Last week it was announced that Colin Kaepernick and the NFL scheduled a workout to help Kaepernick get back in the league.
However, many NFL fans and critics were skeptical of the NFL’s intentions, arguing that Kaepernick was given less than a week’s worth of notice and refused to change the date to Tuesday when more decision-makers from interested teams would be available to travel. But still, more than 20 teams agreed to attend the workout.
On the day of the workout, Kaepernick ultimately ‘canceled’ the event and held his own live-streamed workout due to his representatives and the NFL not coming to terms of an agreement, regarding media access and waivers.
As a result, Kaep’s workout took place at a high school in Atlanta, with eight teams in attendance.
Less than 24 hours later, Kaepernick’s team put together a highlight video from the workout ready to send to all 32 NFL teams, showcasing how eager he is to get back in the league.
Speaking to ESPN’s Vaughn McClure after the workout, Kaepernick expressed his feelings stating, “I’ve been ready for three years. I’ve been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here. I showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide.”
Kaepernick, who remains a free agent, has been out of the NFL for almost three full seasons, due to controversy surrounding his silent protest during the national anthem during the 2016-2017 season. He previously played with the San Francisco 49ers from 2011-2016, and is now more than ready to get back to work.
“So we’re waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, [Commissioner] Roger Goodell, all of them to stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people,” Kaepernick told ESPN. “We’re out here. We’re ready to play. We’re ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk to any team. I’ll interview with any team at any time. I’ve been ready,” he said.
Kaepernick’s agent, Jeff Nalley, is also ready for his client to return to work, and although he’s hopeful, he’s a bit pessimistic about the situation. “I’ll be honest: I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams. I’ve reached out to them recently, and none of them have had any interest. I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout,” he said.
Kaepernick is still in great shape and proved his worth at the workout.
“And, I’ve got to tell you what, I’ve got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed he’s in shape,” Nalley said. “I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it’s the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them: ‘If you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs.’ They said: ‘We don’t need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.’”