Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters he regrets that he was not the team to sign Kaepernick in 2017 when he visited the team. Even more interesting, Carroll said he received a call Thursday from another team to inquire about Kaepernick – something that had never happened before.
Carroll wouldn’t say which team called, but he now thinks there is some interest in the 32 year old. According to ESPN’s Brady Henderson, Carroll also said that the Seahawks were not feeling fit because they thought Kaepernick was a starter, and they were sure he would play elsewhere this season. It is possible that this time this interest may lead to a new contract for the former starting quarterback.
The NFL is experiencing a renaissance in social matters as well as racial justice for all. Athletes are now being praised for speaking rather than being silenced. Last week, a handful of top NFL players, including Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, demanded that the NFL explicitly condemn racism and systemic black oppression in America, while admitting that the league was wrong to to silence peacefully the players who have protested for years past. Less than 24 hours later, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell came out and did just that.
Earlier this week, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported that Kaepernick is in great shape and “more motivated than ever”. What used to be shared player support in the league has evolved into a tidal wave of players speaking out for Kaepernick. More than ever before and in the midst of the Black Lives Matter protests that he helped spark with his decision to kneel in 2016, pressure is on the NFL to take the next step and send Kaepernick back to the league.