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Eagles likely to be at Colin Kaepernick workout

Eliot Shorr-Parks
November 16, 2019 - 7:48 am

The NFL is hosting a private workout for quarterback Colin Kaepernick on Saturday, and according to an ESPN report, almost two-thirds of the league is expected to be in attendance. 

The Eagles are likely to be one of them, according to head coach Doug Pederson. 

"I would assume that we would," Pederson said. "Obviously for us, we're in season so I can't be there. I’m comfortable with the guys we have, but I'm assuming that we would have somebody there."

Pederson is right. -- the Eagles are one of only a handful of teams that can legitimately say they have no real need for Kaepernick right now. They have a starter in Carson Wentz they have already signed to a mega-extension, a backup in Josh McCown that is one of the highest paid backups in the league, and a third-string quarterback in Nate Sudfeld they have invested two years in developing. So the chances of the Eagles signing Kaepernick this season should be considered extremely slim. 

The team's quarterback situation does change considerably this offseason, however. 

With both McCown and Sudfeld set to hit the free agency market, and McCown likely to retire, the Eagles will be in need of two new quarterbacks. One of those will likely come through the draft, but the other will need to be a veteran backup who they could trust to come in right away. There are not many of those available, as evident by the Eagles having to convince McCown to come out of retirement. As has been the case since he left the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick will once again likely be the top quarterback available on the open market, and with the Eagles in need of a backup, he might be a name they consider depending on how the workout goes on Saturday.  

Of course, there is reason to be skeptical the workout the NFL has set up is actually going to result in Kaepernick signing. Kaepernick has been out of the NFL for close to three full seasons, with the clear reason being his decision to silently protest during the National Anthem. So although they are hosting a workout for Kaepernick, the chances of a team bringing him in are likely still slim. If any team is willing to do it though, the Eagles have to be considered high on that list with owner Jeffrey Lurie showing in the past he is more than willing to both bring players in other teams are not and having shown support for players like Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long in past when they have decided to silently protest during the National Anthem. 

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