League expects Kaepernick to be invited to meeting with players

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands in the bench area during the second half of the team's NFL football game against the New York Jets in Santa Clara Calif

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As Page Six reported, Kaepernick had been seen "taking meetings with publishers in the NY offices of WME" to shop his planned book.

Conversely, the NFL has seen an overall drop in viewership, with Fox Sports at a 7 percent decrease in NFL viewers, CBS recording a 17 percent dip for Sunday games and an 8 percent decrease in viewership for Thursday games, and a 4 percent drop for NBC's "Sunday Night Football". The league did not formally invite Kaepernick, who began the movement to raise awareness for the mistreatment of minorities by police officers and racial inequality by sitting and then kneeling during the national anthem last season.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart said the former quarterback would be invited by the players, not the league, while on a conference call with national reporters on Wednesday. Just as players have a right to protest at any venue and for any goal they choose, so, too, does the VFW post, he said.

Despite not actually playing in the NFL anymore, he still plays a critical part in the league's politics.

While it's unclear how the league could allow Kaepernick back into the NFL while he has a collusion case filed against them. He is not working through the NFLPA, but has hired high-profile lawyer Mark Geragos to represent him. Despite several quarterback injuries this season, Kaepernick remains unsigned. There's little doubt the filing makes it less likely he ends up getting signed this year or during the coming offseason.

The national anthem protests quickly turned the NFL into one of the most divisive brands in the entire country after President Donald Trump attacked those who choose to disrespect the flag.

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