Colin Kaepernick's Status Changed from 'Retired' to 'UFA' on NFL's Website

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistMay 23, 2020

RIVERDALE, GA - NOVEMBER 16: Colin Kaepernick looks to make a pass during a private NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. Due to disagreements between Kaepernick and the NFL the location of the workout was abruptly changed.  (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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After incorrectly listing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as "retired," the NFL changed his designation to "UFA" on NFL.com on Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio.

The NFL's website recently underwent an overhaul, and it was pointed out by Kaepernick's girlfriend, Nessa, that Kaepernick should not have been listed as retired:

NESSA @nessnitty

The @NFL @nflcommish @NFLPA lying on their NFL website claiming @Kaepernick7 “retired.” Colin did NOT retire. You cowards blackballed him bc he peacefully protested against police brutality. He’s a Superbowl QB & should be playing bc his stats show that. https://t.co/UmyD5VhYwP https://t.co/eUJ7LMmaiR

Nessa also tweeted the following after the change was made:

NESSA @nessnitty

Thank you to everyone who held the @NFL accountable for falsely reporting that Colin “retired” on their website. They heard you loud & clear bc the NFL put the accurate description that @Kaepernick7 is a Unrestricted Free Agent (UFA). Tell them to stop denying him employment. https://t.co/klK7a6qRTY

The 32-year-old Kaepernick has not officially retired from the NFL, but he also hasn't played in the league since parting ways with the San Francisco 49ers at the conclusion of the 2016 season. 

During the 2016 season, Kaepernick began protesting social injustice and racial inequality by kneeling during the national anthem.

After going unsigned, Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October 2017 alleging that teams were colluding to keep him out of the league as a result of his protests. Last year, he and former 49ers teammate Eric Reid reached a settlement with the NFL that paid them less than $10 million total, per Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal.

In six seasons with the Niners, Kaepernick went 28-30 as a starter during the regular season. He also completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions while rushing for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He appeared in 12 games and made 11 starts in 2016. Although he went just 1-10, he completed 59.2 percent of his attempts for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, plus he rushed for 468 yards and two scores.

Kaepernick started six playoff games during his tenure in San Francisco, leading the Niners to a pair of NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl appearance.

He has gone unsigned despite his accolades. Last year, the NFL set up a workout for Kaepernick in Atlanta and invited all 32 teams to attend. Kaepernick's camp, however, said there was too little notice given for every team to attend and weren't happy they weren't given an advance list of who would be there.

Kaepernick moved the workout to a different location so media members could be there, and as a result it was not officially affiliated with the NFL.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that none of the seven teams that attended Kaepernick's workout called him after the event.