Colin Kaepernick is obviously growing more and more frustrated that the National Football League is ignoring him.
Kapernick’s agent, Jeff Nailey, and PR director Jasmine Windham sent out a Q&A press release on Thursday titled “Facts to Address The False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.” The release was apparently issued in frustration that the Pittsburgh Steelers are choosing to start an undrafted rookie, Devin Hodges from tiny Samford College, rather than enlist the former 49ers starter.
Hodges will make his debut this weekend. He is just the latest second and third-stringer to get a shot at playing in the NFL while the former 49er sits and stews.
Kaepernick, the first NFL player to take a knee during the National Anthem, has now been out of the league for three years. During that time, he settled a collusion case against the NFL for keeping him out of the league, spawned a protest by musicians over appearing at the Super Bowl halftime because he has been denied employment, and became the face of a Nike campaign that emphasized his rebel qualities.
Still, the lure of football is something Kaepernick can’t seem to shake. So his agents put out a release that includes nine questions and statistics that, they believe, shows the misinformation circulating about him. It joins the workout videos circulated on social media as part of a package to show that he remains ready and willing to take some snaps, if only given a chance.
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October 10, 2019
Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.
There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it’s the truth and nothing else.
Is Colin still able to seek employment in the NFL after he filed a grievance?
Yes. Eric Reid filed the same grievance and is currently employed by an NFL team.
Has Colin been offered a job by an NFL team?
No, not a single team has offered Colin a job since the 2016 season, in which he began his peaceful protest.
Has Colin ever had a workout with an NFL team?
No, not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout. Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a “starter in this league.” No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past 3 seasons, despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.
Have you reached out to every team on Colin’s behalf?
I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin. In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.
Has Colin demanded a specific salary in connection with his employment?
No, that narrative is completely false.
What about Colin being a “distraction” with the 49ers?
His coach, Chip Kelly, during the 2016 season said about Colin, “He is zero distraction.” In that same 2016 season, Colin also won the Len Eshmont Award, voted on by 49er players and given to the 49er who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play.
Does Colin still want to play?
Yes, he has been working out 5 days a week, for 3 years, in preparation to play again.
If Colin wants to play, why did he opt out of his 49ers contract?
Colin opted out after his conversation with the 49ers GM, John Lynch, who told Colin they were going to cut him and publicly stated, “I don’t want to characterize it as he made a decision to leave here…You can opt out, we can release you.” Colin opted out prior to free agency to maximize potential employment opportunities and because the 49ers would have cut him prior to the start of the 2017 season.
Does Colin fit into most teams’ “system”?
Is Colin still good enough to play?
Let’s provide some statistics to show Colin’s ability to play football at the highest level: Despite having to recover from three surgeries during 2016, Colin immediately started once healthy and was never beaten out by any other quarterback on the roster.
2016 progress in QB Rating after coming back from injury:
66.4 First 2 Games (Post-Injury)
93.6 Next 5 Games
101.1 Last 4 Games
2016 Stats (11 Starts)
16 TDs/4 Ints, 2,241 passing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 468 rushingyards
2016 Stats (projected for 16 starts)
23 TDs/5 Ints, 3,260 passing yards, 3 rushing TDs, and 680 rushing yards
In his Week 12 start at Miami, he led the 49ers to 475 yards of total offense. Colin accounted for 409 of those yards, including 296 passing and 113 rushing, accompanied by 3 TDs. Colin accomplished all of this behind the 49ers offensive unit that ranked 4th in dropped passes and 29th in pass blocking efficiency, with a defense that ranked 32nd in points per game during Colin’s 11 starts.
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