Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid appear to have settled their collusion lawsuit against the NFL. While details of the agreement are going to be kept under wraps for contractual reasons, plenty of league insiders are giving their best guesses regarding what the two players got paid.
Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report is reporting that he’s heard from a “number” of NFL team officials who are speculating that Kaepernick got paid in the “$60-80 million” range. Keep in mind, that’s speculation.
ProFootballTalk, run by Mike Florio, set a hypothetical over-under on Kaepernick’s settlement at $49.5 million. He clearly thinks it’s very possible that the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback got over $50 million in the deal.
Darren Rovell, formerly of ESPN and now of the Action Network, thinks it’s possible that Kaepernick got paid more in this settlement than he ever would have made in the rest of his NFL career. While he didn’t put a number on it – it’s clear that it’s on the higher end of what people are speculating.
Number NFL team officials are speculating to me is the NFL paid Kaepernick in the $60 to $80 million range.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) February 15, 2019
Over-under for the Kaepernick settlement: $49.5 million.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 15, 2019
Given what was at stake for the NFL, I’d guess that the money Kaepernick got was more that he would have ever made in his career if it never happened.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) February 15, 2019
Some think it could even be higher:
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) February 15, 2019
In theory, we’ll never know what Kaepernick walked away with. But it wouldn’t be a completely surprise if the numbers leaked some day.
Kaepernick was in the news earlier this week as well. He reportedly wanted over $20 million to play in the AAF – an upstart football league that launched this spring.
It remains to be seen whether Kaepernick will attempt to continue his football career.