Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker is surprised that free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is not playing in the NFL.
Kaepernick gained both praise and criticism for his protest of police brutality that saw him kneeling for the National Anthem before football games when he was a member of the San Francisco 49ers.
Since that season, Kaepernick has not played in the league, and a debate has raged on as to whether or not his protest has anything to do with him still being unemployed in the NFL.
Walker, who was a teammate of Kaepernick’s with the Niners back in 2011 and 2012, said he is surprised that the quarterback is still a free agent when asked about it during a FedEx/USO Employment Readiness workshop he took part in on Tuesday, per FanSided.
"“Yeah it surprises me,” Walker said. “I feel like the guy is a starting quarterback in this league. He could go to any team and probably start over half the guys whoa re playing quarterback or be a great backup. It’s a little surprising that he hasn’t had that opportunity but sometimes you can look at it and understand what the problem is. A lot of people don’t address so at the end of the day, it is what it is.”"
Following his last season with San Fran in 2016, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team and decided to become a free agent.
There have been rumors that Kaepernick was offered contracts by other teams the past few years, but his agent recently shot those rumors down in a statement.
The only concrete thing we’ve heard connecting Kaepernick to an NFL squad was back in 2018 when the Seattle Seahawks brought him in for a visit, however nothing ever materialized from it.
The 32-year-old quarterback has made it clear on several occasions that he wants to return to the NFL. We’ll see if he ever gets his chance.