John Elway, the general manager for the Denver Broncos, revealed Thursday that the team once gave embattled former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick a “chance” to be on the team, resulting in the QB turning down the opportunity presented.
Elway’s comments came while speaking to the press following the end of team camp.
When the general manager and former quarterback was asked whether Kaepernick could be seen as “a viable candidate” to fill a backup quarterback role, Elway responded, “Colin had his chance to be here. We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it”.
Elway was referring to a trade offer made to Kaepernick prior to the 2016 season while he was still a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, USA Today reported.
The deal was reportedly not accepted due to a proposed pay reduction.
Kaepernick ultimately chose to stay with the 49ers. During the season, Kaepernick started his national anthem protests.
He began kneeling during the song in order to protest police brutality and the hotly contested move – and other protest variations – were later adopted by other players.
Since parting ways with the team, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL, accusing owners of colluding against him. Elway provided a deposition for the legal proceedings, according to USA Today, during which he mentioned the earlier trade offer.
“So, you know, and as I said at my deposition, and I don’t know if I’m legally able to say this but,” Elway continued, “he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”