The Washington Redskins will send someone to Colin Kaepernick’s workout for NFL teams on Saturday.
First reported by the Washington Post, a team official confirmed to reporters that a Redskins representative will attend — shortly after interim coach Bill Callahan said he “doesn’t believe” the team will send someone.
“Our situation is full at this juncture right now because of the two veteran quarterbacks we have (Case Keenum and Colt McCoy), along with Dwayne (Haskins),” Callahan told reporters.
But the Redskins not only will be there, they’ll be in good company. At least three other teams’ coaches confirmed Wednesday that they plans to have someone watch Kaepernick’s workout Saturday in Atlanta.
Dolphins coach Brian Flores was the first to say his team will be represented at the workout, which was announced Tuesday. Later in the day, New York Jets coach Adam Gase and Denver Broncos president of football operations and general manager John Elway said their teams will be present.
Additional reports added the Patriots, Cowboys, Giants, Lions, Bengals, Falcons and Buccaneers to the list of teams that will attend. The workout will be held at the Falcons’ facility.
The NFL arranged the workout rather than Kaepernick’s camp, ESPN reported. Kaepernick’s people also reportedly took issue with the fact that the workout was scheduled for a Saturday, when many teams are traveling to their Sunday games, as opposed to a Tuesday, the day most NFL workouts generally take place.
The 32-year-old quarterback has not played in the league since 2016 when he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice.
The Dolphins’ quarterbacks are Ryan Fitzpatrick, who turns 37 this month, and second-year player Josh Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona during last year’s draft. Many believed Miami to be tanking this season to obtain an ideal draft position and draft a future franchise quarterback.
The Broncos are another interesting case. Before the start of the 2018 season, Elway said Kaepernick had “had his chance to be here,” referring to a contract they had offered him. But that offer came as part of a proposed trade while Kaepernick still played for San Francisco, before he began the take-a-knee protests, and involved a pay cut.
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