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Kaepernick's girlfriend refutes report three teams inquired about QB

Kaepernick's girlfriend refutes report three teams inquired about QB

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still looking for a team to sign him after free agency began in March. 

Sociologist Harry Edwards, who is a consultant with the 49ers, told USA Today three teams have contacted him about the free agent quarterback. Edwards has ties with Kaepernick in the past and the article refers to him as an adviser. 

"They’ve asked, ‘Can he play? Does he want to play?'" Edwards said to USA Today. "The last question I can’t answer. The first question, absolutely. If Kaep makes up his mind, he wouldn’t only go in and make a team, he’d put pressure on somebody to start."

Kaepernick's girlfriend Nessa Diab quickly went to Twitter Thursday and shot down the report. Diab tweeted, "What supposed 'three' teams? If this was really from his 'adviser' Colin would of known about it." 

Edwards believes many teams are refusing to sign Kaepernick because of his protest of the national anthem to bring social justice issues to light last season. 

"I don’t think there’s any question that there are some owners who wouldn’t have him in the league, much less on their team," Edwards said. "But I fully expect one (team to sign him), because it’s in the best interest of the league to have him on a team.

"You can’t have a league that’s approaching 80 percent black, and then say it you stand up and say anything relevant to these issues – especially in the age of (President) Trump – this is what happens to you.

"You can’t do that. You can’t just up and right off black protests as if this were 1950."

Blaine Gabbert, who Kaepernick replaced as the 49ers' starting quarterback once he was healthy last season, is reportedly signing a one-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals. Gabbert played in six games in 2016 for the 49ers and totaled 925 yards through the air and five touchdowns with six interceptions. He finished the year with a 56.9 completion percentage. 

Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes last season for 2,241 yards over 12 games. He also tossed 16 touchdowns to four interceptions and added two more scores on the ground. 

LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

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LeBron James: Colin Kaepernick ‘had a vision like Martin Luther King’

LeBron James is an avid football fan. He's now an even bigger Colin Kaepernick fan than the sport. Following the Cavaliers' practice on Sunday, James opened up on Kaepernick and his absence from the NFL. 

"I've commended Kap, and for him to sacrifice everything for the greater good for everyone, for what he truly believed in, the utmost respect to him," James said to ESPN. "Obviously he had a vision like Martin Luther King and like some of our all-time greats that people couldn't see further than what they were doing at the point and time. And Muhammad Ali and things of that nature."

James believes the masses don't truly understand what Kaepernick was doing when he first took a knee as a protest against social and racial injustices in America. For his actions, James respects Kaepernick choosing his beliefs over his sport.

"When it's something that's new and it's something that people are not educated about or don't understand what your beliefs are all about, people are so quick to judge and people are so quick to say that what you're doing is wrong," James said. "For him to sacrifice the sport that he plays and to sacrifice the things he's done his whole life because he knew what he believed in, I salute him. I salute and respect that."

Add James to the list of those who believe Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL for taking a knee last season. The more games he watches, the more James sees the evidence on the wall. 

"I don't represent the NFL. I don't know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that," James believes. "Just watching, he's an NFL player. He's an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he's been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that."

Kaepernick, who recently turned 30 years old, appeared in 12 games for the 49ers in the 2016-17 season. Through the air he completed 59.2 percent of his passes and ended the year with 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. Kaepernick also added 468 yards and two more scores on the ground. 

"The only reason I could say he's not on a team is because the way he took a knee," James said. "That's the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks -- first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks -- that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let's just be honest."

For his career, Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions. With his speed as a dual-threat quarterback, Kaepernick has also gained 2,300 yards rushing and 13 more touchdowns. 

Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

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Former 49ers quarterback takes over under center for Cardinals

TEMPE, Ariz. — Blaine Gabbert will get his first start for the Arizona Cardinals when they play the Texans in Houston on Sunday.

Coach Bruce Arians announced the decision after Friday's practice.

Drew Stanton, the starter the last two games, bruised his knee early in the Thursday night loss to Seattle last week. He stayed in the game but has been limited in practice all week.

Arians said it will be a game-time decision as to whether Stanton or recently signed Matt Barkley would be Gabbert's backup.

Gabbert will be making his 41st NFL start. He has a 9-31 record. He signed with Arizona last offseason and was the third quarterback until Carson Palmer broke his arm against the Los Angeles Rams in London and was lost for the season.