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Survey: 95 percent of players believe Colin Kaepernick should be in NFL

A recent survey of NFL players indicates an overwhelming majority of them believe Colin Kaepernick should be playing in the league. In fact, 95 percent of players anonymously polled believe Kaepernick ought to be on an NFL roster.

The survey, conducted by The Athletic, included polling 85 players from 25 different teams. Only four of the players polled did not respond in the affirmative concerning Kaepernick being deserving of an NFL job, with two responding, “No,” and two others providing “No comment.”

Players were asked which quarterbacks currently employed could be replaced by Kaepernick. Blake Bortles topped the list with 20 percent of the vote. Eli Manning and Jameis Winston each earned one vote.

Another player was even more forthright, arguing Kaepernick could replace “25 percent of the league” when it comes to quarterbacks.

“S–t, any team that carries three quarterbacks for sure, the third guy on that roster,” another player observed, via Bleacher Report. “And a majority of the teams with two quarterbacks, he should be the backup. And some places he should be the starter.”

Kaepernick last played in the NFL when he started 11 games for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016.

In November 2017, Kaepernick filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, arguing team owners were blackballing him over the controversy spawned by kneeling during the anthem. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later denied the allegations.

Despite his inability to find work the past two seasons, Kaepernick still has a desire to resume his NFL career, according to his friend, Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall.

During his time away from the gridiron, Kaepernick has continued his commitment to activism and social justice issues, something highlighted by a controversial “Just Do It” ad campaign from Nike that launched near the beginning of the 2018 NFL season.