Colin Kaepernick “still hopeful” of NFL return after working with Seattle Seahawks receivers | NFL News


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Colin Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the last day of the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers; the famous 34-year-old knelt during the national anthem before games to protest against police brutality and social injustice

Last update: 03/24/22 1:46 p.m.

Colin Kaepernick considering NFL return

Colin Kaepernick is ready and waiting and hoping for another opportunity in the NFL as he pursues a return to the league nearly six years after his last appearance.

The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback actively sought out workouts with wide receivers across the country and posted footage of throwing sessions on social media for a potential comeback.

On Wednesday, he spent time working with Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Aaron Fuller and Washington Huskies running back Kamari Pleasant.

Kaepernick noted he’s also had conversations with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider, though no formal practice with the team has been scheduled.

“I’m still waiting for that chance,” Kaepernick said, according to Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times. “Still hopeful. There’s been a lot of conversation about it.

“We’ve already had conversations with Pete and John (Schneider). As Pete mentioned, we’ve spoken recently and are still hoping that the door is open and we get a chance to walk through it.

“My arm is still alive, still ready to go. More than anything, we’re looking for this opportunity to work and show them what I can do.

“We want this opportunity to show where I am and let the decisions be made from there.”

The famous 34-year-old knelt during the national anthem before 49ers games in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial injustice.

Then-US President Donald Trump then called on the NFL to fire any player who did not uphold the anthem, as small groups began to follow Kaepernick’s lead by taking a knee. The NFL also initially introduced fines for those who did not show up, as well as a policy allowing players who did not want to show up to stay in the locker room for the anthem.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted in August 2020 that he wishes the league had listened to Kaepernick sooner.

Kaepernick did not sign as a free agent at the end of the season, his only visit being with the Seahawks. He then had a scheduled practice with Seattle canceled in the 2018 offseason, before Seahawks staff were later among those scheduled to watch Kaepernick’s practice in Georgia in November 2019 until the location of the event is changed the same day.

Speaking on Tuesday, Carroll said “we’re watching him”.

“He’s been training and doing a lot of good things, trying to prepare for an opportunity here,” Carroll added on 950 KJR-AM.

“It’s unbelievable that he’s stuck with it all these years. It shows you his determination to try and prove he can play.”

Kaepernick’s final NFL game came against the Seahawks on the final day of the 2016 season when he completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown in a 25-23 loss with the 49ers. He finished the campaign with 2,241 passing yards on 16 touchdowns on four interceptions in 12 games (11 starts), alongside 468 yards and two rushing scores.

“Yes sir!! This Kap man is ready!!” Lockett posted on Twitter after their workout.

The Seahawks recently bid farewell to Russell Wilson after 10 seasons when he was traded to the Denver Broncos in exchange for quarterback Drew Lock, tight end Noah Fant, defensive lineman Shelby Harris, two first-round picks, two second-round picks and a fifth. -Round pick.




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