After free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced he would hold a workout for all 32 NFL teams Saturday in Atlanta in an event orchestrated by the league, former teammate Eric Reid questioned the motives of the showcase.
Reid, now a safety for the Panthers, said the decision to set up the workout seemed like a PR stunt. It was reportedly sprung on Kaepernick at the last second with several conditions attached, including a two-hour window in which his camp could agree to terms.
“It’s disingenuous,” Reid told reporters. “They want the appearance of giving Colin a chance, but they give him two hours’ notice and tell (him) it has to be on a Saturday when they know decision-makers are traveling. So is this real? We’ll see.”
Kap’s representatives were told that the NFL needed an answer “in two hours” if Kaepernick planned to go through with the workout. A lot of people had to rearrange their schedules. They thought it conflicted with college football scouting schedules and NFL Sunday game day prep
— Tyler R. Tynes (@TylerRickyTynes) November 13, 2019
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Also Wednesday, the NFL reportedly reversed course in its pledge to disclose who would attend the workout.
After initially agreeing to provide the list of personnel executives and coaches that would attend Colin Kaepernick’s workout￼, the NFL has reversed course and said it will not, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 13, 2019
At 32, Kaepernick remains eager to get another NFL job after not playing since 2016. He and Reid settled a lawsuit against the league in which they alleged teams owners colluded to blackball them. Reid and Kaepernick each knelt for the national anthem during their time with the 49ers to protest police brutality and racism in the U.S., helping to start a larger movement of speaking up about social issues across sports.
Reid has long been an ardent supporter of Kaepernick.