Controversial player Colin Kaepernick's big shot at NFL return

Colin Kaepernick, who has not played an NFL match since the start of 2017, will take part in a workout session in Atlanta on Saturday – with the support of the league office – aiming to give franchises an opportunity to judge his potential return to the league, a source told Yahoo Sports.

The workout will be private but open to NFL teams interested in attending, similar to pro days often attended by personnel departments in the lead-up to the NFL draft.

The controversial former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was effectively frozen out of the sport as a result of his divisive national anthem protests.

Colin Kaepernick seen kneeling in protest against the US national anthem. Pic: Getty

Kaepernick will also be available for an interview session after the workout, with all materials including the workout video and any non-proprietary interview materials made available to any franchise that requests them.

Interestingly, the workout has been organised by the NFL, which reached out to Kaepernick’s representatives recently and floated the idea of creating an opportunity for team decision-makers to get some updated film on the quarterback.

The NFL then released a memo to teams, alerting them to the workout, including the destination in Atlanta and the Nov. 16 date.

While it’s not known what prompted the NFL to request a Kaepernick workout after he has been out of the league nearly three seasons, it comes on the heels of Kaepernick intensifying his campaign for a return to the NFL.

That effort has included the posting of multiple workout videos in recent months, as well as a “fact sheet” released by his agents in October which aimed to refute some of the narratives that continued to be repeated about Kaepernick in the media.

Colin Kaepernick is hoping to make a return to the NFL. Pic: Getty

What remains a mystery as of Tuesday is how many NFL teams will attend and what level of decision-makers would be dispatched.

Given that Saturday is when most NFL teams are eyeing college football talent, the Kaepernick session comes at an awkward time when most personnel men have had their schedules locked in for weeks or even months in advance.

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