Colin Kaepernick

Four years ago, Colin Kaepernick was ranked among the top quarterbacks in the National Football League. He started all 16 games for the San Francisco 49ers, leading the team to a 12-4 regular season record and a Super Bowl appearance.

One “career year” (2013) was followed by successive seasons of mediocrity (2014), injury (2015) and controversy (2016). Now, as teams fill out their rosters with free agents in preparation for camp, Kaepernick is unemployed. According to a report by Pro Football Talk, of the 32 NFL teams, zero have even inquired about Kaepernick.

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The Washington Redskins trademark is in jeopardy but, if you listen to Daniel Snyder, the team’s name is not. “We will never change the name of the team,” Snyder told the media in May 2013. “It’s that simple. NEVER — you can use caps.”

Is never still a relevant term?

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