In the quest to bolster their quarterback depth, the New York Jets received a letter from Colin Kaepernick expressing his interest in joining their practice squad.
However, the Jets opted to sign veteran Trevor Siemian instead, a decision that prompted a response from former ESPN writer and current contributor to The Atlantic, Jemele Hill, on Twitter.
“The Jets instead chose to sign Trevor Siemian who ::checks notes:: is 31 years old, and hasn’t won a game since 2017. But sure, Colin isn’t playing because it’s a football decision,” Hill wrote.
A commenter raised the topic of the NFL business dynamics and Kaepernick’s protests during the 2016 season as factors contributing to his unemployment. Hill then proceeded to address this perspective in her subsequent tweets.
“If only Colin Kaepernick had assaulted or abused a woman. Because it sure is interesting how they don’t care about backlash then, and how it might negatively impact their business,” Hill said. “Need I also remind you, Kaep’s Nike merchandise sold out and during his protest he had the second-highest jersey sales in the NFL. So is it really about business or about the fact NFL owners have chosen whose business they value more?”
Hill is not the sole media figure advocating for Kaepernick to receive another chance in the NFL, whether with the Jets or elsewhere. Nevertheless, after a seven-year absence from the game, the prospects of him securing such an opportunity appear increasingly dim.
In the interim, Trevor Siemian currently holds the role of the New York Jets’ third-string quarterback, positioned behind Zach Wilson and Tim Boyle. However, if Wilson’s struggles persist in the upcoming weeks, Siemian could find himself moving up the depth chart.