’s going to keep (him) out for a significant time.”
  • Oregon running back Royce Freeman fell to the Broncos in the third round and some evaluators believe that his 947 carries in college played a role in his position on the board. Freeman, who saw seven running backs drafted before him, feels that he did not deserve a demerit for his odometer. “I feel like all of that durability and all of those carries just reflected my productivity throughout my four years at Oregon,” Freeman said (via’s Jeff Legwold). “It is not often you get backs playing as many games or taking as many carries. I feel like the fact that I was able to do so proves I am a durable running back.”
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34 comments on “Broncos Notes: Kaepernick, Elway

  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    You should really disable comments on any thread concerning Colin Kaepernick. No one has anything intelligent and/or new to say on the subject.

  2. marijuasher

    I bet the site will stop covering Kaepernick as soon as it’s not advantageous to do so. In this case, one might think the moment a Kaep article doesn’t equal a guarantee number of clicks. Okay. So the more comments mean more clicks so you geniuses are stuck reading more articles upon you which you will complain even though your patronage is the reason the article is here.

    So boycott. Adios. Sayonara. Auf wiedersen. Bye-bye.

  3. whereslou

    I had to read part of the story on Henderson being an accidental victim of a high speed police chase. It seemed at first reading he was running from the police by accident. Maybe it was just me but I kept thinking how can you accidentally be in a high speed chase. I guess it is how the guys accidentally take a banned substance for 3 years but didn’t know even though they were taking a masking agent too. I found it funny until I figured it out now hopefully he recovers fully and quickly. Now maybe we can get off the stupid comments of the guy we are all tied of. Make fun of me or agree that is how you read it too the first time.

  4. Dodgethis

    Kaepernick, a stain on America and professional athletes the world over. Ignorant, hypocritical, and brainwashed by a leftist “activist” pretending to be his girlfriend. After all the years of praising his white adopted parents he grew an agro and decided to pretend has a victim. I wouldn’t slow down if I saw him in the crosswalk…

  5. toby312

    My takeaway is he did not want to take a pay cut for his deteriorating skills, that’s not collusion on teams end

    • cka2nd

      The trade offer took place after the 2015 season. I’m not sure when Kaepernick is claiming the collusion began, but I would think the charge would be that it started during or most likely after the 2016 season.

      And while I will grant you that 2015 was his worst season, he made a nice personal comeback on a terrible team in 2016: Best passer rating in three years. Best ratio of TD’s to Int’s – 4:1 – of his career. Best yards/run of his career. That doesn’t look like “deteriorating skills” to me.

  6. jay13

    I agree 100% with freeman. He has shown he is durable and it shouldn’t have penalized him. His numbers were great at Oregon. I think the Broncos got a steal.

  7. Decius

    You guys can complain about Kaepernick all you want, but this is a big deal. It’s funny how everyone focuses on him taking a knee during the anthem and not the reason he is doing so. Look a little deeper and quit being simpletons who value a piece of clothing more than someone’s rights being violated. And I am not talking about Kaepernick’s rights. I am talking about the police’s treatment of citizens. Kaepernick is making a statement about it and I think it is a good thing. As a society, we should hope to be better than we are. We have work to do.

    • 2012orioles

      A lot of what you see from the media on these police issues is lies from the media. The shootings are usually justified. It’s a shame someone dies but it’s hard to defend someone when they’re breaking the law and not complying with the police. I think the issue I have with all of it is what will it take for them to start standing? I want everyone to feel safe and treated equally. I think we were at that point until the Trayvon Martin lies and Obama creating racial division through it. Now it’s just brainwashing through social media that has everyone divided.

      • Decius

        So you don’t think there is a disappropriate amount of unarmed blacks being killed to unarmed whites by police? And the fact that our courts absolve them after they do so is criminal. What if you were black and it happened to your child? You wouldn’t feel engaged? Just curious.

        • brucewayne

          But if you look at the numbers of the criminals who are committing these crimes, there are more blacks than anything else, so of course the number of black criminals being killed are going to be higher!

        • 2012orioles

          I would guess that there is a disappropriate number of blacks killed vs whites, but I also believe more crime is committed by blacks. I think right there is the issue. The media and Kaepernick place the blame for this statistic, assuming its true, on the police, rather than looking at the communities themselves. If more focus was spent on getting criminals off the streets, instead of rioting about the police who are out to protect the innocent, then there would be real change in these communities. I can’t imagine trying to raise a family in the inner cities. There is black on black crime way too often. For those stuck in th city trying to make an actual honest living, it’s got to feel hopeless at times. The media/politicions blame the police and lie to these people telling them that if they vote for them they’re issues will be solved. They are lying. I would be enraged if anyone ever was killed undeservingly, let alone my child, no matter what color they are.

          • brucewayne

            It’s tragic when any person is killed by the police without cause . No matter what the race. But if you are out there committing crimes

            • brucewayne

              and do something stupid while being ordered down by the police , someone is gonna get hurt most of the time!

              • cka2nd

                Regarding the frequent argument that if you would just comply with the orders or instructions of police officers, you’d be okay, I refer you to the following the article about how white and black people are treated differently when exercising their right to “Stand Their Ground” in those states where it is legal:

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                FYI, it makes note of the 118-year old Supreme Court ruling that recognized a citizen’s constitutional right NOT to comply with an unlawful order (i.e., one not based on probable cause) from a police officer. There’s also a paragraph – starts with “After Gaines was killed” – that runs down a list of 11 cases over the last couple of years where police disarmed white people without killing them. The details of some of the cases – the level of violence the white person had engaged in, for instance – are quite eye-opening, especially compared to many of the cases involving not just armed but especially unarmed black people killed by the cops.

          • cka2nd

            The black community supported the War on Drugs to get criminals off the street. The black community has incessant organizing going around trying to stop black-on-black crime, get guns out of the neighborhood, and especially keep kids from joining gangs (when I watched local news every night, this was regularly reported). And yet people can run down lists of names of people killed by the cops going back 30, 40 years, and the cops are rarely charged and almost never convicted. Hell, they’re rarely enough even disciplined. Even in the few cases where conservatives stand up and say that a police shooting of a black person was unjustified, the police get away with it.

            Yes, lies are sometimes told on behalf of the person shot or killed by the police; I lived through Tawana Brawley, and the initial Michael Brown narrative certainly seemed to fall apart. But given the thousands of convictions thrown out due to police and/or prosecutorial misconduct over the last 40 years (Hello, City of Brotherly Love!), given the corruption in some of our police agencies, if you think that the cops are Simon-pure when it comes to their dealings with people of color in this country, I think you are wearing rose colored glasses.

    • itslonelyatthetrop

      This country is great for not forcing the people to stand for the flag. Which is why I stand for the flag.

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