Colin Kaepernick worked out for NFL teams on Saturday, and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he hoped the former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller gets another chance to play in the NFL.
"Like I said, it's great that he got an opportunity. Hopefully he makes the most of it," Brady said Monday on the Greg Hill Morning Show, per Ryan Hannable of WEEI. "Hopefully he gets an opportunity. That's kind of how I feel. I like Colin."
Kaepernick's workout on Saturday served as much of a public relations battle between the NFL and the quarterback as anything else. The 32-year-old, unhappy with the conditions the league set up, ditched the NFL's workout and staged his own.
One of the major issues was the waiver the league asked Kaepernick to sign ahead of the workout:
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Per Eric Reid, the NFL demanded that Colin Kaepernick sign a unique waiver that "relinquished his employment rights" instead of a standard waiver. If Reid's accurate, suggests NFL wanted Kaepernick to give up legal rights to pursue grievances or lawsuits that other players enjoy. https://t.co/YGespg46IJ
But the issues didn't end there, as Andrew Beaton of the Wall Street Journal outlined:
"The NFL then balked at a different waiver proposed by Kaepernick’s lawyer at the last minute, deeming it inadequate, and his team's request to make the workout open to the media for transparency. Along the way, Nike—both an NFL sponsor and prominent Kaepernick endorser—was caught in the middle of the rancor.
"So Kaepernick staged his own workout at an Atlanta-area high school in front of cameras and reporters. Eight teams came, versus the 25 who were to attend the league-sanctioned workout."
The event seemed ill-fated from the jump. Namely, holding it on a Saturday, when many scouts and executives would be attending college games, was a bizarre choice by the NFL. The perception from Kaepernick supporters was the NFL was hosting the event for public relations purposes, so they could say Kaepernick got his workout with NFL teams after receiving no interest from teams over the past three years.
As for the workout itself, the consensus seemed to be that Kaepernick still has excellent arm strength and athleticism, though he lacked some touch and accuracy on some of his passes. That would jibe with the player he was during his six-season NFL career with the San Francisco 49ers.
It's hard to imagine that there isn't at least one team who could use Kaepernick. After all, consider some of the mediocre quarterbacks who have gotten snaps this season: Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Mitchell Trubisky, Eli Manning, Josh Rosen, Matt Schaub, Jeff Driskel, Chase Daniel, Luke Falk, Brian Hoyer, Ryan Finlay and Matt Barkley, to name a few.
On talent alone, Kaepernick, a former second-round draft pick who led the Niners to an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII, deserves another shot in the NFL. Even players like Brady acknowledge as much. But given the distrust between the league and Kaepernick, his return to the NFL continues to feel like a long shot.