Seahawks Postpone Kaepernick Workout

The Seahawks made plans to audition Colin Kaepernick this week, but the trip has been postponed, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com tweets. The workout has been pushed off after Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season. 

[RELATED: NFL Lawyers Depose Kaepernick]

Kaepernick did not decline to stop kneeling, per se, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). Apparently, the team “asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan.” The Seahawks also have concerns about Kaepernick’s overall commitment to football, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times hears. Still, the Seahawks have not closed the door on signing Kaepernick.

Coach Pete Carroll & Co. also showed interest in Kaepernick last offseason during the height of his anthem protest controversy. Seattle ultimately chose journeyman Austin Davis as their backup quarterback, perhaps because of public relations fears. Depending on who you ask, Kaepernick’€™s salary expectations may have also been a factor.

Kaepernick, of course, is presently embroiled in a collusion suit filed against the league. Kaepernick’s attorneys have deposed a number of owners and executives and, on Tuesday, NFL lawyers responded by deposing Kaepernick himself. Depositions are done behind closed doors, but it is believed that he was asked about whether he expected to be signed as a starter last season, the kind of money he was seeking, and whether his injury history had deteriorated his skills.

It’s unclear how the Seahawks’ latest invitation to work out – and postponement of that audition – may affect his case.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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36 comments on “Seahawks Postpone Kaepernick Workout

  1. semut

    “Omg waaaah no one will sign me!!”

    “Will you stop kneeling?”

    “Nope. Wahhhh no one will sign me! COLLUSION COLLUSION!!”

    Moron

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  2. itslonelyatthetrop

    RUN! ABANDON COMMENT THREAD! IT’S ABOUT TO BECOME A POLITICAL WAR ZONE!

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  3. dust44

    That’s kinda my question. If say the Seahawks say team rules he has to cut his hair, and he refused to. And the Raiders say he asked for too much money. And the cowboys say they don’t want him to kneel and he plans to. And the Chargers say they were turned off by his medicals. Then is it collusion? Obviously hypothetical teams and situations. But u get what I’m saying.

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    • semut

      I agree with you. Above EVERYTHING else you mentioned, I’m a 49ers fan. I watched him from day one. He cannnnnnnnnnnot read coverages. He cannnnnot go through progressions if his primary is covered. He only had a lot of success with the largely-gimmicky run option. As soon as the defenses figured it out, they put a spy or two on him, forced him to stay in the pocket, THAT’S when he was at his absolute worst, even losing his job to Blaine f’n Gabbert.

      The reason he’s unemployed is because he sucks, period. And nooooooooooooo one is about to pay a 2nd or 3rd string qb the $5mil+ he wants. Ain’t gonna happen.

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      • cka2nd

        And then he took the job back from Gabbert and proceeded to throw 16 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. You’ve obviously seen him play a lot more than me, but his career and 2017 numbers say he doesn’t suck, could at least be a back-up, and probably start for a few teams, if only as a bridge QB.

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  4. aruckman

    He needs to accept he is being Tebow’d. He is not good enough for the distraction he would cause. Nobody wants a media circus over a bench warmer.

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    • semut

      Exactly. AND don’t forget, he want to start AND make around $5mil+. Well, you ain’t starting. Period. And no one in their right mind is going to play a QB with no progression-skills $5mil to be a backup

      That’s not even getting into the obvious distraction issues, as well as potential lost revenues from upset fans & advertisers (the latter being what trumps everything else)

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      • cka2nd

        Except the Seahawks still had the third highest percentage in fan attendance in the league last year, Michael Bennett’s outspokenness notwithstanding. At this point, its less the fans (hyper-patriotic snowflakes), advertisers and sponsors and more sheer hatred in the front offices and owners’ suites.

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      • natesp4

        Ironically enough he too was a very talented baseball player.

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  5. whereslou

    Please don’t sign that idiot. He sucked before and will still suck but now has a ton of baggage. I just don’t see an upside of signing him.

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  6. Bob Knob

    Wants to start.
    Wants ‘big’ money.
    Sounds like a guy that I’d like at QB !

    Any negatives ?
    A – Can’t play QB very well.
    B – Team will need to dump their existing #1 QB
    C – Team will need to demote their back-up QB’s another knotch
    D – Will need to ‘overpay’ because he once was a successful QB in some other offensive scheme
    E – Apparently some legit questions on the medical ledger
    F – Can’t read (or poorly reads) defenses on a Pro-Level
    G – Been off NFL rosters for a bit
    H – Not been at NFL caliber practices since

    Outside of these issues – he just may produce as well as he did in his by-gone era.

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  7. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    The irony is that Kaepernick’s collusion suit is that it’s self refuting.

    Being dragged into that kind of media circus is exactly what teams fear and why they can’t be faulted for walking away from him.

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  8. madmanTX

    The Texans needed somebody last season when Wilson went down and they chose guys who suck worse than Kap–no argument. McNair make his public comments about having players who were protesting. Might be his team, but it is located in America where we used to have freedom of speech for all–not just racists, morons and the combo of the 2 who look like orange clowns or voted for them for President.

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      • cka2nd

        The First Amendment doesn’t, but that doesn’t mean that employees can’t demand free speech on the job. It’s often an issue during unionization campaigns, and can be covered by union contracts.

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    • itslonelyatthetrop

      We still have freedom of speech. But he is also an employee of a business. And if his actions affect business negatively, his employer has the right to let him go. Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right.

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      • cka2nd

        And having a manifestly less qualified back-up on the roster is a team’s right. I don’t know why fans would be happy about that, and it only seems to be a small minority of hyper-patriotic snowflakes (“If you sign him, I’ll stop watching pro football completely,” he said as he clutched the pearls around his throat with one hand and reached for the smelling salts with the other.).

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      • bigrman

        I really hope you are not referring to me. We can all say whatever we want, however, freedom of speech refers to protection from repercussions based on our speech. The protection only applies to the government (and private entities that serve a government function-think water and energy companies). In this instance, the protection does not apply to the citizen from the private entity (NFL), although I can see a creative argument being made that it could conflict with their 501c3 compliance. As an attorney that knows constitutional law pretty well, I felt the need to clarify. ;)

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    • Freedom of speech only applies in public. When you are asking your customers if they want to supersize their value meal will your boss let you drop F-bombs or will you get fired? And yes, I’m insinuating that you work in a drive-thru. Oh man, he might not understand what insinuating means…anyone wanna help me out on that one?

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    • Dodgethis

      Free speech doesn’t apply to private organizations. Free speech means the goverbment cannot limit your speech or restrict what you say. A private organization has every right to dictate speech while you’re ‘on the clock’ or representing the organization. I’m not sure what’s confusing about that.

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      • cka2nd

        You are confusing free speech with the First Amendment. Employees can demand freedom of speech on the job, and negotiate exactly how far that extends. Political buttons/pins are one example, union fliers and meetings are another. If I were running the NFLPA, I might let the NFL ban political or religious statements on headbands and socks, but demand the right of players to do whatever they want during the national anthem. Flipping the bird after a TD, no, pointing to heaven or making the sign of the cross after a TD, sure.

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  9. crosseyedlemon

    If Kaepernick is so committed to kneeling, he should probably be reaching out to Kim Jong-un. It’s probably mandatory over there.

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  10. Its obviously a political move by the Seahawks, even going back to last year (when Pete Carroll claimed the Seahawks didn’t sign him last year because he’s good enough to be a starter; aka he’s one of the top 32 QBs in the league but they didn’t want him as a backup). The money isn’t that big of an issue for a backup. Most backups get paid around the same (Chase Daniels and his 78 career attempts got him a 2 year $10m contract) with the teams who have a QB on their rookie contract often spending a about $4-7m for a backup QB. People are also freaking out about Kaepernick asking for a chance to fight for the starting spot. Isn’t that a good thing? Shouldn’t all the players on the team be fighting to be a starter? I’m pretty sure Kaep knows that in Seattle he’d be very unlikely to unseat Wilson. I’m also pretty sure his ask to be a starting QB is also from his first few days/weeks in free agency last year and (while I could be wrong) he came down from his demands (both money and being a starter) when a market didn’t present itself. At the very least, Kaep is better than at least half of the backups in the league. Is he worth the media circus that would end up following him around as a backup? Probably not, but he would still be a better backup option than some teams’ current backup QB situations.

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