Colin Kaepernick's Agent Jeff Nalley 'Pessimistic' QB Will Receive a Contract

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 17, 2019

RIVERDALE, GA - NOVEMBER 16: Colin Kaepernick drinks water during the Colin Kaepernick NFL workout held at Charles R. Drew High School on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)
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Jeff Nalley, the agent for Colin Kaepernick, said he's "pessimistic" the free-agent quarterback is signed by an NFL team after his open workout Saturday.

"I hope so, but I don't know,'' Nalley said, per Vaughn McClure of ESPN. "I'll be honest, I'm a little bit pessimistic because I've talked to all 32 teams. I've reached out to them recently, and none of them have had any interest. I'll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout.

"And, I've got to tell you what, I've got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed he's in shape. I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it's the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them: 'If you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs.' They said, 'We don't need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.'"

Steve Wyche of NFL Network also spoke to Nalley, who gave credit to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell for getting 25 teams to agree to attend a scheduled workout at the Atlanta Falcons team facility. Kaepernick canceled that workout in favor of his own event that was live-streamed and made available to the public. 

The Philadelphia Eagles, Kansas City Chiefs, New York Jets, Washington, San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions and Tennessee Titans had representatives at the workout.

Kaepernick has gone unsigned since he threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns against four interceptions for the 49ers in 2016. During that season, Kaepernick protested police brutality and discrimination against minorities by kneeling during the national anthem, setting off a firestorm of controversy. 

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Multiple players later joined the protest, which garnered national attention and made Kaepernick sports' most polarizing figure. He and safety Eric Reid, who has also protested during the anthem, sued the NFL in 2017 for colluding to keep them out of the league. The suit was settled earlier this year. Reid is currently a member of the Carolina Panthers.

"I've been ready for three years,'' Kaepernick said. "I've been denied for three years. We all know why I came out here. [I] showed it today in front of everybody. We have nothing to hide. So we're waiting for the 32 owners, 32 teams, Roger Goodell, all of them stop running. Stop running from the truth. Stop running from the people.

"We're out here. We're ready to play. We're ready to go anywhere. My agent, Jeff Nalley, is ready to talk [to] any team. I'll interview with any team at any time. I've been ready.''

There have been numerous quarterbacks who have signed and started NFL games with lesser resumes than Kaepernick, but decision-makers have remained wary of signing him. Nalley noted the original workout idea was at the behest of the league office, not any team, so it's possible team front offices will remain satisfied to keep him out of the league.

By all accounts, Kaepernick's workout went well. He completed 53 of his 60 passes while flashing a strong arm on deep passes and accuracy on intermediate routes. 

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