Colin Kaepernick worked out for the Las Vegas Raiders this week, a potential first step towards making an NFL comeback. Even before positive reports emerged out of Las Vegas regarding Kaepernick’s meeting with the Raiders, there were other suitors interested in him.
Kaepernick, who last played for an NFL team in 2016, remains interested in a return to pro football. The 34-year-old quarterback made a strong impression during halftime of the Michigan Wolverines’ spring game and reportedly remains in great shape to resume his career.
Raiders’ owner Mark Davis mentioned earlier this offseason he’d be open to bringing Kaepernick in for a workout. Everything went well, with Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reporting Kaepernick made an impression on coaches and team officials during drills.
It might not be the only workout the former Super Bowl quarterback receives. According to Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio, multiple NFL teams expressed interest in Kaepernick right before he took the workout with the Raiders.
- Colin Kaepernick career stats: 12,271 passing yards, 72-30 TD-INT ratio, 88.9 QB rating, 2,300 rushing yards, 13 rushing touchdowns
Will an NFL team sign Colin Kaepernick?
In recent years, the NFL has seemingly shifted its public tone on Kaepernick. Roger Goodell has encouraged teams in the past to explore adding the free-agent quarterback, but the move never received approval from team owners.
At least for now, things seem to be changing. It’s possible Las Vegas opened the door for more teams to be comfortable bringing Kaepernick in for a workout. With the Raiders receiving more positive reactions than negative, other front offices might feel more comfortable seeing if Kaepernick is still an NFL-caliber quarterback.
Considering the dire position some teams are in at quarterback and the positive reviews Kaepernick is receiving from those that participate in or witness workouts, it’s possible he is a backup quarterback for a team in 2022.