Elway on Kaepernick: 'He’s had his chance to be here. He passed it'

Asked Thursday if the Denver Broncos would consider signing Colin Kaepernick as a veteran backup, general manager John Elway said the quarterback's opportunity to join the Broncos came and went in 2016.

"Colin had his chance to be here," Elway told reporters, referencing the Broncos' trade discussions with the San Francisco 49ers during the 2016 offseason. "We offered him a contract. He didn't take it. So, as I said it in my deposition (for Kaepernick's collusion grievance against the NFL) -- and I don't know if I'm legally able to say this -- but he's had his chance to be here. He passed it."

The Broncos and 49ers got far enough in trade discussions during the spring of 2016 that Kaepernick was allowed to meet with Elway. The GM reportedly asked Kaepernick to take a paycut of $12.4 million combined over the final two seasons of his deal, a six-year, $114 million pact that had been signed in 2014, and Kaepernick declined.

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No trade was ever made, as Denver went into training camp with a trio of Trevor Siemian, then-rookie first-round pick Paxton Lynch and Mark Sanchez, who was released during the team's final cuts.

That August, Kaepernick knelt in protest during the national anthem for the first time, during a preseason game. He played in 12 games that regular season for the 49ers before opting out of his contract in March of 2017, though many expected the team to release him if he did not opt out.

After going unsigned as a free agent through the fall of 2017, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against NFL owners in October. A number of owners, executives, coaches and other figures have been deposed as part of the grievance, which remains ongoing.

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New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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Houston Texans owner Bob McNair will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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Seattle Seahawks owner Paul Allen will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be deposed as part of the grievance. 

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President Donald Trump is named in the collusion grievance. 

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Elway said in a radio appearance on Tuesday that the Broncos will consider signing a veteran quarterback this preseason, after Lynch was demoted to third string and 2017 seventh-round pick Chad Kelly was elevated to the No. 2 spot following the opener. When asked Thursday about the idea of signing a veteran, Elway said the team wants to see more from its two young quarterbacks before making any firm decisions.

"We'll wait through this week and see what happens after this week, and so we'll go from there," he said. "But I feel like we still have time. We'll let the young guys continue to take the reps and go from there."

Elway praised Kelly -- who went 14-for-21 for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, for his play against the Minnesota Vikings on Saturday -- Kelly's first game action as a pro.

"You know I had a feeling he was going to play well," Elway said of Kelly. "He's a competitive guy, he's played a lot of snaps, he's instinctive. He took advantage of the opportunity that he had. ... He's got good instincts, and he deserved a chance to play with the 2s this week."

When asked about the future of Lynch -- who the Broncos traded up to draft in the first round in 2016 -- if he does not win the backup job, Elway declined to discuss hypothetical situations. Lynch, who went 6-of-11 for 24 yards and an interception in the opener, will play with the third team against the Chicago Bears on Saturday.

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QB Kirk Cousins

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

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WR Willie Snead

Former team: New Orleans Saints
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

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CB Malcolm Butler

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

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CB Richard Sherman

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: San Francisco 49ers

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WR Sammy Watkins

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

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TE Jimmy Graham

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

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QB Case Keenum

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Denver Broncos

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DE Michael Bennett

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

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QB Tyrod Taylor

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

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QB Sam Bradford

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

WR Jarvis Landry

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

(Photo by Richard C. Lewis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Torrey Smith

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

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WR Paul Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by David Rosenblum/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

FS Kurt Coleman

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New Orleans Saints

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Haloti Ngata

Former team: Detroit Lions
2018 team: Philadelphia Eagles

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LB Anthony Hitchens

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Kansas City Chiefs

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

DT Star Lotulelei

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Buffalo Bills

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RB Jonathan Stewart

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: New York Giants

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RB Isaiah Crowell

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott R. Galvin-USA TODAY Sports)

QB Teddy Bridgewater

Former team: Minnesota Vikings
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Scott W. Grau/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DT Muhammad Wilkerson

Former team: New York Jets
2018 team: Green Bay Packers

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RB Dion Lewis

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Tennessee Titans

(Photo by Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports)

G Andrew Norwell

Former team: Carolina Panthers
2018 team: Jacksonville Jaguars

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

RB Carlos Hyde

Former team: San Francisco 49ers
2018 team: Cleveland Browns

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CB Trumaine Johnson

Former team: Los Angeles Rams
2018 team: New York Jets

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Bashaud Breeland

Former team: Washington Redskins
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

OT Nate Solder

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: New York Giants

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

QB Trevor Siemian

Former team: Denver Broncos
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

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WR Jordy Nelson

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports)

RB Doug Martin

Former team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2018 team: Oakland Raiders

(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

CB Jason McCourty

Former team: Cleveland Browns
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by: 2017 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)

DT Dontari Poe

Former team: Atlanta Falcons
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Mark LoMoglio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Josh Sitton

Former team: Chicago Bears
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

C Ryan Jensen

Former team: Baltimore Ravens
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Todd Olszewski/Getty Images)

CB Tyrann Mathieu

Former team: Arizona Cardinals
2018 team: Houston Texans

(Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

WR/KR/PR Cordarrelle Patterson

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

G Justin Pugh

Former team: New York Giants
2018 team: Arizona Cardinals

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

C Mike Pouncey

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Chargers

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB Orlando Scandrick

Former team: Dallas Cowboys
2018 team: Washington Redskins

(Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

DE Vinny Curry

Former team: Philadelphia Eagles
2018 team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

(Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

WR Michael Crabtree

Former team: Oakland Raiders
2018 team: Baltimore Ravens

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

DT Sheldon Richardson

Former team: Seattle Seahawks
2018 team: Minnesota Vikings

(Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

CB/S Morgan Burnett

Former team: Green Bay Packers
2018 team: Pittsburgh Steelers

(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

WR Danny Amendola

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Miami Dolphins

(Photo by Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

DT Ndamukong Suh

Former team: Miami Dolphins
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

WR Brandin Cooks

Former team: New England Patriots
2018 team: Los Angeles Rams

(Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)

WR Jordan Matthews

Former team: Buffalo Bills
2018 team: New England Patriots

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

RB C.J. Anderson

Former team: Denver Broncos
2018 team: Carolina Panthers

(Photo by Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports)

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