Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s chances of signing with a new team appear to be at it’s highest and lowest all at the same time. Not following, I will explain.
The pandemic has given sports fans a greater appreciation sports in it’s entirety. Being without sports has given everyone some extra free time to ponder their life without the competition and all I can say is I need sports.
Now that some leagues are attempting re-starting their seasons, some better than others, the one similarity is that almost every sporting event is starting with members of the team kneeling to protest injustice.
I am on the record stating that I will always stand but I know and understand why those who choose to kneel are free to do so. I think most people I know that vehemently opposed this are starting to build a callus and are just accepting the fact that this is just where we are as a nation. One that accepts and respects everyone’s opinion.
So with that said, will any team sign Colin Kaepernick this season? If the NFL is preparing itself for players to protest injustice in the form of kneeling, why wouldn’t anyone who is interested in signing Kapernick stay away? Teams shied away because they did not want any negative impact associated with their team but that is now a moot point.
I am starting to believe that teams do not believe that Kaepernick has the ability to be a serviceable quarterback in the NFL after signing his six-year mega extension.
After he started out hot, his 2014 season was just average. By the middle of 2015, the 49ers benched Kaepernick but was later revealed that he had a torn labrum in his shoulder. Coupled with a few other injuries, his time in San Fran was just about over when he reportedly asked for a trade in February of 2016.
By the start of the season in 2016, that is when it is noticed that Kaepernick is kneeling for the National Anthem and the rest is history. So now that kneeling is starting to become an everyday sports occurrence, performance and attitude now seem to be the biggest Kaepernick obstacle.
If your performance is not acceptable and your attitude is sub-par, why would anyone take a chance on you with a possibility of dirupting team chemistry. That is the reason most teams have stayed away from wide receiver Antonio Brown. Teams also know that Brown can help their team as he is still probably a top five receiver in this league.
It seems his actions trying to get out of San Francisco will ultimately haunt Kaepernick’s attempt to re-enter the league. The fact that he would not play in other leagues to showcase his skill set question Kaepernicks love of the game.
If any team is interested, now is the time to sign him. If it does not happen, the last nail in the Kaepernick coffin might have already been hammered home.