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RG III Signing by the Baltimore Ravens Reveals Hard Truth for Colin Kaepernick

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It’s been over a year, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick has still yet to be signed by an NFL team. While this seems to be shocking to many, the harsh reality is Kaepernick has likely played his last down in the NFL, especially with the Baltimore Ravens signing Robert Griffin III earlier today.

The announcement of RG III signing with the Ravens stings a bit for the supporters of Kaepernick due to the fact he was on the verge of signing with the team just last season. For those who have made this a racial issue, the signing of Griffin doesn’t really do much to dispel those, as the blackballing of Kaepernick has more to do with his political positions more than his race ever will.

Here’s the thing, the NFL is an extremely conservative entity. Not only that, they frown upon individuality, and anything that takes focus off the shield. When Kaepernick decided to sit for the National Anthem, and ultimately kneel, he expressed his own feelings on a subject that was near and dear to him, as well as others who felt the unarmed killing of black males needed to be addressed, and further attention given towards it.

While Kaepernick’s heart was clearly in the right place, he was unfortunately misguided. The NFL wants no parts of this. Not just the subject matter, but the thought that their players are considered unpatriotic is like a knife to the chest for NFL executives and team owners.

Unfortunately, no owner will publicly go on record and admit to this due to their own cowardice, it’s quite evident what’s going on. On the flip side, the biggest reason Kaepernick remains unsigned is actually simple: He’s bad for business, and not worth the headache.

This is tough for many to come to grips with, but it’s the truth. Kaepernick was once a top quarterback in the league. However, over his last two seasons, his production fell off dramatically, and the biggest measure of production is where he fell short: The win column.

In those 19 games, Kaepernick had a record of 3-16. To say these numbers are underwhelming is an understatement. For what it’s worth, these are backup quarterback numbers. Do I believe Kaepernick is capable of being a starter? Sure, but in a what have you done for me lately league, he has largely under performed to the point the circus doesn’t warrant a contract.

Colin Kaepernick RG III

After sitting out the entire 2017 season, the Baltimore Ravens signed former No. 2 overall pick, Robert Griffin III. This signing struck immediate controversy as Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. Photo by Brook Ward.

The Ravens proved that today. They would rather take their chances with a quarterback whose knee is patched together with super glue and duct tape, and one who never learned to shut his mouth for the betterment of the team, than sign Kaepernick — who would undoubtedly bring constant — and unwanted — media attention to the team.

Colin Kaepernick is a talented football player. He more than deserves to be in the NFL. I support his right to protest (and peacefully at that). However, the owners have their rights as well, and if they believe a more-than-likely backup quarterback is not worth a media firestorm every day, they are entitled to bring in a backup who won’t. The Ravens made that clear with RG III.

That’s the cold, hard truth — and reality — for Kaepernick.

Brandon Williams is the Editor in Chief for Fresh Sports TalkYou can follow him on Twitter @TalkinWithFresh, or “Like” him on Facebook.

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