Renowned professor and sociologist Dr. Harry Edwards, who's reportedly advising Colin Kaepernick amid the quarterback's search for an NFL contract, told USA Today he was contacted recently by three teams wondering whether Kaepernick still wants to play football:
“They’ve asked, ‘Can he play? Does he want to play?’ “ Edwards said. “The last question I can’t answer. The first question, absolutely. If Kaep makes up his mind, he wouldn’t only go in and make a team, he’d put pressure on somebody to start.”
While reaching out to one of Kaepernick's advisors might make sense on the surface, Shannon Sharpe has his questions. And he revealed on Friday's episode of Undisputed on FS1 he spoke with Kaepernick this week, who revealed the truth about his free agency standing — and whether he's looking for nine to ten million dollars per season, as some outlets have reported.
"This gets stranger and stranger by the day.
"Skip Bayless, I've never met Dr. Harry Edwards, but I have the utmost respect for him. I've read about him. And the 1967 Black Summit was organized by one Harry Edwards, who's a sociology professor and one of the most profound thinkers of things black, be it politics, be it social issues.
"So I have nothing but profound respect for him.
"Skip, I was texting Kaep last night, and when I sent the text, and I set the phone down, my phone started buzzing.
"It was Kaep."
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"We always text, but we very seldom talk. So when the phone started ringing, I knew that something was on his mind that he wanted to share with me.
"And he said, 'Shannon, I really, really appreciated what you're doing.' I was like, 'I'm just giving my point of view.'
"He says, 'People keep putting out that I'm asking for 10, nine million dollars.' He says, 'Shannon, they don't know what I'm asking for. I have not talked to, my representative has not talked to, [teams].'"
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"What I find even stranger, Skip, is why are teams reaching out to a sociology professor, and not calling the player and the representative himself?
"Dr. Harry Edwards says he's healthy enough to play, but he can't answer the question, does he want to play. You would think, you're that close to Kaep — you don't know if he wants to play? This is not adding up.
"Here's something else. It seems to me that everything that is starting to disseminate out is coming from one organization, Skip. That's the former organization that Colin Kaepernick played for.
"Now, John Lynch said early on, he knew for a fact one team wanted to sign Colin Kaepernick.
"It's hard for me to believe that he could know that, when he didn't know the Chicago Bears were going to take Mitchell Trubisky."
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"And what I find, since so much information is coming out of San Francisco, guess who's been a paid consultant to the San Francisco 49ers, Skip Bayless? The very advisor that these people, the alleged three teams, have called.
"This is what I want to know. 'Skip, what do you think Joy would like for breakfast?' Why would I ask you, when Joy's sitting right here? I can ask, 'Joy, what would you like for breakfast?'
"Why would you ask Harry Edwards, who's a sociology professor, whether or not Colin Kaepernick wants to play, and whether or not he still can play, when you can pick up the phone and call Colin Kaepernick yourself? When you can pick up the phone and call his representative yourself?
"I don't know. I could be wrong, Skip. I don't know how many teams have Dr. Edwards' phone number on speed dial. ... If you want to know something about politics and social issues, Harry Edwards is the guy you probably should call.
"But if you want to know about Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback, shouldn't you reach out to one of his former quarterback coaches? Shouldn't you reach out to his former offensive coordinator?"