Report: Colin Kaepernick likely to be cut for football reasons
Colin Kaepernick is in danger of losing his roster spot with the San Francisco 49ers, but that has nothing to do with his controversial decision to protest the national anthem.
At least we think it doesn’t.
NFL reporter Jay Glazer said on FOX Sunday that Kaepernick has had a horrible offseason.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team,” Glazer said, via Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. “I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends. It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
Further proving that releasing Kaepernick would be a football decision, Grant Kohn of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat predicted the 28-year-old quarterback would be cut before the national anthem protest gained steam.
I believe the 49ers will cut Colin Kaepernick if he doesn't win the QB competition before Week 1. So much at stake for him.
— Grant Cohn (@grantcohn) August 27, 2016
In reality, the 49ers should have released Kaepernick months ago. His $11.9 million salary is now fully guaranteed, meaning the team would have to eat a ton of money if he is not on the roster going forward. Kaepernick’s latest views on sitting during the national anthem (read them here) should not affect football decisions. From the sound of it, they won’t.