The NFL off season always captivates the attention of people. Fans of the game stay tuned to watch the action as players switch teams and some players re-up with their current teams. Each team makes moves that have their fans either upset or thinking that move makes them a Super Bowl contender. One position that is key to any team is the quarterback position and even in the off season, it has been watched. Of course there is always one move that shocks people at that position and this year was no exception. The Chicago Bears gave Tampa Bay backup quarterback Mike Glennon a three-year, $45 million contract with $18.5 million guaranteed and that completely shocked people. While there are moves like that, there are also moves like Jay Cutler and Tony Romo moving to television and others that shock you for different reasons. But one move that has not shocked many is one that has not happened yet. Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick opted out of his contract and hit the free agent market this off season. While many expected him to opt out, there were some that expected him to allow the team to force him out. Either way, he saw the writing on the wall and decided to start his free agency a little bit earlier. Well, as of right now, his free agency is still going on, but the thing is people are still spewing foolishness as to why he is a free agent.
The most common thing said out there about Colin is this one: “He’s just not that good a quarterback.” Plenty believe that and if you look at the record he had over the last two seasons, then you may think that is correct. But if you look at the team the 49ers put out there as a whole the last few seasons, name a quarterback that was going to win with that roster of talent? There isn’t many at all. When he had talent around him, he actually produced and played well and even if you look at his numbers he produced last season, he actually played well enough to at least have a backup quarterback job. If you still don’t believe he played good enough to be a quarterback on someone’s roster, then take a look at a few examples of quarterbacks that are on rosters and will be heading to camps. Geno Smith signed a two-year deal with the New York Giants and will be a backup quarterback for them under Eli Manning. He has a career 57.9% completion rate with 28 touchdowns and 36 interceptions. Blaine Gabbert, who was on the roster with Colin Kaepernick last season, just signed with the Arizona Cardinals and he has a career 56% completion rate with 38 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. If you look at their numbers compared to Kaepernick’s, then you know their numbers are worse than his. Kaepernick has a career 72 touchdown passes to 30 interceptions and he has 13 rushing touchdowns for his career, which is more than Gabbert and Geno Smith combined. So the talk that he is not that good a quarterback is not exactly true because these two quarterbacks are worse than he is and they are employed for next season.
The rumors of why Colin Kaepernick is signed yet did not stop at this talk about his quarterbacking skills. More recently, Monday Morning Quarterback’s Peter King came out and said that he heard from some 49ers staff that Colin preferred to be a social activist more than play football. Now since that talk was spewed, those statements from 49ers staffers have been vigorously denied by people around Colin and those who are around Colin have said that he is working out and waiting for his opportunity. The funny thing about this talk is that Colin has never said that he wants to stop playing football. But just because he is fighting for a belief and a cause through his talk and money does not mean that he cannot balance both. There are plenty players that do appearances, have foundations and give money to organizations in the off season and throughout the season. You don’t hear anyone saying anything about those players at all and where their mindsets are. Colin cares about more things than football. Is that a crime? I absolutely think that it isn’t. But let most fans tell it, they want their football players to play games and that is it. Sorry, but they are human beings ladies and gentlemen.
These two reasons are probably the most prominent ones and neither is really saying the truth at all. The reality of the matter is Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed out of the NFL. You can say whatever you want, but check out the uncertain quarterback issues for the New York Jets and Jacksonville Jaguars and tell me that he could not have the potential to start for either of those teams. Now tell me a reason why they have not signed him. There is no other reason besides that he took a stand for issues that owners would rather he be silent about. As a result of that, they feel they are teaching him a lesson. Honestly, they are not teaching him anything at all, but showing their lack of awareness of anything going on outside of their particular world. So let’s keep it real people. Kaepernick not having a contract isn’t about his play or lack of desire at all. That is just a cover up for what this really is.
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