NFL arranges private workout for Colin Kaepernick that all teams are invited to
Bosses at the NFL have reached out to shunned quarterback Colin Kaepernick in order to help the 32-year-old prove his match readiness, after several teams inquired about his availability. The organization has stated that all 32 teams are invited to attend the private workout session, which is scheduled to take place in Atlanta on Saturday.
Upon hearing the breaking news, Kaepernick seemed to be in high spirits, taking to Twitter to state:
“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
Kaepernick has been sidelined since 2016, when he began protesting against racial injustice in America by kneeling before the national anthem. The controversy surrounding his protest resulted in his ostracization from the NFL and his subsequent years in the wilderness.
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Kaepernick’s workout session will be recorded to allow anyone unable to attend to view the footage and make a remote decision on signing the quarterback, as will an interview that will follow the physical session.
The decision to trial for NFL teams follows a dispute filed in 2017 between the organization and Kaepernick and his fellow player Eric Reid. The complaint addressed concerns that both Kaepernick and Reid were being deliberately ignored by NFL franchises as a result of their political activism. The issue was resolved in February this year, though specific details have yet to be released.
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Before his enforced break from the field, Kaepernick was an integral part of the successful San Francisco 49ers squad for six seasons. While he wasn’t always a guaranteed starter, his experience and reputation would surely make him a welcome addition to many NFL teams.