NFL.com changes Colin Kaepernick’s designation from “retired”

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Colin Kaepernick hasn’t retired, and now the league-owned website properly reflects that fact.

NFL.com has changed Kaepernick’s designation from “retired” to “UFA,” presumably after the incorrect verbiage was brought to light on Friday night.

“Thank you to everyone who held the @NFL accountable for falsely reporting that Colin ‘retired’ on their website,” his girlfriend, Nessa, tweeted. “They heard you loud [and] clear [because] the NFL put the accurate description that @Kaepernick7 is a Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA). Tell them to stop denying him employment.”

Changing “retired” to “UFA” is one thing. Giving him a job is another. Last year’s effort to arrange a workout, clumsy as it may have been on both sides, was a potential effort to thaw the ice. And the glacier ended up being larger and colder than ever.

Barring an incredibly dramatic and unexpected development, Kaepernick’s designation at NFL.com doesn’t matter. No one is going to offer him a job after three years out of the sport, and the window has long closed on the kind of collective outcry that would change it.

67 responses to “NFL.com changes Colin Kaepernick’s designation from “retired”

  1. Did Nessa ever apologize for blowing Kaepernick’s contract offer from the Ravens by alluding to their owner being a slave owner and Ray Lewis being his slave?

  2. This whole thing was ridiculous from the start. The most likely explanation is some programmer ran code that designated everyone who hadn’t played for a team for more than X years as retired.

    I would bet my life savings that there are countless other players who technically haven’t retired being designated as retired on the site. The designation is pointless. It’s not like teams go and check the NFL public website to see which players are available.

  3. I’m sure his agents phone is blowing up now!!! Not that he had a chance before but his girl is a joke and has only made it even harder for him.

  4. Funny how most of the people who find a black man kneeling in peaceful protest some sort of awful action and insult to the military and veterans, but don’t have the slightest problem with Trump stealing millions from his sham charity for veterans. It makes the racism of most of those complaining about Kaep painfully obvious.

  5. We all love you Colin, and Nessa.
    Just keep being awesome, and ignore the haters.

  6. Just go away. There are so many young guys coming up every year that earned a chance, and are a joy to be around. I’d rather put my nose in a vice than engage with this guy every day.

  7. Hire him for mop up duties. His gf didn’t make things any better, maybe a little insecurity thinking some team will give him a call for employment, maybe so for the spill in aisle 7.

  8. The NFLPA thanks Nessa for pointing out someone’s oversight on Colin Kaepernick playing status. Wouldn’t want him to be able to receive any back retirement funds that would be owed.

  9. At least Neesa has made one person look good by getting her boyfriend’s status updated… and just like that, among UFA quarterbacks on the NFL list, Cam Newton seems like an excellent choice.

  10. I’ve always wondered why Kaepernick didn’t go to the CFL. If the goal is to put the pressure on the NFL, it seems like that’s a better way to do it than lawsuits and PR campaigns while not playing at all. This is not a commentary on the whole political issue; I just wonder about the strategy.

  11. remizak says:
    May 23, 2020 at 9:59 am
    I’ve always wondered why Kaepernick didn’t go to the CFL. If the goal is to put the pressure on the NFL, it seems like that’s a better way to do it than lawsuits and PR campaigns while not playing at all. This is not a commentary on the whole political issue; I just wonder about the strategy.

    ——-
    Because he’s more interested in being a martyr than being a QB.

  12. Maybe the “UFA” isn’t short for unrestricted free agent as much as it is for unwanted free agent.

  13. Pola pe’a says:
    May 23, 2020 at 10:09 am
    remizak says:
    May 23, 2020 at 9:59 am
    I’ve always wondered why Kaepernick didn’t go to the CFL. If the goal is to put the pressure on the NFL, it seems like that’s a better way to do it than lawsuits and PR campaigns while not playing at all. This is not a commentary on the whole political issue; I just wonder about the strategy.
    ——————
    In addition to wanting to be a martyr as another poster correctly pointed out, he also has too much pride and needed to try and save face after he voided the last year of his SF contract. He couldn’t settle for anything less then NFL starter’s money.

  14. Kaepernick took a knee, courageously and silently, to protest systemic racism and police violence in minority communities in the grandest tradition of American values and ideals. In 1773, in order to protest “taxation without representation,” patriots in Massachusetts chucked a boatload of English tea into Boston harbor. Their actions and those of Kaepernick are enshrined in the First Amendment to our Constitution, the right to “petition the government for redress of grievances.” It took great courage and conviction to do what Kaepernick did. He is a hero.

  15. let this be a lesson to all the young players in the league right now. Don’t fall in love with a crazy woman.

  16. The guy was good until the league figured him out. He was floundering in mediocrity after losing the SB. Some people look at the garbage-time stats he put up in his final season as some sort of evidence of a career revival, conveniently ignoring the fact that he went 1-10 while playing from behind in the 2nd half of nearly every game.

  17. “It took great courage and conviction to do what Kaepernick did. He is a hero.”

    Conviction yes, courage no. To compare his actions to those at the BTP, is to equate the potential consequences of those actions. That is ignorant. He exercised a God given right, for which he was not punished. He lost his job and couldn’t get another one that paid what he wanted. His choice.

  18. No, he’s retired… the NFL made that decision for him. Put a fork in him, he’s done.

  19. While I dont agree with Kap on all his actions,I find it ironic his kneeling is considered being a traitor and all that bs but a bunch of wanna be toy soldiers protesting inside a state Capitol building while armed and threatening a sitting governor is considered patriotism. Gee,I wonder what the difference is between Kap and the “patriots” in Michigan

  20. Think about it… if the NFL kept letting Kap get away with his protests others would of joined in and caused huge distractions and alienated many more fans hence less viewers and money. Protest on your own time, not at your JOB.

  21. Nessa can tweet whatver she want and the NFL web site peeps can change his designation to UFA if they want but the fact is the league done did retire him. Get over it.

  22. NFL.com changes Colin Kaepernick’s designation from “retired” to “irrelevant”.

  23. His real status is “blackballed.” Of course they have no such category, not offcially anyway.

  24. I love all these people talking about all this “groundswell and traction” Kap has given this “cause”… ummm, no… not really, was pretty much a complete failure.

  25. The plantation mentality pervades the NFL. If a proud black man protests police brutality directed at minorities, there is no place for him in the NFL — even if one quarterback expert called Colin the best qb ever to play in the league. Far better to be Michael Jordan and keep your mouth shut and sell sneakers then to try to effect social change — at least in the eyes of the billionaire white owners.

  26. CK and his girlfriend seem to think they are the smart one’s. If you took a poll today on any street corner in America most people wouldn’t even know who they were. A social warrior the NFL has been successful at socially distancing itself from.

  27. The category should be “martyr”. He makes more money doing that than he would playing. Plus he doesn’t have to show how mediocre he really is.

  28. He’s denying himself employment by being too pompous and self-righteous. Don’t compare this marginally talented QB to Mohammed Ali. Ali didn’t try to protest during introductions to his matches and demand that we listen.

  29. You can designate him as a Ham Sandwich for all I care but that would be an insult to a Ham Sandwich

  30. Amazingly stupid when looked at from almost any perspective. He knealt for the national anthem to protest police brutality against blacks… perhaps that is a good cause, but he would have been much more effective not dissing the country that allows him to protest and make a point… but rather going out into the community and making the protest much larger and using the American flag as your backdrop – just like Martin Luther King did – He had a dream! Kapernick deserves what he got – because he is just stupid. End of story.

  31. Could have proved his case in court and brought emails and texts to a public light to prove his point, but didn’t. Instead, sold out for whatever few millions the NFL offered, proving this was never about anything but easy money.

  32. Whatever may have transpired before this point, it is now ludicrous to suggest he is being blackballed currently. Winston took 1 mil, Dalton 3ish, Cam still waiting for a crumb to get kicked his way. 3 more accomplished guys who can barely get a look, and who have been playing every season recently.

  33. Joe Flacco is a Super Bowl winning QB, and he just signed for 1.5 mil. If Kap was willing to do that he could have been playing years ago. He wasn’t blackballed, he overestimated his value. Simple as that.

  34. bengal4573 says:
    May 23, 2020 at 11:34 am
    While I dont agree with Kap on all his actions,I find it ironic his kneeling is considered being a traitor and all that bs but a bunch of wanna be toy soldiers protesting inside a state Capitol building while armed and threatening a sitting governor is considered patriotism. Gee,I wonder what the difference is between Kap and the “patriots” in Michigan
    —–

    I wonder what would have happened if George Washington had simply taken a knee against England?

  35. Communist agitators are bad for viewership.

    Kaepernick and his girlfriend will be looking for an NFL gig for a very, very long time.

  36. Funny how no one batted an eye when a bunch of armed white guys stormed Michigan’s capital building and screamed at police. That was no big deal. But an NFL player quietly kneeling during the national anthem to make a statement about police brutality … that’s an outrage fire that can never be put out.

    While I’m here, Peter Norman, was an unrecognized hero (1968 Mexico Olympics protest).

  37. zeppie1138 says:
    Florio’s last words on his deathbed wil be: “Sign Kaep…”
    ———-
    Or at least give him legit consideration. What they tried to stage last season was counterfeit.

  38. I would drop him off in the middle of a VFW, if I could. Let him learn first hand what his protests meant to a lot of truly patriotic Americans.

  39. Who is his agent? Does he HAVE an agent? That person should be on the phone to every NFL team trying to find him work. Once those options are exhausted and if CK truly wants to be a QB again, his agent needs to start calling teams in Canada. That’s what an agent is for. If there isn’t someone doing this, or all teams have said “no” then it’s time to move on.

    The media shouldn’t be your agent, nor should your girlfriend.

  40. there are very few commenting on this board who express a shred of concern about systemic, institutional bias in law enforcement in this country.
    African Americans are targeted by police, racial profiling is very much in force, and routinely black US citizens are killed by police at wildly disproportionate numbers when compared with similar police incidents with whites.

    That so few even acknowledge this brutal fact says much about the commenters’ grasp of the injustice being called out.

    A silent, kneeling protest and posters here use the term communist?
    The level of ‘insight’ behind that comment is stunning.

  41. If Kap was being blackballed then Eric Reid would be too. All of the other protestors have jobs because they have value on the field. Kap is holding out for starter’s money.

    Kap is like uncle Eddie from Vacation, holding out for a management position.

  42. He’s the perfect QB if you need someone inaccurate, unable to read defenses, and throw lots of picks.

  43. They had it right to start with. Why did they change it? When it was time to take the field all the poor fellow could do is kneel down. If you cannot stand up you surely cannot play anymore.

  44. Why is the media in denial? Why can’t they remember that when he first decided to protest, he didn’t do it kneeling, he did it SITTING ON THE BENCH!!! Everyone who’s making negative comments about Kaep remembers that, hence the negative comments.

  45. His lack of employment is clearly his fault – he turned down offers and he is asking for more than he’s worth. He had other alternatives and they didn’t match his sense of self worth. Or, he really just wants to milk this for profit. Perpetual victimhood does pay well if you know whom to extort.

  46. He’s clearly never going to play again. He could offer to pay teams to allow him to play and he won’t receive any offers and he knows this. LeBron’s tweet was dead on.

  47. It was a business decision. Why would an employer hire a person that would drive his organization down and the fans away? NFL viewership decreased 13% because players protested the flag. And by the way, as a 25 year Marine Vet, I got tired of being told that I shouldn’t be offended by the protest against our flag…especially by a bunch of millionaires.

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