Well, for one, he's set to become a free agent for the first time in his career after opting out of his contract in San Francisco.
Let's be honest: Last year, Kaepernick was under contract and really didn't have anything to lose. This year? Much different story.
Kaepernick thinks he can be a starting quarterback in the NFL again, and maybe he can be. But the fact is, one major deterrent among NFL teams when considering a player is: Will that player be a distraction?
Now again, I think some good did come out of those protests. I do. It wasn't perfect. His message was a little muddled with the Fidel Castro t-shirt and the fact he didn't exercise his right to vote -- which was contradictory to the whole idea of get out there and make a difference. But he did get the nation talking.
It just feels a little opportunistic when, all of a sudden, Kaepernick's future is on the line -- and that's when he decides to say, "I think I've made my point."