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Kaepernick’s reps: We’ve reached out to all NFL teams with ‘little to no response’

It's been three years since Colin Kaepernick put on an NFL jersey, and his agents want us to remember that.

Jeff Nailey and Jasmine Windham, who represent Kaepernick, released a document of stated facts about their client, who they say has not been offered an NFL contract since kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence.

"There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it is important to set the record straight, again," the statement opens. "Nothing below is up for interpretation or debate, it's the truth and nothing else."

The document says that they have reached out to all 32 teams throughout those three years, receiving "little to no response" about the potential of a team signing Kaepernick. Nailey and Windham specify that Kaepernick has not made any salary demands to teams interested in signing him. Nailey writes: "In 25 years, I have never seen anything like it."

Kaepernick's ex-49ers teammate Eric Reid shared the document on Twitter. Reid kneeled alongside Kaepernick and joined him in a now-settled grievance that argued the NFL had colluded against them for their protest. Since the settlement, Reid has signed with the Carolina Panthers but remained an ally of Kaepernick's.

"There have been so many false narratives in the media regarding Colin, we believe it's important to set the record straight, again." Please read this!! Don't believe the lies being told about my brother .@Kaepernick7

Kaepernick's agents also address why their client opted out of his deal with the 49ers, citing a conversation with general manager John Lynch in which Lynch told the quarterback that the team would cut him if he did not decline his player option.

Their statement also cites the visit Kaepernick took with the Seattle Seahawks, specifying that the team never worked him out. Of course, reports at the time of that meeting said that negotiations to make Kaepernick the backup to Russell Wilson broke down because of money. That would appear to be in contrast with his agents' statement in Thursday's document, though the language that he has never "demanded a specific salary" may be splitting hairs to best suit their argument.

Still, despite a career of stats commensurate with league averages, the face of the NFL's outspoken player movement hasn't had a job with an NFL team in three years. Here's betting this release won't exactly engender positivity from team executives on that front.

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