Colin Kaepernick continues his protest after kneeling during their last pre-season match when the San Francisco 49ers took on the San Diego Charges. Rumors are swirling that if the 49ers cut Kaepernick going into this weekend’s deadline, he becomes an option for the Buffalo Bills.
Vic Carucci of The Buffalo News notes that the Bills could pursue Kaepernick if he would be available and use his ties with the Bills’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Roman coached Kaepernick from 2011 to 2014 back with the 49ers.
Fox Sports Jay Glazer via ProFootballTalk stated that he would be surprised if Kaepernick makes the team’s 53-man roster for the season. Glazer added that Kaepernick would be cut not for his attention-seeking protest, but because of his deteriorating performance on the field. He specifically notes Kaepernick’s injuries that have affected his performance.
The Bills currently have E.J. Manuel and Tyrod Taylor as quarterbacks with a 75 active roster. Carucci suggests that pursuing Kaepernick would be an ill-advised move and might as well stick to who they have now.
“Now isn’t the time to acquire reclamation projects. Players you add at this point, especially at quarterback, be more of the plug-and-play variety,” Carucci said.
Kaepernick once again stole the show during the singing of the national anthem Friday. But instead of sitting, Kaepernick took a knee. This time, he was not alone as 49ers’ safety Eric Reid and Nate Boyer, an unsigned long-snapper and former Army Green Beret, joined him.
Kaepernick then stood up and applauded when “God Bless America” was sung in honor of the men and women serving in the US military. His action drew respect from Boyer, who even posted their picture taken after the match to Twitter.
It seems Kaepernick’s cause has inspired others besides Reid. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane sat during the national anthem in his game against the Oakland Raiders. Lane stated that he meant no disrespect to anybody and has planned on doing it for some time now.
With Kaepernick’s political views, the Bills might be for a ride if they decide to pursue him. The 49ers have not yet announced their final roster for the season. It would be safe to say Kaepernick is still with the team. Not to mention Kaepernick’s contributions to the 49ers’ 31-21 victory over the Chargers.
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