Colin Kaepernick has be

en back in the NFL news cycle lately as fans and analysts continue to make the case for the quarterback to rejoin the league.

Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2017 when he became a free agent the year after starting his protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. While most teams have remained silent as to why they won’t sign Kap, a Redskins executive recently explained why Washington hasn’t considered the quarterback.

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He would have made some sense as a free agent acquisition in 2018 following Alex Smith’s injury. Washington eventually signed Josh Johnson, a similarly mobile quarterback, to start three games that season. However, the Redskins never considered Kap a true option, but they did discuss the possibility of signing him.

Doug Williams, the former Redskins quarterback who has been a part of the team’s front office since 2014, explained in an interview with “The Dan Patrick Show” why the team didn’t want to sign Kaepernick.

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“I think what happened here, we’re in a heavily, heavily military area,” Williams said. “And I think the guy that sits on Pennsylvania Avenue — 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — made such a big stink of it, the fans in this area … (it) might’ve been a tough situation for both the team and (Kaepernick) … You don’t want to bring people into a situation where nobody is going to be happy. I think that’s probably what happened, why he didn’t come up during that time.”

Williams was the Redskins’ senior vice president of player personnel from 2017-19, so he would have been involved in those conversations. He referenced 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, which is the formal address of the White House, alluding to Donald Trump’s comments back in 2017.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, ‘get that son of a b— off the field right now. Out. He’s fired. He’s fired,'” Trump said during a campaign rally in Alabama.

While it doesn’t appear the Redskins will ever sign Kaepernick, the quarterback remains available to play for someone. A source told TMZ Sports Kaepernick is “in the best shape of his life” as he trains for an opportunity to play again.