The NFL anthem protests might finally come to an end next season.
Some franchises are protecting themselves from fan boycotts by refusing to hire anthem-kneelers like the Miami Dolphins and the Houston Texans.
But the Seattle Seahawks might have destroyed the protests once and for all.
Given location, the Seattle Seahawks are arguably one of the most liberal teams in the entire NFL.
And that’s why nobody was shocked when news broke that they invited the leader of the anthem-kneeling movement, Colin Kaepernick, in for a workout.
But then they rescinded that invite.
USA Today reported:
“Colin Kaepernick’s free agent saga has taken yet another turn.
The Seattle Seahawks were scheduled to work out the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback this week but postponed the visit after Kaepernick declined to say he would stop kneeling during the national anthem, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The Seahawks have not decided when or whether to reschedule the meeting with Kaepernick, according to Schefter.
Kaepernick, 30, has remained a free agent since last offseason. He first began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a form of protest against police brutality and racial inequality.
Disinviting Kaepernick was shocking to some because starter Russell Wilson was literally the only quarterback on their current roster.
Their quarterback need is in dire straits especially with young players like Robert Griffin III being signed to the Baltimore Ravens when he didn’t play all last season.
Some teams are digging deep for their quarterback depth.
But in the following days, the Seahawks did sign a quarterback, which was basically a message to all players who plan to protest during the National Anthem next season.
“The Seattle Seahawks have signed a new quarterback only a day after news broke that the team canceled a meeting with national anthem protester Colin Kaepernick.
On Thursday, the Seahawks signed former Redskins quarterback Stephen Morris, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NBC Sports.
News of the pickup will certainly add to the controversy as teams continue to pass Kaepernick over in favor of other players, especially since Morris has never appeared in a single regular season game since he first joined the league as an undrafted free agent in 2014.
The University of Miami grad was signed by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2014, but was quickly passed on to the Eagles, then the Colts, and then the Redskins.
The news of Morris’ good fortune comes on the heels of reports that the Seahawks canceled a meeting with Kaepernick on Thursday.
According to ESPN, the team passed on Kaepernick after the controversial quarterback refused to pledge to put an end to his protests during the national anthem.
Kaepernick has been pursuing a grievance case against the NFL claiming that league owners “colluded” to keep him on the sidelines once he became a free agent at the end of the 2016 season.
Kaepernick insists he remains unsigned because he invented the anti-American protests mounted during the playing of the national anthem.”
This all feels like the NFL making a strong armed move to send a message to players who are hurting their brand and the Seahawks used Kaepernick to get this point across.
Also, former 49ers anthem-kneeling safety, Eric Reid, is still jobless.