Hue Jackson, the former head coach of the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders, will lead the drills at the workout, according to a person familiar with the planning. Joe Philbin, the former Miami Dolphins head coach, also is scheduled to be on hand.
The coaches running the workout did not expect to know the receivers Kaepernick would throw to until arriving at the facility, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, perhaps a sign of how hastily the workout came together.
NFL teams were invited Tuesday to the private workout. ESPN reported Wednesday that executives with several NFL teams contacted representatives for Kaepernick to say they could not attend the workout and were “confused by the purpose of the NFL scheduling this workout.”
The session will be closed to the media, but beat writers across the NFL are asking coaches and executives whether their teams will be attending. Here is how the teams have responded.
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Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals will have a representative at the workout, according to the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons: “I’m sure that we will” have a representative there, Coach Dan Quinn said. “Who likes a workout better than a scout? Nobody. So I’m sure most teams will have” representatives there. The Falcons were on the NFL’s list of attendees.
Baltimore Ravens: Coach John Harbaugh said he didn’t know whether the team would send a representative, but ESPN’s Josina Anderson quoted a team source saying “we have our guys” at the quarterback position.
Carolina Panthers: Coach Ron Rivera referred reporters to GM Marty Hurney when asked about the workout. Safety Eric Reid, long a Kaepernick ally, said the workout “feels like a PR stunt” but that he has previously talked to owner David Tepper about bringing in Kaepernick. Citing sources, The Athletic reported on Thursday that the team doesn’t plan to attend the workout, because it isn’t looking to add a veteran quarterback.
Cincinnati Bengals: The Bengals are expected to send a representative to the workout, sources told the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Chicago Bears: Coach Matt Nagy said he wasn’t sure whether the Bears would send anyone to the workout, and that he was focused on an upcoming game with the Rams. “He’s been out of the game a little bit. But when he was doing well and playing, he was definitely a weapon,” Nagy said.
Cleveland Browns: Franchise owner Dee Haslam said Thursday that his team will send a scout to see Kaepernick work out, according to Cleveland.com.
The Browns indicated Wednesday that they likely would not attend the workout, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, but she said the team was still considering its options, especially given their Thursday night game against Pittsburgh.
Dallas Cowboys: “We will be in attendance,” a team source told Mike Fisher of Sports Illustrated’s Cowboys site. Other outlets also reported that the team would send a representative. Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith said he believes Kaepernick should be in the league. But on Friday, owner Jerry Jones told 105.3 The Fan that the team would not send a representative after all. “We’re not gonna have anybody there," he said. "We’ll look at the tape if we need any information there. We really like where we are with our quarterbacks.”
Denver Broncos: The Broncos will send a representative, likely a pro personnel scout, a source told the Denver Post. The team was on the NFL’s list of attendees.
Detroit Lions: “We, as an organization, we always do our due diligence on all players that are available,” Coach Matt Patricia said on Wednesday. “I know [GM Bob Quinn] and his staff will have someone down there to watch the workout and we’ll see where that goes.”
Indianapolis Colts: Coach Frank Reich said such decisions were up to GM Chris Ballard, and that they hadn’t discussed the issue.
Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars will be represented among the teams watching Kaepernick’s workout, according to Brent Martineau, sports director at CBS47/FOX30.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs will have a scout present for the workout, per the Kansas City Star’s Herbie Teope. Team chairman Clark Hunt said Wednesday he hadn’t spoken about the matter with GM Brett Veach, according to ESPN, but “I wouldn’t be surprised if he sent someone because Brett likes to turn over every stone. We’re in a pretty good spot from a quarterback standpoint with four on the roster right now, but Brett does like to be really thorough in his due diligence."
Los Angeles Chargers: ESPN’s Anderson quoted a team source who was not sure whether the Chargers would send a representative.
Los Angeles Rams: Coach Sean McVay said he wouldn’t share his team’s scouting plans, but that the Rams are happy with their quarterbacks, according to ESPN.
Miami Dolphins: “We do our due diligence on all players, so yeah, we’ll have someone there,” Coach Brian Flores said.
Minnesota Vikings: Coach Mike Zimmer said he only learned of the planned workout on Wednesday morning. Zimmer said he didn’t know if the team would send a representative, and that it would be up to GM Rick Spielman.
New England Patriots: The defending Super Bowl champions will send a representative to the workout, the Boston Globe reported, citing a league source. “That’s something you can check with (Patriots director of player personnel) Nick (Caserio) on,” Coach Bill Belichick told reporters. “I’m not sure.” The Patriots were on the NFL’s list of attendees.
New Orleans Saints: It’s unclear if the Saints plan to have a representative at the workout, but Coach Sean Payton isn’t very interested, in any case. “I won’t pay attention to it because it isn’t a need for us,” he said, via Amie Just of NOLA.com. The Saints have a former Super Bowl MVP in Drew Brees, along with Teddy Bridgewater, who played well when Brees was hurt, and Taysom Hill.
New York Giants: The Giants will have a representative at the workout, a person with knowledge of the team’s plans told NJ Advance Media. The team was on the NFL’s list of attendees.
Oakland Raiders: Coach Jon Gruden said he didn’t know if the Raiders would be in attendance. “I’m going to answer questions about the Bengals,” he said in reference to the team’s next opponent.
Philadelphia Eagles: Coach Doug Pederson said he assumes the team will send a representative. “Obviously for us, we’re in season so I can’t be there," he said on Friday. "I’m comfortable with the [quarterbacks] we have, but I’m assuming that we would have somebody there.”
San Francisco 49ers: Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reported Thursday that the 49ers would have a scout at Kaepernick’s workout, but the team is not interested in signing him.
Nick Mullens is the San Francisco backup and C.J. Beathard is the third-string, though he has yet to make an appearance in 2019.
Coach Kyle Shanahan on Wednesday said he didn’t know whether the team would send a representative. “I don’t know at all the schedule of our personnel guys,” Shanahan said. “Their main time is draft time, but yeah, they are all over the place. We got guys all over, so I’m sure that someone can be there. I don’t think that would be too tough.”
Seattle Seahawks: A source told ESPN that the Seahawks will have a representative at the workout.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Coach Bruce Arians said the team would probably send a representative. “I’m not going,” he said. “We usually have somebody at all those type of workouts.” The Bucs were on the NFL’s list of attendees.
Washington Redskins: The Redskins will send a representative to the workout, according to a team spokesman, but interim coach Bill Callahan said during his news conference that the team does not need another quarterback at the moment, with Dwayne Haskins, Case Keenum and Colt McCoy on the roster. The Redskins did not make any inquiries into Kaepernick last season when they were desperate for a quarterback after Alex Smith and McCoy both suffered broken legs. The team ended up signing and playing both Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson.
Kareem Copeland and Adam Kilgore contributed to this report.
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