Colin Kaepernick is closer than ever to potentially making his much-covered return to the NFL. He worked out with the Las Vegas Raiders, raising the belief that he could be added to the roster.

However, undergoing a workout impressing the Raiders is no assurance of a deal coming soon. No deal is imminent according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

According to multiple reports, the 34-year-old’s strength and conditioning stood out in his workout with the Raiders. But as of Thursday night, no signing was imminent.

Kaepernick showed he had the arm, something that was hardly surprising considering he has been constantly working out for the past five years. Thus, he should be in great overall shape.

It is possible that somewhere down the line that the Raiders could sign the native of Illinois. He could be insurance in case some of the other quarterbacks at OTAs or minicamp fail to give a good impression.

As things stand now over in Las Vegas, Derek Carr is the Raiders’ starting play-caller. Also in the fray are Jarrett Stidham as well as Nick Mullens. Stidham and Mullens joined Las Vegas the offseason in separate transactions this offseason.

It was a key first step for the former San Francisco 49ers QB in 2016. The development could also spur some interest from other NFL teams who need a play-caller heading into the new NFL season.

Aside from the Raiders, there are reportedly two other NFL teams interested in giving Kaepernick a look. But similar to the Las Vegas situation, being given a workout is entirely different from signing a contract.

Compared to previous seasons, the fact that Kaepernick is being given the chance to show his stuff through workouts is a big step. Now, the 34-year-old just needs to hope and pray that his efforts are good enough to complete his NFL comeback dream.

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SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 01: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers speaks to media during a press conference after a 31-21 preseason win over the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 1, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) Harry How/Getty Images

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