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Colin Kaepernick isn’t on an NFL roster, but people still want his jersey

In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel in protest during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif.
In this Oct. 2, 2016 file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick and safety Eric Reid kneel in protest during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. Associated Press File

Colin Kaepernick may not be on an NFL roster, but that isn’t stopping people from buying his jersey.

NFLShop.com posted its list of top-selling jerseys for May, and Kaepernick’s San Francisco 49ers jersey ranked 17th on that list. Kaepernick’s jersey sold more than the jerseys of NFL stars like Atlanta’s Matt Ryan, Seattle’s Russell Wilson, Carolina’s Cam Newton, Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller and New Orleans’ Drew Brees.

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013, started the final 11 games for San Francisco last season. He threw for 16 scores and four interceptions, but the team only won once during his 11-game run.

Kaepernick garnered national media attention last season because he refused to stand for the national anthem before games as a form of protest. Some have speculated that Kaepernick’s protest has kept him from earning a job as a backup quarterback this offseason.

Quarterbacks who had better-selling jerseys than Kaepernick include: Detroit’s Matthew Stafford (No. 13), Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers (No. 12), Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz (No. 8), Oakland’s Derek Carr (No. 6), Houston’s Deshaun Watson (No. 5), Dallas’ Dak Prescott (No.3) and New England’s Tom Brady (No.2).

The top-selling jersey in May was Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, who came out of retirement to sign a deal with the Oakland Raiders in late April.

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