Colin Kaepernick at a Michigan spring game in 2022. Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Adam Schefter broke the news Wednesday that the Las Vegas Raiders are working out Colin Kaepernick this week for a potential spot on their roster. If he were able to make the team, it would be Kaepernick’s return to the NFL for the first time since 2016.

It was assumed by many that the NFL would never welcome Kaepernick back after he began kneeling during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice across America. The quarterback also faced plenty of criticism from other players and media members.

However, the door was opened last month when Raiders owner Mark Davis said Kaepernick “deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League” and that he “would welcome him with open arms” onto the Raiders roster.

The big question is whether or not Davis is serious about bringing Kapernick on or if this is some kind of classic Raiders franchise move to thumb its nose at the NFL.

There are also questions surrounding whether or not the 34-year-old is still capable of playing at an NFL level given that he’s been out of the league for six years. We’ve seen that he still has arm strength, but there’s more to it to playing in the league.

The QB has been adamant that he still has what it takes and would be happy to accept a backup role in order to prove it. That would be pretty likely if he were to make the Raiders roster as they just re-signed Derek Carr to a massive extension.

We’ll see how it all plays out for Colin, the Raiders, and the NFL. But in the meantime, there were some very strong reactions to the news when it was announced.

[Adam Schefter]

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