Colin Kaepernick persists in his pursuit of a return to the NFL.
Rapper J. Cole unveiled Kaepernick’s letter to Jets general manager Joe Douglas on Tuesday. In the letter, the former NFL quarterback outlined several reasons why he believed he could be a valuable addition to the New York Jets’ practice squad, especially in the wake of Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury during Week 1 of the 2023 season.
This release followed Kaepernick’s agent reportedly reaching out to the Jets after Rodgers’ injury, given the likelihood that Rodgers would be sidelined for the remainder of the year.
Kaepernick pointed out that, unlike some other veteran quarterbacks mentioned as potential options for the Jets, he has not officially retired from the league, despite not playing since 2016. That year, he began kneeling during the national anthem before games as a protest against police brutality and racism in the United States.
These protests triggered a series of events that culminated in Kaepernick filing a grievance against the NFL for alleged collusion to keep him unsigned, eventually reaching a settlement.
The publication of Kaepernick’s letter, shared on Instagram with the quarterback’s consent by J. Cole, coincided with the Jets signing another veteran quarterback, Trevor Siemian, to their practice squad on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Zach Wilson continues to hold the starting quarterback role for the Jets in the 2023 season, despite facing challenges since his come-from-behind victory in the season opener. Wilson has lost both starts following Rodgers’ injury and has recorded an average quarterback rating of 26.7 in those games.