Kaepernick was out of the league last year and has filed a suit against the NFL and several teams alleging they colluded to keep him off of rosters after his national anthem protest sparked a movement across the nation.
The former 49ers quarterback has been trying to work his way back into the league, but few teams have shown any interest in taking on the controversial athlete.
Manziel, who has been beset by his own brand of off-field issues, also has had trouble catching on with another team since being run out of the league in 2015.
However, the apparent enthusiasm for Manziel’s workout raised debate over why Kaepernick – whose résumé is decidedly stronger – has drawn so little interest.
“The facts of the matter are the reason he’s not being signed are non football based,” Manziel wrote. “The guy took a team to the Super Bowl and continuously wreaked havoc on the NFC West and the league. Maybe he had a bad year two years ago but he’s not a bad player and that’s a fact.”
All 32 teams were represented at the Pro Day, according to reports. The Giants and Jets sent large contingents, just as they did for USC quarterback Sam Darnold on Wednesday. Giants coach Pat Shurmur, offensive coordinator Mike Shula and VP of Player Evaluation Chris Mara were on hand. Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, coach Todd Bowles, VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates all watched Allen’s session of about 60 throws.
The Browns had the largest group watching, including owner Jimmy Haslam. He also attended Darnold’s Pro Day on Wednesday. The sense at Darnold’s Pro Day was the Browns would take him No. 1, but they either are still undecided or want people to believe that.
Palmer, who also tutors Darnold, wanted to show teams Allen can be a consistent thrower.
“He’s got this rocket arm that everyone knows about and we’ve all seen. I want to show … it’s not a wild fastball, it’s a consistent fastball,” Palmer told USA Today.