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FILE – In a Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, left, and Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen J. Bisciotti chat before an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Khan set the tone for the Jaguars season, saying a winning record was “everybody’s reasonable expectation, ” but the Jaguars (2-5) are among the NFL’s biggest disappointments. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)
FILE – In a Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan, left, and Baltimore Ravens owner Stephen J. Bisciotti chat before an NFL football game in Jacksonville, Fla. Khan set the
Photo: Phelan M. Ebenhack / AP
Jaguars owner says he would be open to signing Kaepernick
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Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan says he would be open to signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Speaking to the team’s flagship radio station, Khan responded “absolutely” when asked Thursday whether he would support signing Kaepernick if the team’s front office wanted to do it.
Khan’s comments were not recorded, just relayed via Twitter.
According to 1010 XL, Khan said that while he would not have knelt during the national anthem to protest social injustice in the United States the way Kaepernick did, the billionaire businessman respects the quarterback’s right to express his beliefs.
Tom Coughlin, the team’s executive vice president, has final say on personnel decisions. Coughlin declined comment Friday through a team spokesman.
Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers. Many of those who support him believe the NFL is punishing the player for refusing to stand during the anthem in an effort to protest police brutality against blacks. More than 1,000 people crowded the steps of the NFL’s midtown Manhattan offices Wednesday to demand Kaepernick be signed before the start of the season.
Kaepernick has 72 touchdown passes, 30 interceptions and 13 rushing scores in six seasons, better numbers than Jaguars quarterbacks Blake Bortles and Chad Henne.
Murray excited to play: More than five months after surgery on his right ankle, six days after he signed with the Vikings as a free agent, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray will finally be free to carry the ball for his new team in a game situation when Minnesota hosts the 49ers in an exhibition game Sunday night.
“I’m just happy that I’ll be out there. So we’ll see how the workload goes,” Murray said.
When the Vikings turned Adrian Peterson loose and picked up Murray from Oakland, the fifth-year player who hit the 1,000-yard mark in 2015 and rushed for 12 touchdowns in 2016 was on track to take over as the featured back. Then the Vikings made Dalvin Cook their top pick in the draft, leaving the rehabilitating Murray a bit behind.
“We want to be explosive, and I’m going to try and make sure I can do whatever I can so we’re doing that, whether we’re throwing the ball down the field and I need to protect, or I’m catching the ball or running the ball,” Murray said. “Every single way. I want to protect, run, catch. I want to do it all.”
Beathard a Hall finalist: Longtime general manager and personnel administrator Bobby Beathard is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the contributors category.
Beathard helped build strong teams in Kansas City (1966-67), Miami (1972-77), Washington (1978-1988) and San Diego (1990-99). He also worked for the Atlanta Falcons (1968-1971).
His teams won 10 division titles, seven league or conference championships and four Super Bowls (two with the Dolphins, two with Washington).
“There’s nothing I love more than football,” said Beathard, whose grandson is 49ers quarterback C.J. Beathard. “I feel like I’ve gone through life without a job and got paid for it.”
To be elected next February, Beathard must receive the same 80 percent voting support he got from the contributors committee when the entire 48-member selection committee votes in Minneapolis.
Previously, linebacker Robert Brazile and offensive tackle Jerry Kramer were chosen as finalists by the seniors committee.
Titans’ Murray might play: The Tennessee Titans don’t know whether running back DeMarco Murray will make his preseason debut Sunday against the Chicago Bears at Nissan Stadium.
Murray has been dealing with a hamstring issue. He returned to practice last week for the joint sessions against Carolina but didn’t appear in the Titans’ 34-27 preseason victory over the Panthers.