As of the beginning of the 2017-18 NFL season, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is out of a job.
After his kneeling protestation during the National Anthem a year ago, he gained notoriety among many conservative circles for not standing. He explained that he was protesting police brutality, and then went on to wear all sorts of anti-police attire. Everywhere he went, his controversial protest followed him.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract earlier this year, but he would have been released anyways. After that, he was out looking for another quarterback job.
As recently as a few weeks ago, he could have had a contract with the Baltimore Ravens, but a racist social media post from his girlfriend directed at Ray Lewis thwarted any prospect of that.
So he’s out of work right now. Recently, the NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked about Kaepernick’s lack of a job, he had a few words that could reveal why he is out right now, as Deadspin reports.
Cris Carter told Goodell that as a former player, seeing “someone like Joe Webb get signed as a third-stringer in Buffalo” is “disturbing.” When Carter asked if Goodell is “troubled by Kaepernick not being on an opening day roster,” the commissioner said the NFL is “always about meritocracy and opportunity,” adding that he likes to see “everyone get an opportunity—including Colin—but those are decisions made by football people.”
Goodell’s response may indicate why Kaeperick is no longer an active player (emphasis added).
Goodell replied: “One thing I do as a commissioner is, I don’t make those decisions. I’m not a football expert.” The commissioner added that he’s a huge fan of the game, but he’s not a “football person.”
By indicating that he’s not the football expert, he deferred to the coaches and recruiters of the teams, who as of this point have declined to sign him. What does that mean?
It shows that Kaepernick just isn’t appealing enough as a player to sign right now, even as a free agent. There are other quarterbacks on the market who have more value to the teams than Kaepernick does.
Could that have to do with his kneeling protest? Maybe, but what might be a more likely scenario is that he’s just not the top-notch quarterback that some make him out to be.