The Raiders stunned the NFL world on Wednesday by bringing in Colin Kaepernick for a workout.
Kaepernick, a former 49ers starter, hasn’t played an NFL game since New Year’s Day in 2017. He hasn’t even been on a roster since leaving San Francisco on March 6 of that year.
During his 49ers career, Kaepernick posted a 28-30 record as a starter. he started his career with a 25-14 record and a couple of deep runs in the playoffs before the 49ers struggled during his last two seasons with the team.
While kaepernick has some issues with his accuracy (he has a completion percentage of just 59.8), he has thrown 72 touchdowns compared to 30 interceptions. and as a running back, he had 2,300 yards, 13 touchdowns and averaged 6.1 yards per carry during his career.
It’s hard to know exactly what kaepernick has left in the tank. It’s been five years since we last saw him play, after all. That said, this workout appears to be the closest he’s come to an NFL return during his more than five-year absence from the game.
Here’s everything we know about Kaepernick’s training with the Raiders and other big questions as he continues his quest to rejoin the ranks of the NFL.
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latest news from colin kaepernick after raiders training
kaepernick worked out with the raiders on wednesday, as first reported by ian rapoport of the nfl network. Both Las Vegas coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler were expected to attend the event, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
The Raiders have yet to sign Kaepernick, nor have they commented on his performance during Wednesday’s test. however, ian rapoport of the nfl network reports that the workout “went well” and that kaepernick “impressed” during the session.
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More specifically, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said that Kaepernick’s “arm strength and conditioning stood out” during training. however, he also reported that “no signing was imminent” for kaepernick and the assailants.
kaepernick’s workout is his first since parting ways with the 49ers in the early stages of the 2017 nfl offseason. he’s only been on the road with one other team to date, the seahawks, and that happened in 2017.
In 2019, the NFL tried to put together a mid-season showing for Kaepernick. training was meant to be something of an olive branch, as he alleged the owners colluded to keep him out of the league because of his stance on social injustice. however, Kaepernick pulled out of the event at the last minute. why? because the event wasn’t public and he didn’t want to sign the liability waiver the nfl asked him to sign.
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the raiders have not signed colin kaepernick and are not expected to. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reports that “no signing is imminent” for Kaepernick and the Raiders. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll never sign Kaepernick, but it doesn’t look like Las Vegas is going to add him right now.
Reports indicate that Kaepernick was in great physical position and his arm strength was still evident.
if las vegas wants kaepernick, it has the blessing of owner mark davis to go get him. He has said repeatedly over the years that he would welcome Kaepernick to the Raiders if his staff wanted the quarterback. That includes comments he made about the quarterback just before the 2022 NFL draft.
“I believe in colin kaepernick,” davis said in an interview with nbc sports bay area. “he deserves every opportunity in the world to become a quarterback in the national football league. i still keep him. if our coaches and general manager want to bring him or want him to be the quarterback for this team i would welcome him . with open arms.”
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qb raider depth table
derek carr tops the raiders’ depth chart at quarterback, and that likely won’t change anytime soon. He has been a solid starter for the team since he was drafted in 2014, and Las Vegas gave him a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension in April.
kaepernick’s training obviously doesn’t threaten carr’s position at the top, unless something goes seriously wrong.
“i think he (carr) knows this is his football team and he’s working as such on the field and he’s leading the way we want him to lead and he’s doing all the right things,” mcdaniels said. “He couldn’t ask for more from Derek Carr and I’m very happy with what he’s doing so far.”
currently, the raiders have three quarterbacks on their roster behind carr. They are Jarrett Stidham, Nick Mullens and Chase Garbers. Stidham, a former Patriots fourth-round pick, has the biggest lead in the group and is the most experienced in McDaniels’ offensive system. however, he too is far from being proven.
meanwhile, mullens is an journeyman with a 5-12 record as a starter and garbers is an undrafted rookie from what was considered a weak quarterback class. neither would inspire much hope as a backup if the car failed during the season.
how old is colin kaepernick?
colin kaepernick is 34 years old and will turn 35 during the 2022 nfl season. He entered the league at age 23 after being selected in the second round of the 2011 NFL draft by the 49ers. Kaepernick was 29 years old when he last played in the NFL.
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when did colin kaepernick last play in the nfl?
kaepernick last played in an nfl game in January. on January 1, 2017. He started for the 49ers in a 25-23 loss against the Seahawks. During the contest, Kaepernick completed 17 of 22 passes for 215 yards and a touchdown. he added 16 yards on five carries but lost a fumble.
kaepernick remained under contract with the 49ers until March 3, 2017 when he opted out of his deal. The 49ers had planned to release him if he didn’t opt out, so Kaepernick chose to make a free agency jump on him.
kaepernick only had one visit in 2017 with the seahawks and didn’t have another official visit or workout with a team until the raiders’ visit in 2022. he has missed five seasons, but has stayed in shape and waited patiently for the opportunity to return to the nfl.
why hasn’t colin kaepernick played in the nfl?
During the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick chose to protest systemic racism and social injustice in America by taking a knee during the national anthem.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in the flag of a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told nfl.com’s Steve Wyche after a preseason game against the Packers. “For me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish of me to look the other way. There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with it.”
Kaepernick’s comments and political views were polarizing, drawing both praise and criticism during the 2016 NFL season.
During the 2017 offseason, Kaepernick had a player option on his contract, but he turned it down. why? because the 49ers told him they would release him if he worked it out. As such, Kaepernick tried to push free agency.
however, only the seahawks showed legitimate interest in him, as he visited seattle but no other team. Kaepernick eventually filed a lawsuit against the NFL and its owners alleging that the league was excluding him because of his political views.
0:38 agreed with kaepernick. The website wrote in August 2017 that it was “obvious that Kaepernick is being frozen by his political views” and that statistical research showed that no quarterback as solid as Kaepernick had ever had as much trouble getting a job.
no above-average quarterback has been unemployed as long as kaepernick this offseason. The most comparable scenario, Ryan Fitzpatrick’s contract showdown with the New York Jets last offseason, is not comparable at all, since Fitzpatrick was the one exerting influence over the team, not the other way around.
And as Aaron Schatz of Football Outsiders points out, Kaepernick is the only 29-year-old or older quarterback in NFL history to throw 200 passes in his final NFL season and not get another job. that has not happened to any qb, no matter how much they have fought.
kaepernick finally settled his lawsuit with the nfl for approximately $10 million. But for the past five years, no NFL team has been willing to take a chance on him, even as a test player, until the Raiders.
colin kaepernick net worth
According to celebrity net worth, Kaepernick is worth about $20 million. he earned just under $43.5 million from his playing days, according to spotrac.com, so between taxes, expenses, and not playing since 2016, his net worth is much lower than his total earnings.
kaepernick has also made a big change since his association with nike. In addition, he settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL for about $10 million.