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Doug Baldwin Says NFL Owners Are Making An Example Out Of Kaepernick To ‘Stay In Between The Lines’
You can now add Doug Baldwin’s name to a long list of current and former players that have given their opinion on Colin Kaepernick not being able to secure a job in the league.
The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver wanted to correct an earlier stance he took back in June, when he suggested that Kaepernick’s kneeling had nothing to do with him not having a job. This time, he’s calling out the NFL and the owners for trying to send a message by purposely not signing him.
“My original position was I thought that the situation last year with him taking a knee didn’t have anything to do with it,” Baldwin told Shiel Kapadia of ESPN. “After viewing what’s going on, I’ve got to take that back. I definitely think that the league, the owners are trying to send a message of, ‘Stay in between the lines.’ It’s frustrating because you want to have guys who are willing to speak out about things that they believe in, whether you agree with it or not. But I think that’s definitely playing a role now more so than I thought it was going to.”
As of today, the Seattle Seahawks are still the only team in the league to give Kaepernick a real shot when they brought him in for a workout, but elected not to sign him.
“If you take a step back and you look at the overall picture, there’s a lot of teams in this league that could use a quarterback of Colin Kaepernick’s ability,” Baldwin said. “And why he doesn’t have a job, it’s very telling to me. He’s a very capable player. There’s a lot of teams out there that need quarterbacks – whether they’re a starting quarterback or a backup-caliber quarterback. The fact that he hasn’t been brought into camp yet is questionable.”
Kaepernick’s 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions are head and shoulders better than any back-up that has signed thus far during the offseason.