Colin Kaepernick will reportedly stand for the national anthem next season
The quarterback took a knee last season to protest social injustice
Colin Kaepernick began the 2016 season during the national anthem. It was how he chose to protest social inequality. It was a controversial decision, .
Kaepernick no longer wants the past method of protest to detract from the positive change that he believes has been created, per sources.
Kaepernick believes the amount of national discussion on social inequality -- as well as support from other NFL and NBA players, women’s soccer and college and high school athletes nationwide -- affirmed the message he was trying to deliver.
Where Kaepernick will be standing for the anthem is another matter; he will no doubt be able to find work as a backup, and in a passing league woefully short on quarterbacks, he could likely get long looks for several starting jobs, too.
The Browns, an outfit that won just once last season, would presumably have interest. Partly because they desperately need a quarterback, but also because coach Hue Jackson wanted to draft Kaepernick in 2011 when Jackson was with the Raiders. It didn’t happen then, and it doesn’t appear as if it will happen now.
A league source tells Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot that the , though the team will have its eyes on other veteran options.
Kaepernick began last season on the bench behind Blaine Gabbert, but was reinserted into the starting lineup in mid-October. When it was over, he had started 11 games, completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed 69 times for 468 yards and two scores. But according to Football Outsiders’ metrics, Kaepernick ranked 30th among all quarterbacks, just ahead of Case Keenum, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Brock Osweiler and Jared Goff.
Pick Six Newsletter
Get the day's big stories + fun stuff you love like mock drafts, picks and power rankings.
Thanks for signing up!
Keep an eye on your inbox for the latest sports news.
There was an error processing your subscription.
Here's your first look at the injuries we're tracking for Week 3 in the NFL
Yes, the Browns Color Rush uniforms do exist, and yes, they're actually going to wear them...
The Bills corner has an explanation for his bizarre situation
SportsLine computer model simulated every Week 3 NFL game 10,000 times with surprising res...
The Ravens have now paid more than $700,000 in fines over the past two years
The Packers quarterback could be dealing with his knee injury for the next few weeks