Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick's agents give statement on NFL teams' lack of contact

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Colin Kaepernick's agents give statement on NFL teams' lack of contact

It has been 1,021 days since we last saw Colin Kaepernick compete in an NFL game. 

December 24, 2016 -- the day in question -- the then-49ers quarterback compiled 281 total yards and led San Francisco to a 22-21 win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Since then, despite a whole lot of media scrutiny, Kaepernick hasn’t even been offered a contract by a team since opting out of his 49ers deal in March 2017.

Kaepernick’s representatives decided to set the record straight on Thursday with a statement containing a series of facts.

Among many facts provided in the release, it indicates that the Seattle Seahawks are the only team to have even brought in Kaepernick for a visit over the past three years. Pete Carroll told reporters in 2017 following the visit that the Nevada alum is “a starter in this league,” yet the team chose not to sign him.

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The statement also points out that former 49ers’ safety Eric Reid, who joined Kaepernick in his original protest of kneeling during the national anthem and in filing a grievance against the NFL, has been continually employed by the Carolina Panthers since filing his grievance. This was cited by many as the reported reason Kaepernick remains without a team.

However you feel about the quarterback and his off-the-field beliefs, Kaepernick did lead the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2013 and remains the only QB in NFL history to throw for 200 yards and rush for 100 yards in an NFL playoff game.

 

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Mike Tomlin won't address if Steelers considered QB Colin Kaepernick

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Mike Tomlin won't address if Steelers considered QB Colin Kaepernick

After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for the season, they acted quickly Monday to add one quarterback to the active roster and another to the practice squad.

Mason Rudolph, a third-round draft pick, takes over as the starter, beginning Sunday against the 49ers at Levi’s Stadium.

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it seems, never was under serious consideration.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was asked Monday if the organization contacted Kaepernick after learning that Roethlisberger would require season-ending surgery on his elbow. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, but his résumé is more impressive than either rookie backup Devlin Hodges or Paxton Lynch, the club’s newest addition to the practice squad.

“Hey guys, I went through the process that we went through in terms of our decision making,” Tomlin said during a press conference Monday. “We went with Hodges because he’s been a significant component of our offseason and training camp; and for short term fluidity, we thought that was the best.

“And we acquired Paxton Lynch because he is practice squad eligible and we can bring him up to speed and evaluate him without utilizing a roster spot. I’m not talking openly about free agents that aren’t on our roster. That conversation could go on for days and be endless. There’s a number of people at the quarterback position and others that are unemployed in today’s NFL. I’m not going to use this forum to do that.”

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Kaepernick has been the center of a national controversy since he chose to kneel during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 season as a way to protest racial inequality.

In February, the NFL reached settlements with Kaepernick and former 49ers safety Eric Reid on their collusion grievances. Reid remains in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers.

Kaepernick, 31, played six seasons with the 49ers. He appeared in 69 games with 58 starts. Kaepernick is a 59.8 percent career passer with 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions and has a career passer rating of 88.9. He also rushed for 2,300 yards.

Colin Kaepernick, Odell Beckham Jr. sync up on practice field in video

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Colin Kaepernick, Odell Beckham Jr. sync up on practice field in video

The 2019 NFL regular season officially begins tomorrow, and Colin Kaepernick is not on a team. It'll mark the third consecutive year that's been the case, but all the while, the former 49ers quarterback has been staying ready should an opportunity come his way.

On the last day before the 'real' games begin, Kaepernick issued a reminder of that fact, posting a workout video on Twitter from the 917th day since he was "denied work".

And, based on his workout partner, safe to say Kaepernick is still preparing with and against legitimate NFL speed and talent. His primary receiver in the video was none other than new Cleveland Browns wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Kaepernick and Beckham Jr. connect for several acrobatic catches throughout the video. They appear to be enjoying each other's company, and who wouldn't on the gorgeous UCLA campus.

While Kaepernick previously played for San Francisco, Beckham Jr. reportedly came close to being a 49er, as well. San Francisco pursued a trade for the dynamic receiver for months, but the New York Giants' asking price proved prohibitive. Consequently, Beckham Jr. ended up in Cleveland, despite the fact that the 49ers reportedly would have topped the Browns' offer.

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While the Browns, Giants and 49ers have added the likes of Baker Mayfield, Daniel Jones and Jimmy Garoppolo over the last couple of seasons, it's not as if those franchises have experienced steady quarterback play over the span in which Kaepernick has been out of the NFL. Perhaps in a parallel universe, the Kaepernick-Beckham Jr. connection flourished within an actual NFL game, and not just on a practice field.