The Associated Press is encouraging NFL players to go on strike if free agents Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid are not signed by teams ahead of the 2018 season.

Here is what AP columnist Paul Newberry wrote:

“Maybe a one-day sickout during training camp. Or kneeling en masse before the first game. Perhaps, as a last resort, they should consider an actual strike.”

Ratings for NFL games were down 9.7 percent last season, and games were watched by an average of 1.6 million fewer people than in 2016.

Despite whatever (perhaps decent) intentions the players would have, going on strike would be a complete disaster for the league and for the future paychecks of those players.