He filed a lawsuit alleging that the NFL has conspired to keep him out of the league.More news: New 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' trailer released
Eric Reid was also asked for assurances from the Bengals that he would not participate in on-field activism. Backup quarterback is not the most important role on the team, but it can be crucial, especially if you have a mobile starting quarterback like Russell Wilson. It occurs to me that telling a guy he can't work out for you until he promises to stop kneeling during the anthem might not be helpful to the league's defense. If the meeting does eventually place, the Seahawks will become the first National Football League team to work out Kaepernick since he became a free agent in 2016. Even the Baltimore Ravens have been reportedly considering registering him previous year but chose never to go forward. There has been a perception in sports media that teams are hesitant to sign Kaepernick because of possible controversy over his political views, which comes up frequently whenever a supposedly inferior quarterback gets a job in the NFL. And the team's No. 2 last season, Austin Davis, is a free agent.
"After hours of careful consideration, and even a visit from Nate Boyer, a retired Green Beret and former N.F.L. player, we came to the conclusion that we should kneel, rather than sit, the next day during the anthem as a peaceful protest". It was reported last season that Kaepernick would no longer kneel during the national anthem if he were to be signed.
Yet, here again, there is an obligation while evaluating this issue to see gray areas. Duane Brown has also protested in the past, and is now on the Seahawks' roster. The protest drew both criticism and support, and gained widespread attention over the course of the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons.