Seahawks push more nuanced version of the cancellation of Kaepernick's workout

Remember, Robert Griffin III has a job and Kaepernick does not. And the Seahawks' backup quarterback situation is dire. Colin Kaepernick first started kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a form of protest against police brutality against minorities. 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.

Earlier this week, the Cincinnati Bengals reportedly hesitated to sign Reid, another free agent, because he too would not promise to stand for the anthem in 2018.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport sorta-kinda confirmed Schefter's report, tweeting that Seahawks decision-makers "want Colin Kaepernick to consider how he wants to proceed on everything". The Times also said the Seahawks wanted to know Kaepernick's plans on pursuing activism off the field.

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. According to his sources, Seattle "asked for his plan moving forward on how to handle everything and there was not a firm plan".

Just last week, Texans owner Bob McNair reiterated his stance that politics have no place on the football field and he took back an apology he made past year when he said the NFL "can't have the inmates running the prison" amid the heat of the anthem debate. He was quickly joined by his San Francisco 49ers teammate Eric Reid before players on other teams followed suit.

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Kaepernick led the 49ers to the Super Bowl after the 2012 season, but no National Football League team has signed him since he became a free agent in 2016.

Schefter cited "league sources" for the information.

Then there's the question of the timing, of course.

At the upcoming league meetings in May, Mortensen said the anthem issue is "back on the front burner".

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