Colin Kaepernick's road back to the NFL has had its ups and downs, and he still hasn't attracted much legitimate interest from NFL teams, despite several experts' insight that he "obviously" belongs (see video above).
In fact, a source told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said that there had been "fake" interest in Kaepernick at the height of social justice movements, but that "there has been zero interested expressed as to Kaepernick 'in months.' "
So, while we may not see much from Kaepernick on the football field in 2020, despite apologies from the commissioner and various other QB signings that seem less promising than what Kaepernick would provide, one NFL-affiliated brand is doing all that they can to put the dual-threat quarterback back on the gridiron in 2020.
For the first time since 2016, Colin Kaepernick will be an available player in the Madden NFL series. The game's official Twitter page released the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.
Why was he out of the Madden series after 2016? EA Sports told Aaron Dodson of The Undefeated that the game lost their rights to use his likeness as he was "not included in the group licensing agreement, which is negotiated through the NFL Players Association." Additionally, two songs on Madden's soundtracks censored out his name, which EA Sports apologized for previously.
According to Dodson, Kaepernick played an active role in bringing his character back into the popular video game, as he negotiated the rights to his likeness, requested a certain hairstyle -- an Afro, as opposed to previous looks -- and helped to create his signature celebration, which includes him raising his fist in the air as a symbol of Black Power.
Kaepernick is ranked as a top-15 quarterback (81 overall), ahead of guys like Cam Newton (78), Kyler Murray (77) and Jared Goff (76). His speed (84) and agility (88) are up to par with other mobile quarterbacks. And he's the best free agent signal-caller available, with an unlimited upside in franchise mode.
Whether or not this creates a spark of momentum for Kaepernick's actual return to the NFL remains to be seen.