Colin Kaepernick has finally found an NFL team that was at least willing to take a look, but as soon as the news hit the air, you know what hit the fan… with the fans!
Indeed, the Seahawks are the only one of the league’s teams this off-season to publicly proclaim any interest at all in Kaepernick, who reportedly has been working out fiendishly in New York preparing to play this year.
The team has reached out to free agent Kaepernick about a possible backup role.
The NFL Network’s Mike Silver was the first to report that Seattle General Manager John Schneider recently contacted Kaepernick’s agent.
Seahawks GM John Schneider reached out to Colin Kaepernick's agent last Friday. Interest in him as potential backup is legit. @nflnetwork
— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) May 16, 2017
And then it began, Twitter exploded! Seahawks fans took to social media to get the message across: “Oh, Hell No!”
— john cray (@crawdad49) May 16, 2017
— Leighanna Greshock (@Deekerlee) May 16, 2017
They went on…and on…and on…
— ThePaul (@paulock) May 16, 2017
Looks like the Seahawks’ fans are not quite as liberal nutjob as the rest of the city…
— Skelley (@73Hawker) May 16, 2017
Patriotism on the rise in the great Northwest!
— USA Proud (@Ray_Nolen) May 16, 2017
This said it all…
— Sid Williams (@Dsea_Hawkfan) May 16, 2017
Of course, it is really all speculation and chances are, it could never come to fruition.
While Seattle coach Pete Carroll acknowledged Monday that he was interested in signing either Colin Kaepernick or Robert Griffin III as the backup to Russell Wilson, by all indications, this is the first time an NFL GM has reached out to Kaepernick’s agent.
When asked specifically about Kaepernick or Griffin, Carroll responded, “We’re looking at everybody. We really are. We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”
Kaepernick has been a hot potato and up until now, not one NFL team had even asked him to a practice. It is obvious that the Seahawks put this out there to test the waters.
Most likely, as the Seahawks do not want the attention that Kaepernick brought to the 49rs, he would be told to stand for the National Anthem.
Up until now, several players, including Terrell Suggs, have been outspoken on the issue, stating Kaepernick IS getting punished for his protest.
Terrell Suggs sayid he’s CERTAIN Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams over his national anthem protest
And he should be. Protest is great. It is an American tradition. When done on your own time, not his employer’s time.
His actions had some serious consequences.
Colin Kaepernick and his faux protest has cost the 49ers $$Millions of dollars!
The NFL hwas forced to Refund Advertisers Because of Historic Low Viewership!
In fact, the NFL’s Monday Night Football lost almost half it’s viewership in 2 weeks!
It wasn’t even a real protest. It was a lazy 3-minute antic!
The evidence is overwhelming that Kaepernick has been ‘blackballed’. If Seattle picks him up for second diddle, he will be very lucky to be playing occasionally.
The Mercury News even stated that “some teams ‘genuinely hate him’”. They gave three reasons that he WILL NOT find a job:
First, some teams genuinely believe that he can’t play. They think he’s shot. I’d put that number around 20 percent.
Second, some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or (President) Trump will tweet about the team. I’d say that number is around 10 percent. Then there’s another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings.
Third, the rest genuinely hate him and can’t stand what he did [kneeling for the national anthem]. They want nothing to do with him. They won’t move on. They think showing no interest is a form of punishment. I think some teams also want to use Kaepernick as a cautionary tale to stop other players in the future from doing what he did.
We will see what happens!!!!
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