5 reasons the Raiders may have passed on signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass against the Denver Broncos during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports /

Reason no. 5 the Raiders didn’t sign Colin Kaepernick

Of all the possible reasons that have been cited in this article for why Kaepernick may not have been signed this one is the most likely.

Money is king in the NFL and time and time again money is what fuels the owner’s decision-making. Who can blame them? It’s a billion-dollar industry and why settle for less if you can get more.

We would be foolish to assume Raiders owner Mark Davis did not think about money and ticket sales when it came to debating signing Kaepernick. Did he think about losing ticket sales from fans that don’t share the same convictions as Kaepernick? Apparel sales? Sponsors pulling out that may have disagreed with Kaepernick’s stance?

The answer to all of those questions is yes.

It was documented that viewership of NFL games declined in 2016 and 2017 compared to 2015 which was before Kaepernick’s protest.

In 2016 viewers dropped by 1.4 million and in 2017 a whopping three million. The money issue is not definitive because it’s also safe to say a significant portion of Raider Nation agrees with Kaepernick’s social justice movement and would love to purchase a #7 jersey at the Raider Image.

Additionally, since 2017 additional high-profile incidents have occurred that have drawn more supporters to Kaepernick’s cause. But the risk is there and Mark Davis knows it.

While rumors have already surfaced that Kaepernick may have another tryout opportunity with the Seattle Seahawks for the time being he will not be a Las Vegas Raider.