NFL Exec: 70 Percent of Teams 'Genuinely Hate' Free-Agent Kaepernick
Saint Patrick's Day may have been Friday, but National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick is having no luck finding a new job for the 2017 season, Sandra Smith reported.
Kaepernick, 29, the longtime man-under-center for the San Francisco 49ers is now a free agent and has been unable to score a new contract with another team.
An anonymous general manager from one of the teams in the NFL's American Football Conference (AFC) said Kaepernick has three major points working against him.
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 think showing no interest is a form of punishment," the manager said.
Some teams believe Kaepernick cannot play at a high level anymore, and others fear fan backlash if they were to sign him to their roster, the manager added.
John Lynch, San Francisco's general manager and a former player himself, said re-signing Kaepernick is a long shot after the team signed two new quarterbacks, the San Jose Mercury News reported.
Kaepernick reportedly said recently that his days of protesting the "Star-Spangled Banner" are over.