As announced, quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw to draft-eligible talent at halftime in Michigan’s Spring Game in front of NFL scouts. Then he had a clear message.
After the public workout, which appeared to have been led by Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh – Kaepernick’s first NFL coach with the San Francisco 49ers – Kaepernick spoke to reporter Jeanna Trotman from the local station WXYZ: “The point here was to show that I can still do it. That’s one of the questions my agent keeps getting asked. So our goal was to show everyone that I can still play and always have the ball can still throw.”
Kaepernick also sent a message to the 32 teams in the NFL: “I can help you build a better team, I can help you win games.” However, Kaepernick also conceded: “I know that I’m not in the right position to start anywhere right away. But I also know that I’ll be able to work towards that and prove it very quickly.”
Finally, addressing the interested teams, Kaepernick said: “More than anything, I’d love to come in for a workout, sit down with you guys and discuss how I can help you make your team better.”
Previously, Kaepernick had trained and spent time with Michigan college players during the week. Quarterback Cade McNamara was impressed by the former Niners QB: “I’ve been a 49ers fan since I grew up in Reno, so back then I always saw Coach Harbaugh with the 49ers and Kap was always the QB,” recalled McNamara and continued: “I’ve trained with him a couple of times this week. He still has a rocket arm and can throw the ball hard. He’s also always been extremely respectful of me.”
Colin Kaepernick: Harbaugh makes Kaepernick honorary captain
Harbaugh had engineered the action and invited Kaepernick as honorary captain to the Wolverines’ spring game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, better known as “The Big House”.
Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016, kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against black people. After the season he became a free agent and was then no longer committed by any team.
In 2017, Kaepernick then filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL, which apparently decided in unison to stop employing the quarterback because of his peaceful protests. The NFL moved to dismiss the lawsuit, but the court of law denied the NFL’s request. Then, in 2019, both sides agreed to a confidential settlement and Kaepernick withdrew his lawsuit.
In the same year he held a public workout, but this did not lead to the desired result due to scheduling problems with scouts. In the past few weeks, there have been increasing numbers of NFL players calling for Kaepernick to be committed. Among other things, wide receiver Tyler Lockett commented and also trained privately with the quarterback, which he documented by video on social media.
Pete Carroll: Kaepernick “deserves a second chance”
Meanwhile, Lockett’s coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks recently spoke about Kaepernick. Carroll said, “Does this guy deserve a second chance? I think so.” However, Carroll qualified: “Anywhere. I don’t know if this is here or where else it would be. I don’t even know if that will be in football. I just don’t know.”
The Seahawks still have a spot on the roster after Russell Wilson’s departure, although they’ve repeatedly emphasized that Drew Lock Stand is now their starter. The latter, however, has been on the bench with the Denver Broncos for the past few years without overwhelming competition.
Originally a second-round pick for the San Francisco 49ers of Nevada, Kaepernick makes 69 games for the Niners. In 2012, he became a starter for Alex Smith under Harbaugh and even led the team to the Super Bowl, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens.
Overall, he had over 12,000 yards, 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions and shone above all with his dynamism, which also made him a dangerous weapon with his legs. A skill that is in demand in today’s NFL.
Colin Kaepernick: Stats for the 49ers
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