Report: Colin Kaepernick asked for $20 million to play in AAF

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Alliance of American Football co-founder Bill Polian said Thursday that the startup league had talked to Colin Kaepernick. Now, comes word from Barry Wilner of the Associated Press that the former 49ers quarterback asked for $20 million to consider playing.

Kaepernick’s representatives did not immediately answer a message from the AP.

Kaepernick would have provided a boost to the league, but his contract demand doesn’t fit with the financial structure of the league. All players get the same three-year, non-guaranteed contracts worth $250,000.

Kaepernick is holding out hope of a return to the NFL, which has 16 quarterbacks making an average of at least $20 million per season, according to overthecap.com. He has not played since 2016 and has a collusion grievance against the NFL.

The AAF also talked to Tebow, who declined in order to continue playing baseball in the New York Mets organization.

187 responses to “Report: Colin Kaepernick asked for $20 million to play in AAF

  1. They can’t even afford to let players give away footballs during a game. He really needs a reality check.

  2. The NFL should pay it, if Blaine Gabberts backup doesn’t look good in the AAF then there goes the grievance case and the false narrative that’s been shoved down our throats.

  3. 20 million would never be accepted, but it looks like he is trying to find work in the public eye.

  4. It kind of sticks a fork in the whole blackball narrative, am I right? He’s not being kept out of the NFL for his anthem protest, he’s being kept out because he’s delusional.

  5. He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.

  6. Kaepernick doesn’t want to play in the AAF and stink the joint up. If he were to play, he would jeopardize his future earning potential by showing he isn’t very good. If he were good enough, teams would sign him regardless of his political beliefs.

  7. You know, because who wouldn’t turn their nose up at a 250k/yr offer, right? He’s just a regular guy like you and me. At least pay the man a living wage.

  8. omeimontis says:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.
    ———————–

    Or, if he believed the snake oil he’s selling with his collusion case, he would view this as an opportunity to put proof on the table that he is still a superstar quarterback and put even more pressure on NFL teams to hire him so he can make millions or dollars again.

    What makes Kaepernick’s injury risk more significant than any of the other hundreds of AAF players who are willing to work to show the NFL they’re worthy of another shot?

  9. He would be the biggest name in the league by far so perhaps he wanted an ownership stake that could hypothetically be worth $20 million. It could also have been a negotiating tactic or based on the fact that many of these leagues go broke owing players money so he wanted more because of their questionable finances. Anyway, people can talk a lot about how everyone should prove themselves, but many big politicians dont run for mayor of hoboken when they lose a big national race, hollywood superstars often aren’t willing to do tv when controversies cost them a movie role, charlie sheen ain’t doing community theatre and megan kelly aint doing local news. So its not unusual or unique for a big star to be unwilling to take a big step down to the minor leagues.

  10. CK loves football so much and wants to play so bad that he will do it for 20 million ! Now that is a true footballer!

  11. Also, its not that ridiculous to demand, because in the past minor football leagues like the usfl, cfl, etc have signed one or two disgruntled nfl players to contracts far in excess of their average player and equal to or greater than nfl stars to make a splash. Raghib Ismail, Eric Dickerson or Hershel Walker or something. We have seen the same thing with an occasional splash for a european hockey or basketball team to sign an nba or nhl player or a us soccer team to sign an aging european star. Jaromir Jaggir and David Beckham probably made more than the reat of their teams.

  12. But I’ll settle out of court right now for 20 bucks.

    Every day that checking account balance gets a little lower, eh Colin?

  13. Tom Brady will make $22 million next year and this clown, who hasn’t played in a few years, is asking a startup league for $20 million a year. Can’t make this stuff up

  14. Before everyone goes crazy (and I know that’s asking a lot of the internet) these days, none of us know for sure who accurate that is or how if true how that was true. It could be CK has no desire to play in an upstart league but said but to his agent “Maybe if threw 20 mil my way then I’d consider.” Just like I have absolutely interest in working at McDonalds but if someone offered $500k a year I’d do it. Whatever the case it would just be nice to see the guy back on the field simply to see if he can still play.

  15. Muhahahahaha! $20 million!! That’s rich for a guy who only came up with the whole inequality protest angle after he was caught pouting on the bench during the national anthem cuz he was told Gabbert was starting. Marshawn Lynch STILL sits on the bench during the national anthem and HE still has a job so what’s the real reason Kap doesn’t again!?!

  16. omeimontis says:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.
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    That right there is classic……his career is way over in the NFL and $250,000 would be like stealing as he won’t find anything close to that in any job that he ever gets again

  17. I don’t know why they would approach him. Do they want to kill their league before it even starts? I’d take it off my “to watch” list the second he was put on a team.

  18. This is why the dumb fool has no job! Kneel all you want pal, just raise your head n look at the tv cuz you will never play in the nfl again! Hope it was worth it!!!!

  19. Those men are putting their health in danger every time they are tackled. $250,000 is crapola. But it’s nice to know they offered CK a job.

  20. If that’s what he wants to play in the AAF then how much would he want to play in the NFL? Hence the problem the media and his supporters don’t wanna address cause it doesn’t fit the narrative

  21. 20 million isn’t beans compared to how much the AAF would have to pay me and people like me to WATCH him play!

  22. He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.
    ========================
    Good joke! … Wait, are you serious?

  23. and that, not his politics, is why he’s not signed somewhere.
    don’t overestimate your market value, cause the market will hurt your feelings
    Lev Bell is about to find that out
    Kaepernick is just not good enough to be worth it

  24. Okay, so a random number was thrown out that hasn’t been verified by any sources and everyone is acting like it’s an automatic fact. I hope you guys realize that an offer like this coming out from an agency that hasn’t let out any negotiation details all of a sudden would throw out that they asked for 20 mil, you’re more delusional than the idiots who think Kap isn’t being blackballed.

  25. Kap is delutional but the fans that think he will ever play in the NFL again are more so. Doesn’t matter if he dominates the AAF no NFL team will ever pick him up again. It’s not collution. It’s just good business.

  26. He’s made 43 million dollars in his short career, why would he play for “chump change” (relatively speaking)? You guys COMBINED in your entire life won’t ever come close to making that.

  27. All of the players combined will make a little less than $35 million per season ($83,333.33 per player) and Kap wants how much? He probably makes more not to play because of appearance fees, which is a joke in itself. I would bet that there are a lot of people fighting the good fight for social equality that are way better suited for it than he is. Way to be all about you, Colin.

  28. “ericn42000 says:
    February 14, 2019 at 10:36 pm
    Give the guy a 2nd chance, some of these comments smh”
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    He’s had multiple opportunities. This story is proof that Kaep’s contract demands are asinine.

  29. Terrible decision to replace Alex Smith with this one-hit wonder. Total fail in Super Bowl. Lost his ability to be a running or throwing threat. $20 million?? Russell Wilson is a winner. Kap is a whiner.

  30. IF thats true thats just ridiculous. And people wonder why NFL teasms dont bother with him, if hes asking 20 mill from the AAF imagine what he wants from the NFL

    Next year should see some interseting QB’s in the league, again people like Nathan Peterman should embrace the league and play in it, cant do him any harm. Also with the XFL next year i wonder if the NFL will embrace the AAF more (As they probably dont want the XFL to succeed) and allocate players

    NFL Europe was great when teams allocated ‘proper’ players and not 7 benchwarmers the day before the deadline like some teams did (Tampa). Send over some young backups and they’ll improve with gametime action

  31. ericn42000 says:
    February 14, 2019 at 10:36 pm
    Give the guy a 2nd chance, some of these comments smh!
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    He’s an NFL caliber player being unfairly targeted by the NFL. Everyone knows this. It is also a fact that a certain segment of this countries population is fearful of his stance on social issues. The 80% deflection you see here is proof.

  32. Kap’s career is over in the NFL because he has been blackballed, but collusion deniers claim that it is because he is a bad quarterback. His stats in his last season as starter are better than those of Joe Flacco for the last 4 seasons.

  33. objectivefbfan says:
    February 14, 2019 at 9:03 pm
    Listen I got no issue with his anthem stance. I fought so he could have one, and don’t think patriotism is a song or a flag.

    I agree, but what you do with, around or to a flag or a song shows your character. You also fought for those who still love this country and despise liars like Kaeprenick. Does only his situation count?

  34. imontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 5:09 am
    Kap’s career is over in the NFL because he has been blackballed, but collusion deniers claim that it is because he is a bad quarterback. His stats in his last season as starter are better than those of Joe Flacco for the last 4 seasons.
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    But Flacco’s not a flaky distraction. Teams have a right to keep away from such head cases that are – unlike any other position in sports – the face of your team. Ironic Flacco is mentioned since it was Baltimore that almost signed Kap a couple of years ago…

  35. I don’t believe he’ll ever play football again because there’s too much risk. Not from injury but to his image. If he does and he plays poorly, he and everyone else that has supported him could look foolish. Everything he’s stood/kneeled for will take a hit because it will appear that he may not have been wanted because he simply wasn’t good enough. I’m sure he’s doing just fine financially, no telling what he made from Nike and others that are supporting him. He stands to gain more, in terms of his image, as a martyr than a football player so he’s played his last down I believe.

  36. omeimontis…you know his last year he was 1-10 that’s one win and ten losses. How is that better than Flacco? He also op-ed out of his contract with the 49 ers. He should sue the person who gave him the advice to op-ed out of his contract not the NFL. So basically he had a job but quit then sued for collision? and that’s just the facts!

  37. Well now we know why teams are signing the like of Josh Johnson and Mark Sanchez over Kaepernick. The guy wants 20 million to play! He clearly has no intention of playing football again.

    He is pricing himself so ridiculously high that not team on earth would consider signing him and thus, keeping his collusion case alive!

  38. omeimontis says:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.

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    He doesn’t want to play in the NFL. He just doesn’t injure the myth that he is any good because its what his collusion case rides on. The 20 million demand should be seen as injury insurance. Thats even enough to make him safe from an NFL team creating any risks to the martyr image.

  39. Rotoworld’s write up of this made me laugh “Kap to a developmental league was never going to happen. He does not need to develop” The lie detector determined that was a lie.

  40. omeimontis says:
    February 15, 2019 at 5:09 am
    Kap’s career is over in the NFL because he has been blackballed, but collusion deniers claim that it is because he is a bad quarterback. His stats in his last season as starter are better than those of Joe Flacco for the last 4 seasons.

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    Well heck, if we play that game can I pick one of Joe Montanas stats from the distant past and compare them to Flacvos ones these past four years?

    What though if we compare Kaeps stats, Montana’s stats, and Flaccos stats all from these same past four years, you know, the current ones that would lead into what a team could expect this coming year.

    Dude, 20 million says “please dont hire me, I need to not get hired”

  41. dcpatfan says:
    February 15, 2019 at 4:58 am
    ericn42000 says:
    February 14, 2019 at 10:36 pm
    Give the guy a 2nd chance, some of these comments smh!
    ——————–
    He’s an NFL caliber player being unfairly targeted by the NFL. Everyone knows this. It is also a fact that a certain segment of this countries population is fearful of his stance on social issues. The 80% deflection you see here is proof.

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    Commenters on internet articles are never proof of anything. Proff has to come from Kaepernick. So far there is none that he is able to play. And a 20 million demand to prove it one way or another pretty much says he does not want to be in any situation where he would have to prove it. So eeally the proif here is the 20 million demand.

  42. And he wonders why no NFL team has signed him??? He’s a backup-level QB who wants to be paid like the superstar that he isn’t.

  43. I keep thinking this would be something that he could use as an opportunity to get back to real athletic relevance, a doorway to continuing whatever legacy he’s trying to build on and off the field. Because if he truly wanted to, he would take this league’s offer, and embrace it for all he’s got. But, nope.

  44. Playing ball anywhere other than the NFL ruins his whole public image and case at this point. He set an impossible price tag for the AAF, knowing damn well they pay all their players $250k. He knows they won’t pay it and therefore knows he won’t play in that league anyway. Kap does NOT want to play football. He hasn’t played in 3 years and wasn’t even that good when we got bumped on the same team that he went to the Bowl with. He’s a backup quarterback, a one season sensation…there is no ” collusion ” just teams that don’t want him, because he isn’t any damn good and not worth his asking price in any league. He’s out of touch in reality and the ONLY public image he has right now is his case.

  45. Kaep has zero intention of playing professional football again because he has a lucrative new gig as a professional protester just like his girlfriend Nessa Diab. Funny how he only started to care about anything once he hooked up with her which coincidently was at the same time he was floundering as a NFL starter and decided to start kneeling in protest. Everyone conveniently seems to forget he was the one who walked away from a massive contract with the 49ers using his player option because he wrongly thought he could make more in free agency. He made the choice himself to walk away nobody ever took anything away from him.

  46. He has no interest in playing again. Why would he? He has a lucrative career as a civil rights martyr and is getting paid by Nike. That all goes away the second he steps on the field.

  47. Ummm so does this OFFICIALLY end the conversation of why this man is not playing football?? His own evaluation of his talent is far out of wack that no team will pay him what he is worth…. NFL owners collusion…give me a break

  48. Just say you don’t want to play then. I could see, if he asked for $1M, because it would increase exposure, but 20 times that is insane!

  49. An update to the prior story was that Kap actually reached out to the AAF to see if they were interested. I guess in that conversation they said that Kap wanted $20 million a year. Obviously the AAF said no.

    I am assuming the same conversation is had about the NFL teams.

    Kaep can claim collusion up and down. And articles will be written about how he is unemployed. But I have never seen anything that indicates what his demands are. It appears that the reason he is unemployed is that he has an overinflated value of himself. If he truly wanted to play, he would take a short term low value deal (yes, embarrisingly I said low term deal like $7 million) and see if he can turn in a performance that warrants a bigger offer ala Nick Foles.

    Or he can wait for the “perfect gig” at the “perfect price”.

  50. 20 mil. per year for Kaepernick? Hell, given his marginal football talent and the fact that he’s a major distraction I think that any GM would be crazy to sign Kaepernick for their team even at the veteran minimum.

  51. Keap knows what will happen if he ever sets foot on a field again. The whole fable goes up in smoke. He cannot risk exposing the truth. His entire raison d’etre cannot stand the light of day. Just like 11 of 12, this is fabrication in it’s finest form.

  52. And you wonder why you haven’t been signed to an NFL team??? You aren’t worth what you’re asking for. Do what others do and sign a 1 year “show me” contract for short money and prove your worth.

  53. I’ve defended all along his right to being given a fair shot at playing, and to not be blackballed because of his political stances or unpopularity with whiny flag-addled fans.

    But this is ridiculous. If he doesn’t want to play for the AAF, or thinks the only way it would be worth his time is if he could be played high-end-NFL-quarterback money, he should have just told them no thanks. Asking for something far beyond what they can offer is insulting – and would be a huge insult to everyone else in the locker room if the league had actually taken him up on it.

    If this story is true, it clearly shows what he’s been avoiding coming out and admitting: that he thinks he’s entitled to nothing less than a starting job and top-flight NFL QB money. Which, after a few years out of the league and two really poor final season of play, just isn’t connected to reality.

  54. And there we see it, kaep asking for the moon. He is no saint, just a selfish guy leading a movement for his own gain. If you didn’t think he was full of himself before, you’re probably feeling pretty foolish now. In a league of 250k he wants SO much more it’s absurd. ick.

  55. Kap knew that $20 million was a non-starter. This is a developmental league, with player paychecks are way less than the NFL league minimum. They can’t afford it, but that’s cool, because Kap doesn’t intend to play football at that level.

  56. Not mad at him for asking. I don’t know what motivation he’d have to play in this league. His blackballing had nothing to do with talent, and if you can name the receiving targets he had in his final season, I’d be surprised. Numbers still were ok, too.

  57. He’s been given the opportunity to prove he is worthy of an NFL QB job, and he rejects it. I guess that’s believing in something, even if it means sacrificing your only shot at redemption.

  58. Like most people, I rarely change my mind about anything based upon reports in the media. However, IF this turns out be true, I’m ready to flip on my opinion that Kaep deserves a second chance and truly wants to play football.

  59. This just might be the silliest thing ever to happen in football.

    At the very least, certainly the most delusional.

  60. youngnoize says:
    February 15, 2019 at 10:31 am

    His blackballing had nothing to do with talent, and if you can name the receiving targets he had in his final season, I’d be surprised. Numbers still were ok, too.

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    Not so. If he had left off his playing time at his Super Bowl season level, he’d have been signed for sure. But he ended with a couple lousy season with really poor results. The uncertainty about his playing ability is real, and legitimate, and makes taking a chance on him a risk. If he’s asking for a starting job and high-end QB money too, that would probably be a non-starter even without all the political stuff.

    Don’t forget that one of the best QBs in the league, Tony Romo, went unsigned only because there were speculative questions about his prospects on the field. Talent was there, salary would have been manageable, no outside concerns. Kapernick has red flags in every one of those areas. He hasn’t helped his prospects at all.

  61. Well, if he wanted to use the other $19.75m to donate to black communities, then I might respect the request. At least then he’d be putting his money where his mouth is. Other than that… just LOL.

  62. omeimontis says:
    February 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm
    He is not going to play for $250,000 that is for sure. Too little money to risk a career ending injury that could prevent him from returning to the NFL.
    ————————
    There is a thing called insurance, and if that’s the reason he didn’t play was cause of an injury, I’m sure the AAL would have gotten a policy for him. And on a side note.. his lawyer must be throwing a fit right now that his whole case got crushed in one quick swoop lol

  63. re: “Kaepernick would have provided a boost to the league”

    Seriously?

    Most fans I know have been totally turned off by Kaepernick’s schtick. NFL’s rating and attendance dropped. Contrary to a “boost”, hiring Kaepernick would turn off millions of the erstwhile fans of the new league.

  64. He deserves it. He was pushed out of the league when he was making roughly around the same. He knows his value and wont settle for less. The guy has done more ON the field than maybe half the QBs in the league. Maybe more than that.

  65. Who is “advising” him? I mean seriously what is he hoping to “achieve” with this farce? His camp has a huge problem with perception and reality.

  66. Im not against the social stand he is taking, but its obvious its more important to him to be a martyr then to be a football player. Pretty safe to call him ex football player now.

  67. That was just an offer he knew would be rejected. It allows him to say “I still want to play” so the chance of a successful collusion suit does not get any worse than it already is. “Sure, I will babysit your kid next Friday night, for $10,000.”

  68. Some of the commentators on here are completely oblivious to the fact that Kaep was the one who used his player option to get out of a long term massive contract with the 49ers. He was struggling as a starter with zero signs of improvement and was relegated to the bench. At that same time he started dating political activist Nessa Diab and all of a sudden he started sitting then kneeling for the anthem. Nobody forced Kaep out of the NFL he forced himself out by not being a good enough starter then opting out of a big contract himself because he had a boo boo face the 49ers were not going to guarantee him a starting spot on the team. Quite frankly its starting to become clearer and clearer he has no interest in playing football again because he has a new career as a full time political activist like his girlfriend to cash in on lucrative endorsements from Nike, etc. My guess once Nike figures out the game he is really playing they will slowly phase him out of their advertisements.

  69. youngnoize says:
    February 15, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Why would a quarterback who took a team to the Super Bowl play in a developmental league for less than the NFL average?

    Every single day in this country people of all races get let go for various reasons. Are you suggesting that they should never work again unless they can get the salary they think they deserve? What about a football player, whose job is vital to not one single person on earth, makes you think that the ability to play quarterback at a proven mediocre level equates to a lifetime of employment at the job and wage of his choosing?

  70. I don’t like the guy at all, but I can’t understand why anyone would be mad at him for asking for a certain amount of money? If that is what he thinks getting his brain jarred is worth, so be it. No one is forcing either side.

  71. When he is in his 50’s or 60’s, Kaep will realize how stupid he has been. Muhammed Ali was a hero to millions of people all over the world (not me, by the way) and the other day I asked a 16 year old kid who Ali was. He had no idea. If they don’t know who Ali is, how does Kaep think he is going to change the world and be remembered?
    At least Ali stood for something legitimate, unlike Kaep.

  72. I doubt the AAF would win any friends by hiring Kaep who has displayed his disrespect for the flag and the soldiers who died to protect his right to be ignorant.

  73. It is clear NFL lackies are behind this story. Does anyone have on record Kaepernick saying this ….no. What they have are unnamed sources. Sources I would argue have the agenda of making Kaepernick look bad. Have a little discernment people and look beyond the headline and think. Who benefits from this narrative.

  74. Does anyone have on record Kaepernick saying this ….no.
    ————————-
    I’d challenge the same thing from a different POV. Does anyone have on record saying he truly wants to play football? That he’d accept a backup role? That he’d accept a minimal contract to be a backup?

    If you notice, there’s never a direct quote from CK on these matters. The quotes are from his lawyer or agents. It’s important for CK’s brand for him to appear to want to play. Actually playing hinders his brand and collusion case.

  75. “…but I can’t understand why anyone would be mad at him for asking for a certain amount of money?”
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    No one is mad, we’re laughing at the absurdity of it all. The league has a rule for now that stipulates that ALL players receive the same contract. And it’s 250k over 3 years. Asking for 20M is such a non-starter, he might have well asked for 200M.

  76. “Why would a quarterback who took a team to the Super Bowl play in a developmental league for less than the NFL average?”
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    Is this a serious question? First of all, that Super Bowl was 6 years ago. There’s a lot of players who were once good 5-6 years ago that can no longer play. Would you give the same response for all the players from that SB team no longer playing? Secondly, this new league has a rule where ALL players get the same contract. 250k over 3 years. Using your logic, no player who used to play in the NFL should ever be forced to play for less than they made in the NFL.

    Rethink your logic son.

  77. It would appear that the only employer interested in Kap in Nike who is duping the clueless by supporting his disgraceful behavior.

  78. I swear to our God almighty, I don’t know what I’d do if Robert Kraft let this…this…mockery…into our Patriots locker room! Everything this guy does and says just makes me realize what a selfish, pompous, narcissistic, attention hog he truly is. I can’t for the life of me understand why he even gets the press’s attention.

  79. Every player in the league is given a 3-year, 250,000 contract, broken down as 70,000 the first year, 80,000 the second, and 100,000 the third.

    For the sake of argument, let’s say his contract is over 3 years as well. That would mean his contract is the equal of 80 players in the league, or 1/5th of all the players in the league.

    Any idea what this would do to league unity? With every player knowing he only gets so much money, it wouldn’t be long before Kapernick would be the most hunted man on any roster. And as he loses (as he did in the NFL), the unity of the team he would play on would break down as well.

    What team would take him? Forget Memphis, Birmingham, Orlando or Atlanta. San Diego looks like they have a decent quarterback. Salt Lake? Hardly. San Antonio? Doubt it. Which leaves you with Arizona, and John Wolford is a promising quarterback.

    Long story, making it short; he has no place in the league, and he would be poison wherever he went.

  80. First, I wouldn’t be surprised if he did ask for this and I’m fine with it. He knows he is an NFL caliber QB and shouldn’t have to play his way in for $80k a year. I’m sure he would take less than $20m to play for an NFL team with a realistic shot to be the starter.

    Second, let’s consider this ‘anonymous source’. How many of you refuse to believe anonymous sources when it is something that goes against your worldview yet don’t question the validity of this one because it fits with your preconceived notions of the subject? I’m not saying everyone here does this, but please think about it. If you want to be skeptical of anonymous sources because there are a lot of people with agendas or biases, that’s fine but you should also be skeptical of this one.

  81. more proof that football fans, generally speaking are not very bright. his request has almost nothing to do with football and everything to do with marketing. if he plays in that league he instantly becomes the most famous player by about several light years. you have one owner that just recently plopped down a quarter of a BILLION dollar investment in the entire league….if an owner in their league sees an opportunity to profit off of kaepernick they will do it. this is not about football skill, dummies.

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