Sports fans know all about Colin Kaepernick. Before this past season, he was known as a dual-threat quarterback who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance. However, now he is a player without a team, as he opted out of his contract with the 49ers. Teams aren’t willing to sign him though.
This past season, Kaepernick decided that he was going to send a message to the country by refusing to stand for the National Anthem. He did this to show support to the Black Lives Matter movement. This protest was heard all around the country, and more and more players started duplicating his actions. However it is this action that has seen Kaepernick remain a free agent.
Despite free agency in the NFL being open for a while now, Kaepernick himself remains without an offer. Rumors have circulated on why he hasn’t been able to get a contract. Some general managers claim that Kaepernick isn’t good enough to even play in the league anymore, while others claim that his protest hasn’t earned him a spot on an NFL roster.
Today, it is learned that both of those instances are a factor. There is also some worry over backlash from both the fans and President Donald Trump. Considering the amount of negative conversation that these kneeling players provided, it’s understandable that general managers would feel this way.
Bleacher Report, a sports news site, has talked to an AFC general manager and gathered his thoughts on why Kaepernick remains unsigned. The manager, who remains nameless, said that most teams refuse to sign the quarterback because they “can’t stand what he did.”
Others, as stated above, fear a backlash from fans and the President himself. President Trump has been known to tweet about things that he doesn’t like, and that sort of attention isn’t good for an NFL team.
The unnamed general manager continued to speak with Bleacher Report. “He can still play at a high level. 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.”
There are 32 football teams in the NFL. So, by using the estimation given by this general manager, that leaves roughly six or seven general managers that believe Kaepernick can’t play anymore.
The general manager continued, “Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests of 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 during the anthem]. They want nothing to do with him.”
More basic math shows that the other twenty percent mentioned represents another six or seven general managers that fear the response from fans. As for the rest of the league who “genuinely hate him,” it’s roughly anywhere from 18-20 general managers that will never sign him.
However, the general manager thinks there is one more reason that other teams are refusing to sign Kaepernick. “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.”
There were several players during the regular season that knelt with Kaepernick in solidarity with him. One of these players, Antonio Cromartie, was cut from the Indianapolis Colts after kneeling during the anthem. If there are that many general managers that hate Kaepernick for starting the protest, it is reasonable to think they want to send a message to the rest of the league.
An executive who also spoke to Bleacher Report called the quarterback “an embarrassment to football.”
Kaepernick’s actions are also part of the reason that the league saw a drop in their ratings. The drop in ratings happened for the first time in decades. While there were other factors that likely played into the drop, it is note-worthy that viewership dropped 14 percent compared to 2015.
There is more reason to think that Kaepernick’s protests are the reason he doesn’t have a contract offer. He was adamant about protesting the National Anthem during the previous season. However, he has since stated that he will no longer continue to protest the anthem. Is that just a giant coincidence that this occurred or what?
It’s also interesting that the NFL is deciding to play politics right now. They have threatened to stop putting Super Bowl’s in Texas over a bill that is being proposed in the Texas Senate. This bill is similar to the bathroom controversy that is happening in North Carolina. So a league that allows animal abuse, spousal abuse and drug abuse is drawing the line at a bathroom? That makes sense. However, Governor Gregg Abbott has slammed the NFL for getting involved in politics.
Share this article to show that Kaepernick still doesn’t have a contract offer. That is because teams are not going to sign him for a multitude of reasons. These include possible fan backlash and the fact that NFL general managers hate what he did last season. One thing is for certain; Kaepernick is a man without a team, and it’s looking like it will stay that way.