Richard Sherman is the best thing in the NFL right now. The outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback is never afraid to spout off his opinion, which would be entertaining enough by itself even if his opinion wasn’t regularly informed, educated, and well presented — which is basically always is.
In a recent interview with Jarrett Bell of USA TODAY Sports, Sherman was asked about Colin Kaepernick’s inability to find a job. The free-agent quarterback has yet to sign for a team, despite appearing to be a better option as a backup QB than what most teams have. He might even be better than some starters, to be honest. Sherman blasted the league’s owners for being too afraid to sign Kaepernick.
“The funny thing about it, when you’re not being blackballed, you don’t have to say he’s not being blackballed,” Sherman said. “When football’s a safe game, you don’t have to say, ‘Football’s a safe game.’ It seems like the commissioner always has to say things to justify something.
“But you didn’t even do this with Mike Vick. Vick came back and (eventually) got a $100-million deal.”
Sherman added that he didn’t think it necessarily a racial thing, but more of a punishment simply for creating a controversy that the NFL didn’t appreciate.
“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s not about football or color. It’s about, ‘Boy, stay in your place.’
“He played in Chip (Kelly)’s system last year and went 16-4 (touchdown-to-interception ratio) on a bad team. He played well because he’s a good football player. He may not be the best, but he’s better than a lot of these dudes starting.”
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of the 2016 season, becoming a free agent. He has worked out for a handful of teams in the off-season, but remains unsigned as training camps are in full swing and pre-season games start soon. Sherman concluded his thoughts on Kaepernick’s situation by blasting the less-than-elite quarterbacks in the league, saying that is Colin doesn’t deserve a job, neither do they.
“For you to say you have to check with sponsors and fans because this guy took a knee and made a statement?” Sherman said. “Now if you told me this guy threw eight pick-6s last year and played like a bum, had no talent, that’s one thing. But Ryan Fitzpatrick, Ryan Mallett, or whoever is playing for the Jets right now – whoever is starting for the Jets is terrible – have jobs. You’re telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand? That’s where it’s so troublesome to me.”
As usual, Sherman is absolutely right.