NFL execs, coaches on why Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned

Much has changed over the past 12 months for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. What has not changed is the way NFL coaches and evaluators view him as a player — one notable takeaway from my fourth annual QB Tiers survey. Kaepernick scored almost exactly the same this summer as he did one year ago, before his national anthem protests and statements about police created sufficient controversy for Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti to ask fans for their prayers as the team debated whether to sign the QB. The 2017 QB Tiers survey asked 50 coaches and evaluators to place 36 quarterbacks in one of five performance tiers, with Tier 1 signifying the best and Tier 5 the worst. Kaepernick came in 29th with a 3.88 average, placing him ahead of six potential starters. The 2016 QB Tiers poll, conducted before Kaepernick’s first anthem protest, had him 28th, with a 3.83 average. …

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