There’s been a debate raging around the football world as to why Colin Kaepernick remains unemployed. Some have concluded that he’s being blackballed due to the national anthem protest he started last year (more on that here).
Others say that Kaepernick just isn’t that good and not worth the distraction his off-field stance brings to the table.
We can count Cleveland Browns Pro Bowler Joe Thomas into the group that believes it’s about Kaepernick’s on-field play and the perception of him as a quarterback.
My thoughts re: @Kaepernick7? Teams don't currently view him as a starting QB, and NFL teams accept ZERO distractions from their backup QBs.
— Joe Thomas (@joethomas73) March 25, 2017
This is a justifiable stance to take. In general, teams will not go the extra mile to cater to a backup quarterback. That’s including scheme fit, off-field elements and the divisive nature of a player’s polital beliefs.
On the other hand, Kaepernick did put up 18 total touchdowns and four interceptions this past season. It was his best individual performance since he led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl back in 2012. Whether that means teams view him as a starter remains to be seen.
What we do know is that the likes of Josh McCown, Brian Hoyer and Mike Glennon are currently starters for their teams. One could easily draw the conclusion that Kaepernick is better than each of them.
With that said, Thomas does give us a solid point in regards to why Kaepernick is still unemployed. That could very well be the thought process within NFL front offices.