Spike Lee calls out teams for not signing free agent Colin Kaepernick
- Author: Julie Sanders Mar 20, 2017,
Mar 20, 2017, 16:00
But because Kaepernick is who he is, there are multiple theories as to why he has not yet found a new home, or even much interest from any teams looking for quarterback help.
The 49ers have signed Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley, so they aren't rushing out to add more quarterbacks.
"He can still play at a high level", one AFC general manager said.
A report from Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report says that teams are hesitant to sign the quarterback due to fear over how the move would be perceived not only by their fan base, but by the president of the United States himself. But Kaepernick's agents reportedly have told teams he won't kneel for the national anthem again, and while the Niners may not be willing or able to offer "a really good number", getting him at a low price to compete for a roster spot might be tempting.
After starting the season off as a backup, Kaepernick actually put up solid numbers past year, tossing 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions on a bad Niners team. If a GM hates you, he won't sign up, and if a team fears retaliation from its fans, they surely won't sign you. "They think there might be protests of Trump will tweet about the team". I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Plenty of other players are still unsigned, after all, and for various reasons. Then there's another 10% that has a mix of those feelings. The team could decide to wait until the 2017 NFL Draft to take one in the early rounds, or they could simply sign Josh McCown as a short-term option and select a quarterback in the later rounds to work behind him for a year. The most likely explanation is the political firestorm Kaepernick started by refusing to stand for the National Anthem and the reasons he supplied for his decision. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment.
Bleacher also reported that another NFL official referred to Kaepernick as "an embarrassment to football".