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Two Eagles players stand up for Colin Kaepernick

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Despite arguably being one of the best quarterbacks available in free agency this offseason, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t been generating a lot of interest. There’s a belief Kaepernick is being black balled from the league following his demonstrations during the 2016 season. Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the National Anthem last year generated a lot of discussion.

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins showed solidarity towards Kaepernick’s cause with a demonstration of his own. During the anthem each week, Jenkins would raise his fist in the air. Now that it appears Kaepernick might be getting unfairly ignored by the league, some players are speaking out in support of him. Jenkins is one of those players.

Jenkins wasn’t the only Eagles player to speak out, though. New Philadelphia wideout Torrey Smith did as well. Smith was Kaepernick’s teammate in San Francisco for two seasons.

There’s no question Kaepernick hasn’t played great in recent seasons. But despite going 3-16 in his last 19 starts, he’s thrown only nine interceptions compared to 22 touchdowns and a 88.5 passer rating. Again, not great, but that’s at least good backup quality.

Adding to the idea that Kaepernick is being snubbed for reasons other than his football ability is the fact the President of the United States is actively speaking out against him. President Donald Trump bragged that he knows NFL owners won’t sign Kaepernick because of the backlash that team would get from Trump and his supporters. Trump has been critical of Kaepernick’s kneeling demonstration in the past.

It’s possible Kaepernick’s market is taking some time to develop. But if he doesn’t get signed eventually, it will be very hard to believe he’s being snubbed solely for football reasons.

For as much as people love saying “Stick to sports!” it sure doesn’t seem like that’s what NFL owners are doing here. A pair of Eagles players believe what’s happening to Kaepernick is wrong and they’re expressing their opinions accordingly.

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