Colin Kaepernick trains with Las Vegas Raiders, signaling potential NFL comeback

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Kaepernick practiced for the Raiders on Wednesday, NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported.

The 34-year-old – who sparked controversy for kneeling during the national anthem as a San Francisco 49er protesting racial injustice and police brutality in the US – did not been involved in an NFL game for over five years.

In March 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers and became a free agent. No NFL team signed him. In October 2017, he filed his grievance against the NFL, alleging teams were colluding to deny him employment.

The quarterback settled a collusion grievance against the NFL, along with his former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, in 2019.

Raiders owner Mark Davis said he would welcome Kaepernick “with open arms” provided the team’s coaches and general manager were on board.

“He deserves every chance in the world to be a quarterback in the National Football League,” Davis told NBC Sports.

Kaepernick has expressed his desire to play in the NFL on numerous occasions – even signaling that he would sign with a team as a backup.

“Yeah. I know I have to find my way back,” Kaepernick said in an interview on the “I AM ATHLETE” YouTube channel.

“So, yes, if I have to come as a backup, that’s fine, but that’s not where I stay. And when I prove that I’m a starter, I want to be able to enter the field as such. I just need this opportunity to walk through the door.”

CNN has reached out to Kaepernick’s representation and the Raiders for comment.

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