Seahawks postpone Kaepernick visit when QB won't say he'll stop kneeling

Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel in protest during the anthem before a game in 2016

Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick kneel in protest during the anthem before a game in 2016

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier today that the Seattle Seahawks have chose to postpone its visit with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick over the matter of the Anthem Protests.

The Seattle Seahawks scheduled a workout this week with quarterback Colin Kaepernick but postponed it after Kaepernick would not assure the team that he wouldn't kneel during the playing of the national anthem.

In October, Kaepernick filed a grievance case accusing NFL owners of colluding against him to keep him out of the league under a collective bargaining agreement.

Between Kaepernick's ongoing unemployment and the fact that safety and fellow protester Eric Reid can't find a job this offseason, it has become increasingly clear that NFL teams simply do not want to roster players who will kneel during the national anthem.

The QB led the Niners to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season, where they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team, setting himself up as a free agent to potentially player for a different organization.

Reid continued to kneel during the anthem in 2017 after Kaepernick left the 49ers
Reid continued to kneel during the anthem in 2017 after Kaepernick left the 49ers

In his final season with the 49ers, Kaepernick racked up over 2,700 total yards, and 16 passing touchdowns to just four interceptions.

Kaepernick is not the only player rumored to be facing a blowback for participating in the protest. Last year, he met with the Seahawks, but he didn't work out for the team.

There are reports the workout has been "postponed" - but we're being told it's off the table. Also, the free agent market for backups is going a bit haywire with guys like Josh McCown commanding eight-figure salaries.

"The question of how he will handle the anthem this year came up and caused that visit, at the very least, to be postponed, and possibly canceled, depending on how you look at it", Schefter said on "NFL Live" Thursday afternoon. Yes, it might be tied to protecting the brand rather than genuine interest in the causes troubling National Football League players - though I'd like to think it's the latter. The team reportedly brought Kaepernick in for a visit in May 2017, though did not sign him.

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