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Colin Kaepernick's agent pushes back against Warren Sapp calling QB's workout with Raiders a 'disaster'

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Colin Kaepernick's agent pushed back against recent comments former NFL defensive tackle Warren Sapp made in which he said Kaepernick's workout with the Las Vegas Raiders was "a disaster."

In May, Kaepernick, 34, worked out for the Raiders more than five years after he had last appeared in an NFL game. Afterwards, Raiders coach Josh McDaniels called it "standard procedure" but did not comment on the quality of Kaepernick's performance.

"I guess Warren didn’t talk to the General Manager or the head coach,” Jeff Nalley, Kaepernick's agent, told Pro Football Talk Sunday in a text message. "I spoke to the G.M. (Dave Zieger) several times and he said they all thought Kap was in great shape and threw the ball really well and encouraged any team to call him about the workout and he would tell them the same. I’m surprised Warren would say that, because it’s not true and you would think he would want Kap on a team."

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Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the 2022 Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium.
Colin Kaepernick passes during halftime at the 2022 Michigan Spring game at Michigan Stadium.

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Sapp made his comments in an interview on VladTV.

"No," Sapp said when asked if he saw Kaepernick making a comeback to the NFL and before addressing the workout. "I heard it was a disaster. I heard it was one of the worst workouts ever. I'm wondering how in the hell this happened and the tape didn't get out, right?"

Aside from Sapp's comments, the reception to Kaepernick's workout had been positive. Starting Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was asked after the team's first mandatory minicamp practice earlier in June about Kaepernick and Carr said he would be a welcome addition to the team.

"For us, I think he would be great," Carr said June 7. "Him and I would get along great."

Sapp played in the NFL 13 seasons from 1995-2007 for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. He was a four-time All-Pro, a seven-time Pro Bowler and a one-time Super Bowl champion.

Kaepernick played six seasons in the league from 2011-16, all with the San Francisco 49ers.

In 2016, he started kneeling during the national anthem before games as a way of protesting police brutality and racial inequality. He later filed a collusion grievance against the NFL, alleging that its owners were conspiring to keep him out of the league. He and former teammate Eric Reid settled their respective grievances.

In the years since, and particularly in recent months, Kaepernick has spoken about his fitness and worked out publicly in an effort to attract interest from NFL teams. He was an honorary captain during Michigan's spring football game in April, throwing to receivers during halftime. (Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh coached Kaepernick in San Francisco.)

Contributing: Tom Schad

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Colin Kaepernick's agent pushes back against Warren Sapp's comments

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