Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is open to giving Colin Kaepernick a chance if Raiders front office and team coaches express desire to bring him in for a tryout. Kaepernick, who in 2016 kneeled every game during the singing of the United States anthem, has been out of the NFL since the 2016 season.
Kaepernick's last tryout with an NFL team came in 2017, when he reportedly did well with the Seattle Seahawks but the team refused to sign him to a contract. The Raiders don't have a problem at the quarterback as Derek Carr was signed a multiyear deal this offseason.
“Listen, I believe in Colin Kaepernick, and he deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League,” Davis told host Monte Poole on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Race in America: A Candid Conversation.
“I still stand by it. If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms”.
Davis feels Kaepernick is 'missundersood'
“I think Colin is a very misunderstood human being,” Davis said.
“I’ve gotten a chance to talk to him. I never really knew Colin, and I didn’t understand him. I didn’t understand the kneeling, what that meant initially. Over time, I have learned a little bit more about it.
I understand where he was coming from. He’s got a message for society as a whole”. In a recent interview, Kaepernick made it clear he hasn't given up on his goal of returning to the NFL. “Absolutely,” Kaepernick said on the I Am Athlete podcast.
“That’s without question. To your point, what you saw out here, that’s five years of training behind the scenes, to make sure I’m ready and stay ready at the highest level. You don’t do that if you don’t have a passion, [if] you don’t believe you’re gonna find a way on that field”.
When asked what drives him, Kaepernick said he wants to accomplish his goal of winning a Super Bowl. “It’s a passion,” Kaepernick said. “Like, you had those dreams from when you were a kid. I mean, like, I’m gonna be an NFL player, and I’m gonna win a Super Bowl.
And for me, I have unfinished business on that front. I’ve been to the Super Bowl. We were one play away. I need to finish that”.