Ticats add quarterbacks Kaepernick, RG3 to neg list

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have added two high-profile NFL quarterbacks to their exclusive negotiation list.

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and ex-Washington Redskin and Cleveland Brown Robert Robert Griffin III are now among the 45 players for whom the Ticats have exclusive CFL rights.

Kaepernick has played six seasons in the NFL and made headlines last year for not standing for the U.S. national anthem. He has been a free agent since opting out of his contract earlier this month.

The 29-year-old threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 11 starts in 2016. He’s thrown for 72 touchdowns since joining San Francisco as a 2011 second-round draft pick.

Kaepernick rose to stardom under former Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, leading them to the 2012 NFC title, but he’s struggled in recent seasons and was benched for journeyman Blaine Gabbert last year.

The second overall pick by the Washington Redskins in 2012, Griffin III was the NFL Rookie-of-the-Year that season but he has been injury-plagued for much of his career after that. He’s still just 27.

Waived last year by the Redskins, Griffin signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Browns but broke his right shoulder while trying to run out of bounds in the season opener against Philadelphia and missed 11 games. He returned for the final four games and led the Browns to their only win of 2016.

Over his four-year career – he missed all of 2015 due to injury – Griffin has started 40 games, throwing for almost 9,000 yards and 42 touchdowns.

The Ticats currently have three quarterbacks on the roster, including starter Zach Collaros.

Kaepernick and Griffin III become the latest big-name NFL quarterbacks added to a CFL neg list in recent months. Vince Young was added by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Feb. 2 and ultimately signed with the team on March 11.

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Justin Dunk

Justin Dunk was a five-year starter at quarterback for the University of Guelph. He covers the league for Sportsnet and 3DownNation.
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60 Comments on Ticats add quarterbacks Kaepernick, RG3 to neg list

  1. stampland // March 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm //

    really I don’t know why teams do this.Its all publicity and looks bush league.

    • Solara2000 // March 20, 2017 at 11:47 pm //

      Agree. Just illuminates a lack of self respect for our game which is different C and disrespects the players who have demonstrsted the skulls and attributes to succeed in the CFL game.
      Let’s review the decision for the likes of Kaepernick and RG3 – kick around some NFL roster for a mil or two or $200k for a CFL roster – oh yes that 200k converted to US bucks?

  2. Maybe we could trade his rights to the Riders?

  3. Zambiasi // March 20, 2017 at 3:53 pm //

    Wish this team would limit the distractions and focus on their supposed mandate… to win a Grey Cup! Might be time for Austin to go and team up with Chris Jones and his circus.

    • Agree. Or how about at the very least building a solid team with a legitimate shot at a GC (like BC) instead of defaulting your way into the playoffs because other teams around you suck as bad.

    • Vince Young is coming to Canada.Perhaps the future of the Cfl is not as clear as we assume.Canada is an increasingly pleasant place to live and may bring more Americans north.

      • Slim Pickens // March 20, 2017 at 9:59 pm //

        He`s coming to Canada but odds are he will not ever be a starter in the CFL

        Kaepernick was a disgrace and why nobody wants him

        • Slim … read the fourth verse of the Star Spangled Banner … the part where slave owner Francis Scott Key celebrates the death of slaves freed by the British who took arms against their slave masters in the War of 1812 … the only disgrace is the near total ignorance of Americans of their own history and its many disgraceful episodes. And in any case, as Canadian’s we should find the anthem obnoxious as it celebrates the American war of aggression against what is now Canada.

  4. Billy Dee // March 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm //

    No. No. No!

  5. stampland // March 20, 2017 at 3:57 pm //

    lets have less Kapernicks,Manzeils,Youngs and more Mitchells,Jennings,Reillys

  6. All publicity hype. Kap will not play in Canada.

  7. Lindsay Wilcox // March 20, 2017 at 4:36 pm //

    RG3 AND CK ? Wow. Neg list ? Bow-wow.

    How about signing Sinkfield and a kicker/punter ?

    • Agree. Sinkfield is multi talented and potential game breaker. K/P? Obviously not a priority with the Austin regime.

    • Lindsay … what does one thing have to do with the other. Sinkfield has tweeted that he has agreed to terms to return to Hamilton if his NFL auditions do not pan out. What more would you like Hamilton management to do at this point? I do agree that signing a Kicker would be a great idea. I am sorry that we missed on Waters. But I don’t see how this nonsense about the negotiations list has anything to do with that issue.

  8. Lindsay Wilcox // March 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm //

    BULLETIN/NEWS FLASH: Tiger-cats have also added Tom Brady QB and Jimmy Brown 80 year old RB to their neg list.

    Gee, almost makes me want to renew my season tickets for the 45th year in a row !!!

    • Maybe Austin is trying to emulate Chris Jones?

    • stampland // March 20, 2017 at 5:22 pm //

      lol OJ Simpson too.could be paroled by August

    • Solara2000 // March 20, 2017 at 11:50 pm //

      Wait a minute – that’s not what they wanted

    • Well Lindsay, that puts you back to about, what, 1971? TC’s were mediocre…albeit Zuger to Fleming I believe is still the longest pass for TD in TC’s history? And young Tony Gabriel was a rookie. But hope was on the horizon…Chuck “The Stone Thrower” would come along and rescue the Tabbies from the abyss. Problem is, there are no Chuck’s, or for that matter, Dave’s or Tony’s to rescue this franchise right now. And good old “There’s no tomorrow, for Al Dorrow”…yep, same can be said about KA right now…

  9. Steve Driver // March 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm //

    First Manziel & now this. Clearly a message is being sent to Collaros: play well & stay healthy or your days in TigerTown are numbered !!! Time for a Stevewieser ….

  10. Zambiasi // March 20, 2017 at 4:50 pm //

    I guess the ‘Cats & the Melon heads will be duking it out for this years Grey Cup!

  11. george fogarty // March 20, 2017 at 4:51 pm //

    Awesome way to go Ticats, can hardly wait for Josh to write about what their alter ego super comic book heros are. Good job Tabbies.

  12. Exclusive Negotiation List means squat.

  13. Things that make you go HMMMM…

    Doesn’t the comment “Time for a Stevewieser” fall under the “moronic posts & feeble attempts at witty sarcasm” category???

    Just wondering…. 😉

  14. RG3 is made of glass. Kap is awful. Both are washed up and neither is better than Collaros and/or Masoli.

  15. Collaros is made of glass too. Still hasn’t played a full season as a starter.

  16. In more important NFL related news, Tom Brady’s SB jersey has been found.

  17. Yo Stevie Wonderful… I have had season tickets since before you donned your first diaper… in fact I was attending games when it was called Civic Stadium, long before Ivor Wynne and decades before Tim Hortons Field…

    No need to get your shorts in a knot… I will gladly meet you for a cold refreshment at THF and laugh at all the silliness that gets reported on 3D Nation such as this crap about RG3 and CC…

    Keep the comments coming… we can always use another Steveweiser…

  18. Pussycats // March 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm //

    I sensed that things were not right in Catland for some time now … and these ‘nonsense’ neg list additions absolutely confirms it. We deserve better than that.

    • Everyone … well virtually everyone on this thread should take a pill and relax. If you go to the Tigercat site … you will note that there is no mention of these additions to the Neg List. That is because the team does not believe it is a story. They are not trying to do a bread and circus routine … as Sask has done with Vince Young. This story is just something that Dunk came across to fill some space. It does not mean that there is anything “wrong in Catland” and it does not mean that management is not looking for a kicker. It is a non-story and you have all too much time on your hands to get wound up about it.

  19. Wonder if Kap will dis respect Oh Canada…..Bet they won’t tolerate it..

  20. Bob G 3 is a loser as is Vince Young….

  21. Ron Bates // March 20, 2017 at 9:37 pm //

    Smart teams look for quality pros whether NFL or CFL they want a little more mileage and only good staffs get it. I refer to former 10 year 49er QB and Florida St. All American George Mira. Given a shot by ownership and GM Bob Geary he studied himself into the job under Marv Levy. He displayed all the Als and fans wanted in skill to go with the tools of the team. Nobody wins weekly in Canada even the Eskimos then. So nay sayers it’s all big league moves if the player is pro and realizes they wear pads and helmets in the CFL.

  22. Karen Elyea // March 20, 2017 at 9:42 pm //

    Thought as a CFL trying to promote a Canadian Quarterbacks for this league guess gone American

  23. stampland // March 20, 2017 at 10:15 pm //

    at least Kapernick and young are football players.Not an out of shape former football player like young

    • Young looks like he has a life time membership at Montana’s ‘all you can eat’ rib fest.

  24. stampland // March 20, 2017 at 10:16 pm //

    kapernick and RGIII I mean!

  25. DundasDude // March 20, 2017 at 10:38 pm //

    A guy who doesn’t stand for the national anthem is not welcome in Hamilton.

  26. Jake theSnake // March 20, 2017 at 11:39 pm //

    Was more fun the neg list was more mysterious and secretive.

  27. Jake theSnake // March 20, 2017 at 11:40 pm //

    Was more fun when the neg list was more mysterious and secretive.

  28. I’m sure when both Masoli and Collaros heard about this they probably said: “WTF”? But if you drill real deep (and I’m giving Boy Wonder et al the benefit of the doubt here) the TC’s management probably thought: “Hmm, already one CFL team that has signed a washed up, has-been NFL QB…maybe there are others? If we put these 2 washed up, has-been QB’s on are neg list, perhaps another team might want to also sign a washed up, has-been QB…and perhaps we can get something, like a draft pick or player for one or both of these 2 washed up, has-been QB’s. I really don’t think there is an intention for the TC’s to audition either of these 2 washed up, has-been QB’s…if there is then Tiger Town is in more trouble than I thought. Oh, by the way, did I mention that I think both these QB’s are washed up, has-beens?

    • Philski. I find a lot of people who like to call athletes washed up has beens are might themselves have been a never was. These guys put it all on the line. If they are at the end of their careers … why take pleasure in it. Are you one of those NASCAR fans that watches hoping to see a fatal crash?

      • Negative my Amicus friend…I call it the way it is…sans pleasure. If you are going to demand a zillion dollars, proclaim you are the greatest, kiss your biceps and then go out and lay an egg (like Kaepernick did) then the term “washed up, has-been” applies. As far as “putting it on the line” in my world that term only belongs to those who truly deserve it by risking the ultimate sacrifice – policemen, firemen, EHS, military…

        • Philski. Sorry to be negative but you are a hater. Construction workers, cab drivers and 7-11 clerks are all at greater risk of on the job fatalities than cops and fire fighters. Not dissing cops or fire fighters but let’s keep it real. Kapernick has demonstrated tremendous courage and strength of character in my book. I seriously doubt that you have done anything remotely equivalent that might entitle you to sit in judgment.

          • Negative again my Amicus friend..my opinions are just that – opinions, not “judgements”. If you want to interpret my comments as being those of a hater then that’s your issue. Last time I looked the Canadian Constitution of 1982 still bears the signature(s) of Pierre and Liz – has this changed? Also, while I respect every walk of blue collar life, having myself worked at that great steel gig in the smokey sky called Stelco years ago, to try to compare construction or 7-11 workers to emergency services personnel or military in terms of risk to life in job profession is quite delusional – perhaps you need to go out and have a drink of cold water? If “Kapernick” (spelled “Kaepernick”) has exemplified his life in a way to you that he has become “your hero” (with echoes of Bette Midler ringing in the background)…great, good for you…but he’s not mine…and that’s my “opinion”.

  29. patlynch // March 21, 2017 at 5:26 am //

    I guess a Jehovah Witness couldn’t be a quarterback in the CFL because they don’t stand for the anthem, either. Kap and RG3 have the tools to play in this league, unlike a Vince Ferragamo who was a bust. The Cats have us talking about football in March regarding neg lists. What’s the harm in that?

  30. modsuperstar // March 21, 2017 at 11:28 am //

    Would be more than happy to see Kaepernick in Hamilton. Kap was raised in Wisconsin, so he’s definitely got that Northerner part to him. And playing in Canada would eliminate the nationalistic aspect of not standing for the US anthem. He’s a big, tall guy with an absolute cannon of an arm. For as much as people like throwing him under the bus, he hasn’t actually been that bad. His career QB rating is 90, which is pretty much middle of the road and doesn’t factor in the rushing dynamic he brings to the field. After seeing Collaros pick up a big injury pretty much every year he’s been in Hamilton, I’d be pretty happy having a guy like Kap who’s quite good at avoiding the big hits and is durable enough to take them when they come.

  31. This is completely the media turning nothing into something. Yes it’s news and it happened, but players get added and dropped from Neg lists all the time. It doesn’t mean anything until they are openly negotiating with the club. This is total click-bait.

  32. JsBODEEN redblacks // March 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm //

    Will kap stand for our anthem? (Not that anyone cares or wants him here)

  33. Neither will ever play in Canada. Period. End of story.

  34. Bill Malovich // March 21, 2017 at 7:22 pm //

    How long will it take the ungrateful sob to disrespect your country and/or league?. I wouldn’t give him the time of day. CFLers,you don’t need this jerk.

  35. patlynch // March 22, 2017 at 8:52 am //

    Hey Bill, this “jerk” has given $500 000 to charities like Meals on Wheels and Somalia food relief. He made his point that Blacks are treated differently in the states. He’s moved on, maybe you should too.

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