NFLPA invites Colin Kaepernick to next meeting with league owners

Kaepernick hasn't gotten an offer from an NFL franchise despite producing better stats last season than some now employed starting and backup quarterbacks in the league.

The two sides issued a joint statement after that first meeting: "The NFL and NFLPA met today to discuss the important issue of social activism by NFL players".

So, if this planned book is indeed a tell-all, it will be intriguing to read Kaepernick's full take on his original kneeling stance during the anthem and that of many players that followed.

Kaepernick has been invited by the NFL players to the next league meeting and will attend, per Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson. Other players wanted him there, but he decided not to attend because he didn't want to be a distraction.

Kaepernick was not present at a meeting last week at the league's midtown Manhattan headquarters that was attended by 13 players, 11 team owners, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith and several others.

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Kaepernick began the anthem protests last season when he took a knee to raise awareness against racial injustice and police brutality taking place in America. The Cardinals (3-4) are one game out of a wild-card spot, but will go forward with Stanton and Blaine Gabbert, who lost the starting job last season with the 49ers to Kaepernick and is 9-34 in his career as a starting quarterback. Kaepernick hasn't been signed to a National Football League roster since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers in March but no team has been willing to sign him, even those in need of quarterbacks due to injury.

That will be a hard allegation to prove, unless team personnel left a trail of communications indicating collusion.

There was backlash among the league due to Kaepernick's absence in the past.

  • Sonia Alvarado