Adam Schefter reports that after initially agreeing to provide the list of personnel executives and coaches that would attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout, the NFL has now reversed course and declined to provide such a list.
According to Schefter, several executives with teams have reached out as a courtesy to Kaepernick’s representatives saying they couldn’t attend Saturday’s workout and were confused by the purpose of the NFL schedule it in the first place.
Schefter explains that the NFL never promised to provide a list of attendees to Kaepernick’s workout, but said multiple clubs are attending.
However, Kaepernick’s reps have said they were promised a list and can prove it, per Schefter. Kaepernick was reportedly on the phone call when the NFL said how it would provide the names of attendees.
- NFL media’s Michael Silver reports that Kaepernick’s representatives were caught off guard by the league’s proposal and were given two hours to accept or reject the offer. Silver adds the date and location were non-negotiable.
- While most key NFL decision-makers will be occupied Saturday, Silver notes that every team will likely send a representative to the workout to at least avoid being singled out.
- Silver reiterates Kaepernick wants to play, has not rejected any offers, demanded a certain salary or refused to be a backup.
- Yahoo Sports Charles Robinson says an NFL representative called a select group of reporters last week and told them to be on the alert for breaking news on Tuesday.
- NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport relays that Kaepernick’s workout will begin at 3 pm on Saturday and will consist of interviews, measurements, stretching and warmup, timing, testing and QB drills. The entirety of the workout will be recorded.
- Rapoport also notes Jay-Z, who recently partnered with the NFL in a social justice program, had some influence here. He adds this isn’t a part of Kaepernick’s settlement with the NFL for alleged collusion.
- NFL Media’s Steve Wyche said teams were calling the NFL to see what Kaepernick’s readiness was and not bringing him in for workouts themselves, which is why he says the NFL organized this event.
- Though most free-agent workouts take place on Tuesday when most NFL teams are off, Wyche claims Saturday works better because area scouts can make it to the workout.
- Wyche adds a team he talked to said this workout will be more about evaluating Kaepernick for next season than potentially signing him this year.
- Wyche also mentions the league told him this was not a public relations stunt.
Kaepernick, 32, 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.