After spending the past two-plus seasons out of the NFL, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick will work out for NFL teams at the Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility on Saturday in hopes of earning a job.
Kaepernick, the 32-year-old former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, last played in the league in 2016, the same year he began kneeling during the national anthem as a means of protesting police brutality and racial inequality.
There have been lots of details trickling out since Tuesday, when the NFL invited representatives from all 32 teams to attend the workout, so let’s take a moment to make sense of it all.
Here’s a quick primer ahead of Kaepernick’s workout Saturday afternoon — which, according to NFL Network, is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. ET.
So, how did this all come together?
Well, it’s still a bit murky.
USA TODAY Sports’ Mike Jones uncovered many of the details earlier this week, reporting that the workout caught many within the league office and the NFL Players Association by surprise. It appeared to be rushed, he added, even though commissioner Roger Goodell had kicked around the idea for some time.
Jones also reported that Jay-Z, the rapper who partnered with the NFL earlier this year to work on its social justice initiative, had some influence on the matter and had spoken with Goodell multiple times about helping Kaepernick get back in the NFL.
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Ultimately, it all came together relatively quickly on Tuesday. Multiple outlets, including The New York Times, reported that Kaepernick’s camp was told of the workout plan and given two hours to confirm whether the quarterback would attend.
What will the workout entail?
It will basically be similar to a pro day, with drills, measurements and an interview — all filmed and made available afterward to every team in the league.