It’s been more than five years since Colin Kaepernick has thrown a pass to an NFL receiver, but that’s going to change this week when the former 49ers quarterback meets up with Seattle’s Tyler Lockett for a throwing session.
Kaepernick made headlines on March 10 when he shared a video on Twitter where he let the NFL world know that he’s “still working” and would like to make a comeback. Although Kaepernick has been doing his best to stay in football shape, it hasn’t been easy for him. To keep his accuracy sharp, Kaepernick has been throwing to his trainer the past five years and since he’s now serious about returning to the NFL, the 34-year-old thought it was time to make an upgrade at receiver, so he took to Twitter over the weekend looking for some help.
Less than 10 minutes after sending out the tweet, Lockett responded and let Kaepernick know that he’d be more than happy to run routes for him.
Kaepernick was clearly thrilled to see someone volunteer so quickly, because less than 30 minutes later, the former NFL quarterback said he was going to meet up with Lockett for a throwing session on Monday, which is a pretty quick turn around considering these tweets were all sent out on Sunday.
They must have coordinated quickly, because just a few hours later, Kaepernick and Lockett were spotted together in Phoenix attending the Suns’ 140-111 win over the Lakers.
The fact that Lockett ended up being the one who volunteered to catch passes from Kaepernick is interesting for a multitude of reasons.
For one, the Seahawks are currently looking for a quarterback. If Lockett spends a day or two this week catching passes from Kaepernick and the receiver reports back to Pete Carroll that the QB seems to be in good shape, the Seahawks could think about giving him a tryout. Although the idea of Kaepernick landing a tryout doesn’t seem likely, the upside for him is that if any team would be willing to give him a shot, it would almost certainly be Seattle.
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017 with teams deciding to stay away from him after he decided to start protesting against racial injustice and police brutality against minorities by sitting during the national anthem, which he started doing in August 2016.
During his five years out of football, only one team offered him a tryout and that team was the Seahawks. Kaepernick visited with the team in May 2017, but ultimately decided not to sign him. Kaepernick then had another visit scheduled with the Seahawks in April 2018, but that one got canceled for unknown reasons. According to Mike Silver of Bally Sports, the Seahawks stayed away from Kaepernick because they didn’t want Russell Wilson to feel threatened in the locker room.
With Wilson out of the picture, the Seahawks might be more open to giving Kaepernick a shot, but that’s only if he has anything left in the tank and after more than five years out of the NFL, it’s hard to say if he does, but the only way any team will find out is if they give him a call.
Kaepernick hasn’t taken an NFL snap since the 49ers’ 2016 regular season finale that was played on January 1, 2017. During his time in San Francisco, Kaepernick thrived under Jim Harbaugh, going 25-14 as a starter while also leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. However, he struggled after Harbaugh left, going just 3-16 with Jim Tomsula (2015) and Chip Kelly (2016).
The civil rights activist, who was selected by San Francisco with the 36th overall pick in 2011, was the sixth quarterback taken that year behind Cam Newton (first overall pick), Jake Locker (eighth), Blaine Gabbert (10th), Christian Ponder (12th) and Andy Dalton (35th).