Colin Kaepernick is looking for receivers to catch his passes and a team to sign him.
Kaepernick, who led the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season, last played in the NFL in 2016, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem for protest against racial injustice.
On Sunday, he wrote on Twitter: “I’ve been training for 5 years and staying ready in case an opportunity to play comes along. I’m really grateful to my coach, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man , do I miss throwing pro runners. Who works?? I will go back.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett quickly volunteered and Kaepernick responded, saying he’d be there Monday and coordinate with him. It was not immediately clear where they would meet.
Kaepernick met Seattle a few years ago, but Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he should start in the league and the team only wanted a replacement for Russell Wilson. Now Wilson has been traded to Denver.
The Ravens considered signing Kaepernick in the summer of 2017 when former starting quarterback Joe Flacco was dealing with a back injury that would keep him out of action for the entire preseason. Owner Steve Bisciotti said he consulted with the fans and the team eventually agreed.
The NFL held a practice for Kaepernick in Atlanta in November 2019, but it became chaotic and resulted in no job offers.
Kaepernick and Reid filed collusion grievances against the league in October 2017, claiming they were blacklisted due to protests during the anthem at games. They reached an agreement in 2019.
When Kaepernick took a knee to take a stand against police brutality and racial injustice in 2016, he was almost alone. His teammate Eric Reid and a few others joined him but politicians, team owners and other players criticized him, fans burned his jersey and he was booed even at home. In 2020, world opinion has shifted to the point that more and more people have begun to vilify those who attacked Kaepernick or misrepresented his position.
Still, he was not offered the opportunity to return to the NFL.
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