After Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone during Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings, the team announced it had signed quarterback Joe Callahan to the active roster from the practice squad.
This move leaves Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, a free agent:
#Packers sign QB Joe Callahan to the active roster & place CB Quinten Rollins on injured reserve.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) October 16, 2017
Because he has yet to be signed to a team, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the NFL, alleging that team owners have colluded to keep him off their rosters, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos.
According to Yahoo Sports, Geragos said in a statement this move was not just to protect Kaepernick, but all athletes:
If the NFL (as well as professional sports leagues) is to remain a meritocracy, then principled and peaceful political protest — which the owners themselves made great theater imitating weeks ago — should not be punished and athletes should not be denied employment based on partisan political provocation by the Executive Branch of our government. Such a precent [sic] threatens all patriotic Americans and harkens back to our darkest days as a nation. Protecting all athletes from such collusive conduct is what compelled Mr. Kaepernick to file his grievance.
Colin Kaepernick’s goal has always been, and remains, to simply be treated fairly by the league he performed at the highest level for and to return to the football playing field.
The free agent has been controversial both on and off the field, starting with his national anthem protests last season. Taking into account the Green Bay Packers’ decision and Kaepernick’s grievance against the NFL, many are saying his career is likely over.