Colin Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl not that long ago, but now he's a free-agent quarterback not getting much interest. To find out why his phone isn't ringing, Bleacher Report contacted an AFC general manager who shared his thoughts.
There's not a simple answer to the question, as the unidentifiedGM noted. Some teams just don't think he can play, and others flat-out don't like him after his anthem controversy last season. But there's another group of front-office members with another interesting take.
"Some teams fear the backlash from fans after getting him. They think there might be protests or [President Donald] Trump will tweet about the team," the GMsaid. "I'd say that number is around 10 percent. Then there's another 10 percent that has a mix of those feelings."
President Trump's Twitter wars have been well-documented beforeand after he took office. In fact, just this week he started a beef with rapper Snoop Dogg.
Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2017
Having the president engaging in 140-character spats isn't good for anyone, and especially not a professional football team trying to avoid distractions.
But ignoring Kaepernick's talent probably will end up being difficult for at least one team. After all, the 29-year-old QB didn't play too poorly last season with the 49ers. He threw for 18 touchdowns with just four interceptions and had a 59.2 completion percentage. He also ran for468 yards in 12 games, proving his mobility is still a weapon.