[UPDATE: February 18, 3:10 p.m. EST]: NFL columnist Mike Freeman has reported that “the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 million to $80 million range” for their settlement that is subject to a confidentiality agreement.
While Mike Freeman did not confirm that it wasn’t an official figure, all of the speculation voiced by a number of NFL executives have agreed on that price range.
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Colin Kaepernick‘s legal battle with the NFL is over. As of today, Kaepernick’s grievance filed against the league in 2017 — in which the quarterback accused team owners of colluding to keep him from playing following his national anthem protest — has been resolved.
“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the league and Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said in a statement. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”
Issues between Colin Kaepernick and the NFL began in 2016 when Kaep was playing for the San Francisco 49ers. He chose to kneel for the national anthem in protest against police brutality and racial inequality in the United States. After being publicly criticized by Trump, members of the military and countless fans, Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of the season. Upon entering free agency, no team would sign Kaep, which led him to file the aforementioned grievance in 2017.
In response to today’s settlement between Kaepernick and the NFL, as well as safety Eric Reid’s similar complaint which was also resolved, the NFL Players Association issued the following statement: