The British Columbia Lions added the one-time San Francisco 49er—who has not played in the NFL since 2016 and has taken to leftist activism instead—to their negotiation list. It is not clear whether the team will end up signing Kaepernick.
The move comes days after Kaepernick sent a letter to the New York Jets asking the team for a spot on the team’s practice squad following the season-ending injury to newly signed star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
“I know the aspirations this season were, and still are, to win a championship, and so that Hall of Fame sized hole will need to be filled as best as possible to keep the team on a Super Bowl track,” Kaepernick wrote. “As of right now, Zach Wilson is charged with that task, and I wish him and the rest of the team the best moving forward.”
Kaepernick, who previously compared being on an NFL team to slavery, claimed that if he were allowed to join the Jets practice squad, he would “do this with the sole mission of getting your defense ready each week.”
“This would also allow you guys as an organization to take a real look at where I’m at football wise, in game-like situations against an elite defense, while also not putting and competitive pressure on Zach,” he added.
“I understand the importance of keeping him confident and focused as QB1, and I would only look to boost the confidence in any interactions that we may have if I was given this role within the team,” he added.
He has also regularly accused the NFL of failing to properly address “social injustices” and said that his exclusion from the league illustrated his point that the NFL was insufficiently woke.
While it is the dream of a lifetime for many aspiring athletes even to be considered for the NFL draft, Kaepernick equated it to a slave auction.
“Before they put you on the field, teams poke, prod and examine you searching for any defect that might affect your performance,” he complained. “No boundary respect. No dignity left intact,” he added.
It is unclear how he will fare in Canada under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who has been known for wearing blackface, shutting down free speech with authoritarian dictates reminiscent of Cuba’s Fidel Castro and recently offered a standing ovation to an actual Nazi “war hero.”