The NFL has arranged a workout for former quarterback turned human rights activist Colin Kaepernick. Though all 32-teams are invited to attend, this smells like nothing more than a PR stunt so the league can finally put Kaepernick’s story to rest.
NFL teams employ vast numbers of people to figure out their rosters. Scouts, coaches, and agents scour the United States and beyond looking for the most exceptional physical talent to pad their teams with. In a year where the Steelers had a running back taking snaps at QB, are we supposed to believe that Colin Kaepernick is not a professional football player because no one can be bothered to watch him work out?
The fact is that the NFL hates that people think it has something to do with the fact that the former San Francisco 49er can’t find a job given the political undertones that come with criticizing him. Kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and civil rights violations against African-Americans made Kaepernick a polarizing figure, as some viewers supported him wholeheartedly while others took it as a sign of disrespect to the U.S. and its veterans. CK added fuel to the fire of controversy by suing the NFL and taking a settlement.
By arranging a private workout, the National Football League hopes that people stop blaming the governing body for the fact it is Kaepernick-less and start blaming the right people; namely, the 32 teams. Just as Tim Tebow demonstrated on the other side of the political spectrum, the fact is that NFL coaches like stability for their leading men.
Wildly popular backup players with almost cult-like followings create quarterback contests in the media and undermine their decision making.
The Seattle Seahawks almost signed the exiled star back in 2017 but reportedly ran into issues over money and rumors that Colin would not commit to stop kneeling. While it’s true that hiring talent like Kaepernick would be expensive, its obvious he could contribute. Given the league’s shift towards dual-threat QBs, it doesn’t make sense that a team like the Dallas Cowboys wouldn’t find him invaluable to support Dak Prescott. There has to be something more going on behind the scenes, and of course, in this case, we know there is.
Is anyone going to show up to Kaepernick’s workout and get into a bidding war? Possibly, but if anyone really wanted to sign Kap they’d already have done it.
Last modified: September 23, 2020 1:15 PM