Nin­ers will at­tend Kaeper­nick’s work­out

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - By Michael Now­els

The 49ers will see an old friend in Atlanta Satur­day.

A league source con­firmed to Bay Area News Group’s Cam In­man that the 49ers will at­tend Colin Kaeper­nick’s Satur­day work­out.

The Nin­ers are one of at least 12 teams who will be watch­ing the for­mer Pro Bowler. They’ll be joined by the Pa­tri­ots, Jets, Gi­ants, Bron­cos and more, ac­cord­ing to a re­lease from the NFL.

The Nin­ers are in a bit of a pinch here PR-wise: They can’t af­ford to show a lack of faith in Jimmy Garop­polo while the team has started this sea­son 8-1, but surely many fans would like them to show some sup­port for their for­mer star quar­ter­back.

With the work­out com­ing on a Satur­day, many teams won’t have top de­ci­sion-mak­ers on the ground in Atlanta, which may de­crease the odds of Kaeper­nick sign­ing with a team.

Kaeper­nick helped lead the Nin­ers to Su­per XLVII af­ter the 2012 sea­son, when he broke onto the scene af­ter re­plac­ing Alex Smith as the team’s start­ing quar­ter­back.

He played four more sea­sons for San Fran­cisco, in­clud­ing the 2016 sea­son when he be­gan kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them to protest po­lice vi­o­lence and racial in­jus­tice in Amer­ica.

Kaeper­nick opted out of his con­tract in early 2017 when gen­eral man­ager John Lynch told Kaeper­nick the team planned to re­lease him.

Since then, Kaeper­nick has been out of the NFL, cham­pi­oning so­cial jus­tice. But he has con­tin­ued mak­ing noise, main­tain­ing that he’s been work­ing out at 5 a.m. five days a week for the last three years hop­ing for an­other shot in the league.


From left, for­mer San Fran­cisco 49ers' Eli Harold (58), Colin Kaeper­nick (7) and Eric Reid (35) kneel dur­ing the na­tional an­them be­fore a game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara in 2016. Kaeper­nick, who has been out of the NFL since 2016, will work out for about a dozen teams this week­end.

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