National Football League team invites Colin Kaepernick to work out, then abruptly cancels


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The Seahawks are still considering working out Kaepernick, a source told the network. Now that the case is being built (and potentially beginning to take a shape that suggests trouble for the league), the olive branch from the Seahawks may have been part of an effort to take Geragos up on his offer, belatedly, with Kaepernick, the Seahawks, and the NFL having a clear understanding as to all issues between them before Kaepernick signs.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said in 2016 when the firestorm around his kneeling ignited. "Clearly, Seattle has accepted players speaking out for what they believe".

According to Fox News, the former 49er was contacted by the Seahawks weeks ago about a possible visit to the team's headquarters for tryouts. McNair kicked off last month's owners meetings by adamantly reinforcing his controversial stance, saying that the national anthem is no place for protests. The quarterback filed a lawsuit against the NFL, saying the league colluded to keep him off the field following his protests of injustice facing the African American community.

Kaepernick opted out of his contract at the end of the year and became an unrestricted free agent that March. Should the two sides be able to work beyond the bumps in the road, Kaepernick would still appear a capable backup to Russell Wilson, as he still maintained a high passer rating and completion percentage even on a downtrodden 49ers team.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported on Thursday that the Seahawks postponed - and maybe cancelled - a workout with Kaepernick after he declined to give them an answer on his anthem plans in 2018.

The Seahawks have been known for letting players be themselves. He met recently with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also wanted assurances he would stop kneeling, ESPN reports.

Currently, four other National Football League owners are slated to sit for depositions, including the New England Patriots' Robert Kraft, Seattle Seahawks' Paul Allen, San Francisco 49ers' Jed York and the Miami Dolphins' Stephen Ross. Reid was one of the first players to join Kaepernick, and has not yet signed with a team since becoming a free agent. Duane Brown has also protested in the past, and is now on the Seahawks' roster.

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