Colin Kaepernick Reportedly Has Yet To Be Contacted By An NFL Team This Season
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has yet to be contacted by an NFL team for a potential contract. It's been a little over a year since the free agent's attorney, Mark Geragos, projected that a team would sign him within a 10-day period.
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"I think within the next 10 days somebody will sign him," Geragos said last October. "I think somebody's gonna sign him. I think the NFL has to come to their senses and realize every day that goes by just proves the collusion case even more."
According to The Washington Post, the Washington Redskins are reportedly in dire need of a new quarterback. On Sunday, quarterback Mark Sanchez was benched and replaced by Josh Johnson after the team lost to the Giants 40-16. Johnson, a 49ers player, had not attempted an NFL pass since 2011. Coach Jay Gruden announced the team was considering bringing Kaepernick in for a workout but retracted the decision.
"Do we want to go with a guy that’s familiar with my terminology who we worked out last week...or go with a guy and teach, basically, a whole new kind of offense with new offensive linemen with a lot of the zone reads and all that stuff,” Gruden told ESPN. “Not a lot of time to really get a brand new quarterback, a new system installed and taught in a couple days of practice.”
Kaepernick came under fire back in 2016 for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality at a 49ers preseason game. Last March, he opted out of his contract that was slated to run through 2020.
Richard Sherman shared his thoughts on his Kaepernick's status as a free agent with CBS Sports Radio's Tiki and Tierney, stating the 32-year-old is very capable of helping the team.
"You just saw Colt McCoy and Mark Sanchez get opportunities to play for a team that's in a position that's fighting for a playoff spot," Sherman continued. "To tell me that a kid who's not only gone to the playoffs and won big games, but has been to the Super Bowl, multiple Pro Bowls, and played at a real high level in this game, that he could not help that team -- that's the sad part. People see what it is, and there's nothing being done."
Sherman's comments mark his continued support of Kaepernick. Last October, the athlete said backlash over the 31-year-old's protests had nothing to do with football, but silencing a Black man.
"It's not about football or color," Sherman said. "It's about, 'Boy, stay in your place.'
Since becoming a free agent, other teams like the Jaguars and Eagles, have reportedly considered Kaepernick but eventually opted not to sign him.
“We did the study, the research, and we weren’t interested,” said Jaguars executive vice president Tom Coughlin.
“Probably the biggest reason is the time invested,” Eagles head coach Doug Pederson stated. “If you bring in a guy off the street this late in the season, you’re talking about spending time with that player trying to get him just caught up to speed on our offense.
In his six seasons with the 49ers, Kaepernick made 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns and rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.
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