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Just like old times, Joe Montana and Steve Young have contradictory opinions.

While Montana believes fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick‘s lack of employment is justified, his former teammate is startled to see the pass-thrower without a team.

“I’m surprised, even with the situation last year with the kneel-down during the national anthem, that people can’t see through that and see, here’s a good player that wants to play and is not toxic in the locker room,” Young told KNBR of Kaepernick, according to Daniel Mano of The Mercury News. “But he’s got to fit too. He’s the kind of guy who’s going to come off a play fake, see a guy, throw it.

“If you want him to read through, you want him to find the fourth receiver, the outlet – that’s probably not his game. So he’s got to find the right spot for himself.”

Young understands teams’ potential skepticism of Kaepernick’s focus and says he would want to “look him in the eye” when discussing the quarterback’s commitment to football.

Kaepernick was briefly linked to the Seattle Seahawks this spring, but a contract was not reached. He has reportedly had no other interest from potential suitors.

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Joe Montana doesn’t seem bothered by Colin Kaepernick‘s inability to land a new NFL contract. In fact, it makes perfect sense to him.

While some claim Kaepernick’s acts of protest have led to his unemployment, the Hall of Famer believes his fellow former San Francisco 49ers quarterback’s playing style doesn’t jell with the NFL’s current state.

“That style of quarterback, everybody thought was going to take over the NFL,” Montana told For The Win’s Charles Curtis on Tuesday, referring to Kaepernick’s tendency to play outside the pocket. “You look at guys who had success in college, that only had success one year. Usually those guys, the next year, it’s very difficult on them.”

Kaepernick looked like he was on his way to becoming a star when he broke through as a starter in 2012 and 2013, using his legs as his primary weapon, but struggled in the following three seasons.

“The league has figured out how to defend it,” said Montana. “If I’m playing defense, I want the quarterback to run so I can hit him. In the pocket, you can’t really hit him. So you look at Tim Tebow – he’s a great guy, does a lot of great things. But when you complete 40-something percent of your passes, even in the low 50s, you’re not going to make it.”

Kaepernick’s completion percentage has never dipped below 58.4 percent over a season in his six seasons, though his career high is only 62.4 percent.

Montana admits he has some admiration for Kaepernick’s protest of the national anthem, but he understands how those demonstrations could affect the quarterback’s job prospects as well.

“I’m sure there are some distraction issues,” Montana said. “When we were playing with Bill Walsh, if you were a distraction, he didn’t care how good you were, if you didn’t mix in with the team, you weren’t there very long.”

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Nearly four months after opting out his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick remains a free agent. Now, well into the summer, Kaepernick is receiving unsolicited advice from the unlikeliest of sources.

49ers general manager John Lynch believes that Kaepernick would be well-served by releasing a statement, confirming his desire to play professional football. Lynch previously stated that Kaepernick would’ve been released by the 49ers if he hadn’t opted out of his previous deal.

“I think the way you could best help yourself is not to have someone talk for you, not have statements, but go sit down and give an interview and let people know where you stand because he makes a compelling case as to how bad he wants to be in the league when you talk to him,” Lynch said recently of Kaepernick during a radio appearance on KNBR.

Lynch’s comments appear to be somewhat disingenuous, seeing that the 49ers would’ve released Kaepernick under his oversight.

The executive clarified that he believes Kaepernick wants to play football, but there’s a perception that exists that he’s solely focused on protesting police brutality and racial inequality.

“I would tell you with my conversations with Colin, he is fully committed to wanting to be in this league,” Lynch said. “I gave that opinion to Colin myself: ‘I think you are having a little bit of an image crisis in terms of, not so much what you did last year, but people are wondering: Is this most important to you?’ At a position where the guys who succeed at the position are the guys who live it, breathe it, the CEOs at that position. And I think there is a perception that football is not at the top of the list.”

In any event, the timing of Lynch’s comments are certainly curious, as Kaepernick remains on the open market despite a bevy of lesser quarterbacks receiving contracts this summer.

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A vocal group gathered outside the NFL’s head office in New York last week to support free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

The harmless event was meant to express to the league that fans are dismayed with Kaepernick’s unsigned status, but it’s unlikely it made much of an impression on one of New York’s NFL teams.

New York Giants co-owner John Mara said Kaepernick’s protest of racial injustice during the 2016 season led to a flood of mail from his fan base. After Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem, a large number of Giants fans responded with disgust.

“All my years being in the league, I never received more emotional mail from people than I did about that issue,” Mara said to Jenny Vrentas of The MMQB.

“‘If any of your players ever do that, we are never coming to another Giants game,'” Mara said of the notes. “It wasn’t one or two letters. It was a lot. It’s an emotional, emotional issue for a lot of people, more so than any other issue I’ve run into.”

After the season, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers to test free agency.

He will reportedly stand for the national anthem going forward.

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When Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas took a knee during the American national anthem to protest social injustices last season, he had no fear his boss would be upset.

At a town hall meeting Monday, Thomas told listeners that Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave him and his teammates full support to express themselves after Colin Kaepernick began kneeling in the preseason.

“I’ve got y’all’s back – 100 percent,” Thomas said Ross told Dolphins players, according to Hal Habib of the Palm Beach Post.

Ross had said before that he supports his players expressing themselves, but unlike some other owners, the Dolphins head man had no problem with kneeling through the anthem.

Thomas said he was hesitant to make a protest as the first week of the season landed on Sept. 11. The safety didn’t want his message to be misconstrued, but after speaking with Ross, he had confidence that his actions wouldn’t be taken the wrong way in house.

“I saw Mr. Ross come in the locker room. I’m going up to him, trying to explain to him in a way, letting him know, like, ‘Look, we’re thinking about doing this, thinking about taking a knee,'” Thomas recounted. “And for him to stop me and say, ‘Look, Mike, whatever y’all choose to do today, I’ve got y’all’s back 100 percent.’

“That’s a testament to what type of person he is, how he truly feels about equality for all, and the efforts he’s made with the RISE program. It’s great to have the owner of the Dolphins have that perspective … It’d be great to see more owners take after him.”

The RISE program (the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality) is a charity organized by Ross, founded with the goal of improving race relations and driving social progress through sport.

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats‘ negotiation list got some major star power on Monday as TSN reports the club has added NFL free-agent quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Kaepernick spent his entire six-year career with the San Francisco 49ers and became a free agent when he opted out of his contract earlier in the month. He became a household name under Jim Harbaugh’s coaching in the Bay area, leading the team to the 2012 NFC title. He threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and just four interceptions last season.

He made headlines last season for his decision not to stand during the national anthem in protest to social injustice.

Griffin was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and promptly won Rookie of the Year for the Washington Redskins. He has battled injuries throughout his career and spent last season with the Cleveland Browns. He suffered a shoulder injury in the season opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles and only saw time in four other contests.

While the addition of their names to the negotiation list will certainly cause a stir, it would be shocking not to see Zach Collaros under center for the club next season.

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NEW YORK – Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann isn’t happy with the San Francisco 49ers’ decision to give Colin Kaepernick an award for being an ”inspirational and courageous” player.

Kaepernick sparked a national debate by kneeling during the national anthem before games as a way of protesting racial injustice and police brutality.

Kaepernick received the Len Eshmont Award last week. The prize is described as the team’s most prestigious honor; its recipient is decided by players.

Theismann noted the team’s 2-14 record during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday and questioned what Kaepernick has inspired. He said, ”Everybody has the right to express their opinion, but not in the workplace.”

Theismann called on the NFL to adopt a policy requiring players to stand for the anthem.