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Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Report: Cowboys have interest in Colin Kaepernick workout

Jerry Jones

The NFL has made the bizarre decision to host a workout for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday and invite all 32 teams, and you may be surprised to hear that the Dallas Cowboys are expected to have at least one representative in attendance.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season, when he became the face of a social justice movement in sports due to his kneeling for the national anthem. Many people believe that is the reason he has remained unsigned, and the Cowboys have a fairly strict policy regarding the anthem. Despite that, ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports that they are willing to give Kaepernick a look.

Anderson also reported that an NFC team said there is “nothing to lose” by attending the Kaepernick workout but that it would likely be for nothing more than to gather information.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was very outspoken about the anthem kneeling issue from the start, and the team still strongly encourages — if not requires — players to stand during the anthem.

It’s impossible to determine which teams have legitimate interest and which are simply going through the motions. The same is true for the NFL, as even some teams reportedly believe the workout was organized all for show. Others might argue that the league is trying to pave the way for Kaepernick to get another shot after teams have largely ignored him.

Whatever the case, there are many details about the workout that make it sound disingenuous. Saturday is a day in which most coaches are preparing for Sunday’s games and scouts are watching college players, so it remains to be seen if teams will actually send high-ranking officials and/or decision-makers to the event. There’s still a lot of skepticism that Kaepernick will be signed.

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