If the Raiders are going to make a move on Colin Kaepernick, it appears they are going to take their time in doing so.
The former 49ers quarterback recently worked out for the Raiders, and the reports that followed were that he apparently did a good enough job to impress the staff.
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began protesting racial injustice during the national anthem.
On Monday, NBC Sports’ Peter King offered his thoughts on the meaning behind the Raiders’ interest in Kaepernick and what head coach Josh McDaniel’s said about him.
“Coach Bill Parcells, at games, used to carry in his back pocket what he called his “Ready List,” a list with two or three prime unsigned players at each position. That way, if the Giants had an injury during a game, Parcells could check the Ready List and direct pro scout Tim Rooney to get Player X to the Giants’ facility so he could be signed by the next day. Parcells was famous for working out players to see if they’d be a fit in a time of need, and continually update the list as the year went on.
When I heard McDaniels say the Raiders had worked out a ton of guys, I thought of the Ready List, and thought of the ton of guys McDaniels and Ziegler saw Bill Belichick direct the Patriots to work out when they worked under Belichick….My guess is McDaniels and Ziegler have that Ready List, for sure, and the workout of Kaepernick was to see where he might fall on that list in case the Raiders get an injury at quarterback. Or in case another team gets a quarterback hurt and trades for [backup Nick]Mullens, leaving the Raiders with a roster spot to be filled by a quarterback.”
The Raiders have Derek Carr at quarterback but could use some veteran depth behind him.
Ian Rapoport noted that any NFL team that signs Kaepernick will need support from the team’s owner. He said Raiders owner Mark Davis has been supportive of Kaepernick in recent years.
The franchise’s decision on whether or not to sign the former 49ers QB, who hasn’t played since the 2016 season, isn’t “imminent,” according to ESPN.