6’4” 230 pounds.
29 years old.
Two time WAC Offensive Player of the Year.
Led team to three straight playoff appearances.
Led team to back-to-back conference championship games.
Led a team to the SuperBowl.
Voted “best teammate”.
Five-year career stats – 72 TDs 30 INTs.
If you are in need of a quarterback, those measurements sound pretty good, don’t they? Here are a few more:
Donated 60 tons of food to Somalia.
Donated $1 million dollars to black lives matter.
Donated $50,000 to Meals on Wheels.
Donated $50,000 to Standing Rock.
At this point you have to be saying; “Wow! He even has great character and is a ‘stand up’ citizen”. However, it was his standing up by kneeling that has Colin Kaepernick out of job in the NFL currently. He chose to silently protest the racial inequalities and police brutality of some in this country. He didn’t block traffic. He didn’t destroy any property. He didn’t do anything but quietly kneel during the national anthem. And because of this act he is being “blackballed” by the NFL. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman said that he is sure that is what is being done to Kaepernick. Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph doesn’t agree. He said, “It does not bother me [taking a political or social stand]. You have to give the players a right to voice their personal concerns. That doesn’t bother me at all. Colin, you would hope he gets evaluated as a quarterback first and then his personal views can be put to the side a little bit.” Jon Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens head coach, thinks he will get a job. He said, “He’s too good a player. I mean, he’s got to prove himself as a player. Colin knows that, he’d be the first to tell you that. You know, when you’re the quarterback and you don’t win, you’re going to have to answer for that. But he’ll get a chance again. Someone’s going to sign him and he’ll play in this league probably for a long time.”
However, there is another label that has been given to Kaepernick – distraction. Joe Thomas, a tackle for the Cleveland Browns believes that is the main reason he hasn’t landed a job yet. Thomas said, “Teams don’t currently view him as a starting QB, and NFL teams accept ZERO distractions from their backup QBs.” Tom Brady and the “deflate gate” wasn’t a distraction to his team? Ben Roethlisberger’s two sexual assault allegations weren’t a distraction to his team? Michael Vick’s dog fighting and imprisonment wasn’t a distraction to his team? Johnny Manziel’s drug and alcohol issues weren’t a distraction to his team? Yes, all of those quarterbacks were a distraction to their team. Every single one of their teammates had to answer questions at nausea about them. Speaking of the latter quarterback, Manziel, is drawing some interest as a backup quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. Yes, a quarterback who has a career seven touchdowns and seven interceptions is drawing interest. Look again at Kaepernick’s stats above and please tell me why he is not drawing any interest.
One reason that has been speculated for Kaepernick not getting a job is money. He is reportedly looking for a salary around $9 – $10 million dollars a year. That range is not quite quarterback starter’s money, but definitely high for a backup. There aren’t many teams in the NFL that would fit that situation, or so they say. Reportedly, there are the 49ers, Broncos, Browns, Texans, and Jets that could make such an offer. Kaepernick just left the 49ers, so that’s out. The Jets are out because owner Woody Johnson is political friends with President Trump, who claimed he was responsible for Kaepernick not having a job currently. That in itself is not even worth commenting on. Granted, I understand that the NFL is a business and it has to make “cents”, but Kaepernick not even getting mentioned is wrong. Josh McCown is a 37 year old who has been a backup for nine teams. He got $6 million from the Jets as a quarterback. Mike Glennon was given $15 million to be the quarterback for the Chicago Bears, and he has zero playoff experience. The Bears even went and signed Mark Sanchez, best known for the infamous butt fumble, for $2 million a year. Matt Barkley is a quarterback for the 49ers and has a career eight touchdowns and 18 interceptions. Again, please reference Kapernick’s stats for a comparison.
One would certainly hope that Kaepernick would be judged off of merit and the ability to run an offense than his social or political views. These owners and general managers can’t hide behind the fact that he is a “distraction”. If that’s the case then Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was the biggest distraction when he was arrested for driving while intoxicated, in possession of $29,000 worth of cash, and in possession of numerous bottles of prescription drugs. I guess he was on his way to a nursing home and got everyone’s medicine for them. The New York Giants’ general manager Jerry Reese finally had to let go of their kicker John Brown, because of the numerous cases of domestic violence abuse against his wife. He only let him go when he could no longer keep the situation quiet and it became a public relations nightmare. Whether or not you feel Kaepernick is a good quarterback will be decided on the field. I’m not saying that he is deserving of a starting position, yet. The fact that he has proven he can play and is not even being mentioned is mind blowing. He deserves a shot at the least. He deserves to be a backup quarterback on someone’s team. He deserves a second chance, one that is free from distractions.