Colin Kaepernick Is Working Out For NFL Teams This Weekend
Colin Kaepernick has not played in an NFL game since the 2016 preseason. In the nearly three years since the then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback took a snap, he has presumably won millions from the NFL in a settlement following a 2017 grievance filed surrounding collusion among franchise owners. Through representatives, the now-32-year-old has maintained that he wants to play.
In 2019, Kaep’ may be getting a chance to lace up again. ESPN reports that a private workout will be held this Saturday (November 16) at an undisclosed location in Atlanta, Georgia. Representatives from all 32 teams are invited to attend the event, which is not open to media. An interview will take place in addition to a demonstration of the QB with Super Bowl experience.
Kaepernick confirmed the reports on social media, reminding the public that he has been ready since the 2017 season. He also expressed enthusiasm for the workout. He also indicated that the news came as a surprise. ESPN reported that sources close to Colin claimed they learned of the opportunity at 10am yesterday (November 12).
I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2019
Per Adam Schefter’s report, “When notified, the quarterback’s reps asked for the workout to be on a Tuesday, which typically is when all NFL workouts take place, since head coaches and general managers can more easily attend. On Saturday, almost half of the NFL teams will be traveling to games, and most of the rest of the coaches and players will be heading to their team hotels to prepare for their games the next day.” However, sources told Schefter that the league insisted on a Saturday workout. As Kaepernick’s team allegedly requested to postpone for one week, the league reportedly denied the request, reportedly unwilling to provide a reason. Sources have also claimed that the league made the 32 teams aware on Tuesday with no advance memo.
The workout will be conducted by former NFL coaches. An anonymous source told ESPN that the Dallas Cowboys were among the 32 teams interested in attending.
Colin Kaepernick’s former teammate, Eric Reid, who joined him in the 2017 grievance claim against the NFL, has since returned to play in the league.