With so many NFL teams in desperate need of a solid quarterback, the timing could possibly be right for Colin Kaepernick to make one last effort to get back into the league and prove he’s still capable of playing.
The football player-turned activist reappeared on social media last week by posting a video of himself with the caption “still working.” Kaepernick hasn’t played in the NFL since 2006 due to an alleged effort from NFL owners to blackball him following his kneeling protests over the national anthem.
One NFL team that many people immediately started thinking about was the Seattle Seahawks. Not only do they find themselves in need of a new QB after trading long-time starter Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, but they were the last team to give Colin a legitimate shot. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in 2020 that he had “regret” about not signing Kaepernick after he left the San Francisco 49ers. The team had their chance in 2018 but they reportedly canceled a workout with him when he refused to promise he wouldn’t kneel during the national anthem.
Sunday, Kaepernick returned to Twitter to reaffirm his commitment to getting back into the NFL.
For The past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners.
Who’s working?? I will pull up
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 13, 2022
“For the past 5 years, I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself,” wrote the quarterback. “I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners. Who’s working?? I will pull up.”
Within ten minutes, he had his answer, courtesy of Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett.
Let’s do it bro! Me and my brother will come run routes for you! https://t.co/MPvZTKA8PG
— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) March 13, 2022
“Let’s do it bro!,” wrote Lockett. “Me and my brother will come run routes for you!”
It’s hard not to connect the dots here and see yet another way the Seahawks and Kaepernick are being drawn together. Perhaps this was a coordinated move on their parts to draw attention or to put pressure on the NFL franchise. But regardless, it’s certainly going to keep that conversation going, especially as the Seahawks try to figure out what their post-Wilson plans are at the position.
Kaepernick spent six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, throwing for over 12,000 yards and 72 touchdowns, leading the team to Super Bowl XLVII.