Unemployed quarterback No. 39 in merchandise sales

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The Top 50 Player Sales Report released on Tuesday by the NFL Players Association includes 49 players who currently are employed by NFL teams. The unemployed player, a former 49er, comes in at No. 39.

Yes, the man who had the 17th highest-selling jersey in May 2017 finished at No. 39 from May 1 through July 31 in all merchandise sales. Which is impressive, given that there likely wasn’t much merchandise manufactured bearing Colin Kaepernick’s name or likeness, given that he hasn’t been a member of an NFL team since early March.

Kaepernick finished higher than players like Cardinals running back David Johnson (No. 42), Saints running back Adrian Peterson (No. 45), Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins (No. 48), and Cardinal receiver Larry Fitzgerald (No. 49).

Jersey sales likely had a lot to do with that figure. After Kaepernick’s status as No. 17 on the May 2017 list became a news item, the league-owned online shop didn’t update the page to reflect jersey sales for June 2017. And, perhaps, all that that implies.

The figures more than imply another message: Whoever signs him will be selling plenty of jerseys bearing his name an number over new colors and logos.

111 responses to “Unemployed quarterback No. 39 in merchandise sales

  1. Here is what the fans care about.

    Fans bought more Tom Brady merchandise than any other player from March to May, according to numbers released Tuesday by the NFL Players Inc., the licensing and marketing arm of the NFL Players Association.

  2. No one is going to sign him, sign him and you lose half of your fan base until he is gone. He took an unpopular position not based on fact. These are the facts.

    Yes it is true that 26% of people shot by cops are black and yes it is true that blacks only make up 13% of the overall population.

    HOWEVER according to FBI table 43 blacks account for more than 26% of the violent crime in every catagory and 46-53% of all murders depending which year you use. Of course a greater percent of African Americans when a greater percentage of them are committing violent crime.

  3. His jersey is on ultra clearance . I’ve seen a game jersey for $5. Your argument for this fool is irrelevant mr snowflake florio. It’s about time you start covering the WNBA. Your horrible at covering football and nobody likes your politics.

  4. Wow this Kaepernick guy must really be a great quarterback. So many stories and discussions about him. How many games did he win last year? 1?

  5. These constant articles were very annoying before. But it was the dead season so I thought you were just looking for content to put out. But training camps have opened now. No more need for this. We all know your position. You have stated it 50 times. No need to explain it a 51st time. We get it, we just don’t care or don’t agree. Move on.

  6. I remember he came in at some point in a Giants game (his rookie or 2nd year) and he looked like a QB with a ton of talent but a ‘one read and run’ guy.

    Didn’t take long for the Giants to contain him.He just looked unprepared and maybe that is his rep among coaches.

    But please: STOP PREACHING THE KAEP STORY.

    PS

    In the Giants Championship game against the 49rs (2011), Dixon failed to block JaqwanWiliams in OT, thus allowing him to strip Kyle Williams on his punt return.

    Every other Giant was blocked but Williams was either allowed to release or Dixon missed the block.

  7. The Af. Amer. community supports their own and a person who would stick up for them at his level, raised his profile and the jersey’s are selling because they support the cause. If Kap was just Kap… this would not be the case.

  8. There’s never a shortage of people willing to express how disaffected and oppressed they are by buying an over priced jersey made in a 3rd world sweat shop from a corporate money making machine. Particularly at 50% off, which is typically what happens when a player leaves a team and is the case now with Kaepernick gear.

  9. Your slavish devotion to the narrative that he is unemployed wholly and only because he opposes the current political establishment is very much overplayed. The fact of the matter is, he is not a very good QB. He was propped up by a super defense and some good playmakers in the Super Bowl year, but eventually he was exposed as a QB that can’t read defenses and isn’t very accurate.

    Sure, a ton of fans hate the stance he took and don’t want him on their favorite team. But I think his unemployment is mostly about his deficiencies as a player. And yes, I do think Austin Davis is a better QB than he is.

    Can we drop this already???????????????

  10. If you continue to talk something into the ground you will be rewarded by making your desired outcome happen.

    Or not, see:
    Trump, Donald
    Redskins, Washington

    LOL.

  11. Perhaps he has a following….

    However, I am sure most of his Jersey sales are taking place on Craig’s List.

  12. I come to this site to catch the latest on the NFL and players that are ACTUALLY in the league …..
    not some guy that played himself out of the league because his skill set is one dimensional and his politics pretty much ticked off a nation.

    Any more stories about this guy and I am sure I can find somewhere else to get my NFL info

  13. Smart businessmen aren’t going to sign a player who alienates 1/3 of the fanbase with no on-field productivity to make up for it.

  14. I didn’t know that jersey sales were an indication of a players skill set and if he deserves to be on a team.

  15. Every time I watch the original feed of Kap explaining why he wasn’t standing it looks to me that it was an after thought. I still think it was disrespectful.

  16. Likely many are buying up the jersey for symbolic burning. Look, I have no problem with what he did as he is free to do so. The consequences of that action do not bother me either as it is the right of teams to weigh the thoughts of fans into whether or not to roster the man. If a team genuinely believes he can help them, then that will be considered also. His recent struggles in the game make this less likely to happen.

  17. It is very simple. Fans of each team spread out their purchases among a few players on the team. People around the country who hate America & disrespect those who fought for our country all converge around Kaepernick.

  18. Perhaps he should pursue a job with the NAACP or NCAI?

    He isn’t very good at football but he certainly has a talent for drumming up white guilt and pounding wedges into racial divides.

  19. Weird how conservative snowflakes still have a problem with an American using his free speech.

  20. …and 4 of the top 10 jerseys sold are Cowboys.

    All this proves is idiots have nothing better to spend their money on.

  21. PFT readers probably represent a good cross-section of hard-core NFL fans. Thumbs down if you were one of the people who bought a Kaepernick jersey in the last few months.

  22. People who otherwise never watch football and never go to games are buying the heavily discounted jerseys of a lousy football player as a political stunt-Story at 9.

  23. well he’s always been high in this list because there are thousands of people who hate their own country. That’s about it.

  24. I made an innocuous comment on the Gruden/Ryan article last night and you removed it. You continue to champion this unemployed QB and allow other commenters to question your manhood while you remove every comment I make because of my screen name. You sir are a Hypocrite. You can’t have it both ways. Either you believe in freedom of speech or you don’t.

  25. There’s never a shortage of people willing to express how disaffected and oppressed they are by buying an over priced jersey made in a 3rd world sweat shop from a corporate money making machine. Particularly at 50% off, which is typically what happens when a player leaves a team and is the case now with Kaepernick gear.

  26. The invalid arguments continue with a horrible one-sided fake news slant. Did you talk about how Niner websites are blowing them out for $25 vs. $199 for current players? Facts are s

    Using this website as a platform for personal political views is more than embarrassing for you, Mr. F, as a member of the news media, it’s wrong.

    Situations like this is why the American public no longer trust the media…so congratulations you’ve earned that. I’m surprised NBC hasn’t taken the reins in…
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    raidordie says:
    His jersey is on ultra clearance . I’ve seen a game jersey for $5. (Spinning the truth) Your argument for this fool is irrelevant mr snowflake florio. It’s about time you start covering the WNBA. Your horrible at covering football and nobody likes your politics.

  27. Lots of complaining about having to read about something you don’t have to read about. Here’s a clue: this is not the only way in which your attitude is ignorant and nonsensical.

  28. “The figures more than imply another message: Whoever signs him will be selling plenty of jerseys bearing his name an number over new colors and logos.”

    Possibly so.
    To look at it another way though-
    How many of those that purchase a Kaep jersey are first (and last) time purchasers?

    How does that revenue stack up against those who will cease purchases of jerseys, tickets, etc for the team which does sign him? Most likely those are the longtime fans who splurge and take the family to a game each year-and buy a new jersey or two each year of the star draft pick or FA signee.

    All that annual revenue gone for a one time purchase. Doesn’t take an MBA to realize it’s a bad move financially.

  29. Sigh. This is growing tiresome. Kaepernick is not the only out of work quarterback.

    Yes, we all understand Kaepernick did nothing illegal by choosing to take a knee. Personally, I did not care one way or the other if he or any other player chooses to take a knee to point out an injustice. I applaud his willingness to stand up (or kneel down) for a cause he believes in.

    I do care about all of these articles complaining about his unemployment.

    Admittedly, I am not a fan of the SF team, so I do not know all of the stats of each member of the team, but if memory serves, Kaepernick’s skills had begun to erode before the 2016 season and before his social awakening. I really believe if Kaepernick had a better season in 2015 and 2016 he would be on a team, most likely the SF 49ers.

  30. Goes to show you there are a lot of non football fans that like him and his politics. Good for them. Any football related stuff to say about him?

  31. Would love to know where the jersey sales were strongest. Bet I can guess.

    Only so-called “social justice warriors” (which includes those who support rioters, looters, arsonists & cop killers) would buy this jersey.

    Still waiting to hear how burning cars, breaking windows and stealing TVs will help the situation about which these folks “protest”.

  32. wolfiereasonedlife says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:53 AM
    Weird how conservative snowflakes still have a problem with an American using his free speech.

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    yeah – I see what you did there – clever

  33. clintonite44 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:31 AM

    He’s ranked that high because he was doing what was RIGHT for our country–calling out police brutality! Trying to make America a better place!
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    No these are fake/staged incidents to divide. Its working well!

  34. This just in:
    In many areas, his jersey was selling for less than a package of diapers, so responsible mom’s were buying them for their toddlers instead of diapers.

    I saw that on the internet, so it must be true.

  35. clintonite44 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:31 AM

    He’s ranked that high because he was doing what was RIGHT for our country–calling out police brutality! Trying to make America a better place!

    Again, how does burning, looting and shooting cops make America better?

  36. wolfiereasonedlife says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:53 AM
    Weird how conservative snowflakes still have a problem with an American using his free speech.

    Yes, and I’m sure you are hunk dory with the free speech from a certain right leaning “news” network.

  37. What did Kaepernick have for lunch today? How many calories? Was it gluten free? Vegan?! We need all the Kaep lunch deets, Florio!

  38. skinsrock says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:40 AM

    The Af. Amer. community supports their own and a person who would stick up for them at his level, raised his profile and the jersey’s are selling because they support the cause. If Kap was just Kap… this would not be the case.

    You’re an idiot; your logic suggests that black people support any individual simply for the color of their skin. like black people cannot possibly comprehend anything deeper than race.

    you people never cease to amaze me; I wonder how many of you would be willing to read your comments aloud in a room outside of your mother’s basement. How about coming to tell me in person I would like to hear your views man to man

  39. 32 x 50 = 1600

    So, he’s selling better than 1561 other player’s jerseys. Included in those others: sexual assault, rape, DUI, battery, illegal use/possession of a firearm, domestic abuse, and probably a manslaughter case somewhere in there, along with countless other crimes.

    Yet, all the snowflakes can say is “he disrespected the flag”.

    If you sent your kids to an NFL camp, who would you want interacting with them?

    I’ll take the silent protester.

  40. If he is not in the league, does he get any portion of the sales? This is a serious question.

  41. eaglesince86 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 1:00 PM

    You’re an idiot; your logic suggests that black people support any individual simply for the color of their skin. like black people cannot possibly comprehend anything deeper than race.

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    So why did the overwhelming majority of blacks vote for Obama? They ALL just happened to agree with his policies?

  42. rcali says:
    Aug 1, 2017 12:46 PM
    Didn’t all the gang members at one time wear Raider gear? They hated the cops too.

    Stick a pin in that and check what jerseys are popular with those nice folks this year. I think a Bay area city has a new hero.

  43. eaglesince86 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 1:00 PM

    You’re an idiot; your logic suggests that black people support any individual simply for the color of their skin. like black people cannot possibly comprehend anything deeper than race.

    Missed the OJ trial I see.

  44. 32 x 50 = 1600

    So, he’s selling better than 1561 other player’s jerseys. Included in those others: sexual assault, rape, DUI, battery, illegal use/possession of a firearm, domestic abuse, and probably a manslaughter case somewhere in there, along with countless other crimes.

    Yet, all the snowflakes can say is “he disrespected the flag”.

    If you sent your kids to an NFL camp, who would you want interacting with them?

    I’ll take the silent protester.
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    He has the right to protest, but he also has the right to take the repercussion of doing so.

    Also, do you remember the guy that claimed America was bad and then didn’t vote in the election, oh yeah, it was Kaepernick…

  45. I can’t support this guy taking a knee during a song …if he only would have punched his pregnant wife in the stomach but or maybe just got drunk and bitch slapped her, now that’s something I can forgive.

  46. At the end of the day, the only thing that matters to me is:
    1) Can he play?
    2) Is he in jail?

    The notion that Kaep will alienate a fanbase is overblown, mainly because controversy sells and if the Ravens are winning ball games due to Kaep’s play, none of this bloviated rigmarole is going to matter.

  47. haywoodjablomey says:

    Yet, all the snowflakes can say is “he disrespected the flag”.
    ————

    Umm, let me help you out here skippy. “Snowflake” is a term describing the typical left wing crybaby who needs safe spaces, coloring books and Play-Doh when someone happens to disagree with them.

    So your comment is meaningless.

  48. We have officially approached five months with Colin Kaepernick not being on an NFL roster. If you use the average of one story per day on Kaepernick, which is what this site currently has, that means PFT (ahem, its main writer) has written over 100 news stories on the single matter.

    Seriously, there are more important stories going on in the NFL than a non-playing, U.S. protesting, losing-record-carrying, quarterback.

  49. PFT needs to drop its clear agenda with Kaepernick. It’s readers don’t want to continue being bothered by a non-playing, U.S. anthem protesting, losing record carrying quarterback.

  50. If you average jersey sales by number of articles written about the player, Kaepernick is only ahead of Brady. The Brady articles are primarily due to his continuous winning on the field, not whining on the field.

  51. Name on person who likes cops. There are too many cops on the street here in Leesburg, VA. They don’t have anything to do so they set up traps to catch drivers who can’t afford to pay their vehicle tax and have no sticker and stuff of that nature

  52. patriots123456 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 10:23 AM
    Who cares?
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    Obviously you, me and at least the 100+ people who have posted on this article. If you aren’t interested, why did you click AND comment on this article?

    Kaepernick’s NONVIOLENT protest is obviously still working as all of us are here reading and commenting. Look at how many comments every Kaep articles get!

    If you want him to go away, stop clicking and posting! Its sooooo simple.

  53. Whenever one sees a Kaepernick article, he knows it will be a sycophantic and written by Florio. Enough with the union, cuckold, trial lawyers making life worse for most people in the United States.

  54. He’s unemployed by his choice. He opted out of a contract that would be paying him $12 million right now. He’s also free to seek employment anywhere just like the rest of us. Just because he can’t get a job in the NFL doesn’t mean he can’t get a job period.

  55. “Obviously you, me and at least the 100+ people who have posted on this article. If you aren’t interested, why did you click AND comment on this article?”
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    Actually the only part I care about in regard to Kaepernick is that he never joins the Ravens. I comment on these articles in response to Florio and to remind him and others that it just wasn’t about kneeling with him.
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    “Kaepernick’s NONVIOLENT protest is obviously still working as all of us are here reading and commenting. Look at how many comments every Kaep articles get!”
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    No, our posts are more to do with how much Florio drools all over this guy. I am beginning to think Florio is purposely trolling all of us for click bait
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    “If you want him to go away, stop clicking and posting! Its sooooo simple.”
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    As long as there are articles written about Kaepernick that praise him as a hero and woe his unemployment status I am going to keep reminding people about just what a “hero” he was not to vote, to praise Castro, and to make racist comments about police. He was allowed to exercise his free speech and I should be allowed to exercise mine. I won’t be silenced. You don’t have to agree with my posts or like them, but you don’t have a right to shut me up.

  56. Since the Confederate battle flag is “just a piece of cloth” to Kaepernick, I’m surprised you keep championing him, Mike.

  57. bencoates57 says:
    Aug 1, 2017 2:39 PM

    Name on person who likes cops. There are too many cops on the street here in Leesburg, VA. They don’t have anything to do so they set up traps to catch drivers who can’t afford to pay their vehicle tax and have no sticker and stuff of that nature
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    So they enforce the vehicle laws………..what ANIMALS………smh……

    Also, I “on” cops and I bet YOU would call them if needed……

  58. Kap is popular among real fans. The fake fans go on to the internet and attack him ad nauseum, masquerading his real popularity among real people.

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