Colin Kaepernick does not have an NFL job, and there is only one explanation for that. Whether you like him or not – or whether you agree with his politics or not – Kaepernick should absolutely be a starting quarterback in 2017. The fact that he’s not has nothing to do with his difficulties last season on the field and everything to do with his controversial choice to protest on the sidelines.
It’s been noted all off-season how desperately many teams need a starting quarterback this season, and how unlikely it is that they will be able to fill that need through the draft – which is weak in terms of QB options. That desperation is perhaps best highlighted by the Chicago Bears giving Mike Glennon a three-year contract worth $45,000,000 to be their starting QB despite the fact that his 18 NFL starts have been sub-par on a good day.
If 27-year-old Glennon and his one-season’s worth of starts are worth $15 million a year then 29-year-old Kaepernick and his 58 starts and 6 playoff games for damn sure are. Here are their regular season career stats side-by-side:
Meanwhile, teams like the Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and others are also looking for their solution at the position – and none of them are looking Kaepernick’s way. Simply put: he is being punished. Unless the NFL knows something about him that the rest of us don’t, it’s his political stance that has put him on the outs with the league.
Could it be that a league that regularly employs criminals won’t sign Kaepernick because he’s a distraction?
Probably. Of course Spike Lee explained the situation with a lot more, ahem, flair:
Just Had Brunch With My Brother Colin @Kaepernick7 . How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF. Smells MAD Fishy To Me,Stinks To The High Heavens. The New York J-E-T-S Need A Quarterback. Who Is The J-E-T-S Quarterback? Is My Man Joe Willie Namath Coming Back? Crazy Times We Live In. The Question Remains What Owner And GM Is Going To Step Up And Sign Colin So Their Team Has A Better Chance To WIN? What Crime Has Colin Committed? Look At The QB’s Of All 32 Teams. This Is Some Straight Up Shenanigans,Subterfuge, Skullduggery And BS. Ya-Dig? Sho-Nuff. By Any Means Necessary. And Dat’s Da NoFunLeague Truth,Ruth.
Subterfuge, skullduggery and bullshit INDEED.