The league is set to hold a private workout in Atlanta on Saturday for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick according to a statement from NFL spokesman. The league sent out invitations to all 32 teams after several of them raised concerns about Kaepernick’s readiness to get back in the game after his absence for nearly three years.
Colin Kaepernick later took to Twitter on Tuesday night to say, “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.”
Kap’s camp set for today
According to a report from ESPN, Kaepernick’s representatives have proposed that the day for the workout should be Tuesday on the grounds that general managers and coaches are usually traveling or preparing for games on Saturday, but the request was denied.
San Francisco’s former 49ers quarterback has not, since the 2016 – 2017 season, played in the league after he went on his knees to protest racial injustice and police brutality during the national anthem.
Kaepernick claimed that the owners across the NFL had colluded to prevent him from signing with an NFL team. According to the NFL spokesperson, league officials are already discussing steps for Colin Kaepernick to continue in his football career. They also hinted that his legal representatives had strongly highlighted that Kaepernick is willing to work out for teams recently. Word of the private workout was first reported by ESPN.
Somewhere in 2017, before Colin Kaepernick went on exile, he had filed a complaint alongside safety Eric Reid against the NFL, blaming their inability to get signed with an NFL team on the owners, saying there was collusion following the kneeling protest.
The Carolina Panthers would later sign Eric Reid the following year. The lawyers representing Kaepernick and Reid, and the league finally agreed on a private settlement for a sum still unknown to reports.
It is no news that in the NFL, several teams have lost their star quarterbacks, including Cam Newton of the Panthers and Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers, mainly to injuries this year, which is a clear indication of the urgent need for a veteran Quarterback.
Quarterback Colin Kaepernick has managed to rack up 72 touchdown passes, and 12,271 passing yards all in 68 career starts, alongside 2,300 yards on the ground and 13 touchdown runs, which led to San Francisco 49ers to two NFC conference games and the Super bowl.
To avoid contradicting news from spreading, multiple teams thought it wise to come clean and reached out to Kaepernick’s to let them know ahead of time that they would not be attending the workout. However, several teams have promised to be present.
Initially, the NFL had said, according to reports, that they would send the list of team personnel attending the workout to Kap’s camp, but high-profile sources told TMZ Sports that the league will not be providing any such list. It is still unclear why.
NFL never agreed to help out with personnel
The NFL recently came out to say that they never promised to provide Kap’s camp with the list people attending the workout on Saturday. NFL source said, “it is completely false that the NFL had agreed at any point to provide a list of personnel, executives and coaches that would attend Colin Kaepernick’s work out, simply we had an interest as of yesterday at 4 pm.”
He also added, “We only started getting confirmations after the memo was sent to all teams. We can confirm that multiple teams have agreed to attend and hope Colin Kaepernick will accept the opportunity.”
The Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, who is known to be Kaepernick’s biggest supporters, said that the workout, to him, felt like a publicity stunt by the NFL, but Kaepernick will be ready for it regardless. “We’ll see if it’s a real process,” he said. “We’ll see if it’s a real event.”
Coach Matt Patricia says that the Detroit Lions will send reps to Colin Kaepernick’s workout. He says the organization will surely do its due diligence on all available players. And that Bob Quinn and his staff will send reps to the workout and see how it goes.