NFL, Kaepernick camp at odds over whether list of workout attendees was promised

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The Colin Kaepernick workout isn’t going well, and it hasn’t even started yet.

The unprecedented Pro Day workout for a 32-year-old quarterback has resulted in an avalanche of media reports. Not surprisingly, some of them conflict.

Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that “[a]fter initially agreeing to provide the list of personnel executives and coaches that would attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout, the NFL has reversed course and said it will not.” An NFL source insists to PFT that the league never promised to provide list of attendees to Kaepernick workout.

Schefter has updated his initial report, which clearly came from Kaepernick’s camp, to include the later report, which (as noted) comes from an NFL source. It’s a common casualty of instant-gratification news reporting, when developments regarding contested matters are published before competitors can press “tweet” — and thus before the other side’s position is ascertained.

On this point, the battle lines are drawn: Kaepernick’s representatives believe a promise to provide a list of attendees was made, and the league insists it wasn’t. The schism suggests that plenty of other issues and disputes and problems may emerge as Kaepernick and the NFL move pieces on the chess board in advance of what ultimately could be another grievance regarding the ongoing shun of a quarterback who defied the league by protesting during the national anthem, and by making all other players aware of their right to do the same.

142 responses to “NFL, Kaepernick camp at odds over whether list of workout attendees was promised

  1. Kaep and his camp should be grateful he has a chance to show off at all, PR stunt or not. Typical entitled behavior though, thinking the league owes him a list of anything. Shut up, show up, and pray someone is desperate enough to hire a washed up QB.

  2. This constant news flow is further evidence of why teams aren’t willing to bring Kap aboard. At this point he would likely be a very high priced backup that would bring an unprecedented level media attention to a team. Not an attractive option unless someone actually believes he can win them a lot of games. Which no team believes obviously

  3. The whole thing makes no sense whatsoever.

    1) If the NFL was planning to set up a job for this guy, why did they pay him millions of dollars to go away?

    2) What team in the hunt for a playoff spot right now would want to introduce this distraction?

    3) What team that is NOT in the hunt for a playoff spot right now would want to introduce this distraction?

    4) Kaepernick probably never even wanted this because he knows he’s got way more value as a SJW than as an NFL QB.

  4. So, this guy has been trying to get a job in the NFL for a few years and has been completely shut down. The NFL cracks the door open for him an eighth of an inch, and now we’re complaining about….. a list of people?

    Sayonara.

  5. Other serviceable back up QBs should file a class action law suit against the NFL for showing favoritism towards one player and not others. Why does Kaepernick deserve a NFL sponsored workout for all of the teams to attend but other QBs probably didn’t even get a call.

  6. Dude was given a gift from the league out of the clear blue. Okay, you want a shot? We’ll unlock a whole stadium for you, free of charge. We’ll give you unfettered access to anyone in the league who might still care enough to see if there’s anything left in the tank (they’re isn’t) or if there’s any possible need on their team. They risk alienating HALF their fanbase by possibly showing up. For $20M (your AAF asking price), the juice simply ain’t worth squeezing anymore.

  7. dfwhawkguy says:
    November 13, 2019 at 9:02 pm
    A lot of attention for an XFL QB needlessly wandering onto an NFL field for a tryout going nowhere.

    ———————

    So he’s like the cat that went on the field during the Monday night game! LOL

  8. I dont understand. If teams are interested why dont they just bring him in for a workout. Or better yet just give up amd be the social warrior you sacrificed your career for. He has done nothing since then. Instead he just wants to be a martyr.

  9. Hmmmm, all this leads me to think that while yes, this is PR stunt, it’s not being done to avoid another lawsuit or complaint – it’s the NFL’s 100th year, Goodell wants to make a big, positive splash, show how great the league is – which will be accomplished when it’s announced after the workouts that Kaepernick has been hired by a team – what bigger headliner grabber could there be? And I’d bet there is backroom deal between the NFL and the team that will hire Kaepernick in place already – the NFL/Goodell made a team an offer they can’t refuse to become the new employer and Goodell and company become the saviors of Kap’s career-

  10. And that’s the problem with him. He can’t even do a simple workout without drama on who is coming and who is not. If you wanted to really play again you wouldn’t care if only one team showed up you would want to impress them and hope they sign you. But know you want to turn it into a look at me put out a list of who is coming so I can pound my chest and say 20 teams wanted to come see me workout but yet I’m still not signed. So you can scream unjust against you even more and pick up a couple more sponsors without playing a snap which it shows is the goal all along

  11. Originally I didn’t, but now I actually hope a team signs him and lets him play. Then it will be quite apparent why he has not been signed, and put this ridiculous Farce to bed……

    Go Hawks!

  12. Good-ship Goodell about to set sail for nowhere in particular, and no promise to return. Is this a what the owners are paying him for? A clown could execute better. What a joke.

  13. I thought the NFL knew you shouldn’t scratch a scab…

    Even if there is the “threat of a lawsuit” that is no reason to strong arm teams into trying out a former player that they could invite to a tryout anytime they wanted (which they didn’t).

    Stop pandering, NFL

  14. He should go try and play in the xfl…if he still has it he will catch the attention of an nfl team. Although personally not a fan of him and glad he is not on my team

  15. Kaepernick is an embarrassment, an attention seeking diva and a washed up backup qb. I can’t believe the media is still beating this dead horse. Kaepernick is like a crazy ex who won’t go away. Making a clown out of himself. His last three years in the league were awful and he hasn’t played in three years.

  16. Don’t really see the point of this workout. Given team chemistry, playoff hopefuls, and those teams working for a high draft pick, there is probably only 2-3 teams could use him.

  17. I watched his last game, he stunk. He didn’t give receivers time to get downfield before he took off to run and when he did throw they were awful decisions. I saw why he was pulled from the game. Is he as bad as some of the backups that are still in the league, maybe maybe not, but not for the money he wanted.

  18. The guy isn’t good enough to play in the league. Has the league hosted other “pro day” style workouts? No. Think of the many athletes who may have once had talent that are no longer playing in the league due to their lack of skills, etc.

    The NFL stands for “NOT FOR LONG.” The league figure out CK’s game. Has Cam Newton been anywhere near his MVP self? No, they figured hm out. Same with Tebow.

    Fact check: the guy isn’t talented, skilled, or committed enough to play in one of the most competitive leagues known to the world.

  19. Florio, can you post an article tomorrow about what exactly is going on here? This is unprecedented. I’ve never heard of the NFL organizing a pro-day in the middle of the season for a guy who’s been out of football for 3 years.

  20. All this confusion around an event organized by the NFL, makes Kaepernick look like the only adult in the room. If in fact they didn’t even tell him in advance of this dog and pony show, one has to wonder whose in charge at that fancy Park Ave address.

  21. Train wreck yes. But put it on the NFL who scheduled a workout the day before a game day. Plenty of coaches and GMs available for that. Love him or not, if you are going to give the guy a shot don’t yank his chain. Or you should have just left it alone.

  22. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the NFL doesn’t OWE him anything, right? He already agreed to a settlement over his lawsuit. So unless part of that agreement was whatever is in dispute NOW, the NFL can tell him to go pound sand.

  23. Why would any self-respecting NFL team have any interest in a radio-active, divisive, 32 year old, below average QB that has not played in 3 years? Yet the circus continues….

  24. He was promised Blaine Gabbert would attend and Kaep would get to beat him for once.

    He’s gifted an unprecedented pro-day style work out by the former employer he’s sued and repeatedly libeled and slandered, and all he can do is keep complaining and stalling the inevitable face plant.

  25. Why would any team waste any resources to go see a 32 year old QB whos been out of football 3 years and isn’t any good…

  26. Why is this event even happening? I don’t see the NFL doing this for any other out of work player. What a clown show the NFL has become. Pathetic.

  27. The guy is a 32 year old ex-NFLQB with playoff and Super Bowl experience who is currently a free agent. Literally any team can bring him in for a workout and sign him if they want. There is no need for one workout on one Saturday. The whole thing is bizarre.

  28. The good-ship Goodell hasn’t even set sail yet and it’s already taking on water. The Captain definitely needs to go down with the ship on this one. The owners must be exceedingly pleased with their ROI with Commish Roger and his performance on this matter. A clown could’ve executed better than the overpaid and underperforming Roger.

  29. Im just wondering when AB is gonna request his seat on this train wreck the NFL has created by even allowing themselves to be part of this.

  30. Seems Team Kap sure has a lot of expectations/demands in short order for an unprecedented one-man Pro Day workout that the NFL brass reputedly initiated without Team Kap’s knowledge.

    If Kap is, as he has claimed, staying in shape/practicing to be ready at a moment’s notice, he should have no demands on who does or doesn’t show up…just show up and demonstrate your football chops.

    We’ll see if this is another Lucy (Kap)/ Charlie Brown (NFL) moment in this never-ending saga.

  31. Give the guy a chance – Christ is it that hard to believe he could be better than Trisbisky, Darnold, or half a dozen other guys? I mean he can’t even be a QB that you bring in to compete? This was a really dumb move by the NFL since this whole issue was trending down and they give him the worst day of the week, time of the season(too late for real impact, college football has scouts busy) and just plain seems like a weak attempt at showing they tried.

  32. I have faith in the competence of this league the way I have faith in an alligator sticking to a vegan diet. Do the people in the league now know why or how football ever became popular? Serious question. The past 10 years or so has been an unfunny cartoon.

  33. He also defied the country by not standing for the Anthem. It helped spark an unpatriotic trend among players, as well as symbolize how much patriotism has fallen in popularity.

  34. Simple attempt by Goodell/Ownership to dispel the obvious.
    Black List? Where? Who said?

    Roger and the Double Secret Commissioners List.
    Better cancel the Toga party Rog.

  35. He could be getting paid millions to hold a clipboard behind any number of the legit starting quarterbacks in the league. Instead, he keeps playing the fake martyr card. This guy is seriously a head case. What’s he going to do at his “Pro Day”? Throw a football over those mountains?

  36. Kaepernick’s protests have nothing to do with why he is no long get playing In the NFL. There’s just not much call for bad quarterbacks . If Kaepernick were as good as some people think he is, he would be playing. He just isn’t worth the hassle.

  37. Kap doesn’t really want to play. But to keep the endorsement money flowing, he has to make it seem like he wants to. If this workout is held and a team makes him a fair offer, he can’t be the martyr anymore.

  38. Give it a rest Florio. He didn’t make anubody “aware” of their rights.
    He just emboldened copycats to to mimic his “look at me” behavior.

  39. The “right” you mention is regarding protection against infringement by the government not a private employer. Whether you agree with the underlying stance or not that is disingenuous to suggest he was exercising his rights. I would expect an attorney to know better so I have to assume it was an intentional phrasing influenced by your clear bias.

  40. No matter what happens, if this workout actually occurs then I doubt that Kaep will look very good. He hasn’t played in years, and his skills have got to be rusty. He’s probably in good physical shape, but that’s just part of the equation. This looks like a scheme by the NFL to look as though they bent over backward to accommodate Kaep. The reality is that this “workout” scenario all feels rushed, disheveled, and not planned out very well. Essentially, it’s shaping to make Kaep look bad and for the NFL to say, “See? We told you he wasn’t any good.” I seriously doubt that any legitimate offers from teams will emerge from this. That’s what I believe will happen. We’ll see, won’t we?

  41. This whole escapade is just another incident that is orchestrated by the NFL to cover their exterior regards the Colin Kaepernick legal complaint and is ” botched ” completely by the powers that be in the NFL. Everything they do is always late, unresearched and has the opposite effect of their perceived plan.

  42. In a war between the Kaepists and the Goodellites who do you root for? Like North Korea vs Iran.

  43. And this in a nutshell is why teams should simply stay away. He’s being given a chance that every athlete would love to have and is complaining about it. Considering he was 3-16 in his last 19 starts and has been away from the game for 3 years he simply isn’t worth the circus and what still appears to be an attitude that will simply be a distraction.

  44. My boycott of NFL is “officially” back on, no more buying NFL gear, no more wearing NFL, talking about NFL with people at work or in public places…and here is why

    Why does this guy get “special” treatment….I mean any other player that wants to play in the NFL goes to mini camp in the spring, training camp dog days of july and august, this guy wants the road paved in gold….no training camp, no mini camp, no preseason games…nothing

    and if he makes a team, his cronies will complain racism if he doesn’t start…there is no end to this, why will he get special treatment….

    here is a guy who won only 4 of his last 25 starts….

    here is a guy the media always says went to a super bowl….yes he went to a super bowl, but he lost and many others who aren’t go quarterbacks went to one super bowl and lost and those names are Neil O’Donnell, David Woodley, Rex Grossman, off the top of my head..and those guys were out of the league and I didn’t hear anyone complain “those guys went to the super bowl” when they were cut

    also if you do your homework, Kaepernick only won 5 games as a starter the year they went to the super bowl and his QB rating rank was 34th

    but the bigger question this is all because some teams are interested,and that is fine, but they don’t have the guts to admit it, they work with the NFL to have this clown show, the guy gets special treatment, no other quarterback, like Tim Tebow got this kind of treatment….

    let him go to the NFL veterans combine in the spring, like everyone else, but again it’s Kaepernick and as always he get special treatment

    respectfully,
    eg

  45. Empty seats are starting to be noticed. Everyone will want to come in and see our social justice hero. Now we just need to get the two teams to buy into this.

  46. 1. Why would the league NOT provide the list of attendees? Maybe they don’t even take attendance? Do they usually provide these lists for other workouts?
    2. Why would Kaep’s camp care? It’s not going to be a video taped workout, is it? They’ll be able to see who’s there. Furthermore, nothing is stopping his agent from actually doing his job and reaching out to teams to find out if they’ll be there.

    This entire thing is pure illogical nonsense. Like a list makes any difference. If a team is interested, they’ll know about it. If Kaep is offered a contract, it will be small “prove-it” deal, and his “camp” will surely continue to complain.

  47. The NFL should contact AB and have Kap throw to him in his workout. AB is available on Saturdays. This whole Kaep this was dying down and now the NFL brings it back up. I wouldn’t want either on my team.

  48. When will the media get back to the original story as to why this bum sat for the anthem. It was because he was mad about being benched. Then instead of admitting he wasn’t good enough, he went the racist route. This is just a mediocre talent attempting to remain relevant. Just go away.

  49. Hey Colin, Just in case you didn’t notice, the league has been doing fine without you. Maybe you should simply be grateful for the opportunity afforded you instead of complaining. It is not your right to play in the league, it is the league giving you an opportunity to play, you seem to forget that.

  50. Nobody should kneel before the stars and stripes. Nobody. You can have your free speech but that doesn’t mean I have to give you a job on my team, punk.

  51. These people are all busy and most teams know they don’t need a 32 year old QB in mid-November. This attitude of Kap’s is the reason he is poison. Look at me. You can’t spell TEAM without “me”. Please just go away.

  52. Kaep and/or his camp will find some excuse to no-show. That way he can “embarrass” the league again.

  53. Politics completely aside, last time we saw Kaepernick play 3 years ago he was riddled with injuries and had lost his elite running capability. He was also sailing the ball far too often.

    After not playing for 3 years is he going to be better? Maybe he will be healthy and able to run better, but he would need a full training camp to get back into football shape.

    If he was willing to play back up and try to win a starting role, I could see a team taking him, but I don’t think he is willing.

  54. When it becomes clear to Kaep that his best-case scenario will be to be a backup QB … does he take the job? ‘Cuz if he does, he’s no longer a martyr for social justice. He’s just a dude with an afro holding a clipboard on the sidelines. No Nike commercials for that position.

  55. The whole thing is a circus and all sides look bad. The NFL was just trying to get some good PR but in their typical fashion will end up looking bad because it was so obviously a sham. (Teams interested knew where to find him; there was no need for the league to do a workout and you know they were BEGGING teams to send somebody just to make it look legit.) On his side, he should be overjoyed to have had this opportunity since teams obviously weren’t contacting him directly BUT now he’s griping they didn’t get a list of people. People who they likely know by sight so already knew they were there. (Pro football is a pretty small world. If real coaches or front office types were there no way that his camp wouldn’t have known those guys.)

  56. I agree with his right to protest by taking a knee. The right to protest is inherently American. So is the right to suffer for protesting. He said he was willing to sacrifice to do what was right but then he sued. Then settled. Add to the fact that he turned himself into a lightning rod of controversy, he’s also litigious and now he’s contentious. Why would anyone want to hire him? Instant 33 percent of your fans angry. Instant media circus around a guy who maybe was just going to be a backup at this point. Possible future lawsuit if he feels you treated him unfairly. It’s pretty much a no win situation for ownership. This media scuffle only makes it more obvious he’s not going to be a good hire. Too much trouble, not enough upside.

  57. Colin, this is just a cheap PR stunt by the NFL. I’m sure you know that. Good luck to you, and thanks for helping the homeless people on your birthday. This planet needs more caring people like you.

  58. for all these people that say he is better than Mitch Trubesky

    last 22 starts Trubisky 15-7

    last 25 starts Kaepernick 4 – 21

    still want to debate it?

  59. You know what the NFL would absolutely love? They’d love Kaepernick to back out of this ridiculous workout setup so they can step to a podium and go ‘see, he won’t even workout for teams’. If he refuses to workout because specific teams aren’t present he’ll be cutting himself off at the knees.

  60. Give it a rest, “…who defied the league by protesting during the national anthem, and by making all other players aware of their right to do the same.” The OWNERS also have a RIGHT not to employ this guy. It goes both ways!

  61. Current NFL QB’s I’d take Kaepernick over-
    Brandon Allen
    Matt Barkely
    David Blough
    Blake Bortles
    Tim Boyle
    Kirk Cousins
    Chase Daniels
    Sam Darnold
    Joshua Dobbs
    Jake Dolegala
    Jeff Driskel
    David Fales
    Ryan Finley
    Garrett Gilbert
    Mike Glennon
    Will Grier
    Ryan Griffin
    RG3
    Dwayne Haskins
    Chad Henne
    Taysom Hill
    Bryan Hoyer
    Brett Hundley
    Case Keenum
    Chad Kelly
    Cody Kessler
    Deshone Kizer
    Paxton Lynch
    Eli Manning
    Sean Mannion
    Marcus Mariota
    Baker Mayfield
    AJ McCarron
    Josh McCown
    Colt McCoy
    Trace McSorley
    Nick Mullens
    Josh Rosen
    Mason Rudolph
    Cooper Rush
    Brett Rypien
    Geno Smith
    Easton Stick
    Jarret Stidham
    Nate Sudfield
    Alex Tanney
    Tyrod Taylor
    Mitchell Trubisky
    Jameis Winston

  62. Kap would do very well in an offense say like the Ravens. Too bad he burned that bridge. It’s obvious collusion be he with the gold makes the rules. At least they are throwing him a bone & giving him a chance. If he shows up all yoked and laser burning passes someone will sign him. It all up to Colin now.

  63. The fact that the NFL is negotiating a new deal with the players should be the answer as to why this is even happening in the first place. Surely a suggestion has been made that if you want us to agree to your positions, give Kap another chance.

  64. Talk about feeling entitled to special treatment. If hired, will coaches be required to run plays by his mommy and his lawyers to make sure everything is the best for him?

  65. speicher145 says:
    November 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    Current NFL QB’s I’d take Kaepernick over-
    Brandon Allen
    Matt Barkely
    David Blough
    Blake Bortles
    Tim Boyle
    Kirk Cousins
    Chase Daniels
    Sam Darnold
    Joshua Dobbs
    Jake Dolegala
    Jeff Driskel
    David Fales
    Ryan Finley
    Garrett Gilbert
    Mike Glennon
    Will Grier
    Ryan Griffin
    RG3
    Dwayne Haskins
    Chad Henne
    Taysom Hill
    Bryan Hoyer
    Brett Hundley
    Case Keenum
    Chad Kelly
    Cody Kessler
    Deshone Kizer
    Paxton Lynch
    Eli Manning
    Sean Mannion
    Marcus Mariota
    Baker Mayfield
    AJ McCarron
    Josh McCown
    Colt McCoy
    Trace McSorley
    Nick Mullens
    Josh Rosen
    Mason Rudolph
    Cooper Rush
    Brett Rypien
    Geno Smith
    Easton Stick
    Jarret Stidham
    Nate Sudfield
    Alex Tanney
    Tyrod Taylor
    Mitchell Trubisky
    Jameis Winston

    _________________________

    You can’t even spell half their names right.

  66. Does it really matter who shows up? All the teams are getting a copy of the filming, BUT, you have to worry about the rush decision that caught teams off guard. Most are prepping for Sunday & a 4-day window to send a QB coach or coordinator might be impossible for some. Still, is this just another NFL stunt to say “hey, we tried,” in case Kap decides to file another grievance?

  67. Why is even happening? I thought the NFL and kap made a deal with a payout and that was it? Now they want him back? Really? What a cluster!

  68. November 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm
    Current NFL QB’s I’d take Kaepernick over-
    Brandon Allen
    Matt Barkely
    David Blough
    Blake Bortles
    Tim Boyle
    Kirk Cousins
    Chase Daniels
    Sam Darnold
    Joshua Dobbs
    Jake Dolegala
    Jeff Driskel
    David Fales
    Ryan Finley
    Garrett Gilbert
    Mike Glennon
    Will Grier
    Ryan Griffin
    RG3
    Dwayne Haskins
    Chad Henne
    Taysom Hill
    Bryan Hoyer
    Brett Hundley
    Case Keenum
    Chad Kelly
    Cody Kessler
    Deshone Kizer
    Paxton Lynch
    Eli Manning
    Sean Mannion
    Marcus Mariota
    Baker Mayfield
    AJ McCarron
    Josh McCown
    Colt McCoy
    Trace McSorley
    Nick Mullens
    Josh Rosen
    Mason Rudolph
    Cooper Rush
    Brett Rypien
    Geno Smith
    Easton Stick
    Jarret Stidham
    Nate Sudfield
    Alex Tanney
    Tyrod Taylor
    Mitchell Trubisky
    Jameis Winston

    _________________________

    You can’t even spell half their names right.

    _____________________
    Probably because no one has every heard of any of them…LMAO. I stand by my point.

  69. If you are forced by your team to attend are you:
    1. Allowed to nap during it.
    2. Allowed to kneel.
    3. Clap at oddly irrelevant times.

  70. Kaepernick is a better QB than about 1/3 of the current starters. He’d make a great backup QB for Baltimore since his game is similar to the way Lamar Jackson plays, although not nearly as good.

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