Jaguars owner is open to sign­ing Kaeper­nick

South Florida Times - - FRONT PAGE - Associated Press

JACK­SONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Jack­sonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan says he would be open to sign­ing free-agent quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick.

Speak­ing to the team's flag­ship ra­dio sta­tion, Khan re­sponded “ab­so­lutely” when asked Thurs­day whether he would sup­port sign­ing Kaeper­nick if the team's front of­fice wanted to do it.

Khan's com­ments were not recorded, just re­layed via Twit­ter.

Ac­cord­ing to 1010 XL, Khan said that while he would not have knelt dur­ing the na­tional an­them to protest so­cial in­jus­tice in the United States the way Kaeper­nick did, the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man re­spects the quar­ter­back's right to ex­press his be­liefs.

Tom Cough­lin, the team's ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, has fi­nal say on per­son­nel de­ci­sions. Cough­lin de­clined com­ment Fri­day through a team spokesman. Kaeper­nick re­mains un­signed af­ter opt­ing out of his con­tract with the San Fran­cisco 49ers. Many of those who sup­port him be­lieve the NFL is pun­ish­ing the player for re­fus­ing to stand dur­ing the an­them in an ef­fort to protest po­lice bru­tal­ity against blacks. More than 1,000 peo­ple crowded the steps of the NFL's mid­town Man­hat­tan of­fices Wed­nes­day to de­mand Kaeper­nick be signed be­fore the start of the sea­son.

Kaeper­nick has 72 touch­down passes, 30 in­ter­cep­tions and 13 rush­ing scores in six sea­sons, bet­ter numbers than Jaguars quar­ter­backs Blake Bor­tles and Chad Henne.

Khan's com­ments came be­fore Jack­sonville's third pre­sea­son game, a 24-23 loss to the Carolina Pan­thers that did lit­tle, if any­thing, to set­tle the team's quar­ter­back com­pe­ti­tion. quar­ter. Bor­tles also threw an in­ter­cep­tion that was re­turned 48 yards and set up a touch­down in the third quar­ter. The wob­bly pass was a lit­tle be­hind Allen Hurns and into dou­ble cov­er­age. Jaguars coach Doug Mar­rone said the com­pe­ti­tion might carry into the pre­sea­son fi­nale at At­lanta. Mar­rone is look­ing for ei­ther Henne or Bor­tles to “go out there and take it.” Jack­sonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan and Colin Kaeper­nick

PHOTOS COURTESY OF WIKIPEDIA AND THE UN­DE­FEATED

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