Seahawks reportedly postpone Kaepernick workout over kneeling protest uncertainty

Tanya Simon
April 13, 2018

Kaepernick, who kneeled for the anthem during his last National Football League season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 to protest racial and social injustice, told the team he was unsure of his off-field plans going forward, a source told the Times.

The topic of signing Kaepernick was brought up again earlier this month (of note: it was of last year's meeting, and prior to Schefter's report) during an interview between Seahawks general manager John Schneider and Dave Ross on 97.3 KIRO FM. Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the team, setting himself up as a free agent to potentially player for a different organization.

Kaepernick has been out of a job since the end of the 2016 season, with no team picking him up after the quarterback parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers.

At least a five outlets did original reporting on the story Thursday morning, and there was a fairly even split on to what degree the Seahawks' decision to cancel Monday's scheduled workout hinged on Kaepernick's refusal to say he would stand for the anthem next season.

ESPN and PFT report that Colin Kaepernick's workout with the Seahawks was scrapped because the team asked Kaepernick to commit to ending his practice of kneeling during the anthem.

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The Seattle Seahawks postponed a planned workout with quarterback Colin Kaepernick after he told them he was yet to decide whether he would continue his national anthem protest.

Here's the curious thing about the Seahawks doing the Kaepernick two-step.

The Seahawks are searching for a backup quarterback behind Russell Wilson.

Kaepernick began his silent protest during the 2016 season. Kaepernick already sat out the 2017 season after failing to receive any offers. A possible free-agent deal between Reid and the Bengals reportedly fell apart when the anthem issue was raised.

Long's belief that Kaepernick is being blackballed from the league is not an uncommon train of thought, and it is indeed the subject of Kaepernick's collusion lawsuit, which is continuing this week.

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