Partial Source: All Black Media, Bleacher Report
With the NFL preseason fast approaching, some players are beginning to question why free agent Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned.
Malcolm Jenkins and Torrey Smith of the Philadelphia Eagles posted a series of Tweets on Tuesday calling out the league’s general managers for allegedly blackballing Kaepernick. “Hhhhmmmmm… @nfl GM’s you can try to act like talent is the reason @Kaepernick7 isn’t employed …but we know the real reason, Jenkins said.
Smith echoed a similar sentiment saying, “Colin Kaepernick is not currently employed. However, his skill set vastly exceeds others who were on the market.”
Teams who entered the offseason in need of a quarterback have continued to sign third-stringers with a far less impressive career stat sheet than Kaepernick. The New York Giants picked up former Jets draftee Geno Smith, the Oakland Raiders signed Bills backup E.J. Manuel, and the Jets inked a deal with veteran Josh McCown.
According to a story by Bleacher Report, conservative team owners and GM’s may be “punishing” Kaep for his national anthem protests last year. Kaepernick’s taking a knee during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was one of the biggest stories not just in sports but across the country.
However, many claim the lack of interest is due to the decline of his performance over the past two to three seasons.
Remember, this is a quarterback who played in the Super Bowl only four years ago, yet now it appears he can’t get a look from teams. So what do teams think of the 29-year-old former Niner.
“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.”
At the combine a few weeks ago, one even called him “an embarrassment to football.”
For the moment, the interest in Kaepernick is slim, and that’s putting it kindly.
It’s possible teams are waiting for the right time to make their play for him. That’s sometimes how it works in free agency. Weeks or months will go by with little interest in a player and then, boom, it all heats up at once.
Despite being unemployed, Kaepernick has continued his vow to help aid communities in need by donating $1 million to various organizations.
According to Ian Rapoport, the next round of $100,000 will be split evenly between Meals on Wheels America and Love Army for Somalia, a social media campaign that’s trying to raise $2 million for food and water for starving people in Somalia. Kaep’s latest donation to Meals on Wheels comes amidst reports that Donald Trump’s first budget as president will include cuts to grant programs that help fund the organization.
Since he began his social justice campaign last year, Kaepernick has donated an estimated $500,000 to various charities and community groups.
Kaepernick is showing great fortune. Hopefully, someone will pick him up.