“Yeah, it surprises me,” Walker told the website. “I feel like the guy is a starting quarterback in this league. He could go to any team and probably start over half the guys who are playing quarterback or be a great backup. It’s a little surprising that he hasn’t had that opportunity but sometimes you can look at it and understand what the problem is.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) passes as tight end Delanie Walker (46) waits to run a route during practice on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, in New Orleans. The 49ers are scheduled to play the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL Super Bowl XLVII football game on Feb. 3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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“A lot of people don’t address [it] so at the end of the day, it is what it is.”
Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers following the 2016 season. He had meetings with other teams but never landed another team, leading to a grievance filed against the league accusing the owners of blackballing him. That grievance was later dropped.
Walker, who was Kaepernick’s teammate in San Francisco from 2011 to 2012, in a 2017 interview with The Tennessean dismissed the notion that Kaepernick wasn’t a hard worker.
“He was a hard worker. He was probably the first person there,” he said at the time. “Always ready to go, knew the plays. I never seen him not work hard.”
Delanie Walker #46 of the San Francisco 49ers dives over the goal line scoring on a thirty two yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the San Diego Chargers during an NFL pre-season football game at Candlestick Park on August 30, 2012 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Walker predicted back then that Kaepernick would be on a team, but nearly three years after his last game the quarterback has still yet to throw a pass again.
Kaepernick’s representatives have assured owners that he was ready to play at the drop of a hat.