The NFL is organizing an open workout for polarizing, free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Mike Francesa says it’s just a PR scam.
“You’re going to have a Saturday event for Kaepernick with an interview? This is for a player without a contract! When teams want to tryout guys who aren’t in the league, they do it on Tuesdays, quietly and they either sign them or they don’t,” Francesa said during his Wednesday show.
“Again, the NFL pulling another public relations scam,” the WFAN afternoon drive host claimed.
Kaepernick is free to sign with any team in the league. He last played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016, throwing 16 touchdown passes and four interceptions while starting 11 games.
“Why do they pick this one player and decide to have a completely different protocol. Saturday, nobody tries out on Saturday, nobody works out on Saturday,” Francesa said.
Last winter Kaepernick settled a collusion case with the league, claiming teams kept the quarterback from being signed after he engaged in an on-field protest during the National Anthem.
“An event and an interview before the workout? What are we having a gameshow here? This is nothing more than ‘hey, we did our job with Kaepernick,’” Francesa said.
“This is the last part of the Kaepernick PR disaster. Again the league is a farce, there is no protocol for this, there is no reason for this.” According to Mike, the league is only concerned about looking like they attempted to help the quarterback.
“He’s free to go to any team he wants and I have no problem if Kaepernick’s in the league. Kaepernick can be in the league tomorrow, God bless him. I don’t care if he’s starting Sunday for any team in the league.”
Francesa said if a team believed they could win with Kaepernick, they would have signed him already without needing an open workout invitation. Kaepernick helped the 49ers to a Super Bowl appearance during his first season as a starter, but had just one win in 11 games during his final year.
“He can be a headache or a distraction, he’s allowed his beliefs, I have no problem with his beliefs. And I have no problem if he’s in the league, but he shouldn’t be treated any different than anybody else who’s a free agent and who’s an ex-player.”