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If Colin Kaepernick returns to the NFL, it won’t be with the New York Jets. While Kaepernick’s name reportedly came up because his agent contacted the team, an update that didn’t bounce in Kaep’s favor emerged early Wednesday.

CBS Sports NFL insider Josina Anderson reported that the Jets will balk at Kaepernick and pursue an option that better fits their philosophy.

“The Jets are not pursuing Colin Kaepernick to address their immediate need for QB depth. I’m told they’ll look to at least narrow down their options today. The current* mindset is to bring a QB in who fits the chemistry of Zach Wilson being the guy, & knows system &/or staff,” Anderson posted on X.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016. While the former Nevada standout accomplished a lot in a short time, controversy stirred up in 2016 before the season started. Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem at a game and kneeled instead, protesting police brutality that had been plaguing the country. Kaepernick’s message was promptly taken and bent around in tons of different directions, leading to tension and animosity both in and out of the NFL. Kaepernick was all but chased off by the league, and his attempts to re-enter the league have been futile. As more time has passed, the climb to get back in the NFL has only gotten tougher. Seven years away from the league might as well be 10 or more with how often the game changes.

The world had plenty to say about the Colin Kaepernick news regarding his status with the New York Jets.

Brutal as it is true, Colin Kaepernick won’t be re-entering the NFL anytime soon, it appears. The Jets, instead, will look for someone who best fits their team. Kaep’s return to the NFL will have to wait longer.

[Josina Anderson]

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