Colin Kaepernick to coach for Raiders in first NFL opportunity since 2016: reports

Colin Kaepernick gets his first chance to coach for an NFL team since he last played in the league in 2016, when he began taking a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.

Two people familiar with the situation said Kaepernick will train for the Los Vegas Raiders on Wednesday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced training plans. ESPN first reported that the Raiders would bring in Kaepernick.

CBC Sports has not independently confirmed the reports.

Kaepernick hasn’t played since the end of the 2016 season when he was cut by San Francisco as the new regime led by coach Kyle Shanahan wanted to go in a different direction at quarterback.

Kaepernick never got another chance, not even to coach for NFL teams, as he claimed he had come under fire for his protests during the previous season’s anthem. He met with Seattle and had informal talks with Baltimore, but never got a closer look.

He filed a complaint with the NFL in 2017 about his lack of opportunities and settled it in 2019, but he never saw her again.

The Raiders have been at the forefront of diversity throughout their history, hiring Tom Flores as the second head coach of Hispanic descent, Art Shell as the first black head coach in modern history and Amy Trask as the first CEO.

Owner Mark Davis has publicly said he would back his coaches if they wanted to take a look at Kaepernick, and first-year coach Josh McDaniels is doing just that.

The Raiders have no obvious quarterback need after signing starter Derek Carr to an extension last month. Las Vegas also signed Nick Mullens as a backup this offseason, traded for Jarrett Stidham and signed Chase Garbers as an undrafted free agent.

But none of those backups have the pedigree of Kaepernick, who emerged as one of the league’s young stars when he started in San Francisco in 2012 and helped the Niners reach the Super Bowl that season.

Kaepernick’s game began to regress in 2014 and he was injured midway through the following season and lost his starting job. Things changed the next preseason when Kaepernick began protesting during the national anthem, drawing the ire of critics who included then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Kaepernick regained his starting job in 2016 and threw 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions in 12 games with a 90.7 passer rating.

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