The first Sunday of the NFL season has passed, and Colin Kaepernick is still without a team. That fact isn’t lost on some NFL fans, including NBA star Stephen Curry.

Curry is a Panthers fan, and he was in attendance during Carolina’s 23-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. Curry posted a picture to his Instagram story with the caption “#freeKaep.”

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Curry spoke to the Charlotte Observer before the game, and he said Kaepernick should be on a roster in the NFL.

“He definitely should be in the NFL,” Curry said. “If you’ve been around the NFL, the top 64 quarterbacks, and he’s not one of them? Then I don’t know what game I’m watching.

“Obviously his stance and his peaceful protest when he was playing here kind of shook up the world, and I think for the better. But hopefully he gets back in the league – because he deserves to be here and he deserves an opportunity to play. He’s in his prime and can make a team better.”

After watching some of the quarterback play throughout the league during the first week, it’s hard to argue against Curry’s point.

Kaepernick didn’t exactly set the league on fire over the last few years, but he was more productive than some quarterbacks who started on Sunday. Quarterback play across the league was pretty average, and Kaepernick would likely be an upgrade for a handful of teams at this point.

(h/t For The Win)

Steph Curry on Kaepernick: “He definitely should be in the NFL” Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
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Cole Frederick is from a small town in Alabama, and he graduated from the University of Mississippi with a degree in journalism. He loves all sports - especially football and basketball - and quotes The Office frequently.
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