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John Elway Says Colin Kaepernick ‘Had His Chance’ To Play With Broncos

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Kristopher Love | 17 August, 2018, 19:19

Kelly will now serve as the primary backup to free agent signee Case Keenum.

Elway, who is serving as Denver's president of football operations and general manager, was recently asked if he might give Kaepernick a look-see as the team searches for a new backup quarterback, but Elway nixed the idea, ESPN reported. "He passed it", Elway said.

"I'm not going to tell you we're definitely going to stand pat, but I'm not telling you we're going (in) that direction, either", Elway said, according to Arnie Stapleton of The Associated Press. "As I said in my deposition ... he's had his chance to be here". At that time, Kaepernick had already had a deal with the 49ers for $11.9 million and in the midst of wanting to trade for him, they wanted Colin to forfeit nearly $5 million that was already guaranteed to him.

That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest of social and racial injustices during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game.

The two sides met twice face-to-face trying to figure out a way to get a deal done, but it never worked out with Kaepernick reportedly refusing to decrease his salary.

It didn't get better after '16. The Broncos wanted to drop down his guaranteed money from $11.9 million to $7 million, either with Kaepernick taking a pay cut or the 49ers agreeing to take back part of the salary. Kelly, a seventh-round pick of Denver in 2017, didn't play a single down last season.