Richard Sherman: Free Agent Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by NFL Teams
Seattle Seahawks star cornerback Richard Sherman thinks that Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who created headlines all NFL season with his national anthem protest, has not received any offers on the free agent market, despite arguably having a better resume and statistics than many players who are signing contracts.
On ESPN's "First Take" on Friday, Sherman was asked by host Molly Qerim if Kaerpernick is being blackballed because of his controversial political stance.
"I'm sure he is," Sherman said. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."
He went on to say that there's a shortage of starting-level quarterbacks in the NFL, arguing that Kaepernick could start for most NFL teams.
"You don't have 32 starting-level quarterbacks in this league," Sherman said. "You have about eight elites, and then you have the rest of the league. You have about eight, nine elite quarterbacks. You have two or three who have the potential to be elite. And then you have the rest of the teams. So he could play and start on a ton of teams in this league. He would be a starter on probably 20 of the teams in this league. But you're telling me that you're going to let other guys, you're going to pick up some of these other guys and tell me that they're starters?"
Kaepernick emerged in 2016 as one of the most outspoken athletes in sports after he decided to take a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to voice concerns over policing and race in America.
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