owners. Last season, President Donald Trump attacked the league for not penalizing players who did not stand for the anthem. During May, the league tightened its policy to force players to stand for the anthem, instead of just suggesting they stand.
Since he became a free agent in March 2017, Kaepernick has not been invited to work out for a team or been offered a contract. Some team officials quietly have suggested Kaepernick’s best years were behind him, but others said they did not want to sign him to play as a backup. Kaepernick, 30, played six years with the San Francisco 49ers and led them to the Super Bowl in his second season.
John Elway, the former Denver Broncos quarterback who now is general manager of the team, muddied the waters further when he told the NFL Network that he did not sign Kaepernick because the player had once been offered a contract and turned it down.
Elway, though, did not say he offered Kaepernick a contract during 2016, when he was set to receive $12 million from the 49ers, and months before he first protested. Kaepernick said no because he would have had to take a pay cut to join the Broncos. Elway said he did not sign Kaepernick when he became a free agent the following year even though he might have accepted far less than $12 million to play in Denver.