Raiders owner Mark Davis will welcome Colin Kaepernick ‘with open arms’ 2022-04-28 15:36:39


Mark Davis says he would welcome Colin Kaepernick to Las Vegas Raiders “with pleasure.”

Meanwhile, the invaders own Nick Mullins and Garrett Gilbert Support quarterback Derek Carr.

Raiders owner talks about Kaepernick during the episode “Race in America: A Candid Conversation” Produced by NBC Sports which describes itself as “hosting raw discussions with athletes, politicians, musicians, and influencers about the fight for racial equality in America.” He made his comments on an episode that aired Wednesday night.

“I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said, Per Monty Paul from the NBC Sports Bay Area. “He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the NFL. I still stand by her. If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms.”

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 09: Owner and General Manager Partner Mark Davis of the Las Vegas Raiders is seen before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on January 09, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Invaders defeated Charger 35-32 in overtime.  (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Mark Davis was down on Colin Kaepernick joining the Raiders, but check out the football team first. (Chris Unger/Getty Images)

Why doesn’t Kaepernick play in the NFL?

Kaepernick, 34, hasn’t played NFL football since 2016 with San Francisco 49ersAnd Effectively settled out of the league for his public protest against police brutality and racial injustice during the national anthem. Since then, the NFL has changed its public stance on the pre-game protests in the wake of The murder of George Floyd At the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in 2020 that “Black Lives Matter” and that “we were wrong not to listen to former NFL players and encourage everyone to speak out and protest peacefully.”

While the NFL changed its public stance, Kaepernick remained without a football job. Meanwhile, he performed multiple exercises, including Throwing exhibition at the University of Michigan’s spring soccer game On April 2, at the invitation of his former coach with 49 players, Jim Harbaugh.

“I can help make you a better team,” Kaepernick said the day after practice. “I can help you win matches.

“I know now, the situation is not likely to allow me to get in and start in the starting role. I know I’ll be able to work my way up to that despite showing it pretty quickly.”

While Davis says he is open to Kaepernick joining the Raiders, he has left the call with general manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels. To be fair, this is ultimately a football decision, and football decisions are for the footballers. And Davis’ position aptly conveys the responsibility of the hot topic for himself and the men he employs.

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick throws during the first half of a NCAA football team game, Saturday, April 2, 2022, in Ann Arbor, Michigan (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio) Colin Rand Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick believes he can “help make you a better football team”. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

How does Kaepernick stack up against Raiders backups?

Can Kaepernick Help the Raiders? Here’s how it stacks up statistically against Mullins and Gilbert. Kaepernick played over five seasons with 49 players, starting 58 of the 69 games he played while leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013.

For his career, Kaepernick averaged 177.8 yards per game while completing 59.8% of his passes with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He was also a threat on the ground, averaging 33.3 yards per game at 6.1 yards per carry with 13 touchdowns.

In four seasons with the 49ers and Cleveland BrownsMullens, 27, started 17 of the 20 games he played, averaging 243.1 yards per game while completing 64.6% of his passes, with 26 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. His running total in the rush is -11 yards with two touchdowns.

Gilbert, 30, has seen limited activity in his four-season NFL career, starting in two of his eight games for four different teams. Raiders are his fifth. In his debut with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington captains, Gilbert completed 59.4% of his passes for 218.5 yards per game with touchdowns and interceptions. He’s rushed six times for 25 yards in his career.

So should the Raiders take a look at Kaepernick? Mark Davis says he’s frustrated. But that seems to be a question for McDaniels and Ziegler.