KEY POINTS

  • The Raiders give Colin Kaepernick a chance to get a spot in the lineup
  • Mark Davis is carrying on the tradition of his late dad in giving deserving people opportunities
  • Kaepernick is nearer than ever to fulfill his NFL comeback dream

Colin Kaepernick’s wish of making a return to the NFL just got a huge boost following reports that he worked out with the Las Vegas Raiders.

According to league sources cited by ESPN, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback worked out for the Raiders on Wednesday, May 25--his first workout with an NFL team since he was exiled.

It was also the first time he visited an NFL team since flying to Seattle in May 2017.

Unfortunately, the Seattle Seahawks passed on the chance to sign the 34-year-old Wisconsin native.

It appears the workout was part of Raiders owner Mark Davis carrying on the tradition of his late father Al.

It also comes not long after the younger Davis fully supported Kaepernick rejoining the NFL.

The elder Davis was known for giving opportunities, including hiring the NFL's first Black head coach in Art Shell and its first woman chief executive in Amy Trask.

Al was also the first team owner to draft a black quarterback in the first round, as well as the second team owner to hire a Hispanic head coach in Tom Flores.

With the workout done and over with, it remains to be seen if Kaepernick will make the grade.

But should he do so, his role on the team will be the next question of pundits. Right now, Derek Carr is the starting quarterback for the Raiders.

Aside from Carr, Jarrett Stidham and Nick Mullens are also on the roster.

However, it is worth noting that someone on the Raiders’ coaching thrust could help influence any potential signing.

Offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi is familiar with Kaepernick, having served as a 49ers assistant coach from 2013 to 2016.

The best to expect for Kaepernick is getting a backup role at quarterback.

He has been showing through video workouts that he still has the arm to be a reliable quarterback, and a better picture of how that all went should be known in the coming weeks.

Colin Kaepernick Kaepernick attends as O, The Oprah Magazine hosts special NYC screening of 'A Wrinkle In Time' at Walter Reade Theater in New York City, March 7, 2018. Photo: Mike Coppola/Getty Images