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Report: At Least 10 Teams Will Attend Kaepernick Workout

But head coaches are unlikely to appear at Saturday workout
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 14, 2019 4:46 AM CST
In this Jan. 1, 2017 photo, then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) warms up before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif.   (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)
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(Newser) – Colin Kaepernick says he's been ready to return to the NFL for three years—and he may be getting a chance soon. A league source tells CNN that at least 10 teams have expressed an interest in sending personnel to watch the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback's private workout in the Atlanta area Saturday. The workout, which will be preceded by interviews, was announced in a memo from the NFL Tuesday to all 32 teams. The memo, which apparently took Kaepernick by surprise, said the workout will allow teams "to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career."

Kaepernick hasn't played since the 2016 season, when he found himself at the center of a nationwide controversy after taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice. He reached a settlement with the NFL earlier this year after alleging that he had been blackballed, though he apparently still has a rocky relationship with the league: NBC Sports reports that Kaepernick's camp believes the NFL promised to give them a list of Saturday attendees, though the league insists no such promise was made. ESPN predicts that all 32 teams will send at least one rep to the workout, though it is highly unlikely that any head coaches or GMs will attend a Saturday workout. In any case, the chances of Kaepernick playing before the 2020 season are "pretty remote," ESPN predicts. (Read more Colin Kaepernick stories.)

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