According to reports from NFL insiders, the workout “went well” and “the door is open” for the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback to potentially return to the league for the first time since 2016. Another NFL insider also said that two other NFL teams were already kicking the tires on Kaepernick before the Raiders held the workout, implying that there could be more opportunities in the near future.
As for how Kaepernick looked on Wednesday, Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels initially declined to discuss the specifics.
“We will only talk about the people that are on our team,” McDaniels said. “Dave (Ziegler) and his staff have worked out tons of guys this spring. We really don’t make comments about the evaluations that we made or what they looked like, what they didn’t look like, strengths and weaknesses, those kinds of thing. They are obviously kind of private for us as we look at things to try to make decisions to make the team better. If players are added to the team, then obviously we’ll talk about them at that point.
“I respect the question 100 percent. I understand, but that’s kind of what we’ll stick to.”
Later on, however, McDaniels did explain why the team invited Kaepernick to work out for them in the first place.
“If there’s an opportunity to improve the team, we said it from day one that we would look at every opportunity. He’s not the first player that we looked at, not the last one,” McDaniels said. “There’s going to be a lot of people that come in and out of this building and have an opportunity to make an impression. … If we make a decision to add somebody to the team, then we’ll do it.”
We’ll see if the Raiders decide to move forward and add Kaepernick to their roster. If so, McDaniels will certainly have plenty more to say.