Colin Kaepernick invited to meet with Roger Goodell

Colin Kaepernick invited to meet with Roger Goodell

According to ESPN's Jim Trotter, Kaepernick was texted by Troy Vincent, one of Roger Goodell's chief lieutenants, with an eye toward a meeting with the shrapnel-riddled commissioner.

All of a sudden Colin Kaepernick is Football's Most Desirable Prom Date again, and if I had to wager a guess it would be to forestall that potentially sloppy collusion grievance he and lawyer Mark Geragos have aimed at the NFL.

"We responded immediately that Colin would be happy to attend", Geragos said in a statement provided to ABC News.

Lockhart said earlier Tuesday during a conference call that the NFL would welcome Kaepernick's participation in its larger meetings involving league executives, players and owners.

The text comes against the backdrop of the grievance Kaepernick filed against the league at the beginning of October under the collective bargaining agreement, which alleges collusion against the free-agent quarterback to prevent him from signing with an NFL team. "Colin's proposal was rejected". The question of, 'Has [Colin] been invited in?', the answer is yes. "This is part of the overall discussion we've been having on some of these social issues".

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Whitlock said Kaepernick ignoring the NFL's invite is a "signal" the quarterback is actually not interested in playing.

Several players have continued to protest before games, after Colin Kaepernick started kneeling during the anthem past year. His kneeling led to a movement that has spread throughout the league while also being vilified by others, including President Donald Trump.

Another quarterback-needy team bypassed Kaepernick on Tuesday when the Houston Texans signed former Oakland Tech star Josh Johnson, who was a third-string backup to Kaepernick with the 49ers and hasn't thrown an National Football League pass since 2011.

The NFL has yet to agree to the session, but one has been requested by the players for the week of November 13, sources told ESPN.

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