The Signing Of Jay Cutler Is The Latest Example of Colin Kaepernick Being Blackballed [Op-Ed]
The latest quarterback signing by an NFL team is just the latest news in the continuation of Kaepernick being blocked by NFL executives
The current situation with Colin Kaepernick is starting to become ridiculous. On Monday, the Miami Dolphins signed briefly quarterback Jay Cutler. Cutler agreed to a one-year, 10-million dollar deal according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Cutler retired briefly after the 2016 season to pursue a career as a broadcaster with FOX. The Miami Dolphins decided to sign Cutler to replace starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill, who suffered an injury to his knee in practice last Thursday.
The Dolphins made the move to sign Cutler because head coach Adam Gase coached Cutler in for the Chicago Bears. However, Kaepernick deserves to be starting on an NFL team. There were various stories going around saying the Miami Dolphins considered signing Kaepernick, but chose Jay Cutler instead. It’s becoming more apparent that Kaeprnick continues to be out of a job not because of his talent, but because of his protest last season, kneeling during the national anthem.
Kaepernick had a better season than Cutler last year, and has had the better career between the two quarterbacks. Kap threw 16 touchdowns to only four interceptions last season. Meanwhile, Cutler had his season cut short due to injury before throwing for just four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Kaepernick has been to two NFC Championship games, and is just four years removed from a Super Bowl in which he was arguably a pass away from leading his team to victory against the Baltimore Ravens – another team in the news for also not signing Colin Kaepernick. Rumors in recent seasons have surrounded Cutler’s desire to play football due to his unwillingness to play through injury, let alone play football at all. With the Dolphins’ need for a healthy quarterback to replace five-year starter Ryan Tannehill, who began his career by starting 77 straight games since 2012 when he was drafted before missing the last three games of the 2016 season, the move seems questionable.
It is going to be interesting to see how Cutler fairs with the Dolphins this season – a team that made the playoffs, something Cutler has only done once in his career. The latest quarterback signing by an NFL team in need of one, whether it be a backup or a starter, is just the latest smack to the face of Colin Kaepernick, and the latest example of NFL executives blackballing him because of last season’s transgressions.