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Following improperly listing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as “retired,” the NFL modified his designation to “UFA” on NFL.com on Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.
The NFL’s web site not long ago underwent an overhaul, and it was pointed out by Kaepernick’s girlfriend, Nessa, that Kaepernick must not have been outlined as retired:
The @NFL @nflcommish @NFLPA lying on their NFL web-site saying @Kaepernick7 “retired.” Colin did NOT retire. You cowards blackballed him bc he peacefully protested from law enforcement brutality. He’s a Superbowl QB & really should be playing bc his stats present that.
Nessa also tweeted the adhering to right after the alter was created:
Thank you to every person who held the @NFL accountable for falsely reporting that Colin “retired” on their web-site. They read you loud & obvious bc the NFL set the precise description that @Kaepernick7 is a Unrestricted Cost-free Agent (UFA). Explain to them to stop denying him employment. https://t.co/klK7a6qRTY
The 32-calendar year-old Kaepernick has not officially retired from the NFL, but he also hasn’t played in the league sinceparting techniques with the San Francisco 49ers at the summary of the 2016 season.
Throughout the 2016 time, Kaepernick started protesting social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling all through the nationwide anthem.
After likely unsigned, Kaepernick submitted a grievance towards the NFL in Oct 2017 alleging that teams have been colluding to retain him out of the league as a final result of his protests. Last 12 months, he and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid attained a settlement with the NFL that compensated them much less than $10 million whole, per Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal.
In 6 seasons with the Niners, Kaepernick went 28-thirty as a starter during the standard year. He also finished 59.eight per cent of his passes for twelve,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and thirty interceptions although hurrying for 2,three hundred yards and thirteen touchdowns.
He appeared in twelve games and manufactured eleven starts off in 2016. Though he went just 1-10, he accomplished fifty nine.two per cent of his attempts for two,241 yards, sixteen touchdowns and 4 interceptions, additionally he rushed for 468 yards and two scores.
Kaepernick started off 6 playoff video games throughout his tenure in San Francisco, leading the Niners to a pair of NFC Championship Games and one particular Super Bowl physical appearance.
He has absent unsigned irrespective of his accolades. Last calendar year, the NFL established up a exercise routine for Kaepernick in Atlanta and invited all 32 teams to go to. Kaepernick’s camp, nevertheless, reported there was far too very little detect given for each and every staff to attend and were not pleased they weren’t offered an progress list of who would be there.
Kaepernick moved the exercise to a distinct spot so media customers could be there, and as a final result it was not officially affiliated with the NFL.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter documented that none of the 7 teams that attended Kaepernick’s exercise routine identified as him after the event.