Cowboys Run a Reverse on Kaepernick Workout, Jerry Jones Saying Dallas Won't Attend

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - On Wednesday morning, two high-placed Dallas Cowboys sources told me the team would be attending the Colin Kaepernick NFL workout. On Friday morning, however, owner Jerry Jones indicated an organizational change of mind, or change of heart.

"We’re not going to have anybody there,'' Jones told 105.3 The Fan. "We’ll look at the tape if we need any information.''

Jones added, "We really like our quarterbacks.” Of course, that's not necessarily the issue at hand; this is the NFL's first chance to see Kaepernick in three years. Examining him and evaluating him, for most any team, would be about his future status. This decision, therefore, understandably dredges up questions about "optics'' and "politics.''

"We will be in attendance," one team source told me firmly on Wednesday, and "We really like our QBs'' - a sentiment coach Jason Garrett echoed in his Friday morning presser here at The Star - doesn't at all explain the change in plan.

So on Saturday in Atlanta, for some teams, will come an "evaluation.'' Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in 2017 after having led that team to Super Bowl XLVII. He became a controversial lightning rod after opting to kneel during the national anthem in protest of social injustice. That made him a hero to some, a “problem” to others and ultimately, a non-entity to 32 teams.

Apparently, now, Dallas is one of those "non-entity'' believers.

Kaepernick is 32 and I'll repeat my view on his viability as a prospect: Is he inferior to Jeff Driskel, who starts at QB for Detroit this week against th Cowboys? Is he inferior to Mike White, who spent a wasted year on the Cowboys roster and is now clinging to an NFL career as a Jets practice-squadder?

Or is this workout — staged by the NFL on an inconvenient late-season Saturday — a ruse, a way for the league to avoid more collusion claims?

Jerry Jones has spoken. The Cowboys have made their decision on the Kaepernick workout ... which is the exact opposite of the Cowboys' previous decision.