If there was any news that didn’t help Kaepernick’s case this week, it may be that the NFL didn’t technically take a formal roll-call vote to pass the new policy. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell called it a unanimousdecision among team owners, but at least two owners were reportedly ready to abstain from a vote.
Kaepernick and Reid didn’t win their case this week, but the NFL’s new anthem policy and its immediate fallout helped them in many ways.
Thursday marked the first time that Flacco had spoken to the media since Baltimore traded up to draft Jackson 鈥?the former Heisman Trophy winner out of Louisville 鈥?with the 32nd overall pick.
I want to say I was surprised,Flacco said when asked about his reaction to the selection. Listen, when you pick a quarterback or pick anybody in the first round, it means something. I don’t know what it means, but it’s not my job to worry about what it means. It’s my job is to keep the same approach that I have the last 10 years and help us win football games.
The 33-year-old Flacco’s contract extends through the 2021 season, but there is no guaranteed money after this year.聽The coupling of Jackson’s selection with that聽potential out聽has sparked speculation that Baltimore could either release or trade the Super Bowl XLVII MVP next offseason.
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But Flacco said he hasn’t let himself focus on the future. His approach to the situation is simple.
Listen, we’re never promised anything besides basically the down that we’re playing in this league,he said. Like I said, you pick guys in the first round, and whenever you pick guys, you pick them for a reason. I don’t know what the plan is. I’m worried about right now聽鈥斅爂etting these guys ready to win football games.
After Flacco mentioned helping a cast of new tight ends and Roberto Alomar Jersey wide receivers prepare for the upcoming season,聽the question of how much assistance聽he has offered Jackson came up.
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Flacco chuckled and reiterated that he is happy to help any teammate, whether it’s Jackson or fellow newcomer Robert Griffin III.