Kaepernick famously began sitting out national anthems in 2016, in protest over the United States government's treatment of people of color domestically and overseas. He has been unable to sign with another National Football League club and has filed a grievance against the National Football League charging collusion.
The Seahawks have not ruled out contacting Kaepernick to rearrange the visit, per the Seattle Times, who were following up an earlier report from ESPN analyst Adam Schefter. That's why he began kneeling during the Star-Spangled Banner even knowing it could negatively affect his career, why he continued doing so even as the demonstration sparked a vast national controversy, and why he has declined to denounce the practice even as he has lingered in unemployment for the past year.
In 69 regular-season games with the 49ers from 2011 through 2016, Kaepernick threw for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions.
The day after the scheduled workout, NFL attorneys administered a deposition in NY regarding the league alleged attempts to keep him out of the league. Backup quarterback is not the most important role on the team, but it can be crucial, especially if you have a mobile starting quarterback like Russell Wilson.
No NFL team has worked out Kaepernick since he became a free agent after the 2016 season.
Representatives for the Seahawks and for Kaepernick did not immediately respond to TheWrap's request for comment. In fact, this news broke while Kaepernick was sitting in on the deposition of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Head coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and the team's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, are also on the request list from Kaepernick's attorneys. After all, this comes on the heels of the Cincinnati Bengals not signing free agent safety Eric Reid. The organization just simply wants him to have his plan sorted out in order for the team to best understand what to expect with him moving forward this offseason and into the 2018 season. However, the question has to be asked, are the Seahawks fundamentally changing their view on having players who are outspoken and political?
Reid, reportedly put off, declined to commit one way or the other and left without a contract offer.