Having agreed to a huge contract extension with career-long Raider signal-caller Derek Carr earlier within the offseason, Las Vegas is not available in the market for a beginning quarterback, however they did notably lose backup Marcus Mariota to the Atlanta Falcons earlier this yr. Different quarterbacks at present on the Raiders depth chart embody seldom-used children Nick Mullens and Jarrett Stidham — who each joined the group this spring — and rookie Chase Garbers, who signed with the membership earlier this month after going undrafted.
The 34-year-old Kaepernick hasn’t performed in an NFL recreation since 2016. The previous College of Nevada star was chosen by the Niners within the second spherical of the 2011 NFL Draft, took over as San Francisco’s beginning quarterback halfway by the 2012 marketing campaign and led the crew to Tremendous Bowl XLVII, the place they fell to the Baltimore Ravens.
Kaepernick began and performed in all 16 video games for the 49ers in 2013 and 2014, however accidents and struggles on the sector led to diminished enjoying time in his remaining two NFL seasons. Going into the 2017 offseason, the Milwaukee, Wisconsin native opted out of his contract with San Francisco and have become a free agent.
As he went unsigned by the summer season, there have been allegations that he was being blackballed because of his on-field political statements, most noticeably kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem of a number of video games to protest police brutality and racial inequality. In October 2017, Kaepernick filed a grievance towards the league, accusing league house owners of colluding to maintain him out of the NFL.