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Colin Kaepernick’s representation clears the air on his NFL aspirations

Consider this the Kaepernick FAQ

There’s been quite a few quarterback injuries in 2019, and quite a few bad quarterbacks are getting signed as a result. There’s always a decent option in Colin Kaepernick but as we’ve seen, the league as whole has shown little to no interest. There’s been a lot of back and forth since settling his lawsuit. So much, it’s hard to know what’s happened and what hasn’t.

Kaepernick’s representatives, Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham, released a statement “to address the false narratives” regarding Kaepernick. If there ever were an FAQ on Kaepernick’s current situation, this would be it as they go over every question, narrative, or take on Kaepernick not having a job.

I have the entire FAQ posted below, taken from an Adam Schefter tweet:

Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick

There have so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again. Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate. It’s the truth and nothing else.

Is Colin still able to seek employment in the NFL after he filed a grievance?
Yes. Eric Reid filed the same grievance and is currently employed by an NFL team.

Has Colin been offered a job by an NFL team?
No, not a single team has offered Colin a job since the 2016 season, in which he began his peaceful protest

Has Colin ever had a workout with an NFL team?
No, not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout. Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a “starter in this league.” No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past 3 seasons, despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.

Have you reached out to every team on Colin’s behalf?
I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity to Colin. In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it.

Has Colin demanded a specific salary in connection with his employment?
No, that narrative is completely false.

What about Colin being a “distraction” with the 49ers?
His coach, Chip Kelly, during the 2016 season said about Colin, “He is zero distraction.” In that same 2016 season, Colin also won the Len Eshmont Award, voted on by 49er players ad given to the 49er who best exemplifies inspirational and courageous play.

Does Colin still want to play?
Yes, he has been working out 5 days a week, for 3 years, in preparation to play again

If Colin wants to play, why did he opt out of his 49ers contract?
Colin opted out after his conversation with 49ers GM, John Lynch, who told Colin they were going to cut him and publicly stated, “I don’t want to characterize it as he made a decision to leave here...you can opt out, we can release you.” Colin opted out prior to free agency to maximize potential employment opportunities and becasue the 49ers would have cut him prior to the start of the 2017 season.

Does Colin fit into most teams’ “system”?
Yes. Colin played in a West Coast Offense under Jim Harbaugh and the idea he doesn’t fit a team’s system does not mesh with how teams have adjusted their offensive schemes to fit the skill set of their quarterbacks. Colin has the same skill set as many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now.

Is Colin still good enough to play?
Let’s provide some statistics to show Colin’s ability to play football at the highest level:

Despite having to recover from three surgeries during 2016, Colin immediately started once healthy and was never beaten out by any other quarterback on the roster.

2016 progress in QB rating after coming back from injury:

66.4 - First 2 Games (Post-Injury)
93.6 - Next 5 Games
101.1 - Last 4 Games

2016 Stats (11 Starts) - 16 TDs/4Ints, 2,241 passing yards, 2 rushing TDs, and 468 rushing yards

2016 Stats (projected for 16 starts) - 23 TDs/5Ints, 3260 passing yards, 3 rushing TDs, and 680 rushing yards

In his Week 12 start at Miami, he led the 49ers to 475 yards of total offense. Colin accounted for 409 of those yards, including 296 passing and 113 rushing, accompanied by 3 TDs.

Colin accomplished all of this behind the 49ers offensive unit that ranked 4th in dropped passes and 29th in pass blocking efficiency, with a defense that ranked 32nd in points per game during Colin’s 11 starts.

Career TD/Int Ratio: Colin has the 6th best ratio in NFL history among QBs with at least 70 TDs, directly ahead of Derek Carr (7th), Drew Brees (8th), and Matt Ryan (9th).

Career Stats - 72 TD/30 INT, 12,271 passing yards, 13 rushing TDs, 2,300 rushing yards.

Playoff Record - (4-2) including 1 Super Bowl appearance and 2 NFC Championship appearances

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.