Nagy Unsure If Bears Will Attend Kaepernick Workout

A free agent since 2017, Colin Kaepernick has a workout scheduled Saturday.

Chris Emma
November 13, 2019 - 1:48 pm

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (670 The Score) -- Bears coach Matt Nagy is uncertain if his organization will be sending a representative to Atlanta on Saturday to scout free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's workout.

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"I honestly have no idea right now," Nagy said at Halas Hall on Wednesday. "I’m just kind of focused in on where we’re at. I’ll leave that up to (general manager Ryan Pace) and those guys. I know they’ll have a handle on that."

Pace wasn't made available for comment Wednesday. He last addressed reporters before the regular season. His next scheduled media availability is currently set for after the season.

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The workout for Kaepernick was organized by the NFL, with a memo inviting teams to attend. The date of Saturday was non-negotiable, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN, which creates a scheduling conflict for most teams.

The Bears travel to Los Angeles on Saturday ahead of their game against the Rams on Sunday night. However, team travel wouldn't interfere with the scouting schedules of Pace and his front office.

Kaepernick, now 32, last played in the NFL in 2016, completing 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games for the 49ers. It was during that season in which Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest issues of police brutality and racial injustice.

Kaepernick hasn't been on an NFL roster since his protests in 2016.

"There’s always going to be backlash when you fight for different ideologies and different beliefs and different rights," Kaepernick told reporters in Chicago late in 2016. "That has been proven throughout history. For me, it’s not something I’m concerned with. I knew that backlash was going to come when I initially took this stance, and I know it will continue to come."

The Bears' quarterback situation has come into question as 25-year-old Mitchell Trubisky, the No. 2 pick in 2017, has struggled this season. Trubisky has completed 63.6 percent of his passes for 1,390 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions in eight games. The Bears are 4-5.

Behind Trubisky, the Bears have Chase Daniel and Tyler Bray as their reserve quarterbacks. Daniel, 33, has started five games since arriving in the NFL in 2009. Bray, 27, has played in one NFL game and never attempted a pass.

Kaepernick has played in 69 games over six NFL seasons, helping lead the 49ers to the Super Bowl in 2013.

While Nagy isn't aware if the Bears will be attending Kaepernick's workout, he's curious as to how it all unfolds.

"It’ll be interesting," Nagy said. "He’s been out of the game a little bit, but when he was doing well and playing, he definitely was a weapon. I’ll be curious to see how he does. I have no idea. 

"I wish him the best and all that and you always root good for people, but from where I’m at right now personally we’re so focused in on the Rams."

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.