Colin Kaepernick looked like a star when he helped lead the San Francisco 49ers to the NFC Championship under head coach Jim Harbaugh. However, after Harbaugh left the team, Kaepernick looked less intimidating and soon lost his job in San Francisco. Now, Colin is out of work and film director Spike Lee believes there is more to it than just football ability, openly asking the New York Jets to sign the quarterback.

The Colin Kaepernick controversy

Interestingly, the biggest news surrounding Colin Kaepernick in 2016 had nothing to do with his play on the field.

When it came to playing time, Kaepernick forced his way back into the starting lineup and played well on a very bad team with the San Francisco 49ers. Instead, people wanted to talk about the fact that Kaepernick refused to stand during the National Anthem and instead kneeled in protest of the treatment of African-Americans in the United States, including the murder of a number of them at the hands of police officers. The fact that people talked about it was the reason for Colin to do this but instead of talking about the situation, all the talk was centered on Kaepernick himself and how his actions of silent protest were a distraction for the team. A change of scenery was needed and Spike Lee feels that the New York Jets could provide that.

Colin Kaepernick and the New York Jets

The reason that the New York Jets couldn't win in 2016 was because they had no talent at quarterback. Ryan Fitzpatrick signed a big deal to stay in New York last year and ended up with one of the worst quarterback ratings in the NFL. Geno Smith, at one time their future franchise starter, left the team this offseason when he never panned out.

The Jets need a quarterback and Colin Kaepernick has the talent to succeed in a well-coached system. However, while Spike Lee feels that Colin could be a perfect fit in New York, the fact is that Jets owner Woody Johnson is not likely to sign someone who wouldn't stand for the National Anthem based on his past comments. Colin has said that he will stand for the National Anthem in 2017 if he finds a team, but the damage may have already hurt his chances of playing for the Jets.