Colin Kaepernick Getting No Interest From NFL Teams
Colin Kaepernick is getting no interest from NFL teams at this point. With the regular season set to begin next week, it is becoming increasingly clear that any notion of the 32-year-old returning to professional football is simply a pipe dream.
“Per a source with knowledge of the situation, there was some ‘fake’ interest expressed immediately after [George] Floyd’s death, seemingly out of guilt,” Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported.
“There has been zero interest expressed as to Kaepernick ‘in months.'”
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016, when he became the most well-known athlete to take a knee during the National Anthem.
Following the death of George Floyd this past year, players and sports leagues intensified their focus on social justice and various politically-charged activities.
At the time, multiple reports emerged that teams might be interested in bringing Kaepernick aboard, since his protests were suddenly less taboo than they once were.
Even NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who was one of the central figures in essentially blacklisting Kaepernick from football over the past few years, came out and publicly embraced the notion of him perhaps returning to the fold.
“If he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s gonna take a team to make that decision,” he said back in June.
“But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.”
During that interview, Goodell also suggested that the NFL and Kaepernick could work on something together off the field.
“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities,” he said.
“We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.
“But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
Despite Goodell’s statements, no off-the-field partnership between the league and Kaepernick materialized either.
Patriots players aren’t even hiding it at this point: they’re happy Tom Brady is gone. https://t.co/bgtp99h1dE
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 6, 2020
Based on the lack of substantive progress in developing any sort of on-the-field or off-the-field relationship with Kaepernick, it is safe to assume that the NFL is done with the former San Francisco 49ers star for good at this point.
The continued optimism surrounding a potential comeback continues to be an odd phenomenon.
Last season, multiple teams suffered major injuries to their starting and backup quarterbacks. Guys like Matt Cassel, Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Kyle Sloter were either getting picked up for backup roles or receiving serious consideration.
Yet nobody called Kaepernick.
At that stage, it should have been evident to anyone with any sense of objectivity regarding the situation that the matter was done. There was no scenario where anyone would legitimately opt to sign Kaepernick.
Devin Booker has a lot of fans. https://t.co/PypvWHr6iF
— Game 7 (@game7__) September 5, 2020
Whether it’s due to on-the-field decline or off-the-field PR, Kaepernick’s career ended in 2016 – and there is no bringing it back to life.
Every few months someone will revive the idea of him coming back, just because it makes for good conversation.
But make no mistake about it.
Kaepernick is done. He is not returning. He can do any one of a million things with the rest of his life, but it will not involve playing quarterback in the NFL.