Will Colin Kaepernick Return to the NFL Next Season?

The infamous, named and shamed kneeling extraordinaire quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, may be on his way to a shocking return to the National Football League (NFL) next season, if recent rumours are anything to go by. Could it be true? Will Colin Kaepernick make a surprise return to the NFL next season?

After he had famously kneeled to protest police brutality in September of 2016, but since then, his career really went south, in later being dropped by the 49ers and spending time in NFL exile, apart from doing that ill-timed ‘Just Do It’ Nike campaign, which really rubbed people the wrong way and rightly so…

But, it was just days earlier that it was reported that Colin Kaepernick had reached a $20million deal with the Alliance of American Football (AAF) to play in the newly formed football league, whilst he simultaneously had a lawsuit against the NFL for blacklisting him, preventing him from joining any other teams by default, for almost 2 years, or so it is claimed, since no team would take him in.

Apparently, now his lawsuit for being so-called “blacklisted”, has been settled out of court, for an undisclosed fee and if Colin Kaepernick doesn’t disrespect the US flag, and if he changes his ways, perhaps he can make an NFL comeback, if any team still wants him, that is…

Perhaps Colin Kaepernick could make a return if he denounces his kneeling, and if he doesn’t disrespect the US flag before games, and if he focuses solely on American football, instead of trying to be some sort of political figure, inside an arena of sports, where you are paid millions upon millions of dollars to just play ball.

Therefore, to act ungrateful and to disrespect the flag, was very wrong on his part and it lost him many fans and also lost the NFL lots of revenue in the process.

Reid and Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem on many occasions, seemingly to serve a political agenda. Credit: AP

Let’s wait and see what happens now, and if Colin Kaepernick can really come to his senses in a potential return to the NFL, if at all. But if so, it’s probably better that he leaves his “champagne communism” inside the locker room, after being seen wearing Ché Guevara and Fidel Castro’s T-shirts off the field, and seemingly being friendly with Pro-Sharia law and Female Genital Mutilation advocate, Linda Sarsour. Otherwise, we presume people won’t want him playing in the NFL ever again.

Kaepernick’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, sensationally disclosed in public appearances on the weekend, with statements to presumably garner some better PR for the former QB, where he stated that Colin Kaepernick would even consider an offer from the New England Patriots, after settling his lawsuit against the NFL for an undisclosed fee.

Mark Geragos thinks that the Carolina Panthers or the New England Patriots could sign him for next season, if given the chance, and if he joins the Panthers, he would join former teammate from “KneeGate” in Eric Reid, who also recently settled a lawsuit with the National Football League, for an undisclosed fee.

49ers Colin Kaepernick (center) alongside Eric Reid (right), in kneeling during the national anthem before a game. Credit: GettyImages

The terms of the mutual agreements in both lawsuits are being being kept confidential, as is any financial settlement, which shows that both Kaepernick and Reid may have been taught a much needed lesson after angering football fans and American’s by their actions, with dwindling NFL attendance numbers and ratings for the season in question, all by taking a knee during the national anthem, which was also seen as disrespectful to the US military.

Of course, we can all remember when Colin Kaepernick’s lucrative NIKE ‘Just Do It’ campaign came out and prompted people to burn their Nike’s, including BBQ’ing Nike shoes and toasting them up on the grill.

Yes, Colin Kaepernick really upset a core population of people who watched the NFL, and whilst Colin Kaepernick used the football field to try and protest police brutality, this backfired big league.

Let’s hope that Colin Kaepernick has now learnt his lesson, and if he will return to the NFL and only if, hopefully he can rediscover his best form, which was admittedly a year or two before he left the San Francisco 49ers.

Everybody deserves a second chance, especially if you renounce kneeling and stop hanging around people like Linda Sarsour, which we feel he has to do immediately, in order to win back any kind of respect on that side of the argument.

Since we don’t envisage people would be happy to see Colin Kaepernick in the NFL, or be well received unless he does that, in renouncing these ideals and admitting his mistakes, do you?

It might be worth remembering all of this about Colin Kaepernick too… Credit: Reddit

There’s still plenty of time until the start of the next football season and seemingly Colin Kaepernick could be in-line for an NFL return, if there’s enough interest from NFL teams to bring him back in.

Colin Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017, more than a year after he was unable to find a new NFL team, but now his lawyers feel next season could be the right time for him to make a sensational return to the sport, in the National Football League.

A couple of days ago, it was reported that Colin Kaepernick asked for $20million to consider playing with the newly debuted Alliance of American Football. However, his lawyer has now stated that Kaepernick ‘absolutely wants to play’ in the NFL.’

It seems like the Alliance of American Football is out of the question, as Gregaros told CNN on Sunday, ‘He wants to compete at the highest level. This is a competitive young man.’

Gregaros spoke to ESPN on Saturday and said, “I think you’re going to see … within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing.”

Where he also said that the Carolina Panthers would be a “natural choice” for the former NFL star, and Gregaros also  stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if the Patriots Bob Kraft makes a move for him, which sounds like bit of stretch of the imagination.

The lawyer, Mark Gregaros who represents Chris Brown and now Colin Kaepernick, giving the former QB some good PR ahead of next season. Credit: AP

Gregaros said, “it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move,” but with Tom Brady going from strength to strength and wanting to play until he’s 45 years old, and currently being 41-years old, this seems highly unlikely. 

Kaepernick last played in 2017, which was a horrible season for him, when he was dropped from first choice, and although, Colin picked up a hefty cheque from Nike, for the ‘Just Do It’ campaign, but the recent lawsuit settlement, according to Bleacher Report NFL columnist Mike Freeman, who tweeted on Friday, that NFL team officials have speculated that Kaepernick could have pocketed between $60million to $80million in the undisclosed agreement.

If so, we would all really wish for Colin Kaepernick to shut his mouth, and stop acting all oppressed, which he has consistently done, since he was not in the NFL, because he’s hardly a person of poverty and he never was, after being raised by a wealthy white family, as a teenager. His political agenda needs to be denounced and then maybe teams and fans will welcome him back into the NFL without grievances over his inclusion.

So perhaps Colin should now grow up and be a model spokesman and player of the sport, plus be grateful and stop trying to be some sort of Fidel Castro or Malcolm X of American football… Just maybe?

 

Story by The Narrator

Featured Photo Credit: WashingtonPost

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