Colin Kaepernick Holding Private Workout

Colin Kaepernick is back on the NFL radar. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the quarterback’s camp has invited NFL teams to attend a private workout on Saturday. The audition will include an interview and on-field work, and videos of the session will be made available to any inquiring teams. The session will be closed to the media and the public, writes Mark Maske of the Washington Post.

“Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them,” the memo stated. “We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career.”

While Schefter’s report doesn’t definitively connect any specific teams to Kaepernick, he does note that “[s]everal clubs have inquired about Kaepernick’s current football readiness.” Further, the quarterback’s camp has continually expressed interest in an NFL reunion. His representatives recently stated that the 32-year-old has been “working out five days a week, for three years, in preparation to play again.”

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero adds a bit more info (via Twitter), noting that the NFL worked with Kaepernick’s camp as they planned the workout. There were actually a pair of memos announcing the session; commissioner Roger Goodell sent one memo to chief executives and team presidents while the NFL Player Personnel Department sent a memo to general managers, head coaches, and personnel directors. Pelissero adds that the workout will take place at the Falcons’ facility in Georgia and will be run by National Football Scouting, the company that runs the NFL Combine.

“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” Kaepernick tweeted. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”

Schefter follows up Kaepernick’s tweet by pointing out that the NFL didn’t inform the quarterback’s camp of the impending workout until this morning. The player’s representatives wanted the workout to take place on a Tuesday, and they later asked that the session be scheduled to a later Saturday – the NFL denied both requests. Schefter also tweets that Kaepernick’s camp is expecting a list of NFL teams that will be in attendance for the workout.

While Kaepernick has been mentioned in connection with numerous jobs since his 49ers stay ended in 2017, he has continually been passed over. The NFL settled grievances from Kaepernick and Eric Reid earlier this year, lending some credence to the players’ case they were avoided as free agents due to their decisions to kneel during the playing of the national anthem before 49ers games.

Since becoming a free agent, Kaepernick has only received a workout invitation from one team — the Seahawks — and that was in the summer of 2017. The Seahawks cancelled a 2018 Kaepernick visit. The passer’s camp also spoke to both the Alliance of American Football and the XFL. In each instance, a $20MM salary demand surfaced.

Photo courtesy of USA Today Sports Images.

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33 comments on “Colin Kaepernick Holding Private Workout

  1. tank62
    tank62

    If you’re the XFL the publicity alone for Kaepernick would be worth 20 million
    He would bring eye balls to the product.

    • DarkSide830

      the XFL saleries are constant. unless Vince is paying him under the table, there’s nothing that can be done.

      • Begamin

        wait is it really constant? and is it going to stay constant for as long as the league is in existence or was this just for people they drafted for their inaugural season? i honestly cant see it being constant forever, especially if they want to try to get closer and closer to the NFL in terms of talent/brand.

      • Hannibal8us

        Vince could sign him for 20m as a wrestler and he could play football for pittance. He absolutely has heel heat.

      • mitchrapp

        Because tank62 pulled 20million out of his ass. Nobody even wants to give Kapernick the veteran minimum

        • saluelthpops

          The 20 million in the article. When people comment on an article there’s usually at least some expectation that they have read the article. To accuse someone of “pulling something out of their @ss” when it’s in the article makes you look like a tool. All you’ve done here is weaken your agenda. Have a cause but be informed.

      • em650r

        I would take a XFL deal that would lead to a better NFL deal down the road

    • Black Ace57

      I’d pay to see Vince make him do the whole “kiss my ass” routine.

  2. matty kid

    If anyone that needs an aging, career averaging 59% completion percentage qb who risked it all, he’s available

  3. TJECK109

    Smart move, wait till week 10 to showcase yourself. He should be ready to take the field by playoff time

  4. TJECK109

    I wonder if Brandon weeden would get an article if he decided to have a showcase

    • Begamin

      Probably not, but i know Tim Lincecum did. Different sport and not a controversial character, i know, but generally players who used to be really good but fell off the map will get some press whenever they hold a private workout. Im sure if Matt Harvey had a showcase it would have an article. No one would write an article about Weeden because he was never successful

  5. rxbrgr

    The radar is never far from Kaep despite his status as a league average backup quarterback multiple seasons ago. Thanks MSM.

  6. aias

    Every team will show up, for PR reasons.

    No one will sign him, because they don’t need the headaches and circus atmosphere that will accompany him (not to mention wanting $20 million to throw hospital balls).

  7. snotrocket

    Maybe he can come back to the Niners and play receiver. Can’t be any worse than Pettis and Goodwin.

    • BuckarooBanzai

      Can’t blame Deebo for being underutilized. He showed what he is (and always has been) capable of on Monday; now it’s on the HC

      • snotrocket

        True. Can’t figure out why he hasn’t been used as the #1 when he is clearly the best player on the receiving chart.

  8. InvalidUserID

    Every time his publicity fades, he’ll come out with something to put him right back in the news. He must be using his NFL settlement on some PR firm…

  9. ghostoforsillo

    Good for CK. He wanted another shot, here it is…..make the most of it but I’m hoping he has real expectations regarding financial compensation. Pace will be in attendance.

  10. compassrose

    I wonder what the Georgia Dome sound like with a QB doing a showcase and over or under throwing receivers? Too bad they don’t let a few reporters in would be interesting to see.

    I know however like aias said all teams will show will lol bad if they don’t give this guy a charity appearance. Hopefully this will be the end of the CK show. I think it would be funny if Gruden signed him. Did he ever do a show with Gruden? The guy who never met a college QB who was going to be something in the NFL?

  11. crosseyedlemon

    I feel this scheme will be about as successful as my plan to host NFL cheerleaders who are feeling lonely and desperately want to have relations with an old fart. Kappy should just get on with writing his book.

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