Colin Kaepernick Throws to Jarvis Landry, Browns Players at 'House of Athlete'

Tim Daniels@@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist IVApril 15, 2022

FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2019, file photo, free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick arrives for a workout for NFL football scouts and media in Riverdale, Ga. Kaepernick has been a leader in the fight for social justice by people of color not just in the football world or the sports world. Recent developments have raised his profile and, more significantly, reminded many of the sacrifices he has made while protesting social injustice and police brutality.(AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File)
AP Photo/Todd Kirkland, File

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is working out at the House of Athlete facility in Florida this week as part of his effort to earn another NFL opportunity.

Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk reported Thursday that Kaepernick has taken part in throwing sessions with free-agent wide receiver Jarvis Landry, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Jakeem Grant and Browns tight end David Njoku.

The 34-year-old quarterback hosted a throwing exhibition during halftime of Michigan's spring game in early April, and the 2011 second-round pick said afterward he could "absolutely" still play at a high level.

"We still get out there and sling it," Kaepernick told reporters. "Really, getting out here for the exhibition was to show that I can still do it. It's one of the questions my agent keeps getting, so we want to make sure we can come out, show everyone I can still play, still throw it."

The dual-threat playmaker, who led the Niners to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII at the end of the 2012 season, added he's hoping an organization will bring him in for a visit.

"I can help make you a better team," Kaepernick said. "I can help you win games. I know right now the situation likely won't allow me to come in and step into a starting role. I know I'll be able to work my way to that and show that very quickly."

Last month, he worked out with Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett, who vouched for him afterward:

Tyler Lockett @TDLockett12

Yessir!! That man Kap is ready!! <a href="https://t.co/GRZBaqWEC0">https://t.co/GRZBaqWEC0</a>

Kaepernick compiled an 88.9 passer rating in 69 games across six seasons with the Niners, which would rank 19th among active quarterbacks, and he also racked up 2,300 rushing yards and 13 scores on the ground.

The Wisconsin native started to kneel during the national anthem ahead of the 2016 season to protest racial injustice, an act later joined by athletes around the world.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick told NFL Media at the time. "To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

He opted out of his contract with the 49ers after the 2016 campaign and has never been signed again. He filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL that was settled out of court in February 2019.

Kaepernick has maintained his desire for a second chance in the NFL over the past six years, but there's never been any news or rumors suggesting a deal was close, a trend that's continued this offseason.

Multiple teams are still in the market for a quarterback, either to compete for the starting job or to handle a backup role, so there's still a possibility he could generate interest. That would probably happen after the dust settles from the 2022 draft in late April.