Panthers’ Newton offers words of support for Kaepernick

Cam Newton spoke candidly about if he thinks Colin Kaepernick should be on an NFL team, saying he’s absolutely skilled enough to make a roster.

The NFL season is almost underway and quarterback Colin Kaepernick is still looking for work.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton shared his thoughts on the subject Tuesday afternoon, and didn’t mince words.

“I really think it’s not fair,” Newton said in a press conference. “Do I think Kaepernick is better than some of these starting quarterbacks in this league? Absolutely. Should he be on a roster? In my opinion, absolutely. There’s no question about it.

“Is he good enough to be a starting quarterback? Absolutely.”

Newton and the Panthers are preparing to open their regular season with a game against Kaepernick’s former club, the San Francisco 49ers, this Sunday at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kaepernick became a free agent this off-season after opting out of the final year of his contract with the 49ers. The reason the 29-year-old hasn’t been able to secure his next job is not clearly defined; it could be due to on-field performance over the past few seasons, reported asking price or his off-field politics.

The six-year veteran took a knee for the U.S. national anthem prior to each game last season as a protest against police brutality. He also spoke out on various other issues surrounding the treatment of minorities.