UPDATED: Colin Kaepernick, who has not thrown a move within the NFL since 2016, will work out this week for the Las Vegas Raiders, in accordance the ESPN’s Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Yahoo Sports additionally confirmed the information with what it mentioned had been two sources near the quarterback.

Rather less than a month in the past, Raiders proprietor Mark Davis mentioned of Kaepernick that he “would welcome him with open arms” as long as the group’s coaches and GM had been on board. “”He deserves each likelihood on the earth to develop into a quarterback within the National Football League,” mentioned Davis.

PREVIOUSLY on April 28: “I consider in Colin Kaepernick,” mentioned Las Vegas Raiders proprietor Mark Davis final night time in an interview with NBC Sports Bay Area. “He deserves each likelihood on the earth to develop into a quarterback within the National Football League. I nonetheless stand by it. If our coaches and basic supervisor need to convey him in or need him to be the quarterback on this group, I might welcome him with open arms.”

Kaepernick performed six seasons for the San Francisco 49ers earlier than being basically blacklisted by the NFL for taking a knee in in the course of the nationwide anthem in 2016 to protest racism and police violence. Kaepernick turned a free agent after the 2016 season and went unsigned.

In 2017, he filed a grievance towards the NFL and its group homeowners. The authorized submitting accused the events of colluding to maintain Kaepernick out of the league. He reached a confidential settlement with the NFL in 2019 and subsequently withdrew the lawsuit. Kaepernick has since mentioned he’d be prepared to develop into a backup quarterback within the league, however stays unsigned.

The Raiders have lengthy been a franchise prepared to buck the established order. They have additionally been lengthy dedicated to their present quarterback Derek Carr, who simply signed a three-year, $121.5 contract extension that runs via 2025. The Raiders have potential backup candidates in Nick Mullens and Garrett Gilbert, every of whom has much less expertise than Kaepernick.

According to Davis, any choice on the previous 49ers starter will fall to the Raiders’ new GM and its new head coach, Josh McDaniels.

“I believe Colin is a really misunderstood human being,” Davis mentioned. “I’ve gotten an opportunity to speak to him. I by no means actually knew Colin, and I didn’t perceive him. I didn’t perceive the kneeling, what that meant initially. Over time, I’ve realized a little bit bit extra about it.

“I perceive [now] the place he was coming from. He’s obtained a message for society as a complete.”

Davis in contrast Kaepernick to Tommie Smith, whom he known as a buddy. Smith, who’s Black, set the 200-meter file and received gold within the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City, however was excommunicated from the Games after he and bronze medalist John Carlos supplied the Black energy salute on the rostrum in a protest towards racial oppression.

“In the identical vein, Colin Kaepernick has sacrificed plenty of the issues that he might have been doing in his life to get a message throughout about police violence and fairness and inclusion in America,” mentioned Davis. “I stand by that.”

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