Silence surrounds Colin Kaepernick’s free agency

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Players have been signing contracts at a lightning-fast pace around the NFL for the last three days, with almost all of the top players already signed just 72 hours after free agency started. But there’s no news about one of the most talked-about players during the 2016 season: Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, the quarterback who once led the 49ers to the Super Bowl and more recently began a national controversy when he declined to stand for the national anthem, has yet to be publicly linked to any team. It’s possible that some team has quietly reached out to Kaepernick or his representatives, but if so it’s been very quiet, with no leaks to the media.

Does that mean no teams are interested in Kaepernick at all? It’s possible, both for on-field and off-field reasons. There are probably some NFL owners and personnel people who are turned off by Kaepernick’s anthem stance, even though he now says he’ll stand for the anthem. But dozens of NFL players followed Kaepernick’s lead and kneeled for the anthem last year, and there were no reports of repercussions against any of them. NFL teams are willing to employ players who don’t stand for the anthem, so that can’t be the only reason for the lack of interest in Kaepernick.

On-field problems are probably the bigger problem. Although Kaepernick’s raw passing stats (16 touchdowns and four interceptions last season) don’t look bad, the reality is he played poorly and compiled his numbers mostly while trailing in the second half for the 2-14 49ers. More advanced statistics used by Football Outsiders and ESPN both rank Kaepernick 30th among NFL passers last season.

Still, Kaepernick has had some success in the NFL, and it seems likely that some team will eventually offer him a contract. The Broncos reportedly had some interest in Kaepernick last year. The Jets, Browns and Texans are all in the market for a quarterback. All it takes is one team to offer Kaepernick a contract.

But the mere fact that we’re just wondering about one team offering Kaepernick a contract speaks to how far he’s fallen. Five years ago, he was the toast of the NFL, having led the 49ers to the Super Bowl. Four years ago, some saw him as having the potential to be one of the all-time greats. And now we’re just wondering if he’ll be able to compete at training camp for the Jets or the Browns.

176 responses to “Silence surrounds Colin Kaepernick’s free agency

  1. petedutcherjr says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:09 PM

    CFL bound. If that even.

    He blew his career by sitting during the anthem.
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    If he was an accurate passer and could read defenses, he’d have 10 offers.

  2. He made his bed and now he has to lie in it.

    And lets make something clear…yes he sat during the anthem, but he also has absolutely stunk for 2 years.

    Later Kaep!

  3. Poor Kaepernick. He’s a black who was raised by whites and somehow felt his personal identity was lost. He thought he found a cause to give himself a sense of identity. That would have been fine if he wasn’t already part of one of the largest and richest corporations in America. He badly misjudged the public reaction and backlash that he received. And now that his career is at a crossroads and he finds himself on the streets looking to maintain employment in the NFL, perhaps he realizes he picked the wrong battle. Now he says he will stand for the anthem. If he felt so strongly about his stance, he wouldn’t back down from his beliefs. Well, it’s obvious he realizes that his search for an “identity” has likely cost him a well paying job.

  4. It’s called blackballed……whatever he has ever done good will be marginalized while his flaws are highlighted…..Most of the NFL hierchy are staunch conservatives….To them, he should be greatfull that he us not in a crackhouse somewhere with 6 kids by 6 different women…….he will never get another shot at all…..

  5. This is the worst possible outcome for Kap. I completely disagree with his protest, but at least last year you could say he was standing for what he believed in even if that had football and monetary consequences… yet this year when there was the threat of no money and no new contract out there, he caved and said he would now stand for the anthem.

    Worst of both worlds. Don’t have a contract and lost all credibility when he offered to stand to improve his chances at getting a new contract. No contract or respect for Kap.

  6. His limited skill set is not enough to overcome the damage to his brand caused by him getting on his knees during the Anthem. He will never be the face of a franchise again. He may end up getting league minimum as a backup somewhere that’s desperate. At this point, that’s all he can hope for.

  7. As much as I hate that this tool sat during the anthem, it’s not the reason why he isn’t hearing his phone ring. He is a horrible thrower and horrible decision maker and has overrated athleticism. He only is fast once he can get long strides, other than that he can’t get out of the pocket before eating turf. He’s a phony civil rights leader and should not be welcomed in a locker room

  8. it’s not the anthem thing. it’s the 1 read, then run thing. if he had the talent he could stand there naked and disrespect the flag, and someone would have signed him right away.

  9. He’s weird. The locker room can’t have weird. Soccer could be his thing though. Probably fit right in a socialist sport.

  10. Colin massively regressed after Harbaugh left for Michigan. Not only that, his skill set was very evident to defensive coaches: Moderate accuracy, could take off like a gazelle, but limited creativity; Big Ben is more shifty in the pocket than this guy.

    His anthem antics have definitely hurt his future fan-base, however I’m sure that time will heal that wound.

    In the end, I don’t know if this guy has enough wins to get him anything but a back-up role somewhere well after the draft is done and a starter goes down with injury.

  11. Let’s get this straight , Colin Kap isn’t being black balled for bit standing during the National Anthem. He just isn’t a very good QB . He has declined every season since the Super Bowl . If Colin was as good as Russell Wilson or Tom Brady and didn’t stand for the National Anthem he would be getting a huge contract as a free agent. The NFL let Greg Hardy back in the league , if your very good they will overlook most distractions in the NFL. It’s about wins and losses and making the league money . This is America everyone has a right to choose to stand or sit for the National Anthem. Stop trying to make that a case why he isn’t getting signed .

  12. Krap isn’t getting offers not because he stood, sat or did cartwheels. He isn’t getting a job because he is crap. NFL defenses figured out the only type of offense he is capable of running so he has no value anymore, it’s as simple as that. He is no more NFL worthy than Tebow is.

  13. He’s a distraction that offends probably 80% or more of ticket buyers. He’ll never play in the NFL again.

  14. I said on these pages the day he opted out of his contract he was making a serious financial mistake. He would have been cut if he hadn’t opted out. He just thought way too much of himself and got seriously bad advice.

  15. After showing his support for the communist Castro regime, how fitting it would be if the final play of his career was being sacked by a Cuban refugee, Kiko Alonso.

  16. It is still amazing that he literally destroyed Green Bay in the playoffs that time and now can hit the broad side of a barn. Think Harbaugh isn’t a quarterback guru? I give you Kaepernick. Somebody will still take a run at him. But, it will be LOW money.

  17. Think about an old school scale. On one side you have talent and on the other side you have off field problems. You look at AP beating his kid and that’s a heavy load on the bad side but he had a heavier load on the talent side (at least for the Vikings). Then you look at Kaperchoke. Sitting during the anthem is a pretty light load on the bad side but so is his talent. Not a good sign for Kaperchoke.

  18. KARMA! Look at me. The Silver spoon was not big enough. Bill….by the way, the Canadians respect there flag, your act won’t cut it north of the boarder. Bill

  19. ctiggs says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:19 PM
    Haters will hate but kap will stay with us. Then we will continue to be on to six. #goNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

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    6 wins?

  20. He only came out and said he’d stand now because he knew no team would sign him if he continued with his little crybaby stance. He’s overrated anyways.

  21. He didn’t even vote. Absolutely his right to protest. But to not vote. Teammates that kneel now stand. QB is a leader….now he quit his cause because he wants $$$.

  22. Can anyone explain to me the financial implications of his opting out of his SF contract?

    1. Did he take a sum of money to try his luck at FA? If so, how much?
    2. Would he have gotten more by staying in the contract and getting cut? Again, how much if you know?

  23. His search for a new identity has rendered him insignificant at best, but he’s not totally worthless. He will always serve as a bad example.

  24. I applaud the Nfl owners for blackballing him.

    Why would you want this guy on your team? Yes, he had a few followers. But he was the instigator. We will see if the others get new contracts as well.

  25. A team owned by someone who is part of the current administration won’t even consider him.

    Which is probably for the best because the Jets would probably fare no better with him than with Fitzpatrick. Though lord knows who is going to make that team any good any time soon.

  26. He used his position as a professional athlete to promote anti-Americanism, the league’s ratings dropped, he became a distraction to his team (which suffered through a horrendous season), and now he is dealing with the consequences of those decisions.

    No team is going to sign him now because they don’t want the distractions he brings going on during the off-season. He may get a chance closer to the start of the season when injuries pile up, but he’s not worth the distraction right now. That said, it won’t be surprising if he never gets another chance.

  27. Guy’s already a multi-millionaire who’s traveled the country and still has whole life in front of him and, importantly, his physical health.

    I lose no sleep over poor Colin and end of his football career.

  28. No one wants the distraction. The 49ers didn’t cut him last year because the left media behind him would have made a stink. He’s terrible too without an amazing o line.

  29. Pool Colon. Maybe he should have concentrated more in improving as a QB than protesting his perceived injustices. Also, did he state which anthem he would stand for? Maybe he meant he would stand if they played the ISIS national anthem.

  30. “NFL teams are willing to employ players who don’t stand for the anthem…”

    How many of them wore Castro shirts and pig socks while talking about oppression and the need for a dialogue or decried the need for change then didn’t vote in spite of some critical social initiatives on his ballot? Kaepernick isn’t just a hypocritical dilettante with a questionable football IQ and diminished skills he is also a highly divisive one. All in all his price tag goes way beyond $. It should not come as a surprise to anyone a price that high is not paid lightly and few if any teams are in a hurry to consider paying it. Well, except maybe Kaepernick, he’s no doubt shocked. lmao

  31. Kapernick made himself the true personification of Mr. Irrelevant by politicizingNFL Football and pissing off the majority of the NFL audience. NFL, are you listening?

  32. The knee protest was a massive mistake.. Here’s a kid who caught lightning in a bottle in 2012/2013. Once defenses solved the read option they forced him to beat defenses with his arm-couldn’t do it. Now barely better at reading defenses, inconsistent, throwing a bullet into a tight window followed by a pass missing the ocean.. I predicted two years ago he would be out of the league in two years. It could happen.

  33. ctiggs says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:19 PM

    Haters will hate but kap will stay with us. Then we will continue to be on to six. #goNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS
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    I would say EVERYBODY has it better than you.

  34. The Browns have already said they are not interested in him. The Texans are probably waiting for Tony Romo, probably their first choice among the remaining QBs available. The same is probably true of Denver. They don’t want to miss the opportunity to acquire Romo. Jay Cutler was released just a couple days or so ago, and there has been no news on any team being interested in him, even though he was one of the highest paid players a while back. It is unlikely that Kaepernick will settle for backup qb money of around $6 million a year, since the contract he opted out of would have paid him $15 million this year.

    Basically we have teams that are waiting for Romo and Kap waiting for a good offer. After Romo has been released and signed, then we will likely see Kap getting a contract offer.

  35. Dont’a Hightower, one of the highest rated free agents and the hero of the Super Bowl win, has not gotten any offers from any team either. He is estimated to have a market value of around $10 million. Teams tend to be cautious when paying out huge contracts.

  36. Pop Quiz

    Who kneeled during the National Anthem?
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said, “Military suicides happen to service members who can’t handle it.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said combat vets who developed PTSD did so because they were “not strong.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

  37. It had little to do with the anthem itself and everything to do about distraction. Teams LOATH distraction of any kind. Stand or not, simply being on any team now will create nothing but.

  38. If nothing else, he is a perfect example of why people shouldn’t make idiotic statements about guys being the best ever when they are in the league 1-2 years

    If you haven’t been doing it for a decade, you aren’t in the discussion, period.

  39. jag1959 says:
    Mar 12, 2017 8:22 PM
    “NFL teams are willing to employ players who don’t stand for the anthem…”

    How many of them wore Castro shirts and pig socks while talking about oppression and the need for a dialogue or decried the need for change then didn’t vote in spite of some critical social initiatives on his ballot? Kaepernick isn’t just a hypocritical dilettante with a questionable football IQ and diminished skills he is also a highly divisive one. All in all his price tag goes way beyond $. It should not come as a surprise to anyone a price that high is not paid lightly and few if any teams are in a hurry to consider paying it. Well, except maybe Kaepernick, he’s no doubt shocked. lmao
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    So well clarified Jag1959.

  40. The sad thing about the state of NFL QBs is that there aren’t enough true starters for the number of teams. There are going to be at least 64 QBs active on game day, as many as 96 on a regular season roster, and you figure 128-160 arms in camp. Being the 30th best QB will usually at least get a chance to compete for a #2.

  41. This is the NFL. Kaep will have another job, another shot, and one day may live up to the potential we witnessed early on. Then the story will be of “the heroic comeback” as the NFL loves to portray.

  42. Protesting excessive police violence isn’t “hating America”.

    I’m baffled at people who think it is.

    CK has been a bad QB for a couple years now. That’s why he’s not getting interest from any teams. The backlash against his protest tells us as much about the backlashers as it does about him.

  43. He will be somebody’s plan C. He will end up somewhere after free agency and the draft. Someone with be short a qb. But he won’t get the money he hoped for.

  44. Dont’a Hightower, one of the highest rated free agents and the hero of the Super Bowl win, has not gotten any offers from any team either. He is estimated to have a market value of around $10 million.

    Jamie Collins got $50M for 4 years. And he’s the LB the Pats got rid of. HT is worth more than that.

    I can’t answer why he’s not getting offers from other teams. The guess is the teams like the Titans and Saints don’t feel like giving him a number if his intent is just to take it back to Belichick as leverage in negotiations with the team he really wants to play for.

    I’d be very surprised if HT isn’t signed by somebody for good money this week.

  45. The player is at most a backup QB based solely on his body of work. Most teams want a young backup they can develop for the future or an intelligent veteran game manager. He is neither and has proven to be profoundly misinformed while exercising his freedom of speech. In other words we all now know he is an idiot.

  46. Just like Mike Vick, run and gun turns into fall and throw picks. The defensive minds figured him out: they forced him to actually have to think and that was all she wrote.

  47. Young QBs can start out hot but all it takes for NFL defensive coordinators is enough film to find your weak spots. For Kapernick it has always been his decision skills. Give him too many options to dissect in the heat of battle and he mentally curls up. Athleticism only goes so far.

    And sorry Kapernick, your San Fran’s head case. Other teams have their own worries.

  48. It most certainly is a combination of factors. It seems the consensus here is it’s in large part due to the activism, and I agree. Teams don’t want that kind of distractions. They also don’t want to take a certain hit with a % of the fan base who would be upset.

    The bottom line, in my opinion, is that if it wasn’t for the protest and other stuff he’d have had at least some contact by now for depth. Some self styled QB whisperer would undoubtedly like to have a low cost shot at reclaiming him. If only there wasn’t the stigma attached to him.

    The pisser of it is I’m sympathetic with the ultimate message he was trying to make about race relations in the US. I abhor the way he did this however and it’s going to cost him.

  49. Jim Harbaugh made him what he was and gave him the structure he needed to succeed. Plain and simple to see that. He had the tools clearly but needed more time to hone them.

    York and Baalke made sure that Habaugh didn’t get to transform the team much longer.

  50. In CK’s defense, he was a pistol QB, and Harbaugh was forced to change offenses by the asinine ownership, which ruined CK. Took him out of his strength.

    CK, however, since- is a turd of a human being and has played his last down in the NFL. Those of you who deny the kneel-down ripple effect are delusional. I live in FL, for 80% of the NFL season, it’s fishing, boating, or…..watch TV? Kneel during the anthem? Nah. Going fishing. Or to the beach. Or taking out the boat. Yes, in November.

    Screw KAP!

  51. I’m a lifelong Bears fan and I wouldn’t wish this guy on the Packers. ‘Nuff said. I hope that the owners blackball him out of the league to send a message to the rest of the players union that his type of behavior simply will not, nor should not be tolerated in ANY business, much less from one who’s supposed to be in a position of leadership! Out!

  52. I’m the proud son of a disabled WWII combat veteran. What Kaperneck did was treasonous and dishonored everything that every man and woman who has every put on a uniform to fight and defend this great country has ever stood for. He not only should be kicked out of the NFL, he should have his citizenship revoked and shipped somewhere like Syria on a one way ticket out and banned from every stepping foot in the USA again. Maybe Donald can sign an Executive Order and make it happen!

  53. So what’s the moral of the story? If you stand up against white supremacy and police brutality you will be made an example. What is a prize. It’s nothing new here ask Muhammad Ali all the track runners from the 1968 Olympics.

  54. A. He hasn’t looked very good since his rookie year

    B. He offends all of the white fascist men that make up at least half of sports fans

    C. The pig socks were stupid though

    D. Isn’t free speech one of the things that made America great? I think so

  55. I feel really bad for the guy. He took a horrible team friendly contract because they stood by him when he was in trouble. Then coach fired new offense incompetent new coach. Made a horrible call not to go to the Broncos made another horrible call not to stand for the flag in a protest which was sure to hurt him with execs. Coming off injuries and offseason turmoil to an offense the league had clearly figured out. Opted out of contract why? Were people calling his agent? He made a series of horrible business decisions and now is in a terrible spot.

  56. These players live in a fantasy world. You want to protest in your free time? Have at it. You have every right to do so and I am sure many would commend him or her for believing in a cause and sticking up for that cause. But on football Sunday, you are on company time. You are at work. You are representing your organization. Not only has he been a poor performer over the past few years, but now he is protesting AT work? ZERO employers want to see that from their employees. And that’s ultimately what it boils down to. He is an underperforming employee that has decided to protest during company time.

    Yeah, I just can’t imagine why other employers throughout the league aren’t lining up to sign him to a lucrative contract.

  57. Kap haters were saying he wasn’t a good quarterback the season AFTER he led the Niners to their first SB appearance since 1995, and came within a single completed pass (which went through the hands of the receiver and was definitely catchable) of winning it all. It is simple prejudice. They are not basing their opinions on facts or statistics.

  58. Simple fact: none of the remaining free agent quarterbacks has ever led his team to the Super Bowl. Not even Tony Romo has done that. Not Jay Cutler either. Not Brock Osweiler, whom the Browns are trying to trade. Osweiler was around for the ride. Peyton Manning won the ring for Osweiler.

  59. The Browns should sign him and Tebow. Along with Osweiller, they won’t have a legit QB but all the distractions they cause will make people forget that.

  60. I’m curious to hear what his ex-teammates have to say about him. And Harbaugh. It’s clear his play on the field was awful, his political stance offended, but what do those who played with him have to say?

  61. Kap forgot that he was in the entertainment business. He was not intelligent enough to figure out that 50% or more of the US population would not be entertained by his lack of respect for our National anthem.

    His political statement was more important to him than his multi-million dollar contract was.

    50% of We the People are quite happy that he won’t be in the NFL next year to ruin our entertainment. We like football and really, really discourage religion or politics being involved.

    Maybe Kap ought to run for political office…🙈

  62. backuppunter:
    Let me guess. Anyone who doesn’t share your ignorant hysterical left wing politics is a “fascist white man” right?

    Free speech does not allow anyone the right to broadcast their extreme political views.

    Do you have any more stupid comments?

  63. Frankly, I don’t even think Kaep is even being blackballed. He’s not getting looks because he’s not a good quarterback, and he’s damaged both his and his team’s brand with his off-field activities.

    The owners and gms are in the sports entertainment business. They make more money by increased viewership and attendance at games.

    A huge number of people have let it be known they will not even watch a game he participates in. What person in that business wants to pay money to a person who will result in decreased earnings for the organization as a whole?

    To me, it really is that simple.

  64. Squid was squatting to protest America while Obama was President, but not that Trump is President, he seems to think it’s fine one again.

    His IQ doesn’t live up to his uniform number.

  65. Numbers don’t lie. Kap’s QB rating was 90.1 last season. He has a lot more TDs than interceptions. These numbers are not fake news. They are not alternative facts. They are as real as the 4.7% unemployment rate.

  66. “As much as I hate that this tool sat during the anthem, it’s not the reason why he isn’t hearing his phone ring. He is a horrible thrower and horrible decision maker and has overrated athleticism. He only is fast once he can get long strides, other than that he can’t get out of the pocket before eating turf. He’s a phony civil rights leader and should not be welcomed in a locker room”

    Dude it’s both. If he was Aaron Rodgers, sure some team would definitely sign him. His level of play doesn’t balance out the risk of distraction. Had he not keeled last year (and wore piggy socks, and Castro shirts, and a ridiculous afro), I have zero doubt that he’d already be signed. He’s not great, but he’s better than some starters and certainly better than most backups. The kneeling is a factor whether you believe it or not. Just as ESPN was a reason Tebow isn’t backing up somewhere.

  67. Standing up for what you believe in IS THE AMERICAN WAY. Falling in line and being told you should appreciate your country when you are not happy with how a large portion of the population is flat out being suppressed and discriminated against is admirable. The funny thing is history will right a better story than you guys are painting.

    Regardless of NFL talent a rich multicultural professional athlete helped to start a national debate on open racism and social economic status discrimination. That has since improved in the fact that people are now acknowledging it and you are seeing a lot of people of color to unify. It’s also partly why our president has a substandard approval rate (lowest ever) bc while it is refreshing to hear someone talk straight in politics it’s alarming how shallow some of those people who just openly speak hatred are mentally. Trump can run a business but as a leader of people he’s poor bc most people can’t relate to some of his personal convictions and is separating our country like we haven’t seen since the civil war or civil rights movements.

    My real question is why kneeling bothers so many people, sure the pig socks are tasteless but let’s be real there are some extremely crappy police officers we love to generalize people of color like Muslims yet want individuality for police officers even though we’ve seen more terrorism by police in neighborhoods of color than we’ve ever seen from actual terrorists in America.

    Do people on here who hate him realize he has said since day one he’s kneeling for a portion of people who are voiceless. He has said he 100% supports the military and understands not all cops are bad most are great people but the bad ones are tarnishing not only the badge but America’s integrity. While I don’t agree with kneeling I do agree with his stance which is hard to not agree with unless you want to ignore the current state of affairs. Also do people realize that a large portion of the military also DOES NOT agree with everything our country has become. Some of them are sick of the senseless killing for endless propaganda and don’t understand why they are even deployed in some of these places. Are they committing treason by not agreeing 100% with the cause?

    Come on this thread is full racist undertone comments. If you can’t see that It might just be you! You can be proud of your kids even when they disappoint you but you can’t be proud of your country bc they disappoint you and you speak up? That’s basically what I hear which is total crap. Kaep doesn’t have a contract bc he’s a great athlete playing qb not the other way around which was what many people thought. His political stance has some turned teams off but his play has more to do with it.

    I am a seahawks fan but an American first and foremost. I’m a minority and regardless of how you feel about the guy standing up for clear unnecessary violence towards “others” and receiving absolutely no penalty is admirable. Even if you slip up and do some things in bad taste along the way.

    For me killing a man for selling Cds and cigarettes is an act of terror while kneeling for the anthem is a civil rights act. Yes ratings were down but that might be more to do with Thurs night football being a poop fest. The NFL got boring bc it’s the same teams every year and people realize that it will always be that way not to mention officiating being over scrutinized as we now have technology to dispute many calls that are made real time by humans.

    Want to make America great again? Acknowledge the real issues and work on them. Don’t act like people of color are treated fairly when they are clearly not which is even more obvious with these absurd travel bans and threats of a wall we would see from space. The current state of affairs in America is pathetic. People trying to turn everything into a political debate and completely unwilling to compromise which is what America is built on and that’s allowing people to be who they want.

    Those saying go back to your country need serious mental help how can you kick someone out of a country you aren’t from either. I’m native American black Italian and Irish.We found common ground were all Americans but more importantly were all human I hope you guys criticizing never made a single mistake or done something in poor taste..I sure hope you find something sensible to stand for in your lives that give it meaning.

  68. Really pretty simple, HE IS NOT THAT GOOD, else like a lot of other misfits, drug addicts, etc. an NFL team would offer him a contract in a heartbeat, even a good one.

  69. Boycotting the singing of the National Anthem is boycotting what made this country a free nation. It has nothing to do with black, white, yellow or red or police profiling. No, this country isn’t perfect, but nothing is nor ever will be. If Kaperneck doesn’t like living here, he has plenty of other countries he’s more than welcome to pack up and move to; fine by me!

  70. As limited as everyone knows he is, he has a career 88 passer rating–he’s a warm-bodied NFL quarterback. They don’t grow on trees. As his price is plummeting, his value is rising. So if he’s not getting calls, he’s black-balled, plain and simple. But we don’t know.

  71. He should look at playing in Canada. His skill set fits their game and he wouldn’t have to hear the US National Anthem before each game.

  72. 49er fan here

    I think he’ll realize there isn’t a market it for him and he’ll want to return to the 49ers at a reduce salary on a one year deal and hopefully he has a good 2017 season and all is forgiving for him kneeling during the National anthem..

  73. Simple equation for owners:
    Above average distractions + below average play = no job

    The level of distraction tolerated is directly related to your level of play. Add to that a lack of commitment and it’s pretty obvious why this guy is unemployed.

  74. Others have said it, and I will say it too:

    He is not a good NFL QB at this point in his career.

    He has a long wind up, he is not good at reading defenses and is not that accurate.

    Take this factors into account with the fact that he offended a large part of the NFL’s fan base (paying customers) and the offers will not be flowing freely.

    If he had talent he would have offers.

    Most teams don’t view him as worth he headache.

    All it takes is one though.

  75. The distraction he creates doesn’t help – but if he played like Kurt Warner, teams would be lining up for his distractions. Same could be said about Tebow.

  76. hes just terrible. he could be a back up but the anthem thing has teams terrified. if he boycotted and spoke his mind outside of football he would of been fine

  77. Yea everybody is KNEELING ON ONE KNEE and praying that their team doesn’t get stuck with this egomaniac.

  78. @xofdallas says – “A huge number of people have let it be known that they will not even watch a game he participates in”.

    Actually, a small number of people have lied by saying they would not watch such games. Fixed that for you.

  79. Actually his real mom is white also, so he’s half black like obama, who also like obama thinks he’s full black
    mackcarrington says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:19 PM
    Poor Kaepernick. He’s a black who was raised by whites and somehow felt his personal identity was lost. He thought he found a cause to give himself a sense of identity. That would have been fine if he wasn’t already part of one of the largest and richest corporations in America. He badly misjudged the public reaction and backlash that he received. And now that his career is at a crossroads and he finds himself on the streets looking to maintain employment in the NFL, perhaps he realizes he picked the wrong battle. Now he says he will stand for the anthem. If he felt so strongly about his stance, he wouldn’t back down from his beliefs. Well, it’s obvious he realizes that his search for an “identity” has likely cost him a well paying job.

  80. As an NFL player you have to progress at your position, if you don’t the league passes you by. If you regress at your position you quickly find yourself out of a job.

    If you chose to bite the hand that feeds you, you will find the unemployment line even sooner.

  81. dezertdawg says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:54 PM
    ctiggs says:
    Mar 12, 2017 7:19 PM
    Haters will hate but kap will stay with us. Then we will continue to be on to six. #goNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

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    6 wins?
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    6 points

  82. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Mar 12, 2017 8:51 PM
    Pop Quiz

    Who kneeled during the National Anthem?
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said, “I like people that weren’t captured.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said, “Military suicides happen to service members who can’t handle it.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

    Who said combat vets who developed PTSD did so because they were “not strong.”
    A) Colin Kaepernick
    B) Donald Trump

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    I get your point but Donald Trump isnt going to get pursued by any teams either and its for pretty much the same reason as Kaep. If it makes you feel better Ill admit Trump is probably further from it since he is probably a worse qb.

  83. slaytheday55 says:
    Mar 13, 2017 1:47 AM
    Standing up for what you believe in IS THE AMERICAN WAY. Falling in line and being told you should appreciate your country when you are not happy with how a large portion of the population is flat out being suppressed and discriminated against is admirable. The funny thing is history will right a better story than you guys are painting.

    Regardless of NFL talent a rich multicultural professional athlete helped to start a national debate on open racism and social economic status discrimination. That has since improved in the fact that people are now acknowledging it and you are seeing a lot of people of color to unify. It’s also partly why our president has a substandard approval rate (lowest ever) bc while it is refreshing to hear someone talk straight in politics it’s alarming how shallow some of those people who just openly speak hatred are mentally. Trump can run a business but as a leader of people he’s poor bc most people can’t relate to some of his personal convictions and is separating our country like we haven’t seen since the civil war or civil rights movements.

    My real question is why kneeling bothers so many people, sure the pig socks are tasteless but let’s be real there are some extremely crappy police officers we love to generalize people of color like Muslims yet want individuality for police officers even though we’ve seen more terrorism by police in neighborhoods of color than we’ve ever seen from actual terrorists in America.

    Do people on here who hate him realize he has said since day one he’s kneeling for a portion of people who are voiceless. He has said he 100% supports the military and understands not all cops are bad most are great people but the bad ones are tarnishing not only the badge but America’s integrity. While I don’t agree with kneeling I do agree with his stance which is hard to not agree with unless you want to ignore the current state of affairs. Also do people realize that a large portion of the military also DOES NOT agree with everything our country has become. Some of them are sick of the senseless killing for endless propaganda and don’t understand why they are even deployed in some of these places. Are they committing treason by not agreeing 100% with the cause?

    Come on this thread is full racist undertone comments. If you can’t see that It might just be you! You can be proud of your kids even when they disappoint you but you can’t be proud of your country bc they disappoint you and you speak up? That’s basically what I hear which is total crap. Kaep doesn’t have a contract bc he’s a great athlete playing qb not the other way around which was what many people thought. His political stance has some turned teams off but his play has more to do with it.

    I am a seahawks fan but an American first and foremost. I’m a minority and regardless of how you feel about the guy standing up for clear unnecessary violence towards “others” and receiving absolutely no penalty is admirable. Even if you slip up and do some things in bad taste along the way.

    For me killing a man for selling Cds and cigarettes is an act of terror while kneeling for the anthem is a civil rights act. Yes ratings were down but that might be more to do with Thurs night football being a poop fest. The NFL got boring bc it’s the same teams every year and people realize that it will always be that way not to mention officiating being over scrutinized as we now have technology to dispute many calls that are made real time by humans.

    Want to make America great again? Acknowledge the real issues and work on them. Don’t act like people of color are treated fairly when they are clearly not which is even more obvious with these absurd travel bans and threats of a wall we would see from space. The current state of affairs in America is pathetic. People trying to turn everything into a political debate and completely unwilling to compromise which is what America is built on and that’s allowing people to be who they want.

    Those saying go back to your country need serious mental help how can you kick someone out of a country you aren’t from either. I’m native American black Italian and Irish.We found common ground were all Americans but more importantly were all human I hope you guys criticizing never made a single mistake or done something in poor taste..I sure hope you find something sensible to stand for in your lives that give it m

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    Nice speech but the point here is that hes just not a very good qb.

  84. Based on some comments I read from a reporter at the Combine, a NFL exec stated he was an “embarrassment”! His actions last season may have affected teams more than some think……It was and is so transparent what he was doing, I hope he does not get a job! I normally would not wish that on anyone; however, he made his bed (& he has certainly made enough $$$)…

  85. QB’s who have had careers derailed due to dating an aplpha or male type women…
    Kap
    Ponder
    Manziel
    RG3 (Ex Wife)
    Sanchez? Dating multiple women in short periods of time

  86. omeimontis says:
    Mar 13, 2017 12:22 AM
    Simple fact: none of the remaining free agent quarterbacks has ever led his team to the Super Bowl. Not even Tony Romo has done that. Not Jay Cutler either. Not Brock Osweiler, whom the Browns are trying to trade. Osweiler was around for the ride. Peyton Manning won the ring for Osweiler.
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    Manning was in the middle seat for that ride, it is splitting hairs to point out Osweiler was in the 3rd row seat

  87. I am personally of the belief that he first took that knee because he was lazy and didn’t realize what he was doing.

    Then he decided to play it off like it was some sort of cause to make himself look better. He wasn’t ‘standing’ up for his beliefs. He was self-glorifying.

  88. Being an activist was more important to him than being a football player so now he can become a full time protester !

  89. The QB position is a leadership role. The last thing a team wants is a Maverick leading the team. Kap’s “capitulation” that he’ll kneel now during the anthem screams of entitlement – that he’s only doing it to bow to the demands of the public. What he needs to be doing is apologizing to the public and the 49ers – acknowledging that the field is not the place to put on a display. No more bicep-kissing while wearing red & gold.

    That the 49ers have signed 2 Free Agent QB’s spits in Kap’s eye. Even if he wanted to return now the door has slammed behind him. He’ll just have to find somewhere else to work, even if it means the CFL.

    Don’t think that he “chose” free agency. It was pretty clear that he wasn’t welcome under the new management. He would have spent all next season on the bench if he’d stayed.

  90. feckyerlife says:
    Mar 13, 2017 9:04 AM
    Actually his real mom is white also, so he’s half black like obama, who also like obama thinks he’s full black
    ================
    If your father is black, that makes you black. As an individual, you can identify with either side you want, but you’re black.

  91. He picked the Wrong Platform for his protest. Now he has decided to Stand, so my question is What has he Changed? Why Stand Now? Is it because you now need a job? If so isn’t that throwing your Whole Protest Stance on this issue under the Bus for money?
    For me, I wasn’t happy with his play first off. I believed the league caught up to Kaep’s play by adjusting defenses. But Kaep could not re-adjust his play to counter that. So then to do this career ending Stance is something I feel he will regret for the rest of his life.

  92. What team doesn’t want a distraction from their QB ? He simply wasn’t good enough to rub the racism rag in our face. Football and America go hand in hand and kneeling during our national anthem is an insult to every American. Better he find a nice job at McDonalds and learn his place, as every American does eventually.

  93. Amazing how he’s able to jump off his soap box as soon as he realized no one wants him. Good luck in the European league, Kappy.

  94. I’m glad he’s gone. Now I can enjoy some niners football. God bless America and the soldiers fighting for us.

  95. If the Browns don’t get Garrapolo I believe he’s their plan B but I don’t think he’s any teams plan A. Harbough leaving was the worst thing to happen to most of that team to be honest. All this situation shows is that the players that chose to retire over staying with the 49ers and the coaches that picked places like Cleveland over going there extended their careers by doing it. Had he been on a team that wasn’t so dysfunctional no one would have even known about nor cared about the national anthem thing.

    Much like South Park made fun of, whether he stood or kneeled for the Anthem was literally the only thing worth watching during those games since the on the field product sure wasn’t and he was the better QB on the team.

  96. Few QBs can put up numbers without a reasonable o-line, let alone without decent receivers or a running game. But even assuming Kaepernick is no longer starter-material, is he really a worse option as a back-up than, say, Scott Tolzien, Bryce Petty, Kellen Moore, Landry Jones, etc.?

  97. lol; good point, but he’s a big management headache which separates him from the rest of the pack as being a clear discard at this point.

  98. In this country you are free to say and do as you want, at least for a few more years, but you are not free from the consequences. Why would an NFL owner want to pay a second rate quarterback millions to sit on the bench and likely as not bring his social justice attitude to infect the rest of the team? This guy has proven on and off the field he isn’t capable of making intelligent deductions.

  99. He is a bum and ignorant to boot. Why would anybody want him on their team..Best bet..The Jets and Browns because they haven’t a clue anyways!

  100. He wasnt starting and on the verge of getting cut when he started his ‘protest’. Suddenly the 49rs had a pr problem, cutting him was racist, even not making him the starter was getting them some grief. I dont know if he was sincere or just looking to work the system to avoid the relese (it it was not intentional it was still pretty convenient) but either way no GM would appreciate that. Other GMs are going to see that and not even want go near somone who even might play them that way. We can all have our own opinions whether he was sincere, but there was suspicion to color perception. so no one is going to take even a chance on a guy that likely isnt very good when there is risk of not being able to cut him later.

  101. As for not being signed? I’m sure some owners are patriotic and some maybe don’t care as much as winning, but what they all have in common is the love of revenue into the NFL. Money. Less viewers= less TV revenues and ticket sales etc=less money for all owners. Nothing, I repeat, nothing will kill your future in the NFL faster than decreasing their revenues. You don’t mess with the goose that lays the golden eggs. He’s toast.

  102. He doesn’t need a contract, he has the moral high ground………oh, wait…..he doesn’t have that anymore since he agreed to stand from now on….so I guess he does need a contract now.

  103. I heard the NFL is looking at starting a franchise in Cuba. They’ve got the uniforms figured out (pig socks, a big picture of Fidel Castro on the helmet, and someone pissing on the US flag on the jersey), but they’re currently deciding on a name. Reportedly it’s down to the Cuba Castros or the Cuba Cop-Haters.

    One thing is for sure though, Kaep will be their starting QB

  104. Some wont agree with this but I think he’ll land somewhere as a backup.

    His options are more limited due to being a distraction as some teams just are not going to bring that into their locker room. Even though he claims hes not going to be a distraction going forward.

    Even if he never kneeled at all I think his value would be about the same. Backup QB for most teams, possible stop gap/compete with stable of other backup quality QBs for starting spot on rebuilding/non-competitive teams.

    He just doesnt have as many possible destinations for that role due to being a distraction.

  105. Ya, Kap will make a great backup all right… for the Gary, Indiana Steel Cats Beer League. Please, somebody give this anti-American a big wedgie out of the country NOW!

  106. Unless Jeff George comes out of retirement for the umpteenth time, that’s about the only shot Kap is going to get this year (i.e., someone unexpectedly going down to injury). I say let Kap go and find himself as the QB of the Iraq Goats and wish him farewell!

  107. Mr. Kaepernick, your 15 minutes are up. Time to find out what it is like for we veterans who risked our lives for you, and now, without fanfare, get up at 5a every morning and head off to work, not to play a kid’s game. Maybe Starbucks has a position for you?

  108. Will his convictions put millions on the table. He’s finding out. He’s in no position to negotiate an advantageous rich contract. Now I understand why he came up with a statement saying he wasn’t going “to sit” in 2017. Hmmm. He knew what was coming; the life of a journeyman back up QB. Never bring any nonsense into the workplace.

  109. no one wants him because right or wrong, his coach was fired, and then he completely quit trying.

    i’d bet there are gms that didn’t mind him exercising his free speech rights, but i’d also bet that there are zero gms who condone his pouting, and less than half-arsed effort the last two years.

  110. Perhaps he can get a job making Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts commercials. Then he can tell everyone that he couldn’t stand during the anthem because his feet hurt. Apparently the strongly held personal convictions of this piece of garbage go only so far as a payday.

  111. veracityguy says:
    Mar 16, 2017 3:33 PM
    Perhaps he can get a job making Dr. Scholl’s gel inserts commercials. Then he can tell everyone that he couldn’t stand during the anthem because his feet hurt.

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    Funny as heck….
    “So, you standin’ now Kaep?”
    “Yeah, I’m gellin’, like Magellan”

  112. You disrespect our nation’s anthem and flag by taking a knee, and then you expect owners of the NFL to suddenly want you on their team? Get over it Spike.

  113. Colin wants 10 million a year. That’s a lot more than the starter gets at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon . All either of them do is make waves.

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