Colin Kaepernick claims he is "still ready" for a return to the NFL – but does he really believe a comeback will happen?
The former NFL quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers recently posted a video of himself working out in a gym. It begins with a counter and the words "denied work for 889 days."
Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017 claiming owners colluded against him signing to a contract because of his kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting what Kaepernick calls racitacal injustice and police brutality.
"At this point, he knows that an NFL comeback is not going to happen," states Tom Joyce, a freelance sportswriter whose work has appeared on WashingtonExaminer.com. "But he wants that attention and he wants people to think of him as some sort of social justice hero."
Joyce points out that Kaepernick's last season in the NFL (2016) did not go so well. ESPN ranked him as the 23rd best quarterback that season; FoxSports had him as the 25th best QB.
Regardless, Kaepernick's video comes months after the NFL draft. Some franchises drafted quarterbacks; others, such as the Miami Dolphins, signed free agents and/or traded for QBs. Miami was one of the franchises looking for a quarterback coming into the 2019 season.
"Kaepernick was a free agent technically, but no one gave him the light of day," Joyce continues. "They could absolutely sign him if they could come to terms for a deal, but apparently teams don't like it when guys kneel for the national anthem and it results in a TV ratings drop and people being mad at the league."
Kaepernick stated in 2016 that he had "great respect for the men and women that have fought for this country." Still, some fans viewed his kneeling as disrespectful to the military. Others have argued he should have taken a different approach to bring attention to something he views as a problem in the U.S.
What does Tom Joyce think?
"If he has things that he is most passionate about, say like criminal justice reform or police reform, that's something in the offseason maybe he can do with his own foundation," he answers. "Maybe he can work in local communities and try to make people's lives better. But to do this, which rubs people the wrong way, just isn't working."