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The NFL has arranged a private workout for free agent Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta to possibly facilitate his return to the NFL.
Kaepernick, 32, claimed he was not aware of the scheduled workout until the NFL informed his representatives on Tuesday.
According to published reports, the league arranged a private workout session to give teams a chance to look at the unemployed quarterback. The workout will be held at the Atlanta Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Ga on Saturday, Nov. 16.
On Tuesday, an ecstatic Kaepernick took to Twitter to share the news with his followers.
"I'm just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday. I've been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can't wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday."
Kaepernick, once considered one of the NFL's elite duel threat passers, led the San Francisco 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. But by 2016, Kaepernick was benched behind a second string quarterback. Kaepernick protested his demotion by refusing to stand for the National Anthem before games.
When reporters questioned his apparent lack of patriotism, Kaepernick claimed he was protesting police brutality and racism against Black men in America.
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Kaepernick's much-hyped kneeling protests drew the attention of President Donald Trump who said the NFL should fire any player who disrespected the National Anthem.
In 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his $110 million contract with the 49ers. And just like that, he was out of the NFL.
Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL and team owners for allegedly colluding to deprive him of his livelihood. In February 2019 Kaepernick reached a settlement with the league worth a reported $10 million.
According to The Washington Post, Kaepernick will participate in on-field drills, the 40-yard dash and an interview on Saturday. Videos of his workout and interview will be provided to all teams.
The Washington Post noted that it is "highly unusual" for the league to arrange a tryout for a single player, particularly a washed up quarterback who has been out of the game for three years.
If we learned anything during the Michael Sam fiasco, it is that teams are wary of the drama and distractions that narcissists bring to a locker room.
Team owners and GMs are not enthusiastic about enabling Kaepernick's delusions of grandeur.
A source with an NFC team told ESPN's Josina Anderson: "We have nothing to lose by attending Kaepernick's workout, but I still think for us it would just be an information-gathering trip."