Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl not that long ago, but now he’s a free-agent quarterback not getting much interest. To find out why his phone isn’t ringing, Bleacher Report contacted an AFC general manager who shared his thoughts.
There’s not a simple answer to the question, as the unidentified GM noted. Some teams just don’t think he can play, and others flat-out don’t like him after his anthem controversy last season. But there’s another group of front-office members with another interesting take.
It gets worse for the Yankees. The Post reports the team is currently likely to end up with a payroll between $215 million and $235 million, which, if in that range, means they’ll pay a whopping 62 percent luxury tax.
So Cashman will have to go bargain shopping for bullpen help. The Cheap Jerseys And Sunglasses back end of the Yanks bullpen is great, with Chapman, Tyler Clippard and Dellin Betances, but Cashman would like some extra arms for the middle innings.
The Post reported that the team failed in efforts to move outfielder Brett Gardner or infielders Chase Headley and Starlin Castro to free up salary space. They’ve watched as free-agent relievers they considered, such as Sergio Romo — who signed with the Dodgers — landed elsewhere.
“This is the current reality we live in,” Cashman told the Post. “I stayed in touch with all those guys [who signed]. If they fall in a certain number [the Yankees are in play]. … The numbers that came in were above that.”