On Friday afternoon, the NFL and Colin Kaepernick’s attorney released a join statement saying the two sides have reached a confidentiality agreement. Kaepernick and current Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid filed a collusion lawsuit against the NFL, but appear to have reached a settlement.
While NFL officials speculated the value of the settlement at between $60-80 million, we will probably never know specifics. Following the settlement, the next question becomes whether or not Kaepernick will find employment in the league.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback opted out of his contract with the team following the 2016 season and hasn’t played since. But could he?
According to former star NFL wide receiver and current FS1 host Cris Carter, the answer is yes.
Carter said he “wouldn’t be surprised” to see the New England Patriots reach out to Kaepernick as Tom Brady’s eventual replacement.
"The replacement for Tom Brady might not come from the draft. I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots looked at Kap. The Krafts are very, very fond of Colin Kaepernick. If someone will do it, it will be the people in New England." — @criscarter80 pic.twitter.com/sVZnbrLiVK
— First Things First (@FTFonFS1) February 15, 2019
Brady, 41, stated he wants to play until his mid-40’s so Kaepernick likely wouldn’t see the field for a few years even if he did sign with the team.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has made a few shrewd moves during his tenure with the team – including trading for Randy Moss, who set an NFL record for touchdown receptions in a season.