Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been removed from Hamilton’s negotiation list.
The 29-year-old was originally added back in March but Kaepernick’s camp made it clear to the Ticats that he would not be coming to the CFL anytime soon – if ever.
Kaepernick has played six seasons in the NFL and made headlines last year for not standing for the U.S. national anthem. He has been a free agent since opting out of his contract with the 49ers earlier this year.
From a monetary standpoint, there’s no need for Kaepernick to play football as he has earned more than $24 million during his NFL career.
He threw for 2,241 yards 16 touchdowns and four interceptions and rushed for 468 yards and two touchdowns in 11 starts in 2016. Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards and 72 touchdowns with 30 interceptions and 2,300 rushing yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns since San Francisco selected him in the second-round of the 2011 NFL draft.
Kaepernick rose to stardom under then-Niners coach Jim Harbaugh, leading them to the 2012 NFC title, but he’s struggled in recent seasons and was benched for journeyman Blaine Gabbert last season.
The Ticats still have quarterbacks Johnny Manziel, who worked out for the club last week and has expressed an interest in coming to the CFL, and former NFLer Robert Griffin III on their neg list.