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Sunday, July 5, 2020

Colin Kaepernick reportedly not making high salary demands

Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed, and whether that has more to do with his football ability or political stances has been a popular topic of conversation in recent weeks. There have been rumblings that Kaepernick is seeking too much money, but one report claims that is hardly the case.

A source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that a report from Monday claiming Kaepernick has told teams he wants a deal that pays him $9-10 million per year is “completely false.” In fact, the source tells Florio that Kaepernick has not even gotten deep enough into discussions with any team to dive into the details of a contract.

Kaepernick is in a very unique position — one that he knew he might find himself in when he decided to protest the national anthem last season. While he played relatively well down the stretch in 2016, he has not shown he is capable of performing at a high level consistently enough to be an NFL starter.

Are there worse quarterbacks than Kaepernick on NFL rosters? Probably. That’s why there is probably some truth to the notion that he is being blackballed due to his political stances, but none of that would be an issue if the 29-year-old was a better player. We have seen athletes get second chances after doing some horrible things, so it’s highly unlikely teams would choose not to sign a quarterback simply because he has controversial takes on the American government.

Despite what Richard Sherman may believe, Kaepernick has not been very good in recent years.

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