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Colin Kaepernick lands workout with Raiders after 5 years out of NFL

Colin Kaepernick lands workout with Raiders after 5 years out of NFL


Greater than 5 years after he final appeared in an NFL recreation, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick has landed a exercise with the Las Vegas Raiders, an individual with data of the state of affairs advised USA TODAY Sports activities.

Kaepernick’s exercise happened in Las Vegas on Wednesday.  The particular person spoke on situation of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the state of affairs.

ESPN first reported that Kaepernick, 34, was scheduled to work out with the crew.

The exercise is Kaepernick’s first with an NFL crew since his day out of the league started following the 2016 season. That yr, he began kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem earlier than video games as a approach of protesting police brutality and racial inequality. He later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging that its house owners had been conspiring to maintain him out of the league. He and former teammate Eric Reid settled their respective grievances.

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Within the years since, and notably in current months, Kaepernick has spoken about his health and labored out publicly in an effort to draw curiosity from NFL groups. He was an honorary captain during Michigan’s spring football game in April, throwing to receivers throughout halftime. (Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh coached Kaepernick in San Francisco.)

Kaepernick told a Detroit television station afterwards that he was simply wanting “for a chance, for a door to open” with an NFL crew.

“(I) can nonetheless get on the market, sling it,” Kaepernick advised WXYZ Channel 7. “Actually, getting out right here in the present day for the exhibition was to have the ability to present that I can try this. As a result of one of many questions that my agent saved getting was, ‘Properly it has been 5 years, can he nonetheless play?’ We needed to guarantee that we come out, we present everybody that I can nonetheless play, nonetheless throw it.”

It is notable that the Raiders had been the primary crew in years to supply Kaepernick a exercise, given the recent public statements of their owner, Mark Davis.

In an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area late last month, Davis mentioned Kaepernick “deserves each likelihood on the earth to turn out to be a quarterback within the Nationwide Soccer League.”

“I nonetheless stand by it,” Davis mentioned. “If our coaches and common supervisor need to carry him in or need him to be the quarterback on this crew, I might welcome him with open arms.”

Earlier in Might, the Raiders traded for Jarrett Stidham to compete with Nick Mullens and rookie Chase Garbers for a backup job behind starter Derek Carr.

A second-round draft select of Nevada, Kaepernick began 58 video games for the 49ers from 2011 to 2016 and helped make them the Tremendous Bowl throughout the 2012 season. He is thrown for greater than 12,000 yards throughout his NFL profession, with 72 profession landing passes.

Contributing: Tyler Dragon

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