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Absurdly, Patriots and NFL teams seem more interested in Johnny Manziel than Colin Kaepernick

Alex Reimer
March 23, 2018 - 11:28 am

Two high-profile quarterbacks who didn’t play a down in the NFL last season both recently held workouts at open fields. Absurdly, the far less accomplished one attracted much more interest from NFL teams. 

Colin Kaepernick was videotaped last week throwing in Houston, where he was visiting for Texans owner Bob McNair’s deposition in his collusion case against the NFL. Though Kaepernick looked athletic and agile, there wasn’t a single NFL official in attendance.

I've been training @kaepernick7 everyday and to say he's dedicated is an understatement. Each day we hit the gym and put in work! We haven't stopped throwing, training and preparing since January of 2017. Even when we’re traveling we put in that work #nevertired ---- #imwithkap

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Johnny Manziel, whose two-year professional career was derailed in 2015, took to the field at University of San Diego Thursday. Thirteen clubs, including the Patriots, sent representatives to watch the one-time Heisman winner.

Based on the merits of each quarterback’s career, the disparity in interest between Kaepernick and Manziel should be reversed. For starters, Manziel has been out of the NFL for one year longer than Kaepernick, Most recently, Manziel couldn’t land with the CFL team that hired disgraced former Baylor coach Art Briles –– before parting ways 24 hours later –– because he carries too many “red flags.” 

In 2016, Manziel was charged with domestic violence for allegedly striking his girlfriend and threatening to kill her. His incessant drug use and partying forced the Browns to release him. 

Manziel says he’s sober now, and wants to play football again. At 25 years old, he has a long life ahead of him. But it’s unfathomable that any NFL team would consider Manziel a better bet than Kaepernick at this point. During his last five games with the 49ers, Kaepernick posted a QB rating of 97. Since then, he’s done nothing but stay in shape and donate $1 million to community organizations. 

On top of that, Kaepernick also once led the 49ers to the NFC championship. He’s proven he can win at an high level in the NFL. Manziel has proven nothing in the professional ranks. But he did stand for the national anthem during every single one of his games. To NFL teams, that seems to be the most significant difference between the two unemployed pass-throwers. 

How ridiculous.