On Thursday morning, a report surfaced claiming that Colin Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem next season.

On Thursday afternoon, 49ers wide receiver Torrey Smith came to Kaepernick's defense:

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Back in early September, Smith defended Kaepernick's decision to kneel during the Star Spangled Banner.

"Our locker room is probably better than it was," Smith said. "I'm probably the only guy before who really talked about issues that are real in our society ... it's something that we do talk about in our locker room, when you talk about everything else like everyone else does.

"But when Kap made a stance like he did, it made it bigger and there are more people talking. And when you get to learn people's different perspectives, or even help them learn yours or you learn theirs, it made our team better in a lot of ways. And honestly it hasn't been a distraction at all."

Kaepernick will reportedly opt out of his contract and become a free agent.

Smith, who only caught 20 passes for 267 yards and three touchdowns last season, is scheduled to make $8 million in 2017.