Will NFL Owners Bring Protesting Players To Their Knees In 2018 Free Agency?

Posted in Blogroll on January 17th, 2018 by Ron Glover

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Since 2016, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has been by the side of former teammate Colin Kaepernick in his quest for social justice.

In three months, the NFL’s free agency period will begin with the fanfare and fervor of Super Bowl week. During the 2017 spending frenzy, the non-signing of free agent Colin Kaepernick and the poor quality of quarterbacks signed in front of him dominated headlines throughout the regular season.

Since Kaepernick took a knee for racial inequality in August of 2016, several players have protested and lent their financial support to causes Kaepernick personally targeted. Two of the most outspoken players in this period have been Kaepenick’s former 49ers teammate Eric Reid and defensive lineman Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks. Reid is heading into free agency at the age of 26 while the 32 year-old Bennett is under contract with the Seahawks until 2020. Bennett could become a cap casualty in the off-season.

With Kaepernick out of the way will NFL owners — who sunk to unspeakable lows to discourage player protests and the like — seek to exact revenge on players who refused to bend?

 

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