Another NFL season has passed, but that hasn’t stopped Colin Kaepernick from pursuing an NFL comeback. Kaepernick last took a snap for the San Francisco 49ers in the 2016 season and has since struggled to receive another opportunity.
His strong association with kneeling during the national anthem to bring attention to social injustice remains at the crux of the issue. Kaepernick remains undeterred, leading his trainer to send a firm message to the league.
Warren Moon doesn’t believe Colin Kaepernick will get a chance
Colin Kaepernick is moving through the sixth straight offseason, hoping to secure the chance to extend his NFL career.
However, the narrative remains the same as no team is showcasing any significant interest in bringing aboard the 34-year-old. Even as Kaepernick continues to go through public offseason workouts, no NFL franchise has budged toward signing him.
As much as Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon wants Kaepernick to get another shot, he recently told TMZ Sports that the NFL might not want the former 49ers quarterback back due to the dialogue around kneeling during the national anthem for increased attention on social injustice.
“I just don’t know if he’s going to get that opportunity,” Moon said. “I just don’t think the NFL wants that subject back into the league.”
Moon’s remarks center on the NFL’s willingness to have Kaepernick back in the league. There isn’t any doubting his talent, but the lingering issue lies with the other discussions concerning social injustice and kneeling during the national anthem.
The NFL addressed the matter through a few avenues, but that subject hasn’t had much spotlight since the various social injustices that arose in 2020 that garnered much national attention. Kaepernick may have the skillset that belongs on an NFL roster; the other aspects are preventing that.
Colin Kaepernick’s trainer sends a stern message to the NFL
Despite the continued lack of league interest, that hasn’t swayed Colin Kaepernick away from keeping his NFL comeback dream alive.
Kaepernick has gone through various workouts in recent weeks to showcase his strong desire to play football. His trainer David Robinson recently vouched for the 34-year-old to receive the chance to continue his NFL career.
“He definitely has the ability to play on somebody’s roster like right now,” Robinson said via Fox News. “Like, a couple of the guys that were in the session that were on NFL teams were saying that his arm is just as strong as guys’ that we got on our roster right now and can play.”
Kaepernick is doing everything to showcase in workouts that he can still make all the throws on the field. He has had NFL team scouts watch his throwing sessions, but that hasn’t led him to receive any significant interest.
At the same time, he’s well aware of the dialogue around him concerning his off-the-field beliefs. Teams appear afraid that will become a distraction instead of the focus being on his performance.
However, if Kaepernick isn’t publicly voicing he wants to play or holding workouts, there would be no shot for an NFL comeback. His efforts are all he can do to prove to teams that he wants an opportunity to compete.
Will any NFL team give him a chance?
The NFL knows where Colin Kaepernick stands with his desire to extend his football career.
The question that continues to remain is whether a single NFL team will give him that chance. There isn’t much else Kaepernick can do further underline his unwavering passion for football.
Over the last few years, a few coaches have voiced that he deserves a chance to compete for an NFL roster spot, but it hasn’t ventured further than that. At some point, his talent must rule out as the deciding factor. At the very least, he remains a viable backup quarterback and could compete for a starting job in some instances.
Will any team budge? Who knows, but one thing is for certain: Kaepernick isn’t giving up on his NFL comeback dream.