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NFL teams invited to Kaepernick private workout this weekend

Posted: 8:06 PM, Nov 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-12 20:06:37-05

Free agent Colin Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers in January 2017, will take part Saturday in a private workout organized by the league.

The NFL sent a memo Tuesday to its 32 teams, saying the session will include on-field work and interview time with the quarterback, ESPN first reported.

The workout will take place at an undisclosed location in Atlanta, a source with direct knowledge of the arrangement has told CNN. Clubs that don’t attend in person will have access to video of the session. The event will be closed to media.

Kaepernick tweeted about the development on Tuesday night.

“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” he tweeted. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”

According to the source, several NFL teams inquired about the  athlete-turned-activist’s  “football readiness” and desire to return to the league.

Kaepernick hasn’t played in the league since the 2016 season — the same season  he first sat  during the playing of the National Anthem. The protest later evolved into kneeling after onetime Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret Nate Boyer convinced Kaepernick it would be more respectful to the nation’s military, the quarterback has said.

Kaepernick said he did so to protest police shootings of African American men and other social injustices faced by black people in the United States.

Kaepernick became a free agent in 2017. No team offered him a contract, and that October, he filed a grievance against the league, accusing team owners of colluding to keep him from being signed. He and former teammate Eric Reid, who knelt with Kaepernick, settled their collusion grievances cases against the NFL in February.

Earlier this year, Kaepernick posted videos of himself on Twitter, taking part in weight training and throwing footballs.

ESPN reported it has seen the memo which was sent to teams informing them of the workout.

Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the 2013 Super Bowl, played his last game on January 1, 2017, in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. During that season, Kaepernick played 12 games and had a passer rating of 90.7. He threw 16 touchdowns and had four interceptions. He rushed for 468 yards on 69 attempts.

He opted out of his contract after the season and has been a free agent since.