The Washington Redskins are looking to add a veteran backup quarterback in the wake of Alex Smith’s devastating injury, and one former NFL star feels the names that are being thrown around provide further evidence that Colin Kaepernick is unemployed for reasons other than football.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media tweeted on Sunday that the Redskins will be bringing in a group of veteran free agents that includes Mark Sanchez, TJ Yates, Kellen Clemens and EJ Manuel. Antonio Cromartie feels Kaepernick is better than any of the aforementioned quarterbacks.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 19, 2018
— ANTONIO CROMARTIE (@CRO31) November 19, 2018
There have been some rumblings that Kaepernick isn’t even sure if he wants to play in the NFL, but but Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk says he continues to work out and prepare as if a team could come calling. The more time that passes without him playing, the less likely it seems that the call will come.
Kaepernick’s attorney recently claimed that there were two NFL teams that expressed legitimate interest in the 31-year-old, though there’s no reason to believe that was true.
As quarterback injuries continue to pile up across the NFL, teams have been forced to examine the free agent market for veterans like Derek Anderson who can either start or provide depth at the position. Colin Kaepernick is also willing to be that guy, but the interest still is not mutual.
TMZ reports that Kaepernick has not gotten any calls from NFL teams despite situations like the one in Buffalo, where Anderson’s concussion led to the Bills signing journeyman Matt Barkley. The San Francisco 49ers may also being turning to a third-string quarterback on Thursday night, when undrafted Nick Mullens may have to start in place of C.J. Beathard.
Kaepernick’s lawyer hinted last month that two team were thinking about signing the 30-year-old, but that sounds like it was a failed attempt to drum up interest. When someone like Barkley — who has 18 career interceptions compared to just eight touchdown passes — gets a call before Kaepernick, that’s not a good sign.
Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins reiterated his support for Colin Kaepernick on Wednesday while simultaneously taking a pretty clear swipe at one NFL starting quarterback.
With the Eagles preparing to take on the struggling Jacksonville Jaguars, Jenkins said that he thinks Kaepernick deserves to have a quarterback job in the NFL, and that the play of the Jaguars is proof of that.
In discussing the difference between the fight against systemic oppression and the NFL’s blackballing of Colin Kaepernick, Malcolm Jenkins says, “I can turn on the tape this week of our opponent and see that Colin Kaepernick deserves a job.”
— Bo Wulf (@Bo_Wulf) October 24, 2018
That’s a pretty obvious swipe at Bortles, who was temporarily benched last week and has been criticized by many for his mediocre play this season. Of course, Jenkins’s opinion is one shared by a lot of people. There have been plenty of rumors about the Jaguars acquiring a new quarterback, though Kaepernick hasn’t popped up in those rumors.
Jenkins, meanwhile, has faced criticism from one prominent Kaepernick supporter for perceived selling out of the causes the former 49ers quarterback supporter. Jenkins certainly went there on Wednesday.
Colin Kaepernick received the W.E.B. Du Bois medal at Harvard University on Thursday for his contributions to African and African-American history and culture.
The former NFL player was one of eight people recognized at the ceremony, including comedian Dave Chappelle. Kaepernick requested that the media not record or broadcast his speech, but he did allow it to be written down on record.
According to WDHTV’s Eric Kane, here is the entirety of Kaepernick’s speech:
Kaepernick requested that the media not record or broadcast his speech, however he did allow his remarks to be on the record. So here is what he said: pic.twitter.com/KewUJJp0iB
— Eric Kane (@EricKaneTV) October 11, 2018
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, during which he began kneeling for the national anthem in protest of social injustice and discrimination towards African-Americans. Kaepernick has gained recognition as a social activist since then and became the face of a recent Nike ad campaign.
Kaepernick has sued the NFL for allegedly colluded against him. His case is set to go to trial.
Veteran safety Eric Reid signed a one-year contract with the Carolina Panthers earlier this week, and many wondered if that means Colin Kaepernick has a chance to find work before the end of the season. That still seems highly unlikely.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Kaepernick is still receiving no interest from NFL teams. While there were reportedly multiple teams interested in signing Reid before he agreed to a deal with the Panthers, the same cannot be said for Kaepernick.
La Canfora added that Kaepernick’s agents continue to reach out to teams as injuries pile up, but those calls, emails and text messages have largely been ignored.
Like Kaepernick, Reid is suing the NFL for collusion. The two were teammates together with the San Francisco 49ers and are considered leaders in the national anthem protest movement. Kaepernick’s case against the league is going to trial, and proceedings are expected to begin in December. Although Reid is now playing in the NFL again, his collusion case will not be impacted.
Kaepernick, 30, has not played since 2016. His lawyer recently hinted that two NFL teams have shown interest, but there have been no indications that he was telling the truth.
It has been well over a year since Colin Kaepernick played in the NFL, and there have been no reports about teams considering signing the free agent quarterback. According to his agent, however, Kaepernick remains on the radar for some franchises.
Mark Geragos, the attorney representing Kaepernick in his collusion case against the NFL, told TMZ that there may be some “big news” regarding a contract for the 30-year-old in the near future. So which teams are interested? Geragos only dropped a few hints.
Geragos said Kaepernick has been following the Dolphins since Kenny Stills and other players are carrying out his national anthem protests. When asked if Kaepernick might sign with Miami, Geragos said there are two other teams that are interested.
“I wouldn’t say join the Dolphins. I’ve got two other teams that will remain nameless,” he said. “I’ll just say this — if Al Davis was still alive.”
You could interpret that as a hint that Jon Gruden and the Raiders may be interested. Geragos was then asked for his thoughts on rapper Meek Mill, who recently wrote a song about Kaepernick. Interestingly enough, he took that opportunity to point out how Patriots owner Robert Kraft has supported Mill.
“You know who Meek Mill was visited by when he was in custody?” Geragos asked.
A member of the TMZ crew then said it was Kraft, to which Geragos said “bingo.”
It seems highly unlikely that the Patriots would sign Kaepernick, as they typically only carry two quarterbacks on their active roster and seem perfectly content with Brian Hoyer as Tom Brady’s backup. As for the Raiders, you could maybe read something into the fact that Gruden seems frustrated with his QB situation.
Kaepernick has a lot going on in his life without an NFL contract, but he still wants to play. Unfortunately, there’s no reason to think his situation is going to suddenly change.
Colin Kaepernick has said very little publicly since he started the trend of kneeling during the national anthem two years ago, but the free agent quarterback appreciates his fellow players remaining committed to the cause.
On Sunday, Miami Dolphins wide receivers Kenny Stills and Albert Wilson took a knee during the anthem, which they also did last season. Kaepernick took note and applauded their “courage.”
My Brothers @kstills and @ithinkisee12 continue to show their unwavering strength by fighting for the oppressed! They have not backed down, even when attacked and intimidated. Their courage will move the world forward!
“Love is at the root of our resistance!” pic.twitter.com/2kSsX4s7EU
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 9, 2018
Stills has been very vocal in supporting Kaepernick, and he recently applauded Nike for launching an ad campaign centered around the former San Francisco 49ers star. The campaign commemorates the 30th anniversary of the “Just Do It” slogan, and it includes a powerful TV commercial.