Embattled quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who still has not found his way on an NFL roster during free agency, had the 17th most popular jersey during the month of May, according to the NFL Shop’s list of top-selling jerseys.
Kaepernick’s jersey for his former team, the San Francisco 49ers, outpaced jersey sales for Super Bowl-playing QBs Matt Ryan, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton, to name a few. Marshawn Lynch and Tom Brady had the highest-selling jerseys.
The sales illuminate the contrast between Kaepernick’s popularity among general fans versus that of team management — ever since Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to stand up for racial injustice. At the peak of the controversy last fall, Kaepernick had the fifth-best selling jersey in the league.
Kaepernick, a free agent since opting out of his contract in March, had a visit with the Seattle Seahawks, but the organization decided to make Austin Davis one of its backups instead.