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Amid sinking ratings for the NFL this season, the Colin Kaepernick saga continues, as the San Francisco 49ers quarterback has had to accept a revision to his contract that does not bode well for the rest of his career.

A second round draft pick by the 49ers in 2011, Kaepernick became the starter during the 2012 season, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII – a defeat at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens – and has been in decline ever since due to injury and reportedly poor conditioning and training habits.

He had sunk to back-up status following disappointing seasons, before deciding to make the news by what he didn’t do, rather than by what he apparently no longer seems able to do.

In short – instead of focusing on completing passes, scoring touchdowns and helping his team actually win games, Kaepernick made the season all about himself, focusing coverage on the only on-field activity to make the news – his refusal to stand for the traditional playing of the national anthem before kickoff.

Kaepernick, who is of mixed heritage, was raised by a white family, suddenly discovered he was deeply offended by what he termed “oppression” of blacks and chose to take a knee during the anthem.


Now, headed into the last month of the regular season, the 49ers are secure in the last-place in their division with a 1-9 record, and Kaepernick has assembled a record of incomplete passes, fumbles and poor play that has even hardcore 49er fans fuming.

Although NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has resisted blaming Kaepernick and other players who have followed his lead in protesting the anthem for a ten percent drop in viewership this season, a recent Quinnipiac poll found 54 percent of Americans, including minorities, disapprove of Kaepernick’s protest. Among whites, that number climbs to 63%.

His revelation that, despite his pose as a concerned American, he not only did not vote in the November 8 election, but that he has never even registered to vote, did little to improve the public perception of him or of the genuine merit to his “stand.”

Now, it seems the 49ers may have had enough both of their QB’s attention-getting grandstanding and less-than-mediocre play forcing him to sign a “revised contract” that cuts short his deal, effectively cutting him loose for the last three years, from 2018 through 2020.

While this means Kaepernick could be a free agent in March, it’s an open question which team would be desperate enough to take him on in a starting role.

UPDATE: Looks like Kap will be riding the pine for remainder of the season. He was benched Sunday and will likely never see the field as a 49er again.

Original source: USA Today

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