Good­ell: Kaeper­nick isn’t be­ing blackballed by teams

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EN­GLE­WOOD, COLO. | NFL Com­mis­sioner Roger Good­ell says teams aren’t black­balling Colin Kaeper­nick for kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them last year.

“No, teams make de­ci­sions (based) on what’s in the best in­ter­est of their team ... and they make those de­ci­sions in­di­vid­u­ally,” Good­ell said Thurs­day fol­low­ing his ap­pear­ance at a fo­rum with about 200 fans at the Den­ver Bron­cos’ in­door prac­tice fa­cil­ity.

Kaeper­nick, who opted out of his con­tract with the 49ers on March 3, has drawn in­ter­est from Seattle and Bal­ti­more but re­mains un­em­ployed a year af­ter throw­ing for 16 touch­downs and four in­ter­cep­tions in 11 games. Sev­eral teams have signed lesser back­ups with­out giv­ing Kaeper­nick a call.

Good­ell de­murred when asked if he thought Kaeper­nick should be in the league based strictly on his tal­ent.

“There are other peo­ple who make those eval­u­a­tions and that’s a de­ci­sion that those teams all make in­di­vid­u­ally,” Good­ell said.

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