Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has released facts to address false narratives.
Kaepernick’s CFL rights reside with the Montreal Alouettes.
The 31-year-old Kaepernick was the first player in NFL history to take a knee during the United States national anthem in the San Francisco 49ers final pre-season game on Sep. 1, 2016, protesting racial injustice. Kaepernick has been a free agent since opting out of his contract with the 49ers in March 2017.
That led to speculation that Kaepernick had been blackballed by the league. Kaepernick has thrown for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns versus 30 interceptions while rushing for 2,300 yards (6.1 yards per carry) and 13 touchdowns since San Francisco selected him in the 2011 NFL draft.
The NFL and Kaepernick came to a resolution over his allegation of collusion to keep him out of the league. Mark Geragos, the lawyer representing Kaepernick, released a joint statement about the two sides resolving pending grievances subject to a confidentiality agreement.
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) February 15, 2019
Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019
According to Kaepernick’s representatives, not a single NFL team has offered him a job since he’s been a free agent and began his peaceful protest. There hasn’t even been a team bring Kaepernick in for a workout. His agent have never seen anything like the current situation in 25 years.
In summary, it is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he has accomplished.
It’s been reported by multiple outlets in the past, including 3DownNation and Pro Football Talk, that Kaepernick is not interested in playing in the CFL. 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. But the league which preaches diversity is strength would likely welcome Kaepernick with open arms.