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Browns OT Joe Thomas gives his own take on the Colin Kaepernick situation

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One of the biggest debates during the free agent signing period has been, “why does Colin Kaepernick remain unsigned?”

While some believe that Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL team due to his national anthem protest he started last season, others have contended that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback just isn’t that good and not worth bringing on because he would become a distraction.

On Saturday, Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl offensive lineman Joe Thomas joined the group that believes Kaepernick remains unemployed due to his ineffective play and his perception as an distraction off the field.

Thomas is right, teams will not go the extra mile to cater to a backup quarterback. That’s including scheme fit, off-field issues and the divisive nature of a player’s political stances. But an NFL locker room will always be divided politically, which is why most players and coaches prefer keeping that kind of talk away from the team atmosphere.

Kaepernick has made positive headlines in recent weeks, by donating $50,000 each to Meals on Wheels and an initiative to deliver food and water to Somalia. Since he began his social justice crusade last year, Kaepernick has donated an estimated $500,000 to a variety of social and community programs dedicated to helping the less fortunate.

As Thomas points out, Kaepernick was not without failure on the field. His yards per attempted pass was in the bottom third of the league, but so was Eli Manning’s. He was one of just six starting quarterbacks not to achieve at least a 60 percent completion rate. Yet, 37-year-old Josh McCown, who completed just 54.5 percent of his passes last season and posted an anemic passer rating of 72.3, was awarded a new contract earlier this week by the New York Jets.

And of course, the Twitterverse went on to remind Thomas that he once blocked for a former teammate named Johnny Manziel, who just might have been a bigger distraction than Kaepernick while he was the Browns’ backup quarterback.

Thomas didn’t hide his thoughts from Kaepernick, as he mentioned him by using his Twitter username (@kaepernick7) so he could see the tweets. In doing so, Thomas basically let Kap know he would never want to share a locker room with him.

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