Embrace the Adequate: Standing up for Kaepernick

Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor

Cole Sheeks, Sports Editor

The Chicago Bears recently signed 27-year old Mike Glennon to a three-year, $45 million contract. Poised to be the team’s starting quarterback, Glennon started 18 games during his first two NFL seasons prior to losing his job and watching the past two seasons. He is now the face of an NFL franchise.

Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick remains a free-agent. The 29-year old Kaepernick has started 64 games (including six playoff games), scored almost 100 touchdowns, and led a team to the Super Bowl.

Unfortunately, it appears that Kaepernick was not considered for the job in Chicago due to the so-called distractions he created when he refused to stand for the national anthem prior to games last fall with San Francisco. 

Whether or not you agree with Kaepernick politically, one thing has become crystal clear: NFL teams have been inconsistent with what they believe damages the brand of the league.

Michael Vick slaughtered animals while running a dogfighting ring. Upon his release from prison, he promptly returned to the league for seven seasons until he retired earlier this year.

Former Bear Brandon Marshall has been involved with numerous domestic violence incidents throughout his past. He recently signed a 2-year, $11 million contract with the New York Giants.

Meanwhile, big bad Colin Kaepernick is on the outside looking in because … well … he took a knee? Personally, I find that difficult to understand. 

Many NFL players supported Kaepernicks actions, which makes the lack of support he is currently receiving that much harder to believe.

With the wide variety of issues the NFL has faced over the years it seems bizarre that they suddenly draw the line of character concerns they can reason with at something as trival as standing for a song 

The 49er’s did not struggle because of any distractions that paranoid coaches imagined ,and if it were simply a matter of talent I would certainly understand. The NFL is a competitive business and teams typically do anything that they can do in order to succeed.

However, on the field, Kaepernick is clearly the most accomplished quarterback on the market this offseason and he has consistently outperformed his free-agent peers to this day.

While he is no longer the franchise player that San Francisco once thought he was, there is no reason for him to remain without a job.

The NFL needs to show consistencywith the way they handle player conduct issues.  Players like Vick and Marshall were given multiple opportunitiesafter they committed crimes. Kaepernick merely stood up for a cause he believes in. He does not deserve to be black-balled out of the league because of it.