NFL Lists Colin Kaepernick As Retired, Changes Him Back To Free Agent

This week, the NFL redesigned its website and designated Colin Kaepernick as “retired” on his player page. Kaepernick’s girlfriend Nessa took notice and at-mentioned the league in a tweet on Friday. But, on Saturday morning, the league updated Kaep’s page to show that he is a UFA (an unrestricted free agent).

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Kaepernick did not retire from professional football, but it’s hard to see him getting another opportunity in the NFL at this point. The quarterback will turn 33 in November and he hasn’t played in more than three years – his last live snap was on January 1, 2017.

Late last year, the league organized an open workout for Kaepernick, which took the entire football world by surprise. The planned audition caught Kaepernick off-guard, too – they didn’t give much notice to the longtime 49ers star, and he responded by no-showing the showcase at the Falcons’ facility and holding his own personal combine at a different location in Georgia. The NFL’s original workout reportedly would have seen executives from 25 teams in attendance. At the new location, attendance was sparse.

Afterwards, Kaepernick’s camp sent footage of the workout to all 32 teams. There were no bites, and it’s hard to imagine that his chances of landing a deal have improved. Still, Kaepernick says he wants to return to the NFL.

My desire to play football is still there,” Kaepernick said in February. “I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.

In the meantime, Kaepernick says he will continue his initiatives for social justice. Later this year, he’ll release a memoir in conjunction with Audible.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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57 comments on “NFL Lists Colin Kaepernick As Retired, Changes Him Back To Free Agent

  1. tjbarnaba

    “I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation.”

    This might have something to do with why they haven’t called..

    • braveshomer

      Agent, Manager and basically all things Puppet Master related!…been pulling those strings for years smh

    • hOsEbEeLiOn

      I hope not. Calling the Ravens owner, who was the first owner to hire a black gm in Ozzy Newsome, racist cost him a potential job.

      Worst. Agent. Ever.

  2. HubcapDiamondStarHalo

    “My desire to play football is still there. I still train five days a week. I’m ready to go, I’m ready for a phone call, tryout, workout at any point in time. I’m still waiting on the owners and their partners to stop running from this situation. So I hope I get a call this offseason. I’ll be looking forward to it.”
    -Colin Kaepernick, August, 2041

  3. Wade Herbers

    I too am still waiting for my call. I too still train 5 days a week. And I too am at a point in my career where only my woman will represent me , as a commission on ZERO , is still zero!

    • turkmurpson

      I’ve got no issue with protesting because it’s his right whether I like it or not. Kneeling is at least peaceful and in most instances is considered to be a humble gesture, again whether I like it or not. That being said, he should not be classified as anything because it has the word “class” in it.

      • sufferfortribe

        Disrespecting our National Anthem and flag is not a humble gesture. As for class? In his case, subtract the first two letters.

        • cant_teach_speed

          Americans don’t get out of line for beer and the bathroom during the anthem. Stop acting like it’s sacred.

          • rgreen

            People in line getting drinks or food are behind the stands,and are mostly unaware of what’s happening until they actually hear it.Its a bad comparison.

            And the whole situation is still overstated.He lost his starting role to Blaine Gabbert,felt entitled to the role,and created the controversy to try to keep his name relevant.And while he says,”I’m waiting for the league to stop running from it”,he’s the one who has been running with it ever since,while the league has just moved on.

            • myaccount

              Calling someone a “commie” for disagreeing with free speech is as un-american as it gets. We get it, sufferfortribe, you hate America. Geez.

          • dkcsmc1991

            It’s more than the kneeling. He made anti-American statements, which is his right; however, it is the owner’s right not to have a sub-par loudmouth on their team. He did more the hurt his cause than help it.

          • Dodgethis

            Not sure about football, but at every Giants game in San Francisco I go to everyone removes their hat and faces the field for the anthem. Of course the Giants have this amazing stadium that makes it easy but still, even in crazy town San Francisco, everyone respects the anthem.

  4. InvalidUserID

    Not NFL relevant. This guy has the best timing that whenever his name starts to fade, it magically finds a way back in the news.

  5. ffjsisk

    C’mon man…if he wanted to play he’d have shown up for his workout at the Falcons facility. The interview afterward was even more laughable. Everything he’s done the last 4+ years shows he has no interest in playing.

    • mcmillankmm

      Exactly…if he really wants to play football he would have tried out for the AAF or XFL…but his salary demands made it a non-starter for both leagues

    • Appalachian_Outlaw

      Exactly. He doesn’t want to play. He just wants the public to continue to believe he does so he can continue to claim he’s being shutout from the league.

      If he actually took a field, we’d all see the effects of age and rust on a formerly mobile QB who was simply average at best in his prime. It’d shatter the facade.

  6. charty321

    I wish that he would just go away, NFL should just take him off their website he’s not even relevant in the league anymore

  7. Katsuro

    I really am sick of hearing about this clown. He isn’t in the NFL not because of his kneeling, plenty of other athletes knelt and are still playing. It’s because he is a 1 trick pony. Going 3-16 in his last couple seasons while having one of the worst offenses in the NFL is the reason, whether people choose to accept this or not

    • cant_teach_speed

      This is the truth. While he may be good enough for a roster spot, he also isn’t a talent that is impossible for a team to pass up. AB is a much better player and unemployed too.

      • Katsuro

        AB has a slew of legal issues that teams don’t want to touch. Once those are dealt with and his impending suspension because of them, there is no doubt some team will pick him up until he whines more on said team.

        Kaep has had chances to come back also. Major reason he is still warming the couch? Because he wanted starter money for backup roles.

  8. jessaumodesto

    Top 5 Worst Shoe Deals of all time:

    5. Vernon Maxwell: Strideright
    4. Hakeem Olojuwon: Spalding
    3. Bryant Reeve’s: LA Gear
    2. Randy Duck: Jordache
    1. Mark Madsen: Ellese/Adibas (Turkey’s version of Addidas)

    • Dodgethis

      Entire list is bunk.

      1- afro wannabe Colin “my rich white adopted parents payed my way to the NFL” Kaepernick.
      2- who cares.

  9. MichaelJFoxownssteaknshake

    I served 6 years and could care less if during the national anthem he had a pylon sticking out of his ass. He is a civilian and can do whatever he wants. All these fake Keyboard patriots that do nothing more than buy an “ I support the troops” bumper sticker that was made in China are far worse than Kaepernick ever was or will be.

    • giantsforlife

      I have a lot of family that served in the armed forces, and all of them take issue to kneeling for the National Anthem. There are so many other peaceful ways you can protest other than kneeling for and disrespecting our national anthem.

    • Katsuro

      Then you are in the minority of servicemen (assuming you aren’t one of these ‘keyboard patriots’ since it is virtually impossible to prove) that *couldn’t care less.

      My nephew served overseas. a handful of classmates have as well. None of them are in the “couldn’t care less” category. Oh, a few of them are Black, so wasn’t a racist conclusion

      • myaccount

        Did you take a poll of servicemen? I have two really good friends who did tours. Both don’t really care that he kneeled. One isn’t exactly a fan of Kaepernick but still believes in his right to peacefully protest, exactly like any good American should.

    • Dodgethis

      If you actually served you would understand actions have consequences. His actions made him unemployable. He did whatever he wanted and now he is suffering the consequences. Talk about a “keyboard warrior”. Pun very much intended.

  10. giantsforlife

    Jokes of the day: Colin Kaepernick and him trying to get back into the NFL

  11. thunderroad19

    I don’t care what his official “status” is as long as he’s gone. If he were to sign he’d be exposed as the non-issue he really is and would quickly be irrelevant…and he knows it.

      • Dodgethis

        Typical response to legitimate argument. Calling someone a liar doesn’t make it so. Refute his statement or accept your own ignorance.

        • Ironman_4life

          The guy did not spend one minute in the military because if he did he knows he took an oath to always honor and defend that flag. There was a Steelers player a couple years ago that had to break off from the team because he knows the oath he took

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m wondering what the legal ramifications would be if he signed with a team. He accepted money from the NFL in a settlement of his collusion case. Could the NFL go after that money stating that the case was obviously fraudulent since he is now employed by them?

  12. Dodgethis

    Until the NFL adopts the anti American football conference, retired is correct. Forced retirement is retirement nonetheless.

  13. azcrook

    Useless piece of drivel……he is allowed his right to protest……but, apparently the majority doesn’t accept or condone his frivolous claims of racism or collusion……the courts might rule in his favor….. but, who accepts the majority of the tainted judicial system rulings. Kap sympathies with the left….but, apparently his audience is still pro-American and does not accept his rhetoric.

  14. sportfan101

    Bye bye to bad you did your stand the wrong way. So many other respectful ways you could have done it. You have a nice sofa arm

  15. crosseyedlemon

    The girlfriend didn’t do him a favor by changing his status. If retired he would be eligible for induction into Canton…lol.

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