Elway: Colin Kaepernick ‘had his chance’ with Broncos but ‘passed’ on contract offer

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Broncos offered free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick an opportunity to sign with the team, but he passed on the offer, general manager John Elway said Thursday.

“Colin had his chance to be here. We offered him a contract, he didn’t take it,” Elway said when asked if he would considering signing Kaepernick as a backup. “He had his chance to be here. He passed on it.”

In 2016, Elway and the Broncos offered Kaepernick a deal that would’ve seen him take a pay cut. The contract was offered before Kaepernick started protesting.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in which he claims team owners colluded to keep him from being signed.

Kaepernick, who is still a free agent, first took a knee during the singing of the national anthem before a 2016 preseason game.

He kneeled to protest the treatment of black Americans, particularly by police.

Kaepernick has been out of the league since his contract expired with the San Francisco 49ers  after the 2016 season.

Elway was one of the league’s executives who gave a deposition in the case earlier this year.

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