Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk is extremely displeased the Seattle Seahawks still haven’t called Colin Kaepernick. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has been out of work since 2016 after he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice in America.
Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL quarterback who has been without a job since March. Mike Florio, the author of The Comeback, is extremely displeased with the Seattle Seahawks for not calling him even though he was on their roster until September.
Highlights of the article:
- Florio, Mike of NBC Sports thinks the Seattle Seahawks should contact Colin Kaepernick.
- On January 1, 2017, the social justice symbol last appeared in an NFL game.
- It’s difficult to see any club signing Kaepernick this season or in the future.
We’ve reached the time in the NFL season where renowned journalists and Twitter users with seven followers wonder why former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t on the active roster.
Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, a long-time supporter of Kaepernick, is still part of the previous group.
Colin Kaepernick should have been called by the Seattle Seahawks, according to Mike Florio.
Could Colin Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, now play for the Seattle Seahawks? | Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images
Geno Smith’s introduction to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 6 signaled the end of an era. Football fans discovered for the first time in years that the West Virginia product was still in the league.
Because perennial Pro Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson is out with a finger injury, Smith got the start against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Wilson has started 165 straight games between the regular season and playoffs before to his injury, going back to September 2012.
In the Seahawks’ 23-20 defeat, Smith played well in his first start since December 2017, completing 23 of 32 passes for 209 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions. He did, however, lose a fumble in overtime, allowing the Steelers to kick the game-winning field goal.
Given the Seahawks’ weak defense and spate of ailments, the entire performance, except for the fumble, may be enough for some. Nonetheless, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said on Monday, Oct. 18, that the club has spoken with three-time Pro Bowler Cam Newton, who most recently played for the New England Patriots.
Florio questioned why the Seahawks haven’t looked into Kaepernick in an essay published on PFT’s website Monday night. The social justice symbol last appeared in an NFL game on January 1, 2017, against the Seattle Seahawks, ironically.
“Do you think [Kaepernick] is a better quarterback than Geno Smith?” Kaepernick, according to some, is. Those who argue differently point out that Smith has been in the league since the 2016 season ended, while Kaepernick has not. And that’s how Kaepernick’s apparent shunning for four years has made it easier to keep rejecting him.”
The Seahawks had not to sign either Kaepernick or Newton at the time of publishing.
By betting on Kaepernick or Cam Newton, the Seahawks would be putting too much on the line.
Seattle spoke with Newton “a couple of times,” according to Carroll, but it seems like Geno Smith will remain the starter. pic.twitter.com/mbm2X739px
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) on the 19th of October, 2021
Florio’s proposal that the Seahawks contact Kaepernick is not unprecedented. Kaepernick came to Seattle on a visit in 2017, not long after he became a free agency, but the Seahawks did not sign him. Wilson’s backup that year was Austin Davis, a Southern Miss graduate who started eight games for the then-St. Louis Rams in 2014.
The problem with include Kaepernick or Newton in the conversation extends well beyond their social justice ideals or personality idiosyncrasies. Smith is in his third year with the team and is well-versed in the playbook and strategy. Even if one of those quarterbacks were signed today, he would not start against the New Orleans Saints on Oct. 25.
If you’re still unconvinced, remember that when the Oakland Raiders traded for Carson Palmer in October 2011 and pushed him into the starting lineup, he threw 16 interceptions versus 13 touchdowns and lost five of his nine games.
In theory, the Seahawks could add either to the practice squad and give them a couple of weeks to study the playbook. With a 2-4 record, the Seahawks are aiming to remain in contention for a playoff berth until Wilson returns in early November.
Say what you want about Smith, but he’s the best quarterback they have right now to keep their postseason chances alive. Whether it’s fair or not, Kaepernick’s prospects of signing anywhere now are severely harmed by his absence from the NFL for almost five years.
It’s time to realize that Kaepernick will most likely never play in the NFL again.
Colin Kaepernick’s publishing firm, Kaepernick Publishing, has published its first book, “Abolition for the People.”
Kaepernick edited the book, which includes over 30 articles that look at the campaign for a future free of police and jails.
October 13, 2021 — The Undefeated (@TheUndefeated)
A short scan of the comments on Florio’s article reveals that many football fans and Twitter bots do not want Kaepernick to return to the field. It seems like they will get their desire, based on what they’ve said thus far.
In almost five years, Kaepernick hasn’t appeared in an NFL game. In 2019, he conducted a public exercise that went nowhere. There’s little reason to think a club will take a risk 16 months later if no team signed him in 2020 despite the NFL’s renewed commitment to combating racism and public acknowledgment that the league handled Kaepernick’s 2016 social justice demonstrations badly.
Fortunately for Kaepernick, his existence in 2021 will consist of much more than football. He’s a well-known author and activist who has donated to a variety of organizations throughout the years. His Know Your Rights camp set up a relief fund in the early days of the epidemic to assist people who were directly affected by current events. In April 2020, the 2011 second-round pick contributed $100,000 to the charity.
The Seahawks’ goal is to win games and return with the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle. Kaepernick’s goal is to bring about reform and impact millions of lives in the process, and he’ll keep doing so even if he doesn’t play football this season.
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