Multiple NFL Teams Reportedly Researching Colin Kaepernick, Talking to His Associates

While teams have reportedly not contacted the QB himself, the research process is ongoing

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Colin Kaepernick looks to pass during his NFL workout held at Charles R Drew high school on November 16, 2019 in Riverdale, Georgia.
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By Luis Paez-Pumar / June 27, 2020 11:26 am

Though the NFL’s stance has always been that Colin Kaepernick would be welcomed back into the fold if a team signed him, no team has particularly come close in the past. However, with the league’s seeming acceptance of the Black Lives Matter movement and the anthem protests that Kaepernick helped kick off, it appears teams are actively doing their research on the former Niners quarterback.

According to a report by NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, several teams are in the process of “doing their homework” on Kaepernick by talking to his friends and associates, though none were reported to have actually reached out to the quarterback himself:

Now you might say why not just go directly to Kaepernick, go directly to his agent? Why do you have to play this game where you’re working the periphery — just more of the same? That would be a fair point. My understanding, at least to explain it from a team’s perspective, is they’re still doing their homework, still doing their research. When they get to the point where they’re confident enough that they think they can work out a contract, that’s when there’ll be direct communication with the agent.

That last bit confirms a report by ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio, who said earlier this week that Kaepernick had not been contacted by any teams directly. However, it does appear that whoever these interested teams are have been doing more towards signing Kaepernick than ever before, nearly four years after he last played in the NFL. League commissioner Roger Goodell went on the record earlier this month, saying he encourages a team to sign Kaepernick.

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