Eagles Expected to Have Presence at Kaepernick Workout
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) - The Eagles don't really need a quarterback right now but that will not stop the team from sending a representative to the hastily put together Saturday workout for Colin Kaepernick in Atlanta.
Philadelphia was not on an early list of 11 teams confirmed as attending but Eagles coach Doug Pederson said he expected someone from the organization to attend the workout.
“I would assume that we would,” Pederson said before practice Friday. “Obviously, for us, we're in season, so I can't be there, but comfortable with the guys we have. I'm assuming that we would have somebody there.”
While the unprecedented workout isn't the purview of Pederson, who has to prepare for the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots on Sunday, general manager Howie Roseman is on the record saying that the Eagles typically do their due diligence on any player who is available and the organization is indeed expected to have a presence as Pederson intimated.
With Carson Wentz, Josh McCown and Nate Sudfeld on the 53-man roster, Philadelphia is among the deepest teams in the NFL at the position but, like most organizations, the Eagles like to gather information in case a need arises.
Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016 when he began demonstrating during the national anthem to protest social injustices in America.
After San Francisco declined a big-money team option on his contract, Kaepernick has been unable to find work in the NFL and some have accused the league of blackballing the former Super Bowl signal caller because of his ideology.
While questions remain Kaepernick wrote on social media that he would participate in the workout, which will be run by former Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson with help from former Miami coach Joe Philbin.
Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has also been an outspoken voice when it comes to social justice issues, questioned the motives of the NFL.
“I really hope it’s a serious shot for him to get back in the league," Jenkins said. "I think he deserves to be in the league, and for the last three years has unjustly not had a job. But based on all the things that have led us to this point, it leaves me a little skeptical of the motivations behind it.”
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973espn.com. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @JFMcMullen