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Colin Kaepernick has filed a grievance accusing NFL owners of collusion, his attorney confirmed on Sunday.
According to Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, Kaepernick is filing the grievance under the players’ collective bargaining agreement and has hired Mark Geragos, an attorney who has represented numerous high-profile clients.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of last season and planned to find a role with another NFL team. But through six weeks of the regular season, he has yet to receive an offer, despite a proven history of high-caliber play and a fairly solid statistical season last year, when he threw for 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions.
A recent report said Kaepernick had been working out daily in hopes of getting another shot in the NFL.
The lack of offers looks even more egregious because numerous teams have been in desperate need of a functioning quarterback. EJ Manuel, Scott Tolzien, and Matt Cassel have all started games this season, and Brandon Weeden just signed a deal with the Tennessee Titans.
Kaepernick last season became the first player in the NFL to kneel during the national anthem as a way of protesting systemic racism and police brutality. Since then, more players have participated in protests of a similar nature that have become the focus of national attention after President Donald Trump suggested that players who kneel during the anthem be fired.