Will Settlement Lead to Kaepernick Playing in the NFL Again?

Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and the National Football League resolved their collusion case yesterday. Details of the agreement will remain sealed, and we may never know if the NFL admitted any wrongdoing or if Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid decided to drop their case.  Poll Anthem Protest, Santa Clara, USA - 02 Oct 2016

Kaepernick angered many associated with the NFL in 2016 by kneeling during “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a way of protesting police shootings of black men. Shortly thereafter, Reid, Kaepernick’s teammate with the San Francisco 49ers, knelt as well and heated debates became a part of our daily culture.

After being let go by the 49ers following the 2016 season, Kaepernick filed a grievance under the league’s collective bargaining agreement in October 2017. He has remained unsigned by the NFL since.

Reid had no offers from any NFL teams and sat out the entire 2017 season. The Carolina Panthers signed Reid three games into the 2018 season and just recently inked him to a three-year, $22 million dollar contract.

There is no doubt in my mind that Kaepernick and Reid were punished by NFL owners who wanted no part of their social stance. After all, Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl Bowl in 2012, and Reid was a Pro Bowler his rookie year of 2013.

Bill Polian, one of the founders of the new American Alliance of Football, shared this week that the league offered a roster spot to Kaepernick. Each player on the final rosters sign a three-year, $250, 000 deal. Kaepernick balked at the offer and asked for $20 million.

What’s next for Kaepernick? Whether a financial settlement or not was given to Kaepernick and Reid, Kaepernick deserves another chance to make an NFL roster. It does not seem right that Nathan Peterman and Mark Sanchez still have NFL careers, but Kaepernick does not.

However, every job in the world has both written and unwritten expectations. I understand Kaepernick and Reid were expressing freedom of speech when kneeling during the National Anthem. Yet, the NFL expressed their stance to players concerning kneeling during the anthem.

How many employers would keep an employee who blatantly disregarded their requests?

I believe any interested NFL teams should contact Kaepernick once free agency begins and express their desire he stand for the anthem if he were to make the team. However, the team, and the NFL for that matter, should work with him to be the spokesman for injustices against people of color. Commercials, public appearances, and regular writing columns for a variety of media outlets are just a few of the ways Kaepernick could use his platform as a professional athlete to reach audiences and spread his beliefs.

The NFL is still the most popular sport in the world despite losing some fans after Kaepernick has remained out of the league. Kaepernick and the NFL should be working together, not against one another, to help combat the racial discrimination that still remains today.

And that’s as I see it!

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