Johnny Manziel is sticking up for another unemployed quarterback.
TMZ posted a video of the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Texas A&M telling Clay Travis at the International Football Betting Conference that erstwhile San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves to be on an NFL team.
"Even if he's not going to start, he's good enough to be on a roster, for sure," the former Browns quarterback said.
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Many have speculated that Kaepernick remains a free agent because he knelt during the National Anthem last season to raise awareness of racial injustice in the country. Others say it's due to his subpar play or salary demands.
Kaepernick's quarterback rating of 90.7 ranked 17th in the NFL among players with more than 200 pass attempts in 2016, a mark higher than Philip Rivers' and Eli Manning's. Manziel added that Kaepernick led his team to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season and the NFC Championship game the following year.
"That's a guy who's gotten a team to that point multiple years," Manziel said. "He has a track record of proving that he can go out and play."
Manziel also remains in the hunt for an NFL roster spot after being cut by the Cleveland Browns in 2016, less than two years after they drafted him in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
Kaepernick recently received support from director Spike Lee, who announced a rally in support of Kaepernick Aug. 23 outside the NFL Headquarters in New York.