Finally, Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season.
Reid and Kaepernick each knelt for the national anthem during their time with the 49ers to protest police brutality and racism in the US, helping to start a larger movement of speaking up about social issues across sports.
The Washington Redskins will send someone to Colin Kaepernick's workout for National Football League teams on Saturday. Kaepernick is to perform on-field drills and participate in an interview.
Kaepernick found out about the scheduled workout at 10 a.m., according to ESPN, and multiple outlets have reported that no teams had prior knowledge of the plan as well. Why would any team want to sign a subpar player who also brings major distractions in the form of his race-baiting, anti-American protests? Teams are most likely attending to see where Colin is physically and mentally. The session will be closed to the public and members of the media. Pressed on whether the NFL's offer at least represented some degree of progress, Reid repeated a quote from Malcolm X: "If you stick a knife nine inches in my back and pull it out six, it's not progress".
The NFL Network is reporting that the Saturday workout will have "the feel of" the NFL combine, with Kaepernick participating in an interview, measurements, timing and drills. "I've been in shape and ready for this for three years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday". The request for a workout on Tuesday was reportedly denied. Representatives of all teams gather annually in Indianapolis in February to evaluate college players eligible for that year's draft.
The former 49ers QB did release a brief statement on Tuesday, essentially just confirming he'll show up for the workout in Atlanta. The lawsuit has been settled and he will look to make his return to the league. During that season, in which the 49ers were 2-14, Kaepernick threw 16 touchdowns and had four interceptions.
"There's two teams that were definitively interested in him that called the league office about him, that's No. 1".
It's extraordinary, though, for the League to hold a special workout for Kaepernick. The controversy quieted but Kaepernick remained out of work. The NFL and lawyers for Kaepernick and Reid reached a private settlement for an undisclosed sum in February.