One AFC GM tells Freeman that he believes Kaepernick could still play at a high level, but around 20 percent of teams believe he’s done. Of course, other teams have other concerns about signing him.
“He can still play at a high level,” the GM tells Freeman. “The problem is three things are happening with him.
“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.
“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.
“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.“
An NFC pro personnel director tells Lance Zierlein that he wouldn’t be surprised to see Temple LB Haason Reddick come off the board before Alabama’s Reuben Foster.
“It won’t surprise me if (Temple LB Haason) Reddick comes off the board before (Alabama LB Reuben) Foster,” personnel director said. “I like Foster a lot and I think he’s the better player of the two, but Reddick is bigger than Foster and is a legit rusher on the edge, too. Anytime you have someone who can rush the quarterback, they get pushed up the board.”
- The Falcons signed DT Dontari Poe to a one-year, $8 million contract that includes a $7.5 million base salary that’s guaranteed, a $500,000 weight bonus, $2 million in playtime, sacks, and Pro Bowl incentives. (Aaron Wilson)
- The Ravens signed CB Brandon Carr to a four-year, $23 million contract that includes a $4 million signing bonus. The contract has options years in each of the next three seasons to go along with base salaries of $2 million (2017), $4.5 million (2018), $4.5 million (2019), and $4.5 million (2020). (Aaron Wilson)
- The Cowboys signed RB Darren McFadden to a one, year, $980,000 that includes an $80,000 signing bonus. (Aaron Wilson)
- The Cowboys signed G Jonathan Cooper to a one-year, $2 million contract with a $1 million base salary, $31,250 in per game active roster bonuses, $500,000 in incentives, and a $100,000 workout base de-escalator. (Aaron Wilson)
- The Saints signed RB Travaris Cadet to a one-year, $855,000 contract that includes an $80,000 signing bonus. (Aaron Wilson)