Commissioner says he'd like Kaepernick back in the NFL

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes the football while being rushed by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Cliff Avril (56) during the first quarter at Levis Stadium.
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By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he knelt during the national anthem to bring awareness to racial injustice.

Many believe Kaepernick is too talented to have been out of professional football the past three seasons.

Monday night, on ESPN’s “The Return of Sports” special, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was asked what role he envisions Kaepernick might have with the league going forward.

Goodell said recent events have shown what players have been trying to say over the past four years.

“Our country was going through something where we were seeing these things that our players had highlighted, including Colin and so many others,” Goodell explained. “What they were talking about and what they were protesting and what they were trying to bring attention to was playing out right in front of us, and tragically.”

About a week after Goodell’s social media message, the NFL announced a 10-year, $250 million fund to fight systemic racism and social inequity.

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Whether or not a team heeds Goodell’s words from Monday night remains to be seen. But last week, Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told reporters that another team had reached out to him about Kaepernick, who the Seahawks met with in 2017.

“Somebody’s interested, so we’ll see what happens with that,” Carroll said.