Fall is in the air and with it comes the kickoff to a new season of America\u2019s favorite Sunday pastime: professional football. And as the Belichick-Brady Patriots enter the season with 5:2 odds at another Superbowl title, there\u2019s one player whose odds of playing a single snap this season are exceptionally low. While Colin Kaepernick statistically ranks above 18 backup QBs, he has yet to find a job after opting out of his contract last year.\u00a0After kneeling several times during the national anthem last season in protest of violence against black Americans, the former 49er has suddenly become incompatible with 32 NFL offenses. At least, that\u2019s according to numerous team executives interviewed by Sports Illustrated who all seem to agree, \u201cthe protests, all that, it wasn\u2019t even a factor for us. He needs to be in a specific system \u2026 it\u2019s a system thing.\u201dMaybe merit is the determining factor for some of these teams, but after the Rams signed Dan Orlovsky, the former Lion who ran out of his own endzone in his first career start, it\u2019s hard to argue that Kaepernick\u2019s unemployment has nothing to do with politics.\u00a0Still, you can\u2019t blame franchises for wanting to avoid Kaepernick\u2019s polarizing conduct. After the national anthem protests took the top slot in a JD Power poll for reasons why fans stopped watching football in 2016, it\u2019s no wonder owners and GMs want to focus on football and football alone this year. When the Ravens considered signing Kaepernick in July, owner Steve Bisciotti actually asked team fans to \u201cpray for us.\u201d Signing a guy who over 60% of football fans disagree with is not good for ticket sales or gameday ratings. But does that put teams in the right?\u00a0Kaepernick remains far from alone in his stand during the Star Spangled Banner, or lack thereof. Dozens of players from Cleveland to Seattle have stated they will protest the anthem indefinitely in 2017. These protests are not old news, nor are they going away anytime soon. But where does that leave the \u201cblackballed\u201d QB who started it all?Kaepernick\u2019s lack of a contract probably isn\u2019t intended as a political statement by 32 team owners against the desecration of patriotic symbols. When it comes down to it, football is a business and Kaepernick\u2019s name on your roster is bad for business. However, bypassing Kaepernick still makes over half the league\u2019s franchises guilty of bringing politics into a decision that should be all about football.\u00a0A year ago, Kaepernick undeniably had the right and the reasons to kneel, though you could still disagree with the action of kneeling for our anthem. In the same way, NFL teams no doubt have the right to sign any player they choose, and have reasons to keep a politically polarizing player off their rosters. Football executives are in the entertainment industry, so of course they\u2019ll steer clear of a player disagreeable to over half of their fans. But that business-driven rationale doesn\u2019t ethically justify Kaepernick\u2019s ongoing free agency, which is anything but politically neutral.Give the fans what they really want: wins. And if Colin Kaepernick passes and runs better than most backups in the league, why not sign the guy who kneeled for the Star Spangled Banner?\u00a0 Warriors on the Issues is a monthly column contributed by Wilton High School\u2019s Model Congress. Jonah Hirsch is the club\u2019s president.