Raiders are working out Colin Kaepernick

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After five seasons out of the NFL — and not by choice — quarterback Colin Kaepernick is finally getting a chance.

Per multiple reports, the Raiders are giving Kaepernick a workout.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said the workout is actually happening today.

It’s a stunning development. But it’s not a shock, given the comments made several weeks ago by team owner Mark Davis.

I believe in Colin Kaepernick,” Davis said last month. “He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League. I still stand by it. If our coaches and General Manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms.”

The Raiders currently have four quarterbacks on the roster: Derek Carr, Chase Garbers, Nick Mullens, and Jarrett Stidham.

Kaepernick told the I Am Athlete podcast last month that he’s willing to start at the ground level, with a caveat.

I know I have to find my way back in,” Kaepernick said. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such.”

He’s most likely not going to supplant Carr, who just received a new contract with the Raiders. But if, after the workout, the sky doesn’t fall and the NFL world keeps spinning, maybe another team will be willing to give him a workout. And another. And maybe he’ll get a roster spot. And maybe he’ll prove to be the best option for a team like, say, the Seahawks or the Panthers or someone else who doesn’t currently have a high-end quarterback.

Regardless, this is the first actual workout Kaepernick has gotten since become a free agent in March 2017. After all this time, all those months. He’s finally getting a chance.

Kudos to the Raiders. To Davis, G.M. Dave Ziegler, and coach Josh McDaniels. Even if they don’t sign him, they’ve busted the seal on a bottle that perhaps was never going to be opened again.

74 responses to “Raiders are working out Colin Kaepernick

  1. Good for them, and for Mark Davis for doing more than just lip service.

  2. Good. He should have never been shunned from the league in the first place. You have women abusers that get to play, but a guy who takes a knee is forced out. How does that make sense?

  3. My hope for all the Kaep haters is that they someday get blackballed from their jobs. Just for speaking their minds, a constitutional right.

  4. Good news in the world of bad news. This made me happy. Good Luck to him.

  5. Geez. I want to see him get a shot, but Carr deserves better than this clown show. He’s done more than enough to be considered a franchise QB, but he keeps having to deal with nonsense from team management.

    I’m baffled as to why Seattle hasn’t brought in Kaepernick.

  6. The 49ers did not release him, he opted out of his contract to become a free agent. There is no collusion by the league to keep him out of the NFL.

    He wanted to test the market and he found out that there wasn’t one.

  7. I got a nickel that says if the Raiders make him an offer, he turns it down.

  8. This is a Davis move. McDaniels is playing puppet already. Not good for Josh. Hopefully, back with the Pats in a couple of years.

  9. Okay great. Now if he can’t beat out Chase Garbers and Jarrett Stidham can we be done talking about him?

  10. Big mistake, that just proves to me that Josh is still not ready to be a coach.

  11. “Regardless, this is the first actual workout Kaepernick has gotten since become a free agent in March 2017.”
    _____________

    Correction, it’s the first workout he’s showed up for.

  12. So much time has gone by in this whole thing with him that I’ve just gone numb to it. At this point it’s like “meh, ok”

  13. Hopefully he recaptures that magical season he had a few years ago. The one where he through all those TDs. I think he had like 21 that year.

  14. Wow. SO much hatred for a guy that simply took a knee. Ironically, it was a member of our armed forces that suggested taking a knee, telling Kaepernick that it would make him standout, but was also respectful.

    I hope Kaepernick gets a chance. He can still make a good backup.

  15. As a Broncos fan, I believe in Colin Kaepernick. Sign him Raiders. Let the rest be history.

  16. After five years on the sideline is there any chance that he can play at a competitive level?

  17. I doubt the Raiders could outdo my Browns for the most ill-advised off season moves but God bless them for trying.

  18. After five seasons out of the NFL — and not by choice —

    ———-
    Actually, it was all his choice

  19. I see nothing in his workout videos, looks very bulky and slow to me. Not sure what anyone else sees but if he doesn’t get a deal this might either turn ugly or answer all questions.

  20. Fans think he’ll make a good backup, but a good backup must accept the backup role. That isn’t Kaepernick.

  21. How did our culture allow multi millionaires, the elite, to ever be portrayed as victims?

  22. Belichick taught McDaniels that not one player is bigger than the team, Raiders signed someone who thinks he is bigger than the entire NFL!

  23. When you have the kind of player mishaps (Ruggs, Arnette), and coaching mishaps (Gruden), and then you are under investigation for financial irregularities by the league, you do these kinds of favors for the NFL Office in NYC.

  24. He wouldn’t sign as a backup 4 yrs ago what makes you think he will sign as a backup now??????

  25. McDaniels and his cutesy obsession with the Tebow run-based QBs, strikes again!

  26. I admire the integrity of his convictions. He has stood firm and hasn’t wavered, though it sure would be easier. But he hasn’t.

    He’s not a follower. I admire him for that.

  27. WOW!!! Look at all of the haters.
    All they saw was someone kneeling and really did know why or couldn’t comprehend why he was doing this.
    Only in America…

    Now what if he came in and took a team to the Super Bowl. I bet his past would be a thing of the past.

  28. I just checked on my favorite sports book site and the Raiders odds to win the Super Bowl haven’t changed.

  29. The AFCW welcomes this bum with open arms. PLEASE start him over Car! I double dog dare you!

  30. All of you are falling for the oldest trick in the world.

    Publicity
    Good or bad
    Is publicity

    Now everyone is talking about what?

    THE RAIDERS!!!!!

  31. “He will make the team. He’s better than the backups.”

    5 years ago, he was slightly better than the backups… That was a long time ago.

  32. Jim Harbaugh should have kept Alex Smith and sent Kaep to Washington….who knows how that would shake out for everyone involved.

  33. i thumbs down your comment says:
    May 25, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    The 49ers did not release him, he opted out of his contract to become a free agent. There is no collusion by the league to keep him out of the NFL.

    He wanted to test the market and he found out that there wasn’t one.
    ===================

    Also he had a tryout set-up and several teams were scheduled to be there and what does Kaep do, changes the venue less than an hour before it was scheduled to workout, what does that say to those teams who sent personnel to observe Kaep?

    Probably that he wasn’t serious about it!

  34. This guy opted out of his contract originally, then he was a no show for a workout he set up. He wanted to be some sort of martyr…

    Playing would destroy his “brand”…

    It was his choice…

    “After five seasons out of the NFL — and not by choice”

  35. It’s no longer 2012 & 2013, he’s more washed up than a Ford Pinto.

  36. i thumbs down your comment says:
    May 25, 2022 at 5:14 pm
    The 49ers did not release him, he opted out of his contract to become a free agent. There is no collusion by the league to keep him out of the NFL.

    He wanted to test the market and he found out that there wasn’t one.
    —————————-
    partially correct. Kaep was notified by the 49rs that he would be released. He then opted out to test the market…where He found out He was blackballed. And make no mistake..He WAS blackballed.

  37. returntoexcellence says:
    May 25, 2022 at 5:59 pm
    “Regardless, this is the first actual workout Kaepernick has gotten since become a free agent in March 2017.”
    _____________

    Correction, it’s the first workout he’s showed up for.
    ___________________________
    Possibly. If this will be a honest workout as opposed to the other workout offer that was full of trickbag legalese and agendas. Proud of Kaep for not falling for that.

  38. A person just wonders if he learned his lesson on how the world works, he could had done a lot more good by being respectful to people, to the American flag

  39. I have been saying forever, i hope he hers signed and gets to start during the regular season for a few games for some reason.

    then when he he goes 19 for 38, 250 yards, 3 tds and 6 picks and a fumble over that stretch this whole thing will finally be over.

  40. footballismybusiness says:
    May 25, 2022 at 4:59 pm
    My hope for all the Kaep haters is that they someday get blackballed from their jobs. Just for speaking their minds, a constitutional right.
    ===============================================================================
    Wrong

  41. Just one more reason not to watch the Raiders! I wonder how long before he shows his true attitude once again?

  42. I don’t know that his arm strength has ever been the problem – it’s been his inability to read defenses and adjust. It’s easier to get out and sling it and look good doing it… but when you have defenders in your face and your WR are covered, you still have to adjust.

  43. Will be interesting to see if he can still play at an NFL level. Five years away from anything is a long time, especially a game played at such a high speed, etc. He was never the same after the SF running game under Harbaugh dried up, because he wasn’t going to win games for you from the pocket. Good luck to him. Now the Raiders can do the hard part and say “no thanks.” Good luck with that backlash, if it happens. Raiders always liked the merch angle, I’m sure (no problems selling to gang members in LA, etc., so can’t imagine Kaep jerseys would alienate many in their fan base)

  44. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that fine. But that’s not where I’m staying.”

    So he’s already promising to be a locker room cancer – AGAIN. I’m sure teams will be jumping all over that opportunity.

  45. For those who keep saying that “The 49ers did not release him, he opted out of his contract to become a free agent.” Please tell the whole story and google the article titled “John Lynch Says Colin Kaepernick Would’ve Been Cut by 49ers If He Didn’t Opt Out.” Education is key!!!

  46. For those who keep saying that “The 49ers did not release him, he opted out of his contract to become a free agent.” Please tell the whole story and google the article titled “John Lynch Says Colin Kaepernick Would’ve Been Cut by 49ers If He Didn’t Opt Out.” Education is key!!!

    Notice that he wasn’t traded because he was terrible. Most good players do not get released.

  47. la1s0n says:
    May 25, 2022 at 10:31 pm
    WOW!!! Look at all of the haters.
    All they saw was someone kneeling and really did know why or couldn’t comprehend why he was doing this

    ———

    Everyone knew. He was pouting because he got benched. Why did he never “protest “ until he lost the starting job?

  48. When he gets cut, he’ll file a lawsuit against the NFL within in seconds.

  49. His passing skill set was very limited 6 years ago with a career completion percentage of less than 60%. His gimmick was the pistol offense he ran extremely well laying ohysical hits on DBs trying to tackle him. As a passer he was just slightly better than Jmarcus Russell or Tim Tebow.

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