With both future Hall of Famer Ben Roethlisberger out for the season and backup quarterback Mason Rudolph sidelined, the Pittsburgh Steelers will start rookie Devlin Hodges on Sunday Night Football against Philip Rivers and the Los Angeles Chargers. Hodges, as recently as this April, went undrafted after an accomplished career at Samford University.
Meanwhile, Colin Kaepernick, who helped guide the San Francisco 49ers to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII, remains unemployed. The 31-year-old, who has thrown for 72 touchdowns and rushed for 2,300 yards in parts of six NFL seasons, hasn't been on an NFL roster since 2016. During 2016, he kneeled during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.
With this in mind, his agent, Jeff Nalley, while making sure to mention he's been an agent for more than 25 years, teamed up with veteran public relations director Jasmine Windham to push back against what they called "false narratives" that have plagued Kapernick's attempt to return to the NFL:
Nalley says that Kapenerick hasn't been offered a single job or worked out with a single team since the conclusion of the 2016 NFL season. He does acknowledge that Kaepernick visited the Seattle Seahawks in May of 2017. NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reported at the time that the two sides "were apart on money," though Nalley says that any narrative that Kaepernick has demanded a certain salary is "completely false."
In February of 2019, Kaepernick and the NFL settled their collusion case for an undisclosed amount of money. Some have suggested that his prior lawsuit against the NFL has kept Kaepernick from drawing interest, though, as Nalley points out, it didn't have the same effect on his former teammate Eric Reid, who was also involved in the lawsuit. Reid was still under contract with the 49ers in 2017, but was signed by the Carolina Panthers as a free-agent in September of 2018. Reid, 27, is currently the starting strong safety for the Panthers.