Here’s Why Colin Kaepernick Is Still A Free Agent

Photo credit: Tony Avelar - Associated Press
Photo credit: Tony Avelar - Associated Press

“Multiple Teams are Reportedly Interested in Signing Colin Kaepernick”

“Patriots and Raiders Talking with Colin Kaepernick”

“Boomer Esiason says Kaepernick Perfect Fit for Ravens”

How long have we been seeing headlines like this? Every few months, rumors swirl that Colin Kaepernick is about to be signed or that teams are showing interest in him. Yet nothing has ever materialized.

The closest opportunity came in November 2019 when Kaepernick was invited to a private workout for 25 of the 32 NFL teams. He had other plans, however, hosting his own workout for the media. The NFL deemed him a no-show and he quickly dropped from their radar.

Let’s just cut to the chase on this one – Colin Kaepernick was not a good quarterback. And I emphasize was and not is.

In his last few seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick was inconsistent at best. The 49ers finished their 2016 season at 2-14. Only the talent-deficient Cleveland Browns had a worse record at 1-15. Critics tagged Kaepernick  as a one-read passer almost immediately. Defenses quickly learned how to shut down his running lanes and his passing percentages plummeted.

Prior to the start of the 2016 season, Kaepernick had 3 different surgeries to repair his thumb, knee, and shoulder. He underperformed in the preseason and lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert. It was during this time that Colin began to kneel.

Kaepernick quickly became the most polarizing figure in the country. Millions of supporters saw him as a martyr for the Black Lives Matter movement.  Detractors saw him as a provocateur who was disrespecting the flag and the military, a narrative fueled by Trump and his supporters.

As coverage of his kneeling during the national anthem gained traction and his abilities on the field lost steam, the 49ers decided to cut their losses and drop Kaepernick from the roster.

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Whichever side of the debate you fall on, the fact of the matter is that Kaepernick’s NFL career may remain forever in the past.

Colin Kaepernick is now 32 years old. That’s not exactly young in the game of football. Combine his age with the fact that he has not played since 2016, he is without a doubt an on-field liability.

But that doesn’t mean that he’s useless.

Don’t get it twisted. The league certainly has room for Kaepernick. A player with his level of aptitude and knowledge of the game is sorely lacking in the league as a whole. He would fit perfectly sitting back-up to a young stud like Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray.

But Colin Kaepernick is clearly not looking for a backup role. He believes he still has the ability to lead a team, despite not playing professionally in 4 years and even passing on offers from the now defunct AAF and XFL. At the end of the day, it would be a high-risk endeavor for a team to sign him and expect to get their money’s worth.

Let us know your thoughts on the situation with Colin Kaepernick in the poll below.

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    Was Colin Kaepernick Right to Kneel?

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    Should an NFL Team Sign Kaepernick?

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    Do You Think Kaepernick Could Still Be a Starter?

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Written by Matt Sullivan

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