In the spring, Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin said he didn’t think free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s social activism was the reason for his unemployment.
But with the start of the 2017 season approaching, Baldwin has changed his mind. He said Saturday that he believes NFL owners are trying to send a message by not signing Kaepernick, Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com reports.
“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 said. “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 moreso than I thought it was going to.”
“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.”