Michael Irvin Rips Idea of Colin Kaepernick Signing With the Dallas Cowboys

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As I previously reported, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott fractured his right thumb against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Prescott will have surgery, and he is expected to miss 6-8 weeks.


Any time a starting quarterback suffers an injury, it seems like some people quickly suggest that the team sign Colin Kaepernick. For those who might not know, Kaepernick claimed to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality. He has not played in the NFL since 2016, he is 34 years old, and he is not as good as some portray him to be. Did kneeling during the anthem have something to do with the team’s not wanting to sign him? Most probably. But it was also because, outside of the 2013 and 2014 seasons, he did not perform at a high level.

ESPN “First Take” commentator, and arguably the face of the network, Stephen A. Smith, said he wants to bring up the Kaepernick topic because “five different people” put it into his ear. Smith said he didn’t think the Cowboys would sign Kaepernick.

Smith said:

“You know what, this is a different subject for another day maybe. It will never happen, in my opinion … might want to make that call to Colin Kaepernick. Might want to find out. He ain’t been around but he’s a playmaker with his legs who’s available, you gotta take that into consideration.”

“But I would think about it, I would say that. But getting back to reality, because I don’t think that’s reality,”


Smith then posed the question to Cowboys legendary wide receiver Michael Irvin.

Irvin said:

“Let’s stop with this Colin Kaepernick stuff. Let’s just stop. Colin Kaepernick’s been out of football for what five years now. Come on, man. Let’s stop all of a sudden thinking we can go resurrect Colin Kaepernick and he’s going to come and resurrect a football team. I’ll take my chances with Cooper Rush. I will take my chances with Cooper Rush. I saw Cooper Rush win a football game last year. That’s all I’m saying.”

Kaepernick is an opportunist. He also had a workout with the Las Vegas Raiders in June.

Warren Sapp, a former All-Pro defensive tackle, said Kaepernick’s workout was a “disaster.”

“I heard it was a disaster. I heard one of the worst workouts ever.”


Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will not sign Kaepernick. The majority of owners wouldn’t, for various reasons. Again, kneeling is part of it, and for some, a big part of it; however, they also don’t want the headache of him on the roster and in the locker room. He had his shot with the Raiders, and he blew it.

If the team does not stick with Cooper Rush, there are a couple of options for the Cowboys. They could sign Cam Newton or Ryan Fitzpatrick. They could also trade for Teddy Bridgewater, Gardner Minshew, Case Keenum, or Jimmy Garoppolo, although the Garoppolo trade seems unlikely to happen.


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