Former Colin Kaepernick teammate Carlos Hyde wants the league to sign his former QB to prove that they want to fight against racial inequality. Hyde told reporters on Monday that he supported Kaep four years ago and he supports him now.
“I think if they sign Kaep back, that’ll show that they’re really trying to move in a different direction. Because Kaep was making a statement four years ago about what’s going on in today’s world and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to him then, so I think they should start by doing that.”Carlos Hyde
Hyde who recently signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks played with Kaep from 2014 to 2016 in San Francisco. Kaepernick has not played a snap since his contract expired with the 49ers in 2017.
The police-involved killing of George Floyd resparked Kaepernick’s police brutality protest from 2016. The NFL was forced to settle a lawsuit from Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid for conspiring against the athlete/activist to keep him out of the NFL. The settlement was reportedly under $10 million.
Kaep has been fighting to get back in the league but under his own terms. Last season the NFL organized a workout for Kaep that the 2013 NFC Champion QB rejected because it was viewed as a PR stunt. Kaepernick instead ran his own workout and invited NFL teams to watch him throw. Scouts at the time said Kaep still had elite arm strength.