Published: Sat, August 10, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Kaepernick 'still ready' to play in the National Football League again

Kaepernick 'still ready' to play in the National Football League again

And I think if he was good enough, I know the owners, I know Bob Kraft, I know so numerous owners.

Kaepernick has been without a team since opting out of his San Francisco 49ers contract in March 2017. This will be his third season watching from his living room couch instead of actually quarterbacking a team. He says in the video: "5 a.m. 5 days a week". A Washington Post review of statistics following the 2017 season found that 15 starting quarterbacks performed better than Kaepernick's last averages, seven performed about the same, and 10 performed worse.

Granted, it's understandable that teams wouldn't want the supposed "media circus" that would accompany Kaepernick, or - more specifically - the bullhorn-blast of a presidential tweet raining social-media hellfire down on them.

Looking at other National Football League teams right now, landing a position could be a tough one for Kaepernick. That never happened. Kaepernick was at the time three years removed from leading San Francisco to the cusp of a Super Bowl title.

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Kaepernick led the 49ers to consecutive NFC championship games in 2012-2013 and was 4-2 in the playoffs. They would sign him in a heartbeat.

Kaepernick met with Seattle a couple of years ago, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he should be a starter in the league and the team only wanted a backup for Russell Wilson. Two players close to Kaepernick, Carolina's Eric Reid and Miami's Kenny Stills, continue to kneel. During the past three years, Kaepernick continued to work hard to stay in shape as he struggled to find a team willing to sign him.

While he has been away from the playing field, the former quarterback has become an advocate for social and racial justice.

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