Colin Kaepernick arrived at Denver International Airport on Tuesday morning, setting off speculation that the erstwhile San Francisco 49ers quarterback and center of controversy would perhaps be in town to consider joining the Denver Broncos?

As it turns out, Kaepernick was in town to be present as John Elway was deposed by lawyers in the former QB’s grievance against the NFL, alleging that the league is conspiring to keep him out. Something that is surprising on it’s face but really shouldn’t be.

In the spring of 2016, the Broncos attempted to acquire Kaepernick in a trade. By April 2016, it was clear the team wanted the 49ers QB to take what amounted to less than half his salary to come to Denver. Kaepernick — probably understandably — was resistant to such a deal and the talks broke off without a resolution in mid-April 2016. Kaepernick began kneeling/sitting during the national anthem to protest police violence against minorities in August a full five months later.

That was the extent of the Broncos direct involvement with Kaepernick. The fact that Elway was deposed in Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL is curious, considering the Broncos’ executive Vice President didn’t have any (as far as we know) interaction with Kaepernick afterward, unlike Houston Texans owner Bob McNair and his clumsy comments about National Anthem protests after the 2016 season.

So the question remains: if the events between the Broncos and Kaepernick occurred well before the controversy began, why is Elway being deposed? There are several plausible theories, and none of them look particularly good for the Broncos.

One can speculate that Elway was being deposed because the Broncos showed substantial interest in Kaepernick in the offseason of 2016 after Peyton Manning retired, and the Broncos didn’t return to Kaepernick when he was eminently available in the

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