It's been more than five years since Colin Kaepernick has thrown a pass to an NFL receiver, but that changed on Monday when the former 49ers quarterback met up with Seattle's Tyler Lockett for a throwing session and apparently, Kaepernick still has what it takes to play in the NFL, at least according to to the Seahawks receiver.
Kaepernick and Lockett were spotted at a Suns game in Phoenix on Sunday night and presumably, that's where they met up for their practice session, which went down on Monday.
After the two players practiced together, Lockett jumped on Twitter and wrote that "Kap is ready."
Yessir!! That man Kap is ready!! https://t.co/GRZBaqWEC0— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) March 15, 2022
So what exactly did Lockett find so impressive about the former NFL quarterback? Well, you can make that judgment for yourself because Kaepernick shared a video of the throwing session on Twitter.
In the 60-second video, the 34-year-old made multiple impressive throws. Even though he hasn't taken an NFL snap in more than five years, it definitely seems like Kaepernick hasn't lost any arm strength.
Here’s a few clips from yesterday’s workout with @TDLockett12 and his brother Sterling Lockett.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 15, 2022
The full workout is available at this link https://t.co/7ZhvTeDqZU.
We are back at it today with @Footwork_King2 and his guys on ig live later today. pic.twitter.com/BLrs0hJLrB
Kaepernick also showed off his deep ball later in the workout.
Kap posted the full video on YouTube. It ends with some of these deep passes https://t.co/yxcPF9EXN1 pic.twitter.com/yxxb1DGiKA— Dugar, Michael-Shawn (@MikeDugar) March 15, 2022
Although it's easy to point out that Kaepernick is throwing against air and isn't dealing with any defenders, Lockett practices in situations like that all the time, so if he thinks Kaepernick still has it, then that might be enough for an NFL team to at least think about giving the quarterback a call.
Even though the odds seem stacked against a Kaepernick return, one team that could make sense is the Seahawks. For one, Kaepernick just got a rave review from one of their star receivers. Also, let's not forget that the Seahawks are currently looking for a quarterback. If Pete Carroll talks to Lockett about his practice session with Kaepernick, it wouldn't be completely surprising to see the Seahawks possibly reach out. Also, let's not forget, the Seahawks were the ONE team that reached out to Kaepernick during his five years away from the NFL after he was basically blackballed following his decision to kneel for the national anthem.
Kaepernick actually visited with the Seahawks in May 2017, but they ultimately decided not to sign him. Kaepernick then had another visit scheduled with the Seahawks in April 2018, but that one got canceled for unknown reasons. According to Mike Silver of Bally Sports, the Seahawks stayed away from Kaepernick because they didn't want Russell Wilson to feel threatened in the locker room.
Five years ago the @Seahawks strongly considered signing @Kaepernick7. They ultimately chose not to, reasoning that his potential popularity in the locker room could feel threatening to Russell Wilson. Now Kaepernick says he's in shape & Seattle has no incumbent QB. What now?— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 11, 2022
With Wilson out of the picture, the Seahawks might be more open to giving Kaepernick a shot, but that's only if he has anything left in the tank and it appears he might even though he's been out of the NFL for more than five years.
As recently as 2020, Carroll seemed open to the idea of adding Kaepernick to the Seahawks' roster.
A Colin Kaepernick Seahawks tryout? A no-lose all-gain idea.— Gregg Bell (@gbellseattle) March 15, 2022
Pete Carroll 2020: "I wouldn’t hesitate—I’ve said this ongoing for years—if Russ ever got tangled up & couldn’t play or something Kaep would have been an extraordinary candidate to take over. He deserves to be playing" https://t.co/z0qrdiiRK9
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since March 2017 with teams deciding to stay away from him after he decided to start protesting against racial injustice and police brutality against minorities by kneeling during the national anthem, which he started doing in August 2016.
The quarterback hasn't taken an NFL snap since the 49ers' 2016 regular season finale that was played on January 1, 2017. During his time in San Francisco, Kaepernick thrived under Jim Harbaugh, going 25-14 as a starter while also leading the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2012. However, he struggled after Harbaugh left, going just 3-16 with Jim Tomsula (2015) and Chip Kelly (2016).
After five seasons away from the NFL, Kaepernick has made it clear that he wants to return.
Oh, and if you're wondering how the practice session with Kaepernick and Lockett came together, it all happened on Twitter. To keep his accuracy sharp, Kaepernick has been throwing to his trainer for the past five years and since he's now serious about returning to the NFL, the 34-year-old thought it was time to make an upgrade at receiver, so he took to Twitter over the weekend looking for some help.
For The past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 13, 2022
Who’s working?? I will pull up
Less than 10 minutes after sending out the tweet, Lockett responded and let Kaepernick know that he'd be more than happy to run routes for him.
Let’s do it bro! Me and my brother will come run routes for you! https://t.co/MPvZTKA8PG— Tyler Lockett (@TDLockett12) March 13, 2022
Kaepernick was clearly thrilled to see someone volunteer so quickly, because less than 30 minutes later, the former NFL quarterback said he was going to meet up with Lockett for a throwing session on Monday, which is a pretty quick turn around considering these tweets were all sent out on Sunday.
Love to you and your brother! I’ll be there tomorrow. I’ll dm you to coordinate. https://t.co/wiJFVPnYD0— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) March 13, 2022
The two clearly coordinated quickly, because they were able to set up their throwing session in less than 24 hours. Basically, it sounds like Kaepernick would be willing to be on the next flight to any NFL city if one of the league's 32 teams is willing to give him a tryout.