The San Francisco 49ers’ quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, is embroiled in controversy. His refusal to stand for the National Anthem last Friday has angered fans. It has even angered people who don’t follow football. And as Kaepernick vows to continue his protest by sitting during The National Anthem, his NFL career may be short lived.
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Fox Sports analyst Jay Glazer provided a concise explanation of possible reasons that Kaepernick may soon get the axe.
“Regardless of politics or not, he has a very, very big uphill battle to make this team. I’d be shocked if he’s on the 49ers by the time this season ends, Glazer said.
“It has nothing to do with political views whatsoever. He lost a ton of weight this off-season, had three surgeries, couldn’t work out, lost that double threat, that size-speed ratio.”
“Nothing to do with political views, he just hasn’t been effective. He’s regressing as a player. I’d be shocked if he’s on this roster by the end of this year. He may not be on it in the next two weeks.”
Despite Glazer’s assertions that Kaepernick’s termination would have nothing to do with politics, fans are still hopeful that the NFL will terminate their association with Kaepernick as a way to demonstrate that the game of football isn’t to be used as a platform for personal politics.
Many of these fans vocalizing their anger over Kaepernick’s actions have called for his termination. Others are calling for a boycott of the NFL. Either way, it is unwanted attention–and sure to be a topic of discussion as the college season gets into full swing.
The 49ers have good reason to release Kaepernick. As Glazer points out, his performance is not what the 49ers had hoped for. Kaepernick has an $11.9 million salary this season. It is guaranteed, which means the team would have to pay it if he’s simply cut. But if another team is willing to gamble on Kaepernick, this would reduce the 49ers’ payout.
If Kaepernick is cut from the 49ers purely because of performance issues (which NFL fans are going to have a hard time believing), who would pick him up? That’s a question few are speculating about at this point.
For those who support cutting Kaepernick for purely “football” reasons, and not politics, check out what Jay Glazer had to say about Kaepernick’s future ten months ago: