[Ed. – If the report is true — big if — these players are going to be warming the bench for the entire season. Even if Kaepernick were as marketable as he once was, not team is going to hire him after the financial damage he has inflicted on the league.]
As noted here last week, the adjustment to the national anthem policy should remove any impediment to the employment of quarterback Colin Kaepernickand safety Eric Reid, since neither will be able to kneel during the national anthem. Some players reportedly have come to the same conclusion.
Shaun King, an independent reporter who has had several anthem-related stories in recent months, contends that “[s]everal NFL stars have told me they are considering sitting out the seasonuntil the de facto ban of Eric Reid and Colin Kaepernick is removed and both men are given spots back on rosters.”
King also claims that the unnamed “star” players hope to get 25 percent of all players to sit out with them.
If they’re truly considering staying away from training camp and/or the regular season, it will get very expensive. Teams can fine players up to $40,000 per day for skipping camp. In addition to any forfeited game checks, players will be susceptible to an attack on any unearned amounts of signing bonuses they previously have received.