Seattle Seahawks rescind Colin Kaepernick workout invite over kneeling

Seattle Seahawks rescind Colin Kaepernick workout invite over kneeling

Seattle Seahawks rescind Colin Kaepernick workout invite over kneeling

According to Schefter, the Seahawks backed away when Kaepernick would not promise to stop kneeling in protest during national anthem demonstrations before games next season.

This changes the narrative a bit as there is still much interest on the Seahawks' behalf to possibly sign Kaepernick to a deal this offseason to become the backup to Pro Bowler Russell Wilson. His NFL exile appeared to be coming to an end this week with reports that the Seahawks were bringing him in for a workout, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Seahawks backed off plans to take a look at Kaepernick.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider plan to meet with the quarterback at a later date, once he considers "how he wants to proceed on everything", per Rapoport.

Thursday's revelation is particularly notable given that Kaepernick is now suing the NFL, alleging that team owners and NFL executives colluded to keep him out of the league.

It should be very clear by now that protesting publicly and prominently is very important to Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, who hasn't played since 1 January 2017, also has 2,300 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. As Sports Illustrated noted, "for purposes of collusion analysis, Kaepernick's superior talent compared to some National Football League quarterbacks doesn't-by itself-prove anything".

"And at the last moment that trip was postponed, because a conversation occurred where they wanted to know what he was going to be doing on the field this year before and during the national anthem", Schefter said on NFL Live.

Seattle has room on its roster for a backup quarterback after it cut Trevone Boykin in the wake of domestic violence allegations lodged against him by his longtime girlfriend.

Kaepernick has been at the center of the two-year controversy.

Kaepernick met with NFL attorneys in NY for his deposition regarding a grievance against the league's owners allegedly colluding to keep him from playing. SB Nation, meanwhile, reports that the Seahawks told Kaepernick not to bother attending the workout if he planned to continue kneeling. McNair has said he was referring to team executives and not kneeling players.

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