Niners GM: Door for Colin Kaepernick return still open

Posted March 20, 2017

That changed previous year when Kaepernick refused to stand during the national anthem in a preseason game.

Lee expressed his thoughts in an Instagram post, saying the New York Jets should sign the signal-caller and adding, "How Is It That There Are 32 NFL Teams And Kap Is Still A Free Agent? WTF". The New York Jets are meeting with Josh McCown.

Lee said it "Smells MAD Fishy To Me, Stinks To The High Heavens" that Kaepernick, who opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract, still doesn't have a job. I mean, hell, everyone needs a backup quarterback, and if Geno Smith and E.J. Manuel are good enough for some teams, I'm sure someone could use Kaepernick behind their main guy. The Jets also remain interested in Jay Cutler and perhaps others in what is considered a weak free-agent QB class.

Lynch also said Kaepernick had been "very close" to signing with another team. The amount of national discussion on social inequality - as well as support from other athletes nationwide, including NFL and NBA players - affirmed the message he has tried to deliver.

The manager told Bleacher Report that 70 percent of teams "genuinely hate him, and can't stand what he did", referring to his season-long national anthem protest. They are not fans of what Kaepernick has done that is why no one is reaching out to him. "They think showing no interest is a form of punishment". The football reasons are undeniable; at the quarterback position, the supply doesn't meet demand - especially given the trade demands of teams that have quarterbacks they'd be willing to move. If a GM hates you, he won't sign up, and if a team fears retaliation from its fans, they surely won't sign you. They seem to be interested in getting Jimmy Garoppolo (and maybe Kirk Cousins as the fallback), which suggests they aren't sold on any of the incoming rookies.