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Goodell, asked why Kaepernick remains unsigned: ‘I’m not a football expert’

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Colin Kaepernick issue is something he leaves to “football people.”
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says the Colin Kaepernick issue is something he leaves to “football people.” The Associated Press

As the NFL’s regular season kicks off Thursday, Colin Kaepernick is still not on an NFL roster.

This bothers some current and former players, including a Hall of Fame wide receiver.

How does Commissioner Roger Goodell feel?

He was asked during a wide-ranging, 11-minute interview on Fox Sports 1’s “First Things First” hours before the champion New England Patriots were set to host the Kansas City Chiefs in the league’s regular-season debut.

About two minutes in, former longtime wideout Cris Carter, now an analyst on the FS1 show, told the commissioner it’s “disturbing” that the former 49ers quarterback remains unsigned and asked for Goodell’s take.

“I want to see everyone get an opportunity, including Colin ... but those are decisions that are made by football people,” said Goodell, who added he believes Kaepernick will get a shot when “the right opportunity comes along.”

Nick Wright, another host on the show, followed by asking if he thought Kaepernick was good enough to be in the NFL.

“One thing I do as a commissioner is I don’t make those decisions. I’m not a football expert,” Goodell said, adding that he’s a big fan of the game and that the 32 teams in the league need to make that call.

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