2016 NFL Draft: The Denver Broncos are moving on from Colin Kaepernick after drafting Memphis QB Paxton Lynch, John Elway said…
John Elway is done with the ‘Colin Kaepernick to the Denver Broncos’ rumors.
After drafting Paxton Lynch on Thursday night to be the team’s quarterback of the future, Elway had this to say in response to the Kaepernick trade possibly being dead:
“Yeah, we’re probably over with Kaepernick. We’re thrilled that we could get Paxton and have Mark in here like we talked about before. We’re thrilled to get Mark with his experience and the way that he’s going to come in and compete for that job with Paxton and Trevor, and we’ll see what else we have.”
Goodbye, Colin. Good night, sweet prince.
The rumors surrounding Kaepernick started right after Osweiler left for the Houston Texans, and I remember Ian Rapoport tweeting out that Kaepernick was on the Broncos’ radar as a top replacement option.
Of course, when you’ve just lost both Brock Osweiler and Peyton Manning, it was easy for fans (me) to panic and say they needed the best possible solution at quarterback right away. However, that best solution wouldn’t come until the 26th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
It’s just not easy to wait that long.
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Prior to the draft, Elway described talks with the 49ers and Kaepernick as ‘dormant’ and that has now been given a violent shove into the grave. Those talks are dead, the Broncos have a new QB, and Colin Kaepernick will now be able to make his money while likely sitting on the bench for another year.
Hopefully the guy is ready to compete again. The regime that wanted him in San Francisco (Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman) are long gone. How will Kaepernick adjust knowing that the last guy to want him (John Elway) just called his bluff and drafted a quarterback.
Kaepernick got a huge middle finger from Elway at the draft. We’ll see how the Broncos choose to stick it to him in their preseason matchup later this year.