For collusion to exist, two or more teams — or one team and the league office — have to conspire to deny Kaepernick work and then you have collusion, which is specifically prohibited by the NFL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement and the laws of the land.
Has that happened in Kaepernick’s case? We can’t find a single source that claims to know or have evidence that it has, and we find it extremely hard to believe that any of the owners or commissioner Roger Goodell and his top lieutenants would be stupid enough to engage in that activity.
While we are sure many owners, perhaps most, would boycott Kaepernick for the negative publicity he might bring to their team, why would they worry or care about damage he might do to an opponent?
More to the point, what NFL team would allow another to influence which players they might choose to play the most important position in the game?
And most significantly, while Goodell and his 32 bosses know they have a problem on their hands, to date with the notable exception of Dallas’ Jerry Jones, they have done more to defend their players’ rights to express themselves during the anthem than they have to restrict them.
So why has Kaepernick filed his grievance with NFL Players Association that the owners have violated the ant-collusion clause in the CBA, a move many believe is a precursor to taking the league to court?
There can only be two reasons, and according to our sources the one driving the unemployed QB might surprise you.