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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will participate in the workout Saturday, and the NFL is making sure all 32 teams are invited.
Kaepernick, 32, hasn’t played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. He posted a 16-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 12 games, hit free agency in the offseason and went unsigned.
Since then, Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL alleging collusion. The two sides settled that lawsuit in February. Kaepernick has made it clear he would love to return to the NFL, and has been training to stay in shape. Though there are plenty of reasons to question the NFL’s handling of Saturday’s workout, it will mark the first time since the 2016 season Kaepernick will throw for teams.
Given the state of quarterbacking around the league, there should be significant interest in scouting Kaepernick during the workout. Some teams have already confirmed they’ll have people in attendance. Others are keeping their intentions close to the vest.
Below, you’ll find a list of every team that has commented on Kaepernick’s workout thus far, and whether those teams plan to attend the event.
Teams planning to attend Kaepernick’s workout
Atlanta Falcons - Head coach Dan Quinn told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said he’s “sure that we will” have a scout at the workout. Starter Matt Ryan returned to action in Week 10 after missing time with an injury. Matt Schaub is the team’s backup.
Cincinnati Bengals - The Bengals plan to evaluate Kaepernick’s workout, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer. At 0-9, the Bengals are the worst team in the NFL. Veteran Andy Dalton was benched prior to Week 10 so the team could get a closer look at Ryan Finley.
Dallas Cowboys - Reports suggest the Cowboys will have someone watching Kaepernick on Saturday. Starter Dak Prescott is having a strong season, but his contract expires at the end of the year. Cooper Rush is the team’s backup.
Denver Broncos - Multiple reporters have confirmed the Broncos will send a scout to watch Kaepernick throw. The team lost starter Joe Flacco to a neck injury and draft pick Drew Lock returned to practice Monday after he was sidelined all season with a thumb injury.
Detroit Lions - Head coach Matt Patricia confirmed the Lions would send someone to the workout. Matthew Stafford missed the team’s game in Week 10 due to a back injury. Jeff Driskel started in Stafford’s place in a 20-13 loss to the Chicago Bears. Stafford has vowed to return to action soon.
Miami Dolphins - Head coach Brian Flores confirmed the Dolphins would have a representative at the event. Flores told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel the Dolphins like their quarterbacks right now, but want to do their “due diligence” on Kaepernick. At 68.7, the Dolphins have the worst passer rating in the NFL.
New England Patriots - Bill Belichick answered a question about Kaepernick in his usual brusk manner, telling reporters he wasn’t sure if the Patriots would attend the workout. Though Belichick wouldn’t give an answer, the team is reportedly going to have someone at the workout.
New York Giants - The Giants will reportedly send someone to Kaepernick’s workout. The team has turned the keys over the rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones, but could be looking for a veteran to help Jones out if 38-year-old Eli Manning leaves in the offseason.
New York Jets - Head coach Adam Gase avoided the question, saying he was focused on the team’s upcoming game against Washington. The Jets have gone 2-7 under Gase and have the lowest yards per game among any offense in football. Rich Cimini of ESPN reported the team will have someone at the workout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Head coach Bruce Arians said he expects someone from the organization to be at Kaepernick’s workout. Bucs starter Jameis Winston will be a free agent in the offseason.
Teams that haven’t given definitive answers about Kaepernick’s workout
Carolina Panthers - Ron Rivera passed the buck when asked about Kaepernick. Rivera said since it was a personnel decision, reporters would have to speak with general manager Marty Hurney about the matter.
Chicago Bears - Head coach Matt Nagy avoided the question Wednesday, telling reporters he wasn’t sure whether the team would send anyone to watch Kaepernick and that general manager Ryan Pace would make that decision. Pace did not make himself available to media Wednesday.
Washington - The D.C. football team is sending mixed messages about Kaepernick. Head coach Bill Callahan said he didn’t think Washington was sending anyone to see Kaepernick throw. Sources told the Washington Post a team employee will be there for Kaepernick’s workout.
Los Angeles Rams - When asked if they would send a representative, a spokesperson for the Rams declined to comment.
Teams that haven’t commented about Kaepernick yet
If you don’t see your favorite team already listed above, it’s because no one has commented on the team’s plans for Saturday’s workout. Keep checking in here, as this post will be updated whenever a team reveals its plans regarding Kaepernick.
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