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NFL rumors: Teams talking to Colin Kaepernick's friends, associates

NFL rumors: Teams talking to Colin Kaepernick's friends, associates

Colin Kaepernick still doesn't have an NFL job, but that could change soon.

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Friday, citing sources, that interested NFL teams are talking to the quarterback's friends and people associated with him.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since Jan. 1, 2017, when he was with the 49ers. During the 2016 season, he first took a seat, and then knelt, during the national anthem to bring attention to racial and social injustices, and police brutality.

After the 2016 season, new 49ers general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan told Kaepernick they planned to release him, so he opted out of his contract.

Kaepernick was supposed to work out for NFL teams at the Falcons' facility earlier this year, but after disagreements over various aspects of the session, Kaepernick moved the workout to an Atlanta-area high school.

Despite looking good in the session, Kaepernick wasn't offered a contract by any NFL team. But things could be changing, according to Garafolo.

"Teams are circling around here, getting closer, I believe, certainly closer than they've been in recent years," Garafolo said Friday on NFL Network (h/t NFL.com). "Now you might say why not just go directly to Kaepernick, go directly to his agent? Why do you have to play this game where you're working the periphery -- just more of the same? That would be a fair point.

"My understanding, at least to explain it from a team's perspective, is they're still doing their homework, still doing their research. When they get to the point where they're confident enough that they think they can work out a contract, that's when there'll be direct communication with the agent. But for now … we all see more positive signs that Kaepernick could be back in the league soon."

Two weeks ago, Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Kaepernick is on the team's workout list. With team facilities shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic, it's unclear when the Chargers might be able to bring in Kaepernick.

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Is Kaepernick's NFL unemployment coming to an end? Based on what Garafolo is hearing, it is. But it remains to be seen if a team is willing to give Kaepernick a chance.

How 49ers' two 2020 New York games could be impacted by coronavirus

How 49ers' two 2020 New York games could be impacted by coronavirus

The 49ers are planning to spend more than a week in New York in September, but that might not happen anymore.

NBC Sports NFL analyst Peter King reported Sunday night that the NFL will urge teams with back-to-back road games in opposite time zones not to stay in hotels between games.

"The eight teams that have such back-to-backs will probably have to file “IDER plans,” which stands for infectious disease emergency response," King wrote Sunday in his latest "Football Morning In America" column. "These are detailed travel and sequestering plans that the league and the union will need to approve before a team is able to stay on the road for that length of time. I’m told the league is going to strongly urge teams not to stay on the road that long, despite the inconvenience for the teams involved."

Back in May, King reported that the 49ers and Raiders were among eight teams to ask the NFL to group together road games in the Pacific or Eastern time zone.

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The league scheduled the 49ers to play at the New York Jets in Week 2 and the New York Giants in Week 3 during the 2020 NFL season, meaning San Francisco could stay in the New York area to reduce travel.

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But with the coronavirus pandemic raging, it now appears that the league won't allow the 49ers and other teams to stay on the road rather than returning home.

Like everyone else around the world, NFL teams are going to have to get used to adjusting their routines. If the 49ers have to travel back to the Bay Area and then return to New York a few days later, it surely will be an inconvenience. But this is going to be a season of inconveniences.

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

NFL opt-out tracker: Every player who has declined to play 2020 season

As the sports world now is underway despite the coronavirus pandemic, the NFL is next up. There will be questions and concerns aplenty, too. 

Before training camp even begins, several players already have decided to opt out of the 2020 NFL season due to health concerns. That list is bound to grow as well.

Here is who will not be suiting up this season as the virus continues to run rampant. 

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OG, Kansas City Chiefs

Duvernay-Tardif, who has a medical degree from and has been working as an orderly at a long-term care facility in his hometown of Montreal, Quebec during the pandemic, became the first player to opt out of the 2020 season. The Chiefs' starting offensive guard tweeted his reasoning on July 24. 


De'Anthony Thomas, WR/KR, Baltimore Ravens 

Return specialist De'Anthony Thomas voluntarily opted out of the season, the Ravens announced Monday. 


Chance Warmack, OG, Seattle Seahawks

NFL Media's Mike Garafolo reported Monday that Warmack has opted out of the season. Warmack, who signed with the Seahawks this spring, also sat out last season 


Maurice Canady, CB, Dallas Cowboys

Garafolo also reported Monday that Canady is opting out of the season as well. 


Marcus Cannon, OL, New England Patriots

Cannon, who battled non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 2011, will not play in 2020.


Danny Vitale, FB, New England Patriots

Vitale and his wife recently had a baby, so the fullback will not be participating in the 2020 season.


Dont'a Hightower, LB, New England Patriots

Hightower, who has a two-week-old son, is choosing to protect his family's safety.


Brandon Bolden, RB, New England Patriots

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday that Bolden is one of five Patriots to opt-out of the season.


Patrick Chung, S, New England Patriots

Add another Patriot to the list.


Najee Toran, OL, New England Patriots

Make that six Patriots. 


Marquise Goodwin, WR, Philadelphia Eagles

The former 49ers receiver announced he will not play this season after the birth of his daughter in February.


Andre Smith, OL, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens announced Smith joined his teammate, De'Anthony Thomas, in opting out this year. 


Star Lotulelei, DT, Buffalo Bills

The Bills announced former first-round draft pick Star Lotulelei has opted out. 


Stephen Guidry, WR, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys annoinced undrafted rookie Stephen Guidry has opted out.


Devin Funchess, WR, Green Bay Packers

Funchess announced on Instagram that he has opted out of the season. 

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Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, Houston Texans

The former Raiders defensive lineman will not play in 2020.


Cole Wick, TE, New Orleans Saints

The veteran tight end will not play this season, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero.


Michael Pierce, DT, Minnesota Vikings

Pierce, who signed a three-year, $27 million contract this offseson, is high-risk and has opted out.


Nate Solder, LT, New York Giants

Solder opted out of the season, citing family's health concerns.

Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs

The star of Super Bowl LIV has opted out of the season, the Chiefs announced.


Chandler Brewer, C, Los Angeles Rams

Brewer played seven games with the Rams after signing as an undrafted free agent last summer.

“With my history with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, I am at high risk and will opt out of playing in the NFL this season,” Brewer said in a statement posted to the team’s website. “I would like to thank the Rams for their support and I look forward to getting back on the field in 2021 and beyond."

Marquise Lee, WR, New England Patriots

The USC product became a father for the first time in February, and cited his newborn daughter as a major factor in his decision.

"This is a big sit-down process I had, with me and my significant other, as far as family goes. The risk factor in which we believe that's going out there, it just wasn't worth it in a sense. Just too many unknowns," Lee told ESPN.com.

C.J. Mosley, LB, New York Jets

The four-time Pro Bowl linebacker is citing family health concerns as his reason for opting out, ESPN's Rich Cimini reported Saturday.


E.J. Gaines, CB, Buffalo Bills

Bills general manager Brandon Beane says the cornerback will sit out the 2020 season. 


Matt LaCosse, TE, New England Patriots

Matt LaCosse is the eighth Patriot to opt out of the season.

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