Colin Kaepernick last threw a pass in an NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks on January 1, 2017 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
On Wednesday, his attempt to get back in the league and throw another NFL pass brought him to Seattle.
Specifically, to the Dempsey Indoor Facility at the University of Washington where Kaepernick spent nearly 90 minutes throwing passes to a group that included current Seahawks and former husky Aaron Fuller and former husky Kamari Pleasant. It was the third workout held with NFL receivers in the past nine days, including a session with Seahawks Tyler Lockett in Arizona last week.
Afterwards, Kaepernick — who has given a few interviews during his time out of the NFL — paused briefly to speak to reporters and confirmed that he had talks with Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider. He said that he hopes to get a tryout with the team but nothing has happened so far.
“Still waiting for that chance,” Kaepernick said. “There’s still hope. There’s all kinds of discussions going on about this. Again, we’ve had conversations with Pete and John before. As Pete mentioned, we’ve talked recently and there’s still hope. that the door is open and there will be a chance to walk through it.
Carroll said last Wednesday that Kaepernick contacted her “the other day” and sent her some videos of the workout. But then, and again on Tuesday on Sports Radio 93.3 KJR FM, Carroll was adamant about whether the team would bring Kaepernick for a trip or a workout.
“I don’t know that,” Carroll said last week. “He’s making a remarkable bid for it, to maintain his conditioning in four years, which he’s been going for five years. What? I don’t know. We’ll see.”
Kaepernick did a similar workout in New Orleans on Monday. Kaepernick said Fuller contacted him on Instagram on Tuesday to say he was “down to get the job done.”
“From there we booked our flight from New Orleans, landed last night around midnight,” Kaepernick said. “Get out on the field running this morning. … Appreciate Aaron who still does this today.”
Fuller, who just finished his second season with the Seahawks, had never met Kaepernick.
When asked why he messaged Kaepernick to set up a workout, he replied: “Why not? I wanted work. He needs work. I mean, he’s asking (on social media) where he is.” wants to go (to work out) and I hit him up to see if he’ll get out of here. Obviously, Russ (Russell Wilson) is gone so I need a quarterback to catch me with stuff like that So it’s a good opportunity for both of us.”
Fuller said that some Seahawks coaches and others in the organization knew he was going to work with Kaepernick – although he said he had not spoken to Carroll or Schneider about it before.
But he plans to tell them what he thinks of Kaepernick.
“I’ll put something in his ear,” Fuller said. “I think T-Lock (Lockett) did a little too much. So he knew I was coming here to throw with him, so he wanted me to see how he was and try and throw the ball. He has the ability to move around. So I’ll put in a good word.”
Still, Kaepernick hasn’t been on the NFL roster since the 2016 season, a year in which he took a knee during the anthem, a movement launched by athletes from many sports to protest social inequality and other issues.
Kaepernick pulled out of his contract in March 2017, knowing the 49ers were going to release him. His only official contact with the NFL team since then was a tour of the Seahawks in May 2017. He had not signed then – Carroll stated that he deserved to be a starter somewhere and noted that Wilson had a starter in Seattle. Some also think the team was concerned at the time that Kaepernick might threaten Wilson’s standing in the locker room – Wilson coming off an injury-ridden 2016 season that was his worst to date.
Seattle had planned to bring Kaepernick in for a workout in 2018, but it was initially postponed — and then, it didn’t — with some conflicting reports as to why. A report said the Seahawks postponed it when Kaepernick would not say whether he would continue to kneel during the anthem. The Seahawks’ view that the team asked Kaepernick about his off-field activities was only one of many in an attempt to make sure they knew what their plans were.
Carroll said later that year that it was not the specific reason the trip did not take place, but did not explain why. “It was a big marker like blown away,” Carroll then said, adding that the team simply didn’t know that Kaepernick “fits in yet.”
Any misunderstandings seem to have been rectified as Carroll said in 2020 that he wants the team to sign Kaepernick in 2017 with Kaepernick having recently arrived in Seattle and explicitly stating that he is the Seahawks. Want to get another shot from
Kaepernick insists that he has not lost anything during his time there.
“The best way to tell is to bring me in for a workout,” he said. “We don’t have any expectations about what the teams will do. But we just want the opportunity to walk in the door and show them what I can do and I think my talent, my skill set, will speak for itself.
Still, that Kaepernick hasn’t played in five seasons and is now 34 raises the obvious question of whether he’s still too tall to be the same quarterback he was with the 49ers from 2011-16, a A tenure that included leading San Francisco. Super Bowl after the 2012 season.
There were no defenders in Wednesday’s workout, but Kaepernick threw a series of passes — all while being filmed by a member of his crew — hitting Fuller with a nearly 60-yard deep pass to end a segment of the session. , and dozens of short throws and midrange passes as well as deep passes.
“Cape still has a hand,” Fuller said. “Any NFL team needs a quarterback, he’s ready. His hand is still there. There’s no rust on his footwork, his arm.”
Kaepernick called his conversation with Carol “nice” and said that Carol responded positively to him.
“He said that workout feels great,” Kaepernick said.
But Seattle also appears high on Drew Lock’s potential, has Jacob Eason on the roster and hopes to re-sign Geno Smith at some point. The rumblings also persist that the Seattle baker could make a run at Mayfield down the road, though not with the fulfillment of his current nearly $19 million contract.
Kaepernick said he doesn’t know where he can work next, but there will be more as he tries to show he deserves another shot.
“Here (in Seattle) or somewhere else, more than anything, just to come in and show them what I can do,” Kaepernick said. “And let the chips fall where they can come from.”