Colin Kaepernick still does not have an NFL job. He apparently won’t be getting one with the Seattle Seahawks in the immediate future.
On Thursday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the team postponed a scheduled Kaepernick workout this week after the quarterback “declined to stop kneeling during the national anthem next season.” That report was contradicted in part by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, who reported that the Seahawks postponed the workout because “the team asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan.”
According to the Seattle Times, Kaepernick said he didn’t know what his plans for off-field activities would be in 2018. The team decided to postpone his scheduled visit while coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discussed the matter, according to the Times, which added that Kaepernick still could be considered and brought in for a visit. The Times also reported that the club wanted “assurances of his commitment to football.”
After Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers parted company a little over a year ago, he went unsigned in 2017, following a relatively successful 2016 campaign. He began kneeling during the playing of the national anthem during the 2016 preseason to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States.
Kaepernick, 30, visited with the Seahawks last May, when Seattle was in the market for a backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson, but the team decided not to sign him.
“He’s a starter in this league,” Carroll told reporters after the Seahawks passed on Kaepernick. “We have a starter, but he is a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
Seattle has room on its roster for a backup quarterback after it cut Trevone Boykin in the wake of domestic violence allegations lodged against him by his longtime girlfriend.