Former Super Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick has said that he absolutely wants to play football again and that he is willing to accept a backup role and a minimum salary if that helps him return to the NFL. Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance in 2012, hasn't played in the NFL since 2016.
During the 2016 season, Kaepernick kneeled during the playing of the national United States anthem. “Absolutely,” Kaepernick said on the I Am Athlete podcast. “That’s without question. To your point, what you saw out here, that’s five years of training behind the scenes, to make sure I’m ready and stay ready at the highest level.
You don’t do that if you don’t have a passion, [if] you don’t believe you’re gonna find a way on that field”. Kaepernick hasn't fulfilled his goal of winning a Super Bowl and that's one of the reasons why he is attempting to get back into the league.
“It’s a passion,” Kaepernick said. “Like, you had those dreams from when you were a kid. I mean, like, I’m gonna be an NFL player, and I’m gonna win a Super Bowl. And for me, I have unfinished business on that front.
I’ve been to the Super Bowl. We were one play away. I need to finish that”.
Kaepernick willing to be a backup
Kaepernick was asked directly if he would be willing to take a minimum salary if a team offered him a contract with that base.
“I know I have to find my way back in,” Kaepernick said. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such.
I just need that opportunity to walk through the door. . . . More than anything, we’re just looking for a chance to walk through a door. I’ll handle the rest from there”. Kaepernick hasn't had an NFL tryout since 2017.
Per Kaepernick, the Seahawks thought he did great during his tryout in 2017 but decided against signing him. “No team’s brought me in for a workout,” Kaepernick said. “No team has brought me in for an opportunity.
I had the one meeting with Seattle in 2017. And out of that, Pete Carroll said, ‘Hey, he’s a starter, we have a starter.’ And things moved on from there. But they don’t have a starter right now”.