Former Cleveland Browns head coach and longtime NFL offensive coordinator Hue Jackson will apparently have a major role in Colin Kaepernick’s open workout this weekend.
Jackson will lead the drills for Kaepernick’s combine-like session at the Atlanta Falcons’ training facility, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. The workout will be held on Saturday, and Rapoport says former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin will also be involved.
All 32 NFL teams were invited to observe Kaepernick, who has not played in the league since 2016. As of now, 11 have confirmed they will be attending.
Former #Browns coach Hue Jackson will lead the drills during Colin Kaepernick’s workout, source said. Joe Philbin will also be in attendance. 11 teams have already committed to attend. With two days remaining until the workout, the league expects additional teams to commit.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 14, 2019
After compiling a 3-36 mark in two-plus seasons with the Browns, Jackson was fired seven games into the 2018 campaign. He later returned to the Cincinnati Bengals to serve as assistant to head coach Marvin Lewis and is not working in football currently.
Kaepernick has not appeared in a game in almost three years. He previously settled a collusion lawsuit with the NFL earlier this year.
The suit alleged that the league was conspiring to keep Kaepernick out due to his protest during the national anthem, which he began during the 2016 season.
It remains to be seen whether this weekend’s workout will result in a legitimate opportunity for Kaepernick or is simply a way for the NFL to save face. While no media are allowed to watch the session, we should get some info leaking out after its over.