Weeks after he blew off his NFL tryout to instead workout for the media, Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job, or even any known prospects.
Kaepernick’s agent, Jeff Nalley, recently told ESPN that he sent footage of the former star quarterback’s performance to all 32 NFL teams, but he found zero potential takers. His lawyer, Mark Mark Geragos later claimed two teams might still be interested, but he did not name them.
According to Nalley, Kaepernick, 32, was thinking about following the NFL owners to a March summit in Palm Beach, Florida, in bid to regain their attention.
Meanwhile, in a potentially embarrassing development, Kaepernick’s stunt has paid off for another player attempting an NFL comeback.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday that a little-known wide receiver whom Kaepernick invited to his workout to catch passes was signed to the Washington Redskins practice squad.
Jordan Veasy, 24, appeared in a viral video from the workout in which Kaepernick threw him a deep strike in the end zone of an Atlanta-area high school. Kaepernick fans hailed the clip as proof he still has game, but NFL teams took note of Veasy.
“It helped,” said Veasy, who heard from at least two teams following the workout. “That’s one of the reasons I wanted to be a part of it. Just being a part of the history of it, and I knew it was going to help me.”
How Jordan Veasy ended up at Colin Kaepernick’s workout
According to the Post, Veasy met Kaepernick a few years earlier at the University of California, Berkeley, in class about black representation in popular culture. Veasy was playing for the college football team, and Kaepernick was auditing the course while still with the 49ers.
While the report did not specify the year the two athletes met, Kaepernick’s last year in the NFL was 2016, when he was riding the bench in San Francisco, the organization that drafted him. It was that season that Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against black Americans. The move inspired fans and angered critics, including President Donald Trump.
After the season ended, Kaepernick left the 49ers. He has been unable to secure a new contract in the three seasons since. Kaepernick and his supporters have accused the NFL of blackballing him over his activism. But critics have suggested it’s natural there’s little demand for an aging quarterback with a penchant for controversial self-promotion.
Veasy, for his part, has been hustling to stay in the league since going undrafted out of Berkeley in 2016. Last month, weeks after being cut from the Buffalo Bills practice squad, he got Kaepernick’s let him drive down to Atlanta to participate in the quarterback’s scheduled workout.
Some 25 teams sent representatives to witness Kaepernick’s big moment. But when he canceled and relocated the event at the last minute, complaining about the league’s terms, only seven teams followed him.
The Redskins were one of the teams on hand, and they liked what they saw from him. They last week offered him a spot on their practice squad, no workout required.
As Kaepernick waits for his own offer, he has kept busy with social justice activism. Last week, he celebrated “Unthanksgiving” with Native American protesters on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay. The next day, he shared a slickly edited video of the event in which he condemened the United States as “stolen” country.