NFL Rumors: Colin Kaepernick Drew Interest from 2 More Teams Before Raiders Workout

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVMay 26, 2022

ANN ARBOR, MI - APRIL 02: Colin Kaepernick participates in a throwing exhibition during half time of the Michigan spring football game at Michigan Stadium on April 2, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Jaime Crawford/Getty Images)
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In addition to the Las Vegas Raiders, two other NFL teams reportedly showed interest in quarterback Colin Kaepernick this offseason, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

The news comes after the Raiders hosted the free agent for a workout on Wednesday, Kaepernick's first audition with a team since 2017. He last appeared in an NFL game in 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the workout "went well and he impressed." 

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports added that the workout was a "legitimate effort to assess his ability and take a close look at what he can do."

The interest is a significant change from recent years when the 34-year-old struggled to get the attention of NFL organizations.

Kaepernick notably led the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance after the 2012 season and was a dual-threat star under center during his next four years as a starter. He threw 16 touchdowns with four interceptions in 12 appearances in 2016. 

Yet the quarterback's play became overshadowed by his decision to kneel during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice and police brutality. He went unsigned the following offseason, and he filed a grievance against the NFL alleging collusion before settling with the league in 2019.

Though he has continually said he was ready to return to the field, he has been more aggressive this offseason and held a workout at the Michigan spring game alongside former coach Jim Harbaugh. 

The Raiders are seemingly now a legitimate landing spot for Kaepernick as a backup behind Derek Carr, but he may have other options if that falls through.