In 2011 with the 36th overall pick, the San Fransisco 49ers drafted Colin Kaepernick, the 5th year quarterback out of Nevada. He served the 49ers for six years going 32 and 32. Playing in Super Bowl 47, he nearly led the 49ers to a Championship. After 2013 Kaepernick’s prime days have passed and he had been benched and replaced by Blaine Gabbert. He remained on the bench serving out the remainder of his contract.
However, in 2016 he did something controversial: In a preseason game against the San Diego Chargers, he took a knee during the national anthem, allegedly to make a statement against police brutality. Nevertheless, public criticism began almost immediately. Claims such as “Kaepernick doesn’t like the country ” and “Kaepernick should show respect to the flag” Even a comment from the President of the United States: Donald Trump. Trump, upset at Kaepernick’s stance said when people kneel for the national anthem they should be fired explicitly referring to Kaepernick saying “He’s fired. He’s fired!”.
No doubt after this attention, Kaepernick remained certain that he would follow this protest through. Kaepernick donated 1 Million to “organizations working in oppressed communities” to support the cause. Kaepernick remained on the bench for the remainder of the 2016 season. Deemed a distraction to the team he was released into NFL free agency where he has remained a free agent ever since. As the 2017 season began Kaepernick was still job less. During this time rumors were swirling that no NFL team wanted him. His distractions were far greater than his on-field capabilities.
In 2017, Kapernick sued the NFL claiming the NFL informed owners not to sign Kaepernick over concerns he would ruin the league’s image. Kaepernick has still been fighting in court awaiting a decision. In his time out of the NFL, Kaepernick has become a civil rights figure and a heavy supporter of “Black Lives Matter”. It has even leaked that Jay Z, Rihanna, and Cardi B have turned down the 2019 Super Bowl Halftime Show to Support Kaepernick’s ongoing battle with the NFL. Due to this Kaepernick incident teams have demonstrated their values. They prefer to avoid distractions at all costs.
Two and a half NFL seasons have been completed since Colin Kaepernick took a knee and yet he still has not been signed. So, on November 16th, 2019 Kaepernick made progress in the right direction. In Georgia at Charles R. Drew High School Kaepernick held a workout to demonstrate that his skills had not faded away. Notable teams that attended the tryout: the Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, and Tennessee Titans. Kaepernick has found perfect suitors for his skill set. The Redskins, Lions, Jets, and Titans are all in need of better quarterback play this season. Teams that attended claim Kaepernick threw the ball well and “still has some arm left in him”. However, this tryout did not come without controversy. At first, this tryout was meant to be run by the NFL. The NFL had strict guidelines that the Kaepernicks crew disagreed with. The NFL would not allow independent media to record Kaepernick’s session and Kaepernick was forced to sign a waiver. Kaepernick’s manager, Jeff Nalley called this move “highly unusual”. As a result, last-minute Kaepernick shifted his workout 40 miles south. With unpredictable quarterback injuries and above-average performance, Kaepernick might be able to get back in the League and this whole controversy can take one step closer to being resolved – 3 years after it happened.