I think there used to be 6 preseason games back in the day--what were they thinking?
The 17th game (on a neutral field) would prevent season ticket holders in some cities from being cheated out of a game--by having the team play home games in Tokyo or wherever.
I guess. On the other hand, the Panthers could come out publicly and say "no, we aren't signing Colin Kaepernick", and that would be the end of the story. Instead we're going to grow this into an unnecessary distraction just because we don't want to offend one person