On Thursday, the representatives for former 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick issued a lengthy statement with the headline “Facts to Address the False Narratives Regarding Colin Kaepernick.”
In the statement, Kaepernick’s agents, Jeff Nalley and Jasmine Windham, address several topics regarding their client including whether he’s eligible to play after his grievance with the NFL, potential contract demands, and if he still wants to play football after being out of the league the past few years.
According to Kaepernick’s representatives, he’s still hoping to resume his NFL carer and has not demanded a specific salary.
However, no teams have shown any interest in even bringing him in for a workout.
“Not a single team has brought Colin in for a workout,” the statement says, per Adam Schefter. “Seattle brought Colin in for a visit but did not work him out. Afterwards, Pete Carroll said Colin is a “starter in this league.” No other NFL team has interviewed or worked out Colin in the past 3 seasons, despite other false statements in the media to the contrary.
“I have reached out to all 32 teams about Colin’s employment, with little to no response from teams about an opportunity for Colin. In 25 yards, I have never seen anything like it.”
Kaepernick’s representatives say he’s been “working out five days a week, for three years, in preparation to play again” but that the opportunity hasn’t happened.
They also addressed the issue of whether Kaepernick is a fit for some team’s offensive systems.
“The idea he doesn’t fit a team’s system does not mesh with how teams have adjusted their offensive schemes to fit the skill set of their quarterbacks,” the statement said. “Colin has the same skill set as many of the young mobile quarterbacks flourishing in the NFL right now.
“… It is difficult to think of another young player in NFL history with statistics and character as impressive as Colin’s not being given an opportunity to earn a spot on an NFL roster after what he’s accomplished.”
Kaepernick, 31, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed when reached an agreement with the 49ers on a restructured deal that allowed him to become an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
The Seahawks showed interest in bringing Kaepernick in for a visit last offseason before canceling the meeting altogether.
In 2016, Kaepernick completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 468 yards rushing. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 27 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players that year.