That said, the team may be trying to use the potential employment of Kaepernick as a way to set the stage for a global resolution of the issue, including but not limited to a settlement of his collusion grievance.
The day after his scheduled workout with the Seahawks, Kaepernick sat for his deposition administered by NFL attorneys in NY regarding the league's alleged attempts to conspire to keep him out of the league.
Kaepernick's cancelled workout with the Seahawks comes a week after Texans owner Bob McNair said that he regretted apologizing for his comment made previous year at meetings between players and owners to discuss protests during the national anthem. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder". By the close of 2018, a number of National Football League players had joined the protest (with Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, and Jeremy Lane being notable local participants).
The Seahawks have been known for letting players be themselves.
A source told the Seattle Times that the Seahawks asked Kaepernick about his plans for the upcoming season and his "off the field activities" and Kaepernick said he didn't know. He met recently with the Cincinnati Bengals, who also wanted assurances he would stop kneeling, ESPN reports. Eventually he was joined by his San Francisco 49ers teammates, including safety Eric Reid, and players on other teams followed suit.
The Seahawks are now looking for a backup to Russell Wilson, but are considering other options along with Kaepernick.
McNair was infamously quoted in an ESPN report as suggesting the league should crack down on protests because "we can't have the inmates running the prison".
Head coaches John Harbaugh of the Ravens and the team's general manager, Ozzie Newsome, are also on the request list from Kaepernick's attorneys.
Reid previously wrote on Twitter that his activism was affecting his search for a new team.