Washington show NFL teams would rather lose than sign Colin Kaepernick

Washington were pushing for the playoffs until two of their quarterbacks went down injured. But they have ignored a perfectly solid replacement

By Oliver Connolly | The Guardian | December 6, 2018


Colin Kaepernick will never play in the NFL again, that much was made clear this week. Washington’s decision to sign the lightweight talents of Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson over Kaepernick, a week after claiming Reuben Foster – a man arrested twice in the last year for domestic violence – on waivers and announcing to the world that it was prioritizing winning football games above all else, is as shameful as it is predictable.

Washington plucked Johnson, who last threw a pass in the NFL in 2011, out of obscurity this week to back up Sanchez after Colt McCoy’s season ended with a broken fibula. McCoy previously replaced Alex Smith, who is out for the season with a broken leg suffered in Week 11.

Kaepernick was the best option on the market when each of Smith and McCoy went down. Yet Washington, who are pushing for the playoffs (or werepushing for the playoffs) barely entertained the idea of signing the most qualified quarterback free-agent in football. “He’s been talked about and discussed,” head coach Jay Gruden said this week. “But we will probably go a different direction.

Now the reins have been handed to Sanchez, a player more infamous for running into a rear-end than any throw he ever made. There’s no comparison between Sanchez and Kaepernick: one is a fringe roster member; the other is a league-average starter. Sanchez