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John Elway offers misleading statement on Broncos pursuit of Colin Kaepernick

Alex Reimer
August 16, 2018 - 6:18 pm

Broncos president John Elway said Thursday he isn’t pursuing Colin Kaepernick to be his team’s backup quarterback, because Kaepernick has already turned down an offer from him. 

Interestingly enough, Elway left out when the offer was presented.

Denver has a big hole on its quarterback depth chart, with 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch recently getting demoted to third-string. With Case Keenum slated to start, the Broncos are in the market for another viable option.

When asked about Kaepernick, Elway dismissed the question. "I don't know if I'm legally able to say this, but he's had his chance to be here," Elway said, according to Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. "He passed it." 

That makes it sound like the Broncos extended an offer to Kaepernick within the last two years. But that doesn’t appear to be the case. Denver attempted to acquire Kaepernick in 2016, when he was entering the final year of his contract with the 49ers. The offer was a two-year deal that would’ve forced Kaepernick to take a $12.4 million pay cut over that period. The quarterback was slated to make $12 million with the 49ers on April 1, so he had no reason to take less, especially coming off three offseason procedures. 

So Elway wanted to acquire Kaepernick for much less money than he was making two years ago, before he started kneeling for the national anthem. The all-time great left out some important context to his answer.