5 reasons the Raiders may have passed on signing Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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Apr 2, 2022; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

The Las Vegas Raiders hosted free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick for a workout this week. They did not sign him, and here is why.

The last time Colin Kaepernick played in a professional football game was in 2017 which ended in a narrow loss to the Seahawks.

The 49ers’ season ended with a record of 2-14 and the head coach and general manager were fired as a result.

It’s no secret that Kaepernick was released and never picked up by another team, partially due to his play, injuries, and obviously his public protests and subsequent lawsuit against the NFL.

Now six years later during the week of May 23, 2022, Kaepernick received a chance* at re-entering the league with a workout hosted by the Las Vegas Raiders.

A franchise known for taking chances on cast-away players and also as frontrunners in the social justice movement it was not a surprise that the Raiders were the first NFL team to give Kaepernick an opportunity.

However, while Kaepernick reportedly “impressed” the Raiders’ scouts and front office personnel he left the Vegas desert without a contract.

Here are a few (speculated) theories as to why.