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This former NFL coach says his team almost hired Colin Kaepernick in 2017

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Cincinnati Bengals coaching assistant Hue Jackson smiles as he leaves after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 16-13.

Cincinnati Bengals coaching assistant Hue Jackson smiles as he leaves after an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Pittsburgh. The Steelers won 16-13.

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Former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said his team almost signed Colin Kaepernick in 2017 after the quarterback left his contract.

What’s the news:

  • Jackson told ESPN Radio in Cleveland that the Browns were interested in Kaepernick after the team went 0-16 in 2017.
  • Jackson said the franchise went another route.
  • Jackson said: “I wanted him. It just didn’t work out. Obviously, those things do have to work from a finance, draft, whatever all that is. And that wasn’t my decision.”

Yes, but ...

  • According to ProFootballTalk, Jackson’s recent comments don’t align with what he said in March 2017.
  • He said: “We haven’t really discussed Colin. Here’s other players at this point that we’ve had a lot of conversations about to see if we can put them on our team. Not saying it won’t come up later on. You have to exhaust everything. But at this point, he hasn’t come up.”

Now ...

  • Kaepernick remains as a free agent in the NFL after he protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.