Colin Kaepernick Rumors: QB in 'Best Shape of His Life' Amid NFL Comeback Bid

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2020

RIVERDALE, GA - NOVEMBER 16: Colin Kaepernick looks on during his 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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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick continues to work out in the hope of landing another NFL contract, according to TMZ Sports

One source said Kaepernick is "in the best shape of his life."

The 32-year-old last played for the Niners in 2016. He opted out of his contract that offseason, with general manager John Lynch confirming the team had planned to release him.

Many believe NFL owners effectively blackballed Kaepernick in response to his social activism. He began protesting during the national anthem during the 2016 season, telling NFL Network's Steve Wyche he was "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."

Kaepernick filed a grievance in October 2017 alleging the NFL and owners colluded to keep him out of the league, and he settled the case in February 2019. 

Last November, he staged a workout for any interested suitors, which was largely overshadowed by logistical issues in the days leading up to the event. Some questioned whether it was truly a good-faith effort by the NFL to get Kaepernick back in the league.

To some extent, recent events have vindicated Kaepernick. 

A video showed former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was in custody. Floyd told officers at the scene he couldn't breathe, and he died at a local hospital.

Chauvin is facing charges of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, and three officers who were at the scene were charged with aiding and abetting murder.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell issued a statement last Friday saying the league erred in not supporting Kaepernick and other players who were outspoken about social issues:


We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People. We, the NFL, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL, believe Black Lives Matter. #InspireChange https://t.co/ENWQP8A0sv

Numerous Americans have marched and protested to demand reforms addressing police brutality and systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing.