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Colin Kaepernick’s arm strength and fitness stood out in his training with the Las Vegas Raiders, but no signing was forthcoming late Thursday night, sources told ESPN.
The Raiders considered Kaepernick’s training a “positive,” a source said. Las Vegas could be looking for another pass to serve as a backup for Derek Carr despite switching to former New England Patriots quarterback Jarrett Stidham and signing Nick Mullens.
In NFL team training, quarterbacks typically throw the grid into the air, implement team-specific offensive principles on the court, and meet with coaches. Team training is considered less scripted than the player-organized training Kaepernick has previously done to showcase his talents to NFL teams.
Kaepernick, 34, has not played in the NFL since 2016, the year he began protesting against racial inequality during the national anthem. The only other team known to have visited him since then was the Seattle Seahawks in May 2017.
Kaepernick recently tossed out-worn receivers for NFL scouts at the break of Michigan’s spring game at the invitation of Jim Harbaugh, his former San Francisco 49ers coach.
Another potential link to Kaepernick is Raiders offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi, who was a 49ers assistant from 2013 to 2016.