Colin Kaepernick's collusion settlement wasn't as much as we thought

Aubrey Yates
March 22, 2019

According to The Wall Street Journal, the answer is far less than many expected. For Reid and Kaepernick, both players still have NFL aspirations, with Reid recently signing a 3-year deal with the Panthers, and Kaepernick suggesting he would still love to play in the league.

A month after it was announced that the league settled its collusion case with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, the two stars who found themselves without jobs apparently due in part to their protests during the national anthem prior to games, a report Thursday said the pair would receive less than $10 million. People briefed on the deal spoke to the Journal, but the terms remain confidential.

Kaepernick filed the grievance back in October 2017, alleging that NFL owners had violated the collective bargaining agreement by "colluding" to keep him out of the league because of his "leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States". The resolution of the matter was subject to a confidentiality agreement, according to a joint statement from the National Football League and Kaepernick's lawyers Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas.

An NFL spokesman declined to comment.

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Kaepernick won the summary judgement phase of his case in August 2018, and the final hearing was set to go before arbitrator Stephen Burbank in February.

The story said it was uncertain how much each would be paid and how much they would have after legal fees.

Beyond that, Yahoo Sports reported, "there are questions about what Kaepernick's value was during those seasons, which could have contributed to the lower settlement amount".

Although all parties in the case were subject to a confidentiality agreement, it appears we now have a better idea of what the settlement number was.

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