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."
What supposed "three" teams?If this was really from his "adviser" Colin would of known about it 🤔🙄 😒 https://t.co/Pyc64B6o62— NESSA (@nessnitty) May 12, 2017
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.