CHARLOTTE, NC – Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reed said Wednesday that he "feels disrespected" that the NFL will schedule a workout for Colin Kaepernick on Saturday.
"I'll believe it when I see it," Reid said. "At that point, it feels like a PR stunt."
Kaepernick and Reid are former teammates of the San Francisco 49ers. In 2016, Reed was the first player to join Kaepernick, raising his knee during the national anthem to protest social injustice. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL this season.
Coaches for the Dolphins in Miami, Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and Tampa Bay Buccaneers said they expect to have a representative at the Falcons training center on Saturday for practice. John Elway also told 9News that the Denver Broncos will be represented, and a spokesman for the Washington Redskins said the organization will be there. A source told ESPN's Ed Werder that the Dallas Cowboys also plan to be in training.
Reed reminded reporters that NFL head coaches and general managers usually travel with their teams on Saturdays.
"What kind of decision-makers will be able to attend training?" He asked. "The other weird thing is, I saw that there was a report that other teams were interested in Colin, but they were contacting the league about it. It's weird."
Reed said "weird" because most free agents or their agents contact the team of interest directly.
"They don't call it the league," he says.
Reed is one of Kaepernick's strongest defenders as they began to kneel during the anthem. Both have filed complaints against the Championship, accusing them of colluding that they did not sign an NFL deal because of their protests.
Both reached an agreement in February. Reed signed a one-year deal with the Panthers at the end of September 2018 and signed a three-year deal worth up to $ 24 million last offseason.
He continues to kneel during the anthem.
Reed compares Copernicus with Baltimore's Lamar Jackson, who is releasing MVP-like numbers with his passing and running this season. Even at 32, Kaepernick can help the team, Reed said.
there is a rocket by the hand, "he said. "He's tall [6-foot-4] so he can see over his pocket. And he's movable. He's Lamar Jackson before Lamar Jackson. And he can still throw the ball."
But Reed remains skeptical of the NFL's sincerity when planning a workout. for Kaepernick.
"That's disrespectful," Reed said. "They want the exterior to give Colin a chance, but they give him two hours' notice and tell him it must be Saturday when they know the decision-makers are traveling. Is that it? We'll see."  Reed said that on Tuesday Kaepernick told him that he had two to three hours to tell the league if he would attend the training before the offer was released to the media.
Sources told ESPN that Kaepernick and his representatives were alerted to the workout at 10 a.m. Tuesday before 4:00 pm
"They did not move," Reed said. "They said it was Saturday or not."
Sources told ESPN's Dan Graziano that the training was also created in response to a statement from Oct. 10 from Kaepernick representatives who said they received "little to no response" from 32 NFL teams.
Carolina coach Ron Rivera deferred to general manager Marty Hurney when asked if the team would send a representative to the training. Herney did not reply immediately.
Reed stated that he had not been instructed whether the Panthers would be present. Last week, he spoke with owner David Tepper to give Kaepernick a look after franchise quarterback Cam Newton (foot) was put in contagious reserve for the rest of the season.
"He announced that they did not want to add a Veteran Defender, but if they did, they would be interested," Reed said. "So we'll see if they send someone to be there."
Reed, who worked with Copernicus during the off-season, said the quarterback remains in shape with a coach in New York.
Asked why the experience is taking place now that 16 teams have already used backups this season, Reed replied, "Good question."
how it happens every year, how the Defender storyline progressively worsens, in the sense that more beginners are out, "Reed said. "Yet Colin never got the chance."
But Reed said it was not too late for Kaepernick to make an impact in the NFL if that training gave him that chance.
"He's in the midst of his career," Reed said. "He still has a gun in his hand. He can still run. Too late for his career? No."