After NFL's New Statement, Will Colin Kaepernick Finally Return?

Luke Easterling

In the wake of recent protests against racism and police brutality, professional sports leagues and teams have been issuing public statements in support of social justice.

When the NFL issued one such statement earlier this week, many wondered how it squared with the league's response to Colin Kaepernick's protests in 2016, which eventually led to him not being able to find a job anywhere in the league.

The NFL players responded with a statement of their own, letting the league know that their original statement simply fell short. A moving video posted Friday featured some of the biggest names in the league, including Patrick Mahomes, Michael Thomas, Saquon Barkley, Odell Beckham, Jr., and Deshaun Watson, calling for the league to go further:

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell responded with a video of his own Friday evening, admitting the league made a mistake in the way they responded to the players' protests:

Goodell didn't mention Kaepernick by name, but in admitting that players should be encouraged to peacefully protest, shouldn't that mean the league should welcome Kaepernick back with open arms?

There are still plenty of teams across the league with quarterback situations that are questionable, at best. Yes, Kaepernick hasn't played since 2016, but he's still just 32 years old, and talented enough to warrant a team taking a chance on his unique skill set by bringing him in to compete.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers obviously have their starting job locked up after signing Tom Brady, but could the Bucs be interested in signing Kaepernick as an upgrade to the rest of the depth chart behind him?

Even if he's not a fit in Tampa Bay, Kaepernick could be an upgrade for a handful of teams across the league. Now that the NFL appears to be apologizing for how they handled his peaceful protests, their next step could be to make sure he gets a fair shake at returning to the league.

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Comments (17)
slktuc
slktuc

The NFL only attract Fans by winning and having Players they like to watch. Kap is more of a distraction than a attraction. I certainly won’t watch him if he is onTV.

Jackie H
Jackie H

He could handled it better. When he was kneeling he could of put his hand on his heart to respect it. I applaud him for his beliefs. Bring him back. Haters are going to hate.

wesson
wesson

nope never

USMC-CHARLIE-C0
USMC-CHARLIE-C0

PurduePat, thank you for your opinion. As opinions go I respect yours. Regarding your post; I really enjoy Brees. He is an awesome NFL QB, and I've respected his off field endeavors for the community of New Orleans. Class Act, character wise, and from the heart he seems to genuinely do all he can to lead and give of himself as best as he can. Brees is a man of honor and of family, and such! Now, regarding this new thing, the comments, the whole shebang, right, you with me? Brees has heard, saw, witnessed unchecked trauma inflicted on minorities I'm sure, possibly right? I have, you have right? Does he understand what it actually feel like? Probably not. Have his descendants died in Middle Passage in filth en route to America to be a Slave in the cargo hold of a ship? Has one of his sons been shot in the head by a Cop at 9 yrs. old holding a water pistol? Has he lost a job while being singled out for the color of his skin? Has he been disproportionately and severely over punished by the Justice System repeatedly, because of the color of his skin? Has he been denied educational opportunities, because the color of his skin? Is he more likely to die by Cop, because of the color of his skin? Your answer to these questions are your own, they are personal. But the truth is that MILLIONS upon MILLIONS of human beings suffered and suffer these things each day, and their spouses, and their parents, and their siblings, and their poor little children. The NFL player that knelt during the National Anthem was in fact making a much needed statement; he wanted to shed the UTMOST possible attention on SYSTEMIC RACISM. I am sure you know his name, and what point he wanted to get across (wholesale terror in the black and brown communties) and not to detract from me or any other veteran, dead or alive. Not tarnishing the Flag but to Plead for CHANGE and the chance for them to LIVE as all other Americans..., peacefully and enjoying life.

Albertop
Albertop

What I understand of this peaceful protest is about to what soldiers tried to do on duty, this is, to make a more just world, even sacrificing their lives looking for freedom and justice and then for what you have people sacrificing themselves when internally there is a clear violation to those principles in particular with this theme of racism. An then I understand it completely other way ultimately people or citizens abusing power are the ones that disrespect soldiers.

Nick_Bil
Nick_Bil

Leave the self-serving brat to whine in his mansion in Woodside. That’s all he’s good for.

Nick_Bil
Nick_Bil

Leave the self-serving man child whining in his mansion in Woodside. That’s all he’s good for.

PurduePat
PurduePat

Has the virus wiped people’s memory clean? 60% of the nation doesn’t want protesting during the anthem. People are going to leave this league for good, especially when some players are coming across as so vengeful and unforgiving in response to Brees’s thoughtful and measured responses. Goodell has shown an astonishing lack of leadership now, making protests fair game for players in their workplace. No one has a problem with peaceful protests, just don’t do it when paying customers are giving silent respects to their war dead. Find an appropriate time and setting.


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