QB Colin Kaepernick Preparing, Training as if He's Starting

By Teddy Cecilio, Posted: 05/17/17 02:45AM EDT

Despite being unemployed at the moment, quarterback Colin Kaepernick is keeping himself in football shape by training five days a week. Earlier, it was reported that Kaepernick is not interested in playing football and wants to focus on his charity and social works.

In a report by Peter King of The MMQB, New York-based trainer Josh Hidalgo said Kaepernick has been preparing to play all offseason, training like a starting quarterback for an NFL team

"Colin has been there since January, training with me five days a week," Hidalgo told King. "We have been getting ready for football as if he was a starting quarterback for an NFL team."

According to Hidalgo, Kaepernick is training for five hours a day for five days a week. "We don't take days off," said Hidalgo, adding that Kaepernick has been training with him since he moved to New York.

Hidalgo added that Kaepernick is willing to showcase his explosiveness and strength to any NFL team interested in his services. "We have nothing to hide. He is beyond ready to play quarterback in the NFL. When he gets the opportunity, it will not be wasted," added Hidalgo.

Earlier, ESPN.com reported that the Seattle Seahawks are considering adding Kaepernick as backup to Russell Wilson. The report came as a surprise as no NFL team has expressed interest in Kaepernick in the offseason, partly due to his controversial protest last season.

Michael Silver of NFL Network announced that Seahawks general manager John Schneider reached out to Kaepernick's agent, according to the Seattle Times. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Seahawks are doing "their due diligence" on Kaepernick before finally signing him to deal.

The Seahawks are shallow at backup quarterbacks with only Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps on their roster. If signed, Kaepernick will provide the Seahawks with a veteran presence and a reliable backup who can step up in case something happens to Wilson.

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