“Our biggest thing with everything today was making sure we had transparency in what went on,” Kaepernick said afterward. “We weren’t getting that elsewhere, so we came out here. It’s important that y’all (the media) are here.”
Former Cleveland Browns head coach Hue Jackson, with the help of former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin, were set to direct the original session, but they did not once Kaepernick’s plans changed.
After the change of plans, the NFL released a statement that read in part: “We are disappointed that Colin did not appear for his workout. He informed us of that decision at 2:30 p.m today along with the public.
“Today’s session was designed to give Colin what he has consistently said he wants – an opportunity to show his football readiness and desire to return to the NFL. Twenty-five (25) clubs were present for the workout, and all 32 clubs, their head coaches, general managers, and other personnel executives would have received video footage of the interview and workout, shot by the Atlanta Falcons video crew.
“We heard for the first time last night, around the same time we heard from Nike, that Colin wanted to bring his own video crew. We heard for the first time this afternoon that Colin wanted to open the event to all media.”
The lengthy statement ended with, “Colin’s decision has no effect on his status in the League. He remains an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any club.”
Nalley also spoke to reporters afterward, but he wasn’t optimistic about the odds of a team signing his client.
“I hope so, but I don’t know,” Nalley said. “I’ll be honest, I’m a little bit pessimistic because I’ve talked to all 32 teams. I’ve reached out to them recently and none of them have had any interest.
“I’ll tell you this: No team asked for this workout. The league office asked for this workout. And, I’ve got to tell you what, I’ve got to hand it to Colin. He stepped up, showed he’s in shape.
“I talked to the NFL people out here today. They said his arm talent is elite, that it’s the same as when he came out of college. I even asked them if you want to get him on a scale, see what he weighs — they said, ‘We don’t need to. He looks ripped. He looks in great shape.'”