Early Tuesday morning, LeBron James provided uncharacteristically harsh comments to ESPN regarding Charles Barkley in response to criticism leveled by the TNT analyst.
“I’m not going to let him disrespect my legacy like that,” James said about Barkley. “I’m not the one who threw somebody through a window. I never spit on a kid. I never had unpaid debt in Las Vegas. I never said, ‘I’m not a role model.’ I never showed up to All-Star Weekend on Sunday because I was in Vegas all weekend partying.”
“Even if it’s not long-term you’ve got two arms in camp, you’ve got Ryan Mallett, and you’ve got another guy Dustin Vaughan and so you need another arm at the very least, and so a guy like (Colin) Kaepernick, if they decide to go that route, would bring them insurance and enable them to have some flexibility and I think give them some options,” the NFL Insider said on “Mike and Mike” Thursday. “But there’s been so much discussion about the Kaepernick thing that I think when a team moves that’s going to be a huge talking point.”
But the question remains with Kaepernick, what will it take to get him signed? Does he want to be a backup? That may get lost in this situation. While it’s probably right that owners don’t want to sign him either because of his political views, the backlash from fans if they sign him, or simply out of spite, Kaepernick has been a starter most of his career even though he backed up Alex Smith and Blaine Gabbert at times in San Francisco.
Will he take a backup spot, or even a third spot behind Flacco and Mallett? Or is he holding out for a starting job?
Either way, with a GM like Ozzie Newsome and a coach like John Harbaugh, Kaepernick would be with a well-run organization for the former Super Bowl starter if they decide to go that route.