Richard Sherman: Redskins QB Mess Proves Teams "Freezing Out" Kaepernick

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season. File

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season. File

But this time around, the Washington Redskins said otherwise, claiming that Kaep wouldn't fit into their scheme on short notice.

Kaepernick has not been able to join an National Football League team's roster, despite a 49ers resume that includes leading the team to a Super Bowl appearance in the 2012 season. And worse football players are getting chance after chance after chance after chance after chance after chance. The most frustrating thing is there's nothing that anybody can do about it. The NFL is obviously belligerently freezing him out.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, when he started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.

Washington head coach Jay Gruden said the Redskins discussed Colin Kaepernick but opted against pursuing him because they'd have to change too much of their offense.

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Gruden said that they would need to build a specific package of plays and formations to take advantage of Kaepernick's athleticism, and that doing so this late in the season wasn't realistic. "It's going to get discussed again now", NBC Sports Redskins Insider JP Finlay said on Redskins Postgame Live Monday night. Sanchez was signed just two weeks ago and has barely had time to learn the playbook, but was forced into action against the Eagles on Monday after McCoy went down. He's hoping to give the 2018 Redskins team a similar end of season run, starting with practice this week. Sherman pointed out that Kaepernick has been to the playoffs and the Super Bowl, and has played in multiple Pro Bowls.

Sherman went on the "PFT PM" podcast on Tuesday and said even more, putting the entire situation into stunning and disheartening perspective.

The 32-year-old Sanchez hasn't won a regular-season start in nearly exactly four years. You start to see stuff like that and it's nearly like teams are purposefully making it obvious that, like, they're keeping him out. "It's just going to be a matter of which way you want to go".

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