Kaepernick's reps call audible, workout moved at last minute

It's unclear if any NFL teams will still plan on attending, or will skip it for fear of the league having repercussions for attending a tryout not set up by the NFL. The league referenced recent negotiations with Kaepernick's representatives over the workout and citing, among others, media availability and a liability waiver.

The NFL previously said 11 teams were committed to attend: the Arizona Cardinals, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.

On Saturday in Atlanta, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will be center stage for the first time in nearly three years as he attempts to make a long-awaited return to the NFL. "We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to work out, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his National Football League career".

"Based on the prior conduct by the NFL league office, Mr. Kaepernick simply asks for a transparent and open process which is why a new location has been selected for today, " the representatives said. This year, Kaepernick and Reid settled collusion lawsuits against the league in which they alleged they were blackballed due to their protests. At this point it feels like a PR stunt, being that it's on a Saturday. Check back soon for more details. That's unusual. So we'll see what happens.

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Of course, just because Kaepernick is finally earning the opportunity to show off his skills for teams doesn't necessarily mean he's guaranteed to sign with anyone, but at least it's better than nothing.

The Press will now be allowed to attend the workout in the new location. In fact, a report on Thursday indicated that Kaepernick had nothing to do with the planning of Saturday's event and ESPN's Adam Schefter said he isn't even sure it's going to happen.

The NFL didn't inform Kaepernick's representatives of Saturday's workout until Tuesday morning. Sports, the NFL-mandated waiver including non-guarantees of employment was a major issue when it came to how things fell apart.

  • Lawrence Cooper