New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady told Kirk & Callahan of WEEI that he does not know if free agent signal caller Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by the NFL.
“I have no idea if he’s being blackballed,” said Brady.
The 40-year-old did have high praise for Kaepernick, however, crediting his skill as a quarterback.
“I’ve competed against him. I thought he was a damn good quarterback,” said Brady. “He’s played at a high level and brought his teams to Super Bowls. That’s how I feel about him.”
Brady added that he hasn’t spoken to Kaepernick this year and that he doesn’t know him all that well.
The 29-year-old Kaepernick, who last played for the San Francisco 49ers, has filed a lawsuit against the NFL, claiming collusion among the owners. In other words, he thinks he is being blacklisted. Kaepernick stirred up controversy when he knelt during the national anthem last season, causing an uprise of similar protests around the league that still take place to this day.
He led the 49ers to the Super Bowl during the 2012-13 campaign, where San Francisco ultimately fell to the Baltimore Ravens. Last season, Kaepernick played in 12 games, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passing attempts and registering a passer rating of 90.2.
The Milwaukee native and former Nevada standout worked out for the Seattle Seahawks over the summer, but he left town without a contract. The Ravens also publicly expressed some interest in him, but nothing came into fruition.