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Roger Goodell on if Kaepernick is good enough to play in NFL

Roger Goodell on if Kaepernick is good enough to play in NFL”

Roger Goodell addressed Colin Kaepernick still being a free agent when he appeared on FS1's "First Things First" Thursday.

Years after players like Ricky Williams put the league's hypocrisy on blast, the NFL reportedly offered to work with the players' union to study marijuana for pain management this summer, but the ban on blazing now remains in place.

Cris Carter told Goodell that as a former player, seeing "someone like Joe Webb get signed as a third-stringer in Buffalo" is "disturbing".

This is a fair assessment, and it's true that each team has a different playbook and mindset and that Kaepernick might not be the best fit for every roster.

"The thing we're always about is meritocracy and opportunity", Goodell said. I have a role as commissioner also, but for me I watch the games and enjoy and I let the football people make those decisions.

Kaepernick's supporters argue that his continued unemployment, despite a playing resume that includes a Super Bowl appearance, is directly related to his protests.

Goodell added that it is up to "football people" including coaches who assess the needs of a team. And I'm still convinced that he'll get that opportunity when the right opportunity comes along.

"We continue to invest in and support innovations to advance sports safety, including one you'll see this season - a new helmet with a soft outer shell created to reduce impact forces, which ranked among the top-performing helmets", Goodell said in the statement.



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