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SANTA CLARA, CA - NOVEMBER 20: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks to pass against the New England Patriots during their NFL game at Levi's Stadium on November 20, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

By Ty Anderson,

Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick isn’t ready to stop working for another chance in the National Football League.

Just the opposite actually, per Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio.

Speaking with a source connected to Kaepernick, Florio noted that the 32-year-old is “in great shape, and he wants to play.”

The source even went on to note that Kaepernick, who spent the first six years of his career with the San Francisco 49ers, is “more motivated than ever” to make a return to the NFL.

Last in the NFL back in 2016, Kaepernick’s reinvigorated motivation comes in the wake of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitting that the league mishandled peaceful anthem protests by their players in response to police brutality.

“We, the National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest,” Goodell said in a video released last Friday. “We, the National Football League, believe black lives matter.”

Whether or not Kaepernick’s hunger for another chance and Goodell’s admission that the NFL was wrong actually leads to another opportunity for Kaepernick remains to be seen.

The NFL did try to hold a private workout for the 6-foot-4 quarterback last November, sure, but that itself became a complete gong-show, as Kaepernick’s camp moved the workout 60 miles away from its original location at the Falcons’ training facility to Riverdale, Ga. on short notice in search of “complete transparency.” That decision ultimately limited the number of scouts at his workout, with what was supposed to be a 25-team turnout dropping to just eight. And to the shock of no one, Kaepernick, who allegedly told the scouts in attendance to tell their owners to stop being scared, remained unsigned following that workout.

But, again, with the NFL admitting that they were wrong, the door for a real second chance Kaepernick seems officially open.

Kaepernick, who threw for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions along with 2,241 yards despite going 1-11 as San Fran’s starter in 2016, has totaled 72 touchdowns, 30 picks, and a 28-30 record as a starter. Before becoming synonymous with kneeling, Kaepernick was known best for leading the 49ers to Super Bowl XLVII in 2013.

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.