Dolphins, others to attend Kaepernick workout

The Miami Dolphins plan to have a representative in attendance for free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's workout this weekend, coach Brian Flores announced Wednesday.

Flores told reporters that the team still is finalizing who will attend Kaepernick's workout in Atlanta on Saturday, however.

The first-year head coach also stopped short of saying whether the 32-year-old Kaepernick would have a place on the Dolphins' roster.

"I don't have a crystal ball. It's hard for me to say," Flores said, via the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

"We like our quarterback situation right now. We're going to do our due diligence. I would say anytime we could add a good player, we try to do that. We want to do that. But there's a lot of moving parts to that."

Ryan Fitzpatrick, 36, has thrown for 1,364 yards with eight touchdowns and as many interceptions in eight games this season for the Dolphins (2-7), who host the Bills (6-3) on Sunday.

Second-year quarterback Josh Rosen, who was acquired from Arizona in the offseason, has thrown for just 567 yards with one touchdown and five interceptions in six appearances with Miami.

Meanwhile, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, a close friend of Kaepernick, termed the NFL's decision to hold a workout this way: "At this point, it feels like a PR stunt."

Reid was a teammate of Kaepernick with the San Francisco 49ers and was the first player to join Kaepernick in taking a knee during the national anthem when the quarterback began protesting social injustice in 2016.

Both players filed grievances against the league in 2018, alleging collusion and saying they weren't being signed to contracts due to the protests. Settlements were reached in February.

Reid eventually signed with the Panthers in September of 2018, and received a three-year, $24 million deal after the season.

But Kaepernick has remained unsigned and Reid isn't convinced that the upcoming workout is designed to identify a team that will sign Kaepernick. He finds the timing odd and said NFL coaches and general managers are traveling with their teams on Saturdays.

"What decision-makers are going to be able to attend a workout?" Reid said. "The other strange thing, I saw there was a report other teams were interested in Colin but they reached out to the league about it. That's strange."

As for other teams' interest in Kaepernick, Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said during his Wednesday press conference that he was not certain if the team will be represented at Kaepernick's workout.

"I'm not really in tuned to that situation very much," Garrett said. "We have personnel people who evaluate all guys who have an opportunity to hopefully help our team."

ESPN's Ed Werder, however, cited a source as reporting that the Cowboys intend to send one representative to the workout.

Detroit Lions coach Matt Patricia said Wednesday that his team would have someone on hand, while Atlanta coach Dan Quinn said the same for Kaepernick's workout, which is being held at the Falcons' facility.

The Washington Redskins also will be represented, a team spokesman said, while Mike Klis of KUSA reported that the Denver Broncos will have a scout at the workout.

Teams were informed by the league on Tuesday that Kaepernick will do on-field work and be available for an interview, and all 32 teams are invited. Video of both also will be made available to clubs.

In six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick appeared in 69 games and completed 59.8 percent of his passes for 12,271 yards with 72 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He added 13 rushing touchdowns.

Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, opted out of his contract the following offseason to become a free agent but went unsigned.

The collusion grievance settlement payout was reported to be worth less than $10 million.

--Field Level Media