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Dolphins owner Stephen Ross says he was open to signing Colin Kaepernick

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There has been a lot of talk about NFL owners blocking their football people from signing Colin Kaepernick, but Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross insists that was not the case with his team after Ryan Tannehill got hurt.

Ross was a special guest at the “Detroit Homecoming” event Thursday night, which brought together successful natives of Detroit including Ross, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and NBA star Draymond Green. The subject of Kaepernick’s national anthem protest came up at one point, and Ross said it did not deter him from employing the quarterback.

The Dolphins chose to sign Jay Cutler instead of Kaepernick, which makes sense in their situation. Head coach Adam Gase worked with Cutler when the two were with the Denver Broncos, and Cutler enjoyed the most success of his career during that time.

For other teams, it’s much harder to believe that football factors were the only consideration in passing on Kaepernick. When you see someone like Scott Tolzien looking completely lost in Week 1, you have to wonder if the Indianapolis Colts would be better off with Kaepernick whether he fits their system or not.

One report claimed the Baltimore Ravens did not sign Kaepernick because their ownership blocked the move, but Ray Lewis has his own explanation for why the team decided against it.

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