Report: Seahawks postpone Kaepernick workout over kneeling

QB reportedly wouldn't commit to ending protests

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Colin Kaepernick at the Sports Illustrated 2017 Sportsperson of the Year show on Dec. 5, 2017.

The Seattle Seahawks postponed a planned workout with Colin Kaepernick when the free-agent quarterback declined to commit to not kneeling during the national anthem, according to a report from ESPN.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that league sources told him that the tryout, which had been scheduled for this week, was not completely off and that the team could still bring Kaepernick in for a later visit.

The Seahawks reportedly first contacted Kaepernick about two weeks ago to set up the visit to team's headquarters.

Kaepernick, who has filed a grievance accusing the NFL of collusion to keep him out of the league, was deposed by NFL attorneys in New York on Tuesday, the day after his scheduled workout with the Seahawks would have been held.

According to the Seattle Times, the Seahawks wanted to know what Kaepernick's plans for off-field social activism would be going forward, including kneeling during the anthem.

Kaepernick, who kneeled for the anthem during his last NFL season with the San Francisco 49ers in 2016 to protest racial and social injustice, told the team he was unsure of his off-field plans going forward, a source told the Times.

Seattle currently has only one quarterback on its roster in starter Russell Wilson. The team released backup Trevone Boykin last month after he was arrested in Texas on domestic violence charges.

Free-agent safety Eric Reid, Kaepernick's former teammate who kneeled with him in 2016, was also apparently asked for assurances during a recent visit with the Cincinnati Bengals that he would not take part in on-field activism.

No team has brought Kaepernick in for a workout since he became a free agent following the 2016 season. However, the Seahawks visited with him in May 2017 and the Baltimore Ravens also considered bringing him in for a visit last summer.

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