Several NFL team executives were confused by the league’s decision to arrange a private workout for free agent Colin Kaepernick later this week.
The NFL invited teams to attend the private workout in Atlanta where Kaepernick is scheduled to have an on-field workout and interviews. The league felt it was best to send out the memo to all the teams Nov. 12, just days before the actual workout.
According to reports from ESPN, several teams felt they were “caught off-guard and confused by the purpose” of the workout.
As of right now, it is unclear how many teams will be present at the solo pro day.
Kaepernick tweeted, “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years. Can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
Now, this whole thing sounds fantastic, right? Kaepernick will have a shot at a career in the NFL again – or so it seems.
The NFL league officials being the “awesome” guys they are felt it was best to hold this workout on a Saturday.
Why is that important, you may ask?
Due to the poor scheduling, Kaepernick will most likely not be seeing any head coaches or GMs there because everyone is getting ready and traveling for their games the next day.
League officials reportedly declined a request by Kaepernick’s camp to hold the practice on a Tuesday rather than on a Saturday. His camp also requested a list of executives who planned to attend the workout, which they did not receive until late Thursday.
This whole thing just seems like another way for the NFL to do a publicity stunt that will cover up the mess they caused by black-balling Kaepernick in the first place. If they truly cared about him, they would have reached out to Kaepernick a long time ago and asked him how he would like to do it.
Giving his camp the control of the workout would certainly make this whole process easier and even make the NFL look better.
Who knows? Maybe Kaepernick will be in phenomenal shape and be completely ready for the most important workout of his life after just a couple days’ notice.
Maybe the NFL is doing this out of complete respect for Kaepernick and what he stands for.
Maybe the NFL is just covering their own mistakes with sleazy business tactics that have not worked in the past.
So far, 11 of the 32 NFL teams have indicated they will be sending a representative to the workout, including the New England Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos, Washington Redskins, Atlanta Falcons, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to multiple reports.
The Dolphins and Broncos seem to be the best fit for Kaepernick, since both teams have weak quarterback groups and have shown interest in him before.
Something that is not talked about often, but should be, is that people are not ready for what will happen when Kaepernick actually gets his shot. There is basically no chance he will be able to play at all this season, considering he has not been signed to a team for almost three years.
If Kaepernick signs with a team, it will most likely be in the position of backup quarterback, and every week, the conversation about him being a starter will become more heated.
This is the biggest reason why no team has signed him yet. The absolute tornado of media attention that awaits his future team will be astronomical. There has not been a team willing to deal with that pressure yet.
Everything can change at the workout, but be prepared for the very real possibility that things will just stay the same.