Colin Kaepernick put the ball in NFL teams' court after an impressive and complicated workout
- Colin Kaepernick arranged his own workout in front of NFL teams on Saturday instead of taking part in the NFL's workout after the two sides battled over logistical issues.
- Kaepernick generally threw the ball well in front of NFL scouts, with one executive telling ESPN's Adam Schefter that Kaepernick still possesses "elite" arm talent.
- Kaepernick told teams to "stop running" after his workout, saying he remains prepared to play in the NFL and will go "anywhere."
- Some still expressed doubt that Kaepernick's workout will lead to an NFL job.
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Colin Kaepernick on Saturday told NFL teams to "stop running" and give him another chance in the league."I've been ready for three years,'' Kaepernick said. "I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here. [I] showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people."Advertisement
Kaepernick made the statement while addressing reporters after a hectic, complicated, and at-times heated day that saw him change the workout plans made by the NFL.
The NFL had arranged a private workout for Kaepernick on Saturday in front of NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons stadium. According to reports, the timing of the workout was non-negotiable, as the NFL insisted it take place on Saturday, a day most NFL coaches and GMs are not available.On Saturday, Kaepernick's camp and the NFL squabbled over some details, including liability waivers and media availability.
"From the outset, Mr. Kaepernick requested a legitimate process and from the outset the NFL league office has not provided one," said Kaepernick's agent Jeff Nalley and attorney Ben Meiselas. "Most recently, the NFL has demanded that as a precondition to the workout, Mr. Kaepernick sign an unusual liability waiver that addresses employment-related issues and rejected the standard liability waiver from physical injury proposed by Mr. Kaepernick's representatives."The NFL responded with their own statement, claiming that they had cooperated with Kaepernick's camp's requests, but Kaepernick's camp made several late requests, including last-minute media availability for Nike, plus a "completely rewritten and insufficient waiver."The league said Kaepernick informed them at 2:30 that he would be moving his 3:00 workout to a different location and different time.Advertisement
According to The New York Times' Kevin Draper, Nike denied the NFL's claims that they were on the ground in Atlanta to film Kaepernick's workout.
Despite some squabbling over details, Kaepernick still held the workout at a nearby high school in front of eight teams - 25 were initially planning to attend the NFL workout - and made 60 scripted throws. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, scouts who attended the workout said Kaepernick was in good shape and still had impressive arm strength and velocity on the ball. Some scouts questioned his accuracy on some deep balls, according to Rapoport.Advertisement
ESPN's Adam Schefter said an NFL executive said Kaepernick still has "elite" arm talent.
Kaepernick's ability to throw downfield impressed on-lookers.Advertisement
The changing of the venues may have had some effect, also. Mike Klis of Denver 9 News reported, for instance, that Broncos pro scouts had to leave to prepare for the Broncos' Week 11 game and could not travel an hour away for a later workout.Kaepernick on Saturday told reporters he'll go "anywhere."Advertisement
"We're out here. We're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere."
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Colin Kaepernick's workout at the Falcons' training facility at 3 pm is off; his workout now will be at another Atlanta location at 4 pm today.- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019
Here is the official announcement: pic.twitter.com/d9dIfJSbY3
NFL's response to Colin Kaepernick opting to do his own workout today in Atlanta: pic.twitter.com/uvUZGH7CQ5- Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 16, 2019
A Nike spokesman said Nike did not have a camera crew on the ground in Atlanta and had no plans to use footage from Kaepernick's workout.- Kevin Draper (@kevinmdraper) November 17, 2019
The spokesman wouldn't say when, or whether, the ad would come out, but it seems Nike only wanted permission to use N.F.L. team names.
Look at this deep bomb. Question answered. Kaepernick still has his arm. pic.twitter.com/EkYO05Uk3C- Adam Best (@adamcbest) November 16, 2019
Every NFL team has had three years to have a private workout with Kaepernick. And we're to believe now they'll have interest because the NFL hastily sets up a workout for all? Please. This never made any sense.- Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) November 17, 2019