Ex-teammates: Kaepernick should not be unemployed

Ex-teammates: Kaepernick should not be unemployed

SANTA CLARA – Quarterbacks T.J. Yates and Matt McGloin signed contracts Monday with Buffalo and Philadelphia, respectively.

Meanwhile, the 49ers opened their offseason program, and Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned. Two of his former teammates expressed surprise that Kaepernick remains unemployed.

“I’ve seen some quarterbacks who got signed that, in my opinion, Kap is way better than,” 49ers running back Carlos Hyde said. “But, you know, I’m not a GM. I’m not a head coach. So that’s out of my league.”

While some teams might not have been interested in Kaepernick for football teams, such as his style of play does not fit particular offenses, there are clearly other factors at play, too.

Kaepernick chose to kneel during the playing of the national anthem last season as a protest against racial inequality in America. His decision was controversial. Although he reportedly plans to stand during the national anthem this season, there is no guarantee he will ever get that chance from the sideline of another NFL game.

“I think he’s proven that he can play at this level,” 49ers linebacker NaVorro Bowman said. “He’s made a choice that’s kind of had a little backlash from it. But I think he’ll be fine. Someone will give him a job. He’s not like a bad guy or anything. So I think that’s what matters in the NFL, if you can play level and your character is great. So I wish him the best.”

Kaepernick was voted as the winner of the Len Eshmont Award last season as the 49ers’ most courageous and inspirational player.

He started the final 11 games of the season. His passer rating of 90.7 was his best mark since 2013, his first full season as a starter. Kaepernick threw 16 touchdowns with just four interceptions. He also rushed for 468 yards.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick. Instead, the team opted to sign veterans Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it


Jerry Jones, Cowboys kneel before anthem, stand arm-in-arm during it

The Dallas Cowboys made a show of unity before their game against the Arizona Cardinals, but it wasn't during the national anthem.

The Dallas players all kneeled with owner Jerry Jones and his family before a giant American flag was unfurled, drawing some boos from the Cardinals fans. They rose arm-in-arm just before the singing of the anthem.

Jones has been a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump and it was unclear if his team would protest during the anthem, as teams across the NFL did Sunday. The Cowboys kneeled near the 50-yard line.

The Cardinals gathered on the goal line as a team, some of them locking arms, during the anthem. Cardinals owner Michael Bidwell and his family and general manager Steve Keim joined them.

49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve


49ers place Tank Carradine on injured reserve

The 49ers signed LB Mark Nzeocha from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad to a one-year deal, the team announced.

In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed DL Tank Carradine on the Injured Reserve List.

Nzeocha (6-3, 240) was originally drafted by the Cowboys in the seventh round (236th overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. Over the past two seasons (2015-16), he appeared in eight games and registered four tackles. He was waived by the Cowboys on September 3, 2017 and signed to the team’s practice squad on September 5.

A 27-year-old native of Ansbach, Bavaria in Germany, Nzeocha attended the University of Wyoming. He appeared in 39 games (26 starts) and finished his career with 207 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, seven passes defensed, three forced fumbles, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one interception.

Nzeocha will wear number 46.

Carradine (6-4, 270) appeared in each of the team’s first three games this season (two starts), where he registered seven tackles and one sack.

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