NFL is giving Colin Kaepernick reasons to pull out of Saturday’s pro day

Less than 48 hours after offering to engineer a hastily scheduled and seemingly half-baked “pro day” workout for Colin Kaepernick, the NFL appears to have given the quarterback ample reason to pull out of the event.

Multiple sources familiar with the talks between Kaepernick and the NFL have told Yahoo Sports that several elements of the Saturday workout in Atlanta — which was proposed by the league under a two-hour deadline for a decision on Tuesday — are already running into significant issues. Chief among them, according to sources:

  • The NFL has refused to provide a confirmed list of team attendees before the event, allegedly breaking a verbal commitment between the two sides that was reached before Kaepernick agreed to the workout. The league has denied making such a guarantee and refused to give a reason for why the list will not be provided, sources said.

  • As of Wednesday evening, no defined throwing script was provided to Kaepernick, despite the event being less than three days away. There was also no indication from the league who Kaepernick would be throwing to. Under typical pro day circumstances, a quarterback is aware of the receivers and running backs he will be working with, as well as a defined structure of the program to suggest how many throws and routes will be expected during the workout.

As of Wednesday night, those were all critical issues weighing on the workout — potentially to the point that the event could still fall apart before Saturday. As it stands, a handful of teams have acknowledged publicly that they hope to send a representative to the pro day.

Thus far, those teams include the Atlanta FalconsCincinnati BengalsDallas CowboysDenver BroncosDetroit LionsMiami DolphinsNew England PatriotsNew York GiantsNew York JetsTampa Bay Buccaneers and Washington Redskins.

Interestingly, sources from two of those attending teams told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday that they were caught by surprise by the Kaepernick workout and were not advised on why the NFL scheduled it on a short-notice Saturday afternoon. One team source added that as of Wednesday afternoon, there was still no determination on who would attend the event for the franchise.

“We haven’t been told [why],” one team source said of the last-minute timing of the workout. “Other than that [invitation memo] and what is being said about it [in the media], I guess we’re all on the same track with whatever is happening. It’s not normal, but we’re just going with it.”

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Colin Kaepernick and Nessa Diab attend the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal's Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick poses with guests after receiving the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Former NFL quarterback and social justice activist Colin Kaepernick poses with guests after receiving the Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2018 in Amsterdam, Saturday April 21, 2018. Kaepernick became a controversial figure when refusing to stand for the national anthem, instead he knelt to protest racial inequality and police brutality. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Colin Kaepernick, right, and his mother Teresa Kaepernick arrive at the 3rd annual "Dear Mama: A Love Letter to Moms" at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
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Former NFL football quarterback Colin Kaepernick applauds while seated on stage during W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremonies, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass. Kaepernick is among eight recipients of Harvard University's W.E.B. Du Bois Medals in 2018. Harvard has awarded the medal since 2000 to people whose work has contributed to African and African-American culture.(AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Colin Kaepernick, right, and Nessa attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the "Camp: Notes on Fashion" exhibition on Monday, May 6, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick, left, and Nessa Diab are seen on stage at HOT 97 Summer Jam 2019 at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
Colin Kaepernick reacts after watching Naomi Osaka, of Japan, defeat Magda Linette, of Poland during the second round of the US Open tennis championships Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Eduardo Munoz Alvarez)
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A third team — which will not be attending the workout — said that Kaepernick isn’t in its plans and that if he ever is, the franchise would prefer to set up a private workout rather than attending something orchestrated by the NFL.

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