Details of the deal organised between the NFL and Colin Kaepernick are emerging, with some surprises in store.
One was the way in which the NFL's senior vice president for football operations Dave Gardi allegedly laid down the terms of acceptance to the quarterback – who has not played in three seasons.
The workout was supposed to be a means for Kaepernick to audition himself to the various franchises across the country – with ESPN reporting that at least two were genuinely interested.
But it descended into a media circus after the 32-year-old refused to train at the base the NFL had decided at the Atlanta Falcons, principally because the media were not allowed to take part.
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For Kaepernick, this was a big issue and a session was held at a nearby high school instead where he streamed the entire workout on YouTube.
It has resulted in a major furore with many praising and criticising him but one detail, reported by ESPN, has revealed how the NFL gave Kaepernick just two hours to accept all the terms laid out to him.
ESPN report that Gradi told the former San Francisco 49ers star that the workout would be conducted at the Falcons' training facility in Flowery Branch, Georgia, about an hour northeast of Atlanta.
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The call was made just three days beforehand at the end of November 12.
Kaepernick’s agent Jeff Nalley and his other representatives, Marc Geragos and Ben Meisalas, were left stunned – as was best friend and Carolina Panthers’ Eric Reid, who was immediately dismissive.
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Both parties had not communicated since a multimillion-dollar lawsuit was settled out of court, with Meisalas saying: “It came out of the blue. There was no warning or indication anything like that would happen."
It led to distrust from Kaepernick’s side, who felt they were being strong-armed, ESPN reported.
They believed that not enough details were given, especially considering the sudden nature of the offer being put on the table.
A request was made to move the workout to a later date as to iron out more details including knowing what teams would be present, who would he be training with and why the session was not being held on a Tuesday – the ay of the week when the majority of free-agent workouts are done.
However, that was rejected by the NFL but Kaepernick’s team still agreed but a huge turning point was on the horizon.
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Both sides agreed that the workout would remain confidential but straight after the meeting, NFL writers had been notified of massive news set to break – which infuriated Kaepernick’s representatives.
"They didn't give the 32 NFL teams a heads-up, but they gave the media one?" a Kaepernick source told ESPN .
"Once they betrayed us on the confidentiality agreement, we knew what this was."
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