- Colin Kaepernick offers to join the New York Jets’ practice squad in a letter after Aaron Rodgers’ Achilles injury.
- Kaepernick’s career has been on pause since 2017, mainly due to the #TakeAKnee movement.
- The Jets face team struggles after two consecutive losses under quarterback Zach Wilson.
- Rapper J. Cole shares Kaepernick’s letter on Instagram to highlight the former quarterback’s dedication.
- New York Jets have signed Trevor Siemian to their practice squad, signaling Kaepernick’s proposal might not be accepted.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, has penned a letter to the New York Jets, expressing his interest in joining their practice squad following the Achilles injury of their starting quarterback, Aaron Rodgers.
Kaepernick, 35, last played in the NFL in 2016 for the 49ers. The former quarterback has been in the limelight not just for his athletic prowess but also for his controversial stance against racial injustice, which led to the #TakeAKnee movement. This act gained both support and backlash, eventually leading him to opt out of his contract in March 2017.
Rodgers’ Unfortunate Injury and Wilson’s Struggles
The injury to Rodgers just minutes into his debut game for the Jets against the Buffalo Bills was a significant blow to the team’s Super Bowl aspirations this season. The responsibility of quarterback was quickly handed to Zach Wilson.
However, two consecutive losses under Wilson, with him facing criticism for his performance, have put the team under pressure.
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In his letter addressed to Jets GM Joe Douglas, Kaepernick conveyed his desire to lead the practice squad and prepare the team’s defense every week. He highlighted his continuous training regime for the past six years and even attached a list of references from within the NFL league to vouch for his abilities and character.
The letter’s content became public when rapper J. Cole shared it on Instagram, revealing that Kaepernick had initially been reluctant about its release. Cole’s primary intent behind sharing the letter was to show the world Kaepernick’s unyielding commitment to the sport and his intense desire to play again.
People are supporting the decision, and some oppose it.
The New York Jets have reportedly signed Trevor Siemian to their practice squad, making it less likely that they will entertain Kaepernick’s proposal.