League sources told ESPN that Colin Kaepernick, who last played football professionally in 2016 – the year he began kneeling during the national anthem in protest of racial injustice – is set to work Wednesday with the Las Vegas Raiders.
It will be Kaepernick’s first training with an NFL team since his banishment, and it will be the first time the former star quarterback has visited a team since he traveled to Seattle to meet the Seahawks in May 2017 before they missed the opportunity to sign him.
Kaepernick played at the University of Nevada, Reno, the only school that offered him a scholarship. Currently, the Nevada State professional team is the only one in the NFL to give the civil rights activist another chance.
Raiders owner Mark Davis follows the spirit of his late father, Al Davis, who presented many opportunities, such as the appointment of the first black coach in the NFL (Art Shell) and the first female CEO (Amy Trask) in the modern era. He was also the first owner to draft the black quarterback in the first round and the second owner to hire a Hispanic head coach, Tom Flores.
The NFL said it encouraged teams to take a look at Kaepernick. But not only did Kaepernick not sign a contract with any team, but he also did not receive any training until Wednesday.
Mark Davis told ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez In June 2020 That he would give his “blessing” if the front office of the Raiders or Coaches wanted to add Kaepernick.
Derek Carr is the Raiders quarterback, who also traded for Jarrett Stidham’s backing earlier this month in a deal with the New England Patriots. Las Vegas also has quarterback Nick Mullins, who has signed with the Raiders this off season.
Kaepernick, 34, recently threw into the unoccupied receivers of the NFL scouts at the end of the first half of the Michigan spring game, at the invitation of Jim Harbaugh, his former coach with the San Francisco 49ers.
Another potential link to Kaepernick is Raiders offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, who was an assistant to the 49ers from 2013 to 2016.
In an interview with the “I’m an Athlete” podcast in April, Kaepernick noted that both of his former Niners coaches, Harbaugh and Chip Kelly, said he “made the locker room better,” contrary to a narrative that it would be a distraction for anyone. The team that signs it.
“In the 2016 season, last year, my teammates voted me the most courageous and inspiring player,” he said. “So, when you talk about the people in the building, it never seemed to me that I was a distraction. It never showed that I was a problem to the people I played with.”
Kaepernick also said in the interview that today’s NFL should be “more in line” with his social views, given the league’s position on other matters of race relations in the United States.
“You have ‘Ending Racism’ in the back of your end zone. You have ‘Black Lives Matter’ on your helmet. Everything you’ve said should align with what you say publicly,” he said. “It’s a $16 billion business. When I first got on my knees, my shirt went to #1. When I made the deal with Nike, it increased in value by $6 billion. Six billion. With B.
“…So if you’re talking about the business side, it shows [it’s] useful. If you’re talking about the play side, come on, let me compete. You can rate me from there. The NFL is supposed to be on merit. Come on, let me compete. If I’m not good enough, get rid of me. But let me come in and show you.”
Kaepernick said he finally wants to win a championship after he got close to 49 players in Super Bowl XLVII, as San Francisco fell once in a 34-31 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.