SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York said he doesn't believe there's merit to Colin Kaepernick's claim that NFL owners collectively conspired to keep him from playing in the league, as his recent grievance alleges.
"It's hard for me to get into any details or really share my opinion. But I don't believe there's base to that claim that he's being blackballed," York said Thursday.
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers last winter after it was made clear by new general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan that the quarterback would have been released. He was scheduled to make $14.9 million for 2017.