FormerSan Francisco 49ersquarterbackColin Kaepernickhasn’t played a down in theNFLsince Jan. 1, 2017, but that could change in the near future. NFL clubs were informed by the league that aprivate workout will be held for Kaepernickon Saturday in Atlanta, ESPN first reported. The session will include on-field work and an interview as well. All 32 clubs were invited to attend and video of the workout and interview will be made available to all clubs.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the memo which was sent to NFL teams states, “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. 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.”CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora confirmedthe ESPN report.
The league arranged this workout opportunityfor Kaepernick, as teams will now have the opportunity to evaluate his football readiness. Kaepernick hasrepeatedly maintained that he’s ready and evenposted a video on Twitterprior to this season that claimed he has been working out five days a week for the last three years.
The NFL didn’t inform Kaepernick’s representatives of Saturday’s workout until this morning.They then asked for the workout to take place on a Tuesday, but the NFL said it had to be this Saturday. Kaepernick’s representatives then asked if it could be a later Saturday. The NFL said no. Hours later,Kaepernick reacted to the news on Twitter.
“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” he tweeted. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for three years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
The quarterback-turned-activist has not been offered a contract with an NFL team since opting out of his deal with the 49ers after the 2016 season. The 32-year-old has passed for 12,271 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions in 69 career games. He has also rushed for 2,300 yards and 13 touchdowns as well. In 2011, he helped lead the 49ers toSuper BowlXLVII, where San Francisco lost to theBaltimore Ravens.
Kaepernick, former teammate Eric Reid and the NFLsettled a lawsuit over an accusation of collusionagainst the protesting players. The league has now set up a private workout for all interested teams to have the opportunity to evaluate him.