The San Francisco 49ers are seriously thinking of their next move with quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Rumors are swirling that the 49ers are willing to cut ties with Kaepernick not for his political stand but for being ineffective on the field.
The 49ers are seriously considering this option since Kaepernick has a lot of health issues and the team wants immediate results as the season is about to start. There are rumors linking him in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys but nothing official has been out as of yet.
The timing of the news may cause repercussions, but Fox NFL insider Jay Glazer through Pro Football Talk sees it otherwise. He thinks Kaepernick has lost his A-game due to surgeries and having a hard time coping with the team’s workout. Glazer adds that he would be surprised if Kaepernick even gets a spot on the team’s roster in two weeks.
“It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this offseason, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio. No political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year,” Glazer said.
However, Kaepernick has a guaranteed contract of $11.9 million and the 49ers will have to pay him if they decide to cut him loose. But if the 49ers see it fit to cut him off they hope that Kaepernick’s new team would take in his contract pay. If that happens, Blaine Gabbert gets the starting place with Christian Ponder and Jeff Driskel as backups.
As the NFL is still stunned by his weekend action, Kaepernick might have a following as Philadelphia Eagles’ linebacker Myke Tavarres also plans to sit down during the national anthem in their scheduled pre-season match against the Indianapolis Colts this Thursday.
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Tavarres, who made the cut with the team despite being undrafted, told ESPN that he respects Kaepernick for making the bold move. He added that people in his team know about his plan to sit down in their last pre-season match and has yet to talk with their coaches about it.
“I’m a rookie free agent, haven’t signed any major contract, so there’s not a lot of money on the line, I don’t have any big endorsement deals on the line. Really what’s at stake is my pride and what kind of man would I be and what kind of African-American would I be if I didn’t stand my ground on this issue we have today?” Tavarres said.
The 49ers may say that they cut Kaepernick based on his performance with the team. But most likely it will be a bad impression on them as other athletes are already thinking about joining his cause. Though it is rarely that NFL players get a say on a political issue, Kaepernick and Tavarres are surely doing it to send a strong message that there is only one race on earth – the human race.
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