It’s August, almost September, and Colin Kaepernick is still a free agent.
That is mind-boggling.
“There’s about 118 quarterbacks under contract right now,” NFL Today on CBS insider Jason La Canfora said on CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “Do you think there’s 118 quarterbacks more equipped to run an NFL offense than Colin Kaepernick?”
Other NFL players have taken up Kaepernick’s cause – and form of protest – in his absence. They have jobs. Kaepernick does not.
“As more players adopt (his) form of protest, I think that maybe over time, the more that happens, the less of a big deal it becomes, that maybe that at some point helps Colin Kaepernick get back,” La Canfora said. “But right now, because it’s the quarterback position and because he has been treated like he’s not an NFL free agent, then I think he’ll continue to be ignored by those rich owners until one of them gets so desperate that think that that guy might actually save their season or help them make some more money or put some fannies in the seat. Then he’ll have a job. If that point doesn’t come, if there isn’t a contending team that gets wiped out at the quarterback position, then I think they’ll continue to ignore them.”
If NFL fans are offended by players taking a knee, well, don’t watch the NFL. These are human beings exercising their constitutional rights.
“You don’t have to agree with it,” La Canfora said. “You don’t have to like it. If people want to boycott games, they can. If people want to turn the TVs off, they can. But I don’t think the ratings blip last year had to do with this, and I don’t think the ratings will be down this year because of this.”
Still, kneeling for the anthem, Scott Ferrall argued, isn’t going to cure racism, police brutality, or social injustice.
“I don’t think it has to do with the cure,” La Canfora said. “I would say the cure is more Michael Bennett going to Africa or going to a Native American reservation or spending a week there, or Haiti, or talking to people who have a different point of view from him so he can try to figure out a way to connect with them on some level. I think the cure comes from what a lot of these guys are doing walking the walk, not just talking the talk – or sitting the seat when it comes to this particular protest.”