JLC: Not Much Will Change For Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick had issues with the league-hosted workout – and rightfully so, Jason La Canfora says – but he is likely nowhere closer to an NFL job

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
November 21, 2019 - 9:06 am
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Days removed from Colin Kaepernick’s workout in Atlanta, CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora shared his thoughts on the messy, murky details behind what was truly an unprecedented event.

However well-intentioned the NFL may or may not have been in hosting the workout, the execution of it was sorely lacking.

“I just think it’s unfortunate that it was that messy and it devolved the way it did and it sort of became a battle of lawyers,” La Canfora said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “I’m not surprised, and I guess it’s to be expected when there is so little trust between these sides and there’s so much trepidation and they’re looking at each other with such jaundiced eyes and they’ve been through these legal battles already.”

The NFL contacted Kaepernick, who hadn’t played in the league since the 2016 season, about a workout with little notice. They told him where to be and when. No media, no fans.

“I can understand Colin Kaepernick being scarred, and he has to protect himself,” La Canfora said. “You have to go over every word with a fine-tooth comb. From the league’s standpoint, they feel they extended themselves for Colin in a way they haven’t made for anybody else, but I also think the way they approached him – the lack of a bedside manner, dropping it on him out of nowhere, (not) doing it in a way where it might have curried a little more favor or made it a little more inclusive – it was just very bizarre. It was out of the blue, the timing of it was always odd, and unfortunately I think the end result is that not much is going to change for Colin Kaepernick. Teams were not actively, seriously pursuing him before Tuesday when this dropped out of the blue, and I don’t foresee anyone doing it after the fact.”

Hosting a workout midseason, especially the day before a Sunday slate of games, was curious, to say the least.

“This whole thing was unprecedented,” La Canfora said. “The league is not in the business of scheduling workouts, which became abundantly clear with all the issues that Colin’s team rightfully brought up, and it’s things that the NFL football operations staff just don’t normally do. . . . It was new terrain for everybody, and to think that they were going to get on the same page in five days in the middle of the season and get all of this off the ground with no issues whatsoever in Atlanta on a Saturday, it always struck me as probably a bridge too far – and ultimately, it was.”

Click below to listen to La Canfora’s interview in its entirety.