Is Colin Kaepernick being frozen out in the NFL? Depends on who you ask – Los Angeles Times

He’s the most talked-about NFL player, yet free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick doesn’t even have a team.

He remains a polarizing figure, a martyr to some, malcontent to others, and lightning rod for virtually everyone since he took a knee during the national anthem in the name of protesting social injustices.

Earlier this month, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman told USA Today that the former San Francisco 49ers star “may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”

“Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-sixes last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing,” Sherman told the newspaper. “But [Tampa Bay backup] Ryan Fitzpatrick, [Baltimore backup] Ryan Mallett or whoever is playing for the Jets right now — whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible — have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”

Pointing out Kaepernick had 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in Chip Kelly’s offense last season, Sherman said the reason the quarterback doesn’t have a job is the protests. “What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’”

While I do believe the kneeling protest and others — the Fidel Castro T-shirt, the socks depicting police officers as pigs — have completely dissuaded some NFL owners from signing Kaepernick, I do not believe owners have colluded with each other on that. With most, if they felt he was a player they needed to win, they would sign him.

What’s more, I think Kaepernick will be in the league by midseason, if not earlier, depending on which quarterbacks get hurt — something that always happens.

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