After three years, Colin Kaepernick is finally being able to show whether he can still play in the NFL.
According to the NFL Network, the league set up a private workout for him, which will take place Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, a northern suburb of Atlanta.
On Tuesday all 32 teams were invited to attend through a memo, and they’ll be able to see Kaepernick go through on-field drills and be interviewed, which will be recorded and made available for all the teams to watch. The workout was set up after Kaepernick’s representatives had talks with league officials.
“Earlier this year, we discussed some possible steps with his representatives and they recently emphasized his level of preparation and that he is ready to work out for clubs and be interviewed by them,” read the memo.
“We have therefore arranged this opportunity for him to workout, and for all clubs to have the opportunity to evaluate his current readiness and level of interest in resuming his NFL career,” it also stated.
Kaepernick confirmed the news of the workout Tuesday on Twitter and said he’s fully prepared for it, which he’s seemed to prove earlier this year through a series of workout videos.
“I’m just getting word from my representatives that the NFL league office reached out to them about a workout in Atlanta on Saturday,” the 32-year-old tweeted. “I’ve been in shape and ready for this for 3 years, can’t wait to see the head coaches and GMs on Saturday.”
Those who work closely with the quarterback asked the NFL for a list of the team representatives and coaches that were planning to attend the workout, which the league already turned in. It’s also been said that several teams have expressed interest in seeing if Kaepernick is ready to play.
The University of Nevada alum became embroiled in controversy when he began sitting down for the national anthem in 2016, then kneeling for it to protest systematic racism and police brutality.
After the 2016 season, he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers since the team said they were going to release him anyway.
Kaepernick and former teammate Eric Reid then filed a grievance on Oct. 16, 2017, and accused NFL owners of colluding to keep them out of the league because of their protests. Reid, a safety, now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
They eventually reached a settlement, which was said to be for $10 million.