The NFL announced on Tuesday that a private workout will be held for former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday in Atlanta.
Kaepernick’s private workout will be held this Saturday at the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga and administered by the president of National Football Scouting, Jeff Foster. The session will be closed to the media and a recording will be made available to all NFL clubs.
According to CBS Sports’ insider Jason La Canfora, the itinerary will mainly include an interview, measurements and quarterback drills.
Despite the free-agent having last played a pro football game on Jan. 1, 2017,Kaepernick claims that he is prepared for a possible comeback.
“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.”
As of now, the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Dallas Cowboys and Miami Dolphins reportedly have committed to sending representatives to the workout. However, it is unclear at this point what other teams’ personnel will be in attendance as the NFL have yet to provide a list of expected executives to be present.
The league stated in the memo that the reason for this arrangement was in response to a statement released by Kaepernick’s camp earlier in the year saying they had received no interests or offers from any of the 32 teams since the year he began his peaceful protest of police brutality adding that he is ready to play.
Many people have challenged and questioned the league’s surprise decision to finally host a workout for Kaepernick.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport disclosed that record executive Jay-Z’s recent partnership with the league may have influenced this opportunity.
Ex-teammate Eric Reid expressed to reporters on Wednesday that Kaepernick’s workout is for publicity gain.
“It feels like a PR stunt, again,” Reid said. “With it being that it’s on a Saturday, what decision makers are going to be able to attend that workout?”
Due to the timing, Kaepernick attempted to reschedule his NFL workout twice to allow more representatives to attend, but the league refused insisting that it be held on a Saturday, according to ESPN.
So far, at least 35 games have been started by a backup quarterback in which teams have gone 20-15 in those games.
A few teams that could be interested in the quarterback’s skills include the Chicago Bears, Cincinnati Bengals, Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys.
The Bears have lost four of their last five games while the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, has thrown eight and three interceptions in eight games.
The Bengals recently benched their starting quarterback Andy Dalton and elevated rookie Ryan Finley, who threw an interception and nearly fumbled in one game.
The Carolina Panthers are unsure about extending Cam Newton’s contract after this season and the Cowboys seemingly haven’t committed to guaranteeing that Prescott would return as a long-term quarterback.