Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has received significant media attention throughout his NFL career. Starting from his impressive rookie season in 2011 in which he took the starting job from then quarterback and now Chiefs QB Alex Smith and eventually took the 49ers to the NFC Championship game. The 49ers eventually ended up losing to the New York Giants.
The next year, he took his team to the Super Bowl in which they eventually lose to the Baltimore Ravens.
Kaepernick was never able to repeat his performance from his first two seasons. He struggled under new head coach and eventually losing his starting job to QB Blaine Gabbert under new head coach Jim Tonsula and next head coach Chip Kelly.
He remained on the spotlight even through his struggles as he started the 2016-2017 season by refusing to stand up during National Anthem at the beginning of every game.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick said, via NFL.com.
“To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Kaepernick decided to opt out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers to test free agency for the first time his career.
It has been a month since the offseason officially began and he has not yet found a new NFL home.
Many NFL experts and celebrities like director Spike Lee feel that the reason he has not found a home yet is because NFL experts are trying to avoid the “media drama” surrounding Kaepernick.
That may be a great hypothesis except for the fact that it has been recently reported that Kaepernick is seeking a $9-10 million/year and a starting job with his new team.
While other players like former Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis and Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger have found many media attention outside of football and were still able to achieve a great NFL career, this is by in no means a comparison to Colin Kaepernick.
Not to say that what Lewis and Big Ben (even though charges were dropped) did were any good, they were awful things they were accused of but they were in a point in which they were elite players in their career (still not defending what they did/didn’t do), Kaepernick’s performance has went downhill for almost two years.
Kaepernick was even given a second chance in the 2016-2017 season as he earned starting jobs again and still couldn’t manage to perform anywhere near how he performed in his first two seasons. He started 11 games last year and saw his team put a 1-10 record, tossing only 2 TDs and being picked off 16 times. Those are not starting QB numbers.
If there’s anybody to compare Kaepernick’s struggles to is former NFL QB and now Minor League baseball player Tim Tebow.
Tebow also found early success in his NFL career as a member of the Denver Broncos, he even won two postseason games. But in 2012 when the Broncos signed superstar QB Peyton Manning, Tebow found himself traded to the New York Jets where he struggled to remain a starter, having only started two games. Tebow was released after the season and attempted it again with the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles but continued to struggle to remain in the roster come NFL Kickoff week.
“I think that when people have belief in something or conviction about something, I think trying to stand for that is a good thing,” said Tebow. “And then it’s all about trying to stand for it the right way.”
A lot of NFL experts have claimed that the reason may be that they didn’t like the attention Tebow is getting for kneeling in prayer after every touchdown he scored. Experts claimed they did not like an openly Christian player openly pray on the field during a pro football game even though they usually pray before and after games. Tebow was a fireball of media attention ever since he left the Florida Gators to become an NFL player.
Tebow tried it though, he considered being a backup to Patriots great Tom Brady and attempted a job with the Eagles he just did not impress the coaches enough.
Kaepernick, on the other hand wants a salary in the double digits in the million section and he wants to be a starter, whether these are negotiation tools is another story but the point is he hasn’t produced well enough to deserve a starting job in the NFL. He could be a 2nd string or even 3rd string but as a starter, it’s not realistic.
Tebow is now back in his high school roots as a baseball player, in which he’s now trying after perhaps realizing he’s not going to be an NFL QB again. Kaepernick also has baseball roots as he was drafted by the current World Series champs Chicago Cubs in 2009. Not to recruit him into the world of baseball but Kaepernick does have options if he can’t find that contract he’s looking for.
I can not stress this enough, the problem is not Kaepernick’s reason to kneel down, given today’s affairs in this country it is perfectly acceptable and reasonable and it could be a reason why he hasn’t been signed but another reason can also be his performance downgrade the last couple of years, very much like Tim Tebow’s.