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More Than Football? Colin Kaepernick Is Still a Free Agent

Mike Glennon signed with the Bears for 3 years, $45 million with 18.5 guaranteed, even though he has only appeared in 21 games (18 starts) during his three years as a backup quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Brain Hoyer, 31, ink a two-year deal worth $12 millions with the San Francisco 49ers. Hoyer has never been considered a quarterback top-level or second tier during his career, he has mostly been a back-up or stopgap player.

Nick Foles returned to the Philadelphia Eagles after bouncing around the league for the past couple of years. He played in only two games last season for the Kanas City Chiefs.

Josh McCown signed a one-year deal with the New York Jets. McCown’s win-loss record for the past few seasons is 2-20. He spent the last year with the Cleveland Browns.

Mark Sanchez got a one-year worth $2 million. The former quarterback for the Jets has played for the Eagles and Cowboys.

Other noteworthy quarterback to be signed this offseason includes Landry Jones (Steelers), Matt Barkley (49ers), Geno Smith (Giants), EJ Manuel (Raiders), Kellen Moore (Cowboys)

Yet Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. The free agent led the 49ers to two NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl appearance (2012).

Kaepernick gained worldwide attention for his peaceful protest, during the season, by kneeling instead of standing for the U.S national anthem, his protest was for the social injustice against black people and other minorities. Other NFL players joined Kaepernick in his protest and some strongly disagree with what he was doing.

Mike Freeman from Bleacher Report’s talked to an NFL executive about the Kaepernick situation, the executive said the following:

“He can still play at a high level,” one AFC general manager said. “The problem is three things are happening with him.

“First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.

“Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.

“Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.”

When I spoke to a handful of executives at the combine a few weeks ago, one even called him “an embarrassment to football.”

Do, I think there is a strong chance that Kaepernick is being blackball due to his peaceful protest, yes, because the NFL will give second, third, or fourth chances to players who committed various of crimes like sexual assault, DUIs, getting caught PEDs or marijuana, gun related crimes/charges, and, etc. But, a guy who is trying brought attention to a very serious issue and is trying to make a positive impact world, somehow that is frown upon by the majority in the NFL.

Kaepernick isn’t the same player, he was in his first couple of years in the league, but he is still better than half of the quarterbacks, who got deals so far offseason and some who are still on a NFL roster. There is no doubt that Kaepernick is paying a price for speaking his mind for speaking out against social injustice


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