Colin Kaepernick Raiders exercise is going well, next step will be decided later

Colin Kaepernick spent nearly five hours with the Las Vegas Raiders on Wednesday, working through rehearsals and meeting with coaches and team executives. When it was all over, two sources described the visit as a productive exercise and an open line of communication as the Raiders continue to assess their midfielders next season.

“It was a very casual exercise,” one source said. “It was just about evaluating the footballer, meeting face to face and seeing physical abilities. Like any other football exercise.”

The sources said Kaepernick was in “amazing” physical condition and threw the ball with great force from his arm, compared to the balance in his six-year NFL career to this point. He also had good meetings during his visit.

It’s also clear that this was an initial assessment and nothing is forthcoming as the team continues to evaluate and fine-tune the depth scheme.

As it stands, the Raiders are set to start quarterback with Derek Carr, who has signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension this off season. The team also acquired Garrett Stidham of the New England Patriots, giving coach Josh McDaniels a boardroom player familiar with the details of his attack. McDaniels was the Patriots offensive coordinator from 2012 to 2021.

The Raiders also signed reserve veteran Nick Mullins for a one-year deal, including approximately $700,000 in bonuses that were to be paid through training camp.

These moves will affect the consideration of signing Kaepernick, which is why the most likely path forward is for Las Vegas to continue assessing their current quarterbacks through their mandatory mini-camp starting June 7. That’s not to say the Raiders can’t or won’t bring Kaepernick on board – just that the spare quarterback isn’t in tatters or in need of bodies at this point in the off-season.

Sources described Colin Kaepernick’s workout with the Raiders as productive, but head coach Josh McDaniels penned it Thursday as one of several ongoing assessments amid the team’s off-season. (AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)

McDaniels declined to go into details of the meeting with Kaepernick, considering it one in multiple appraisals and training taking place in the off-season.

“We’re just going to talk about the people on our team,” McDaniels said Thursday. “[General manager Dave Ziegler] He and his team have trained a large number of men this spring. We don’t really make comments about the ratings we’ve had or how they looked or what they didn’t look like – strengths and weaknesses, those kinds of things. It’s obviously special for us because we look at things to try and make decisions to make the team better. If players are added to the squad, obviously we’ll talk about them at that point.”

The Raiders’ relatively low-level training could also motivate some of the other teams to consider training Kaepernick as well, especially if they don’t like what they see during small camps next month. ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio reported Thursday that two other teams were interested in a Kaepernick workout prior to his meeting with the Raiders. There have been some indications of potential interest from other teams over the past two months, but neither training nor meeting plans have materialized, sources close to Kaepernick told Yahoo Sports.

It remains to be seen if those changes now or not, but it is clear Kaepernick’s camp will continue to try to find training opportunities in the coming days. Meanwhile, the conquistadors laid eyes on him and answered some of their own questions. Where it all goes next is anyone’s guess.

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