Colin Kaepernick: a protest too far?

Since the beginning of the 2017 NFL free agency period began, over 10 different quarterbacks have signed new contracts to extend their unimpressive careers in the league. Of the signal callers that have agreed to new deals this offseason, none of them are really known for the success they have experienced during their time in the NFL.

In fact, only two of the quarterbacks who have signed new contracts since free agency began have started in a playoff game (Nick Foles and Brian Hoyer).

Despite there being a number of free agent signal callers taken off the market, there still remain a few quarterbacks without 2017 contracts that could actually help a team out next season.

One of these players that is still available is someone who has been making more headlines off-the-field than on it, as of late.

Kaepernick has not necessarily seen a storm of teams trying to sign him this offseason. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kaepernick has not necessarily seen a storm of teams trying to sign him this offseason. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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These headlines have not been due to this player beating his wife or driving drunk, but rather him taking a stand (or seat) for human rights and doing what he can to help others in need.

For the past eight months, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been using his platform as a professional athlete to raise awareness about some of the many struggles this country deals with on a daily basis.

Last summer, numerous areas across the United States were dealing with vicious acts of violence and it seemed to be reaching an uncontrollable level. So Kaepernick, knowing that his profession was one that placed him in the public’s eye, decided to do something in an effort to put an end to the recklessness going on in the country.

During a 49ers preseason game last August, he decided to remain seated during the playing of the American national anthem. He immediately faced a ridiculous amount of backlash from those who thought he disgracing the country, but the quarterback had a good reason for his action.

“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.

To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

Colin Kaepernick

His protest continued during the 2016 season and recently the quarterback said that he will no longer be seated during the playing of the anthem. Since his protest began, Kaepernick has created a tremendous amount of awareness for a number of current issues and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various charities and community organizations.

Even though he has been trying to make a positive impact on the country he calls home, no team has even made an attempt to sign the 29-year-old quarterback to a new deal (despite what the current San Francisco general manager has claimed).

His lack of a contract has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he has only led the 49ers to four wins in his last 24 starts under center. It has absolutely nothing to do with him completing less than 60 percent of his passes and throwing for less than 3,000 yards in 2016.

His protest may have been controversial to some, but Kaepernick accomplished his quest to raise awareness for human rights. (Photo Source: Twitter)
His protest may have been controversial to some, but Kaepernick accomplished his quest to raise awareness for human rights. (Photo Source: Twitter)

It most certainly has everything to do with his protest and the fear that lives inside the elderly, white billionaire men who own NFL teams.

It is not like no team is interested in Kaepernick’s skills on the football field. Try and convince a New York Jets fan that Josh McCown is going to give them a better chance to win in 2017 than Kaepernick would.

But NFL coaches and general managers have likely been instructed by their owners to stay away from the “controversial” quarterback. Hence why, Kaepernick is still appearing on every football website’s list of the top free-agents still available.

He may not get signed during the offseason, but a team is likely to come calling for Kaepernick at some point in 2017. (Photo Source: Twitter)
He may not get signed during the offseason, but a team is likely to come calling for Kaepernick at some point in 2017. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Is his career in the NFL over? It is possible but it seems highly unlikely at this point in time.

Injuries always happen in the league each and every year and someone is bound to need to sign a quarterback at some point before or during the upcoming season.

Until that happens, Kaepernick is just going to continue being the selfish person he is and donate more of his paycheck to charity (so selfish).

Kaepernick’s antics have earned him a reputation. All he needs now (besides a job) is a nickname and he’ll be written into the history books like these legends