The NFL will hold a private workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday and every NFL team has been invited to attend. Here are the teams that we know will be in attendance to scout the veteran QB who hasn’t seen any game action since 2016.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn was careful to note that the Falcons had nothing to do with setting up the workout and compared it to the Colts having nothing to do with setting up the annual Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. He also said during a Wednesday press conference that he was sure someone would be on hand because scouts love workouts.
– Josh Alper
The Cowboys are expected, however, to attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, according to a source.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett wouldn’t confirm the team’s attendance in Atlanta for the free agent’s workout during his Wednesday morning press conference.
“I’m not really in-tuned to that situation very much,” Garrett said. “We have personnel people who evaluate all guys who have an opportunity to hopefully help our team.”
– Charean Williams
According to Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press, Lions coach Matt Patricia said the team would be at Saturday’s workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta.
Of course, if the Lions were truly interested in Kaepernick and not just in being part of a league-orchestrated PR stunt and/or CYA campaign, they could have worked him out any time during the last three seasons when he was unemployed.
In the present moment, the Lions have questions about Matthew Stafford‘s back injury, which kept him out of last week’s loss to the Bears. They have Stafford and David Blough under contract for 2020.
– Darin Gantt
Head coach Brian Flores said the team is still finalizing who will be in attendance and didn’t speculate on the chances that the team could move to add Kaepernick to the roster.
“We like our quarterback situation right now,” Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. “We’re going to do our due diligence. I would say anytime we could add a good player, we try to do that. We want to do that. But there’s a lot of moving parts to that.”
Kaepernick ruffled some feathers in Miami in the past by making comments supporting Fidel Castro and Dolphins owner Stephen Ross was questioned as part of the quarterback’s collusion grievance.
According to Mike Klis of KUSA, Broncos General Manager John Elway said the team will send a scout to Saturday’s workout for the unemployed quarterback in Atlanta.
“Colin had his chance here,” Elway said in 2018. “We offered him a contract. He didn’t take it. So, as I said it in my deposition, I don’t know if I’ll be legally able to say this, but he’s had his chance to be here. He passed it.”
That said, Elway sending a scout to Saturday’s PR stunt/CYA exercise should make clear the perfunctory nature of the event — despite the fact that finding a quarterback has been a perpetual item on Elway’s to-do list for years now.
New York Giants
Matt Lombardo of NJ Advance Media reports that the Giants will send a representative to Atlanta to scout the former 49ers starter.
Giants owner John Mara previously has said he thought Kaepernick still could play despite having not played since 2016. Kaepernick opted out of his contract in March 2017.
“I think he still has some good football left in him,” Mara said in August 2017. “I agree with that. But obviously there are other issues that go along with him. Is he willing to sit as a backup behind a starter? What’s that going to do with your locker room, with your quarterback room, your offensive room? I believe he’ll be back in the league at some point this year with a team.”
New England Patriots
A representative from the Patriots will attend Kaepernick’s workout on Saturday in Atlanta, Jim McBride of the Boston Globe reports.
The Patriots would seem to be a very unlikely team to sign Kaepernick, and quarterback isn’t a need, although we never know for sure what Patriots coach Bill Belichick will do.
Although the workout is drawing scouts from many teams who plan to see what Kaepernick can do, there is little reason to believe most of those teams are actually interested. The Patriots seem like a team that will have a scout in attendance, but will not give Kaepernick serious consideration.
– Michael David Smith
Add Washington to the list of teams that will send a representative to watch Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, JP Finlay of NBCSportsWashington.com reports.
“Our situation is full at this juncture right now because of the two veteran quarterbacks we have along with Dwayne,” Washington interim coach Bill Callahan said Wednesday. “We have three on our roster where generally a lot of teams just carry two on their roster. We’re really carrying one extra quarterback than most teams normally carry.”
Callahan added that he wishes “the best” for Kaepernick.
The Arizona Cardinals will have a representative on hand for Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday, per Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.com.
Exactly whom that representative will be is unclear, but the Cardinals will at least be one of the teams on hand for the hastily thrown together exhibition.
While Kyler Murray is firmly in place as Arizona’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future, the Cardinals could theoretically envision Kaepernick as a backup option beyond the 2019 season.
– Curtis Crabtree
San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick’s former team hasn’t shown any interest in bringing him back over the last few years, but they are expected to send a representative to the quarterback’s workout in Atlanta on Saturday.
The NFL arranged the workout and an interview for Kaepernick on a day when most teams are preparing to play their Week 11 games. The 49ers will be home to face the Cardinals and Matt Maiocco of NBCSportsBayArea.com reports that they will send someone to the workout.
“I don’t know at all the schedule for our personnel guys during the season . . . But, yeah, they’re all over the place. But we got guys all over,” Shanahan said. “I’m sure if somebody could be there, it wouldn’t be too tough.”
The Browns will send a scout to Colin Kaepernick’s workout Saturday, owner Dee Haslam said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.
The Browns have a history of giving players second chances regardless the reason, with Kareem Hunt the latest. The running back made his 2019 debut Sunday.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets
The NFL arranged a workout for quarterback Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta on Saturday and announced on Thursday that 11 teams have committed to attending.
Nine of those teams — Arizona, Atlanta, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, New England, Washington and the Giants — have already announced those plans or had those plans reported by media members. The league also announced that the Buccaneers and Jets will be represented in Atlanta.
Teams we know will not be in attendance:
According to Joe Person of TheAthletic.com, the Panthers aren’t planning to send anyone to the workout in Atlanta.
With Cam Newton on injured reserve, the Panthers are rolling with Kyle Allen and Will Grier, before they make a longer-term decision on Newton.