Roger Goodell Consulted With Owners On Kaepernick Workout

There was a lot that was unclear surrounding the circumstances of how the recent Colin Kaepernick workout came to be. We heard a couple of weeks ago that commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to organize the workout himself, and in an unusual way. He reportedly didn’t seek counsel from his usual group of advisers, and even solicited advice from rapper Jay-Z on multiple occasions about how to proceed with Kaepernick. 

It was also reported at the time that teams and personnel departments were caught off-guard by the hastily organized workout, but at least some clubs apparently had advanced knowledge. That’s because Goodell “spent months building a caucus and lobbying owners in preparation for a possible workout,” sources told Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports. La Canfora reports that Goodell spent a lot of time talking with Robert Kraft, Stephen Ross, Arthur Blank, Jed York and Jeffrey Lurie, owners of the Patriots, Dolphins, Falcons, 49ers, and Eagles, among others.

La Canfora adds that Goodell would then report back to Jay-Z’s team every few weeks what kind of feedback he was getting from the owners. One source told JLC that Goodell spoke to at least ten owners. The article gives the continued impression that Goodell was extremely motivated to pushback on the criticism he and the league had received in the media for their handling of the Kaepernick situation. The same source said Goodell went into “overdrive” behind the scenes after Kaep’s team issued a statement blasting the league in October for the persistent lack of interest despite numerous quarterback injuries.

All this new reporting would seem to go against the narrative that the workout was a tightly-kept secret in league circles. Obviously the organization of the actual workout itself was haphazard, and it ended up falling apart. Not that this is any surprise, but sources also told JLC that the Nevada product has “yet to receive any feelers” from teams after the workout, which is consistent with everything we’ve heard up to this point.

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      • Ed "The Mythical One"

        That’s a rather uninformed take from you. You have no idea what this other poster does for a living. I have no qualms stating that I am indeed more relevant than the SJW diva headcase. He plays a game for his profession. I am; among other things, an institutional pharmacy technician. I create IV packs for people that suffer from cancer and other horrible diseases that help fight their battles.

        • jorge78

          In other words, you pack boxes following the directions on the package.
          You are no Florence Nightingale sir, nor are you mythical. That exists only in your fantasies. You sir, are a drone…..

          • afsooner02

            And kaep isn’t any kind of martyr, no matter how much he and others want him to be.

          • JJB0811

            A person who helps cancer ridden people is less than that of a former football player? Great judgement call there.

          • throughoblivion

            We are all drones. It’s just that some of the drones love to tell everyone how amazing they are.

            • Ed "The Mythical One"

              And other people have drones to tell other people how great their owners are…like Mike Florio for Kaep.

          • Ed "The Mythical One"

            Showing your level of ignorance is never a good look. I am no warehouse stock person. Do you know what a Pharmacy Technician even is? No, I actually work in a hermetically sealed lab after going through a thorough decontamination process and actually calculate formulas which I know you wouldn’t be able to comprehend with 100% of your brain, then actually go and get the ingredients of the IV fluid to be created; which again, I know you wouldn’t be able to understand because most of these chemical compounds have more than three syllables, and then I actually create the end product which fall under very highly scrutinized standards because these things go into sick people and directly into their blood streams so there can be 0 contamination.

            I never said I was the best person or most relevant person on the planet. I only said I was much more relevant than Kaep…and that still stands.

            • Vin Scully

              Don’t explain yourself to some anonymous turd on message board. He isn’t worth the effort.

            • yoyo137

              Anyone can be a pharmacy tech, there are way less people who can play football at an NFL level. Nobody cares about your job dude, get over yourself.

            • mitchrapp

              Pharmacy tech is the person who answers the phone and hears “put on the pharmacist” and then you go get him.

          • Ed "The Mythical One"

            You also obviously don’t understand the meaning of the word “mythical.” That doesn’t surprise me in the least.

      • amk3510

        of9376 has as many NFL touchdown passes as Kap in the last 3 years. He is very relevant.

    • dray16

      I love kap and he’s very relevant. open your eyes and look at the rest of the world you racist piece of shi

      • depressedtribefan

        easy there. saying Colin Kaepernick isn’t relevant doesn’t make someone racist.

        but think about it, what has Kaepernick done since he’s been out of the NFL?

        … I’ll wait

        • Ed "The Mythical One"

          He got a huge endorsement deal from Nike…..for doing absolutely nothing.

          • depressedtribefan

            exactly. he got a pay check and when was the last time you heard from him on social equality

        • Ironman_4life

          He accepted a fat check from Nike 9 months after they were heavily fined for violating child labor laws.
          But hes also proof that opinions and beliefs change when money is involved.

      • stars14

        He isn’t relevant and that doesn’t mean that people that believe he isn’t are racist

      • Arnold Ziffel

        People who scream racism are always the biggest racists. Kap is basically a piece of human debris who is making a mint off of fool like you.

      • Vin Scully

        Kaep is a football player that can’t play football. That is someone who irrelevant.

  1. Ed "The Mythical One"

    So the commish here bends over backwards to do everything he possibly can to satiate Kaep and his camp to make everything fit his very special needs and the headcase still has to screw it up, act like a diva, wear a political statement shirt for the event, and then still wonders why no NFL team will touch him with a 10 foot pole.

    Delusional.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Doing everything possible means ignoring your advisers to seek out Jay Z? This was Goodell’s gong show and on the few occasions he ever bends over backwards he resembles Gumby.

  2. jorge78

    If the NFL can step on their own toes they will do it. This whole “workout” fiasco was a clown car on the way to a dumpster fire…..

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’ve never really cared about Kaepernick or taken any interest in what his views are but I do believe some good was done by somebody coming forth and exposing Goodell and other elements in the NFL for the blatant sham they are. A lot of fans are happy to drink the kool-aid but it’s alarming how much hypocrisy the NFL can engage in and not get called out for.

  3. DarkSide830

    and yet Kap will still complain. few people would be willing to go through so much effort for a person like him.

  4. snotrocket

    Has Kaep spent the last 3 years learning how to read defenses and throw touch passes? Is he good enough not to lose his starting job to Blaine Gabbert now? If the answer to those questions is no then he doesn’t deserve to be on a roster.

  5. jjgreedy

    How quickly people forget that Kap was absolutely miserable the last 2 years as a niner. He was benched for Blaine Gabbert and that was even before the whole kneeling show. Stats don’t lie.

    • Steezy

      Stats won’t backup he was miserable. 16 tds to 4 int his final season lol. Almost 7 yards a carry running. I know his accuracy and sucked and that’s why he was benched, but let’s be honest, chip kelly was an awful coach.

      • amk3510

        Its very easy to stat pad on a 2 win team when you are afraid to throw it into coverage. Even the QBs on the worst teams can have decent stats. Advanced stats will show how awful he was and this was 3 years ago.

  6. crosseyedlemon

    “He reportedly didn’t seek counsel from his usual group of advisers, and even solicited advice from rapper Jay-Z”

    His usual group of advisers being Moe,Larry and Curly.

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