The Colin Kaepernick situation is a strange one. He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers to become a free agent, but couldn’t find himself a job despite working out with various teams. To most people, it seems obvious that owners are blackballing him, not based on his skill on the field, but for his outspoken political and social protests against inequality. He started kneeling for the national anthem last year when he was still with the 49ers, a movement that has since spread to other players, team, and even other sports.
Even after the season started, a lot of people expected that Kaepernick might be the first phone call by any team who was unfortunate enough to suffer a serious quarterback injury (or just dreadful performance). But when Tennessee Titans pivot Marcus Mariota went down, the team signed veteran Brandon Weeden to add to their depth chart. He didn’t play a single snap of football in 2016 and has only started 10 games since 2012.
Someone asked Weeden whether he was surprised to get the call over someone like Kaepernick.
“He’s had a heck of a career. He played in a Super Bowl. Obviously, he’s done a lot of really good things,” Weeden said according to Jason Wolf and the Tennessean. “I think us as players, we all kind of firmly believe that he’s a good enough player to play in this league”
“Me, myself, I feel like I have the ability to play in this league as well,” Weeden continued. “I’ve never really lost that confidence. I don’t point fingers, if things have gone my way, things haven’t gone my way. But I continue to keep doing the same thing every day. I kind of worry about me and kind of go from there.”
Titans head coach Mike Mularkey was also asked about Kaepernick, and only remarked that the former 49er was “not familiar with our offense,” which apparently ruled him out of consideration.
Kaepernick, 29, remains a free agent.