NFL teams confused by league’s scheduling of Colin Kaepernick workout

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NFL teams routinely work out unsigned players, and so any team that wanted to could have worked out Colin Kaepernick at any time since he became a free agent two and a half years ago. So it’s confusing why the NFL is now, out of the blue, arranging for Kaepernick to have a workout.

It’s confusing to those on the outside, and it’s confusing to NFL teams as well. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, several executives with NFL teams have said they’re confused by the purpose of the NFL scheduling the Kaepernick workout.

Schefter also reports that after the NFL initially told Kaepernick’s camp it would let him know in advance which personnel executives and coaches will attend the workout, the league is no longer planning to do that.

All of this feels like further evidence that the workout is a sham. If the NFL were serious about giving Kaepernick an opportunity to show what he can do, the workout could have been conducted in the offseason at a time when coaches and general managers were available to attend. Conducting the interview on a Saturday when most NFL teams are getting ready for a game the next day, and announcing it only days in advance, makes this workout appear to be something other than an honest attempt to give Kaepernick a fair shake.

62 responses to “NFL teams confused by league’s scheduling of Colin Kaepernick workout

  1. Are they going to play the National Anthem before the workout? I wonder what kind of socks he will wear? Has there ever been a league wide workout for an under 500 career quarterback? This article is spot on, it is all very confusing.

  2. Sham or not, tell him to be grateful the NFL is going out of the way to set it up when it doesn’t have to. I don’t see any other free agents getting a league wide workout set up like this..

  3. Of course it’s a sham, just as it should be. CK deserves nothing from the NFL or any NFL team.
    If they want him they can work him out, its obvious nobody wants him.
    Are they giving work outs to Tebow? How about Jeff George.. he may still want to play. This is a complete circus.

  4. The Anthem controversy aside..The BIGGER issue is that this guy has not played a SINGLE down of football in almost THREE years. He was 3-16 over his last 19 starts. Why would you want him? He’s simply not good anymore.. Could care less about the other stuff.

  5. Maybe Terms of a settlement? When it’s done we’ll all hear about how there was “no collusion.” Now where have I heard that before?

  6. I think besides the fact that he’s just not that great of a player, one of the other big down fall’s is that he’s not very smart. It was not smart to carry on like did. I think teams what talented AND smart players for the most part.

  7. I’m thinking someone is actually going to sign him. With all the success of Greg Roman, Lamar Jackson and the revamped ravens offence, someone is taking a flyer on this guy for sure.

    The problem is I can’t think of who it would be!

  8. Why would a team want to add a QB who hasn’t played in years at this time of season?

    By the time he learned the playbook and became familiar with the players, the season would already be over.

    This is something that would need to happen during the off-season to have any chance of success.

    Personally, I wish these stories would just end. He’s out of the NFL for a reason, and it’s not because he took a knee.

  9. Kaepernick didn’t deserve any special treatment. It’s a joke for a player who hasn’t played in multiple years. And for a player who struggled when he did play. Ie teams wanted him they would of called. It’s a sham.

  10. My guess is that there are teams interested, however, they wanted cover in case they decide not to bite. A single team bringing him in takes the heat if they say no. If the “NFL” arranges it, the teams have cover to say they’re not interested.

  11. I think he’s going to get signed by the Seahawks and he’ll share backup duties with Geno Smith for the rest of the year and then become a free agent at the end of the year.

  12. How about the NFL arrange tryouts for Refs who can learn and interpret the NFL Rule Book and stop screwing over the Saints. Still waiting for discipline to be administered to the blind refs that cheated Saints out of a Superbowl berth.

  13. I don’t doubt the integrity of the NFL… they have next to none… so I agree, this feels like a sham.

    What I’m ignorant of currently is whether Colin has held private workouts since leaving San Fran, as I wasn’t aware that it’s so dependant on the NFL to stage workouts.

  14. This was setup by the NFL to put the Kaepernick story to rest for good. They will give him a tryout and since it’s week 11 already, no team will be interested. After that, the NFL can silence any talk of “blackballing” by reminding everyone of the tryout and how nobody signed him due to his diminished skills.

  15. This is so staged, I feel like he’s going to get signed by some non-playoff team and possibly even trotted out there sometime week 15-17 Just so the NFL can wash their hands of this. This has been going on half a decade already, give him 70 snaps under center and move on.

  16. mjb says:
    November 13, 2019 at 8:12 pm
    I think he’s going to get signed by the Seahawks and he’ll share backup duties with Geno Smith for the rest of the year and then become a free agent at the end of the year.
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    Please explain to me exactly WHY the Seahawks would do this? Please be specific as to how this would improve the team…..smh…….

    Go Hawks!

  17. I blame Blaine Gabbert for this whole ordeal! If the future Hall of Famer didnt steal this one trick pony’s starting spot, Nike’s poster child wouldnt be this relevant with special workouts on Saturday’s with special guests Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson on hand.
    Im calling complete BS and will boycott Blaine Gabbert’s induction ceremony!

  18. It’s really sad how people can be so rude & judgmental about someone they’ve never met before. Can you imagine how you would feel if it was you everyone’s talking about? It shouldn’t matter why they’re going to this workout unless they’re doing it for the wrong reasons…or has everyone forgot that they paid him a settlement meaning there wasn’t evidence proving they didn’t do him wrong because people don’t pay out money if they didn’t do it. There had to be enough proof for Kaepernick & he being a great guy allowed them to walk away without actually making the full statement they’re guilty. It’s sad how people are focusing on kaepernick & what you don’t like about him instead of focusing on the real issue what has NFL come too?!? Why was it so important to them to not have someone taking an interest in racial violence? Who cares that kaepernick hasn’t played professionally in 3 yrs? It doesn’t mean he can’t be ready!! Since this has happened to him, I believe he deserves the chance to at least play for lost time. It seems like everyone jumped on the bandwagon of knocking someone down because you don’t understand why he’d make a stance like he did & that makes you uncomfortable yet we are still in America correct where freedom of belief & speech is still in affect? Please turn your attention back to the true problem & it’s with the NFL NOT Kaepernick!! I don’t think anyone should be dogging anyone yet if you must point it towards the real issue here.

  19. The only place I see for CK in the league is as a 3rd string gadget play qb for the Ravens. Having him line up with Lamar, either one could take the snap, run it or throw it. ~7 times a game.

    Other than that, I just don’t see a situation he could make better

  20. Kaep is a special case. No team can bring him in because of the media circus that would surround such a move. So if you create a workout and invite all the teams then it cuts down on the backlash that an individual team would face from either signing or not signing him. The timing is odd. That I’ll grant you… . But what GM isn’t available to go watch? I know most coaches are busy, but you could send the entire Bengals coaching staff…or Baker Mayfield’s QB coach…. or Philip Rivers family planner. I’m sure that man or woman would enjoy a weekend away from planning for the next Rivers child’s arrival. There is NO offseason for that job!

  21. This does look like a publicity stunt by the NFL. But still, some teams are going. Its reported on the local news that the Patriots are going. So sham or not there will be teams here so there will be a chance. So now what does Kaepernick do. Does he complain and kick dirt over how this is going down or does he do as he claims he is ready to do, and just get out there and compete? Some folks would cry about the conditions and prepare to fail, some folks would ignore the conditions and focus on how, regardless of how it went down it is still an opportunity, and get on out there to do all they can to seize it. These are the sorts of choices that defines the winners and the losers of this world in any walk of life, its not even a football thing.

  22. its clear and it’s simple….. a handful of teams were probably interested, for whatever reason any team would be interested in a 32 year old quarterback that has only won 4 of his last 25 starts and is there any question that his record since he became a protester needs to question his leadership and his priories on the work place…

    but putting that aside, the teams supposedly interested are losing organizations like broncos, falcons and dolphins, etc

    but these teams probably didn’t want to be the lone team and take the PR heat for this so they probably went to the NFL and set this workout up, and then maybe 8 teams my share the heat, and many of them can say, “well were really weren’t that interested” being only one team can sign him, and they can measure the heat for next year

    bottom line, the guy is getting special treatment, treatment Tim Tebow and others don’t get…the NFL has become so political that remember every dollar you spend on NFL goes to their agenda, and also benefits Roger Goodell, so just remember that when you spend money on an NFL item or service

    REspectfully
    eg

  23. If Michael Vick can return to the league, then so can Kaepernick. This isn’t rocket science guys.

  24. They should make this a bigger spectacle. Bring out Jamarcus, TO, Herschel Walker, etc and let the games begin!

  25. This is the equivalent of your HR director having a line of eager job applicants wrapped around the block and being told he really should drive across town to talk to some other candidate whose application he threw out 2 years ago. “Yeah, I’ll get right on that.:

  26. This is a publicity stunt. The NFL knows they did wrong by Colin and are looking to cover up their tracks. No reason, he should’ve been out of the NFL for the last three years. He never voiced that he didn’t want to play, articulated a stance that’s going to end up on the right side of history and earned millions of fans in the process. He’s done nothing wrong and the punishment is more than egregious.

  27. You would think Kaepernick’s a criminal by the responses on this thread. All he did was stand up against injustices black people in this country face daily.

  28. youngnoize says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:26 am
    You would think Kaepernick’s a criminal by the responses on this thread. All he did was stand up against injustices black people in this country face daily.

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    This is not true. Kaep was benched for Blaine Gabbert and began to pout. Only when called on it did he (or his agent) come up with the black injustice ruse. And if you don’t believe this then tell us why Kaep never protested until after he was benched?

  29. Are College Pro-Day’s shams as well? Those aren’t attended by head coaches and GM’s. It’s scouts and personnel directors typically.
    On occasion a power-5 school gets a HC/GM but it’s not the norm for most Pro-Days.
    So, how is this a sham exactly? Other than it’s not going to result in his employment this season.
    Since he’s not getting a job this late in the season, perhaps this works out better.
    He gets seen by scouts and personnel people, then next year gets team scheduled workouts with the coaching staff.

    Be less vapid.

  30. fishfan77 says:
    November 13, 2019 at 7:30 pm
    The Anthem controversy aside..The BIGGER issue is that this guy has not played a SINGLE down of football in almost THREE years. He was 3-16 over his last 19 starts. Why would you want him? He’s simply not good anymore.. Could care less about the other stuff.

    **********
    Yet his stats are light years better than Josh Rosen, who is the back-up in Miami? I’d take Kap over Rosen anytime.

  31. youngnoize says:
    November 14, 2019 at 11:26 am
    You would think Kaepernick’s a criminal by the responses on this thread. All he did was stand up against injustices black people in this country face daily.

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    People aren’t mad over WHY he protested. People are mad over HOW he protested. Big difference.

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