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Colin Kaepernick listed as 'retired,' then 'UFA' on NFL's site

Sporting News — (Tom Gatto)

Colin Kaepernick's NFL "retirement" didn't last very long. In fact, according to the quarterback's girlfriend, it never happened.

And now the site where that information was listed appears to agree with her.

The intrigue started Friday night when Nessa Dab, Kaepernick's longtime girlfriend, tweeted her anger over Kaepnerick being listed as retired on his NFL.com player page. It appears she was tipped off by another user. 

Users replying to her post, in addition to staking out their usual uncharitable positions on Kaepernick, claimed the site regularly lists players who have been inactive a long time as retired even if they've never announced their retirement. Tim Tebow got a shout as an example.

Later Friday, Kaepernick was listed as "UFA/San Francisco 49ers" (unrestricted free agent) on this NFL.com player page. ProFootballTalk.com noted the site was recently redesigned; are there multiple cached/beta versions of the page live on the internet? Or was the player page just updated?

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Interestingly, Kaepernick can't be searched as retired or active in the site's main player section. There's no "UFA" button.

Kaepernick, 32, has not played in the NFL since late in the 2016 season. A workout scheduled by the NFL for last November in Georgia failed to attract interest from teams, and the both the league and Kaepernick were criticized for how they handled the event.