Report: Pete Carroll, John Schneider Gave Colin Kaepernick Collusion Depositions

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2018

FILE - This Jan. 1, 2017, file photo shows then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick speaking at a news conference after the team's NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Santa Clara, Calif. Pete Carroll said the Seattle Seahawks have not closed the door on the possibility of adding Kaepernick to their roster, but how much further they pursue it may depend on the upcoming NFL draft. Reports surfaced earlier this month that Seattle pulled out of a planned workout for Kaepernick. Seattle has been one of the few teams to show interest in Kaepernick following his protests during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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Attorneys for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick deposed Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider over the past two days as part of Kaepernick's ongoing collusion grievance against the NFL, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday. 

Kaepernick was scheduled to work out for the Seahawks in April. However, Schefter reported the team indefinitely delayed the workout upon learning Kaepernick wouldn't commit to ending his protest during the national anthem.

Speaking to reporters, Carroll didn't definitively rule out the possibility of the Seahawks signing Kaepernick, per the News Tribune's Gregg Bell:

Gregg Bell @gbellseattle

In writing, what Pete Carroll said today about #Seahawks perhaps still being interesting in maybe, possibly signing QB Colin Kaepernick: https://t.co/JUAiG0NwVo

Seattle re-signed Austin Davis and added Stephen Morris this offseason to back up Russell Wilson, which likely eliminates any prospect of Kaepernick landing in the Pacific Northwest ahead of the 2018 NFL season.

Kaepernick filed his grievance last October, alleging team owners are conspiring to keep him out of the league as a result of his protests and social advocacy.

As part of the case, Kaepernick and his attorneys have deposed a number of NFL and team officials. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell testified in April along with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and NFL Executive Vice President Troy Vincent.

Yahoo Sports' Charles Robinson reported in February that Goodell's wife Jane was included on the deposition list as well. Robinson also listed New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome as having been requested to testify.


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