Colin Kaepernick had the chance to join an NFL team this week – but the opportunity fell apart after he refused to promise that he wouldn’t kneel during National Anthem protests in the upcoming season.
ESPN is reporting that the Seattle Seahawks, in need of a backup quarterback, contacted Kaepernick about a possible meeting. Before that happened, however, the Seahawks wanted assurances that Kaepernick would end his protests during the National Anthem. Kaepernick would make no guarantees, so the Seahawks cancelled the meeting.
On Friday, reports surfaced that the Seahawks had signed Stephen Morris, a career backup quarterback who is still young at 25, but has yet to play in a regular season NFL game. He has served as a backup on four different NFL teams.
After arranging for Colin Kaepernick to work out for the Seattle Seahawks this week, team officials postponed the trip when the quarterback declined to say he would stop kneeling during the national anthem next season, a league source told ESPN on Thursday.
Seattle still is considering bringing in Kaepernick for a tryout, and no decisions are final, a source said.
The Seahawks on Friday signed former Washington Redskins quarterback Stephen Morris, according to a league source.
Seattle had contacted Kaepernick about two weeks ago to arrange a visit to the team’s headquarters, but after tentative arrangements were made and travel was planned, the trip was unexpectedly scuttled over the Seahawks’ last-minute stipulation regarding Kaepernick’s anthem stance, a source told ESPN.
The source said the Seahawks wanted to know that Kaepernick wouldn’t kneel this season, and he was unwilling to give that assurance to them.
Kaepernick’s situation in the league, even if teams were interested, is still precarious. He is still suing the NFL, claiming they conspired to keep him out of the league.
The day after his scheduled workout with the Seahawks, Kaepernick sat for his deposition administered by NFL attorneys in New York regarding the league’s alleged attempts to conspire to keep him out of the league.
This comes at a time in which the Cincinnati Bengals visited with San Francisco 49ers free-agent safety Eric Reid, who knelt with Kaepernick during the anthem, and wanted assurances from Reid that he would not participate in on-field activism.