Could Turlock’s Colin Kaepernick be returning to the NFL after six years away?

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Former Pitman High standout and San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is one step closer to getting his shot at an NFL comeback.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that after six seasons out of the league, the 34-year old worked out for the Las Vegas Raiders this week.

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport confirmed Kaepernick’s workout, saying it took place Wednesday, May 25.

Kaepernick, who grew up in Turlock and led the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII, hasn’t played in an NFL game since the 2016 season. He was released at the end of the season and was not signed by a team during free agency.

During his final season in the league, he began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. In 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance with the NFL, accusing it of colluding to blackball him. He eventually reached a settlement with the league.

During his time out of the NFL, Kaepernick has continued to fight against racial injustice and maintained his desire to get back into the NFL.

In recent months, the quarterback has held workouts wherever he could. He worked out with Seattle Seahawks receiver Tyler Lockett and had a separate training session with Seahawks receiver Aaron Fuller and University of Washington running back Kamari Pleasant in March.

In early April, Kaepernick also threw passes in front of a large crowd at the University of Michigan’s Maize and Blue Spring Game.

In April, on the “I AM ATHLETE” podcast, he spoke with passion when talking about the possibility of making a comeback, saying he would be willing to come onto a team as a backup.

He also worked out with podcast hosts and former NFL wide receivers Chad Ochocinco and Brandon Marshall.

“I know I have to find my way back in,” he said. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup, that’s fine.”

Rapoport reported on Kaepernick’s workout Thursday morning, ending his tweet with “The door is open…”

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