NFL Veteran Gives Damning Verdict on Colin Kaepernick’s Return to the League: “Those Owners… Once They Make Their Minds Up… It Doesn’t Happen”

Published 05/22/2022, 5:14 PM EDT
ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during half time of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)

The demoralizing wait of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is a surprising situation for any NFL fan. Kaepernick continues to remain devoid of his opportunity to once again don an NFL jersey in 2022. While fans keep wondering about the reasons, Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Warren Moon recently gave them a bitter pill to swallow.

While talking in an interview with TMZ Sports about Kaepernick, Moon states, “I just don’t know if he’s going to get that opportunity. I just don’t think the NFL wants that subject back into the league… Just thinking off the top of my head, those owners, they have a very close-knit unit, and once they make their minds up that they don’t want to do something, it doesn’t happen.

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It is a damning statement from the former 9-time Pro Bowler about the inner workings of the NFL ownership system. Despite his harsh truth, the former Houston Oilers QB sympathizes with Kaepernick. He lauds all his attempts to play football at the highest level. Moon adds that he is still a great athlete, but fans’ hopes of seeing the QB back are fading away.

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The comments from Moon come following Kaepernick attending a training session with the New Orleans Saints. While fans continue to harbor hope for the former Niners QB, Moon’s case is gaining acceptance every passing week. Kaepernick hasn’t been part of the league since the 2016 NFL campaign. He left the league after the mutual termination of his contract with the 49ers.

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The player has become a polarizing figure within the NFL, and teams seem to be lightly considering his abilities.

While there has been vocal support from different NFL franchise coaches and executives, nothing concrete has been materialized involving the player.

PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 20: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers drops back to pass in the first quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 20, 2015 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

While questioning his abilities remains a valid concern following his hiatus, certain franchises seem less keen. The 2022 NFL campaign could bring either joy or despair for the once-promising QB. There is a possibility of developments taking place in the coming weeks as he continues his pursuit of gearing up for another NFL campaign.

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Anuj Tazhatuveetil

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An NFL author at EssentiallySports, Anuj Tazhatuveetil is pursuing a Master's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. Initially, he worked as a freelance content writer and later as a part of Sports404. An unquenchable thirst to learn about all things NFL and NBA, adding to a rather healthy obsession with playing outdoor sports like basketball, and soccer with an almost encyclopedic knowledge of this industry make him a sports aficionado.

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