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Did the NFL collude to keep Colin Kaepernick out of the league?

Screen shot from ABC News' YouTube video: Former quarterback Colin Kaepernick files grievance against NFL owners

Colin Kaepernick, the man who started the NFL players’ kneeling protest movement during the national anthem, has filed a collusion grievance against the NFL. Kaepernick, since March of this year, has been a free agent after opting out of his contract with the 49ers. He was reportedly scheduled to make $16.9 million between salary and bonuses. It is believed that the 49ers were going to cut Kaepernick anyway. Kaepernick has hired attorney Mark Geragos, a well-known attorney who has represented the likes of Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder. Kaepernick and his lawyer believe that the NFL owners have colluded to keep him out of the league in retaliation for his starting the anthem protests. The question is: Did the NFL owners collude to keep Colin Kaepernick out of the league?

Those who believe the NFL is guilty of collusion immediately point to the career Kaepernick has had compared to other quarterbacks in the NFL. He is a man who has led a team to a Super Bowl appearance, and he has thrown for over 12,000 yards and has 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions in his six seasons for the NFL. Also, many of the other quarterbacks that have been signed ahead of Kaepernick have nowhere near as good a resume as he does, nor to their eyes, the talent he has. Finally, they point to the recent signing of Brandon Weeden to the Tennessee Titans after their quarterback, Marcus Mariota, was injured. Kaepernick has a skill set tailor-made to run the Titans’ offense, as he and Mariota are very similar players. Weeden is the opposite type of quarterback from Mariota.

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