On Wednesday, we posted about the news reported by the NFL Network that San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is planning to opt out of his contract and become a free agent. Now, just before Kaepernick hits the open market, comes word that he plans to discontinue the protest that put him in the national spotlight.
ESPN reports that Kaepernick plans to end his protest and stand for the National Anthem prior to games next season.
According to the report, sources close to Kaepernick say that he believes there has been positive change on issues of social inequality, and he does not want his protest to take away from the progress he feels has been made.
Kaepernick sat for the National Anthem during the first three games of the 2016 preseason, then kneeled prior to the fourth preseason game and all 16 regular season games.
The San Francisco signal caller played 11 games last season, and though he only led his team to a 1-10 record, he put up numbers that are likely to draw some interest from teams in what is widely considered to be a weak free agent market and draft class for quarterbacks. The Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and New York Jets are among those teams who figure to be shopping for a quarterback.
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