Colin Kaepernick is getting his first probability to work out for an NFL workforce since final enjoying within the league in 2016 when he began kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.
Two folks acquainted with the scenario mentioned Kaepernick will work out for the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday. The folks spoke on situation of anonymity as a result of the workforce hadn’t introduced the exercise plans. ESPN first reported that the Raiders have been bringing in Kaepernick.
CBC Sports activities has not independently confirmed the studies.
Kaepernick hasn’t performed for the reason that finish of the 2016 season when he was minimize by San Francisco when the brand new regime led by coach Kyle Shanahan needed to go a distinct route at quarterback.
He filed a grievance with the NFL in 2017 over his lack of alternative and settled it in 2019 — however nonetheless by no means obtained one other look.
The Raiders have been on the forefront on range over their historical past, hiring Tom Flores because the second coach of Hispanic descent, Artwork Shell as the primary Black coach in fashionable historical past, and Amy Trask as the primary feminine CEO.
Proprietor Mark Davis has publicly mentioned he would again his coaches in the event that they needed to check out Kaepernick, and first-year coach Josh McDaniels is doing simply that.
The Raiders do not have a obtrusive want at quarterback after signing starter Derek Carr to an extension final month. Las Vegas additionally signed Nick Mullens as a backup this low season, traded for Jarrett Stidham and signed Chase Garbers as an undrafted free agent.
However none of these backups has the pedigree of Kaepernick, who emerged as one of many league’s younger stars when he took over as starter in San Francisco in 2012, and helped the Niners attain the Tremendous Bowl that season.
Kaepernick’s play began to regress in 2014 and he obtained damage midway by way of the following season and misplaced his beginning job. Issues modified the following preseason when Kaepernick started protesting throughout the nationwide anthem, drawing the ire of critics that included then presidential candidate Donald Trump.
Kaepernick regained his beginning job in 2016 and threw 16 TD passes and 4 interceptions in 12 video games, whereas posting a 90.7 passer ranking.