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Darren Rovell: Colin Kaepernick Wanted More Than $20 Million To Play In AAF

Colin Kaepernick on the sidelines for the San Francisco 49ers.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 18: Colin Kaepernick #7 of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines during the second half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on December 18, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Late Thursday night, Alliance of American Football creator Bill Polian revealed the league reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing in the new professional league. "I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing," Polian said Thursday.

In the wake of Polian's comments, a report from the Associated Press suggested Kaepernick asked for $20 million in order to play in the new league. Players earn $225,000 over three years with the Alliance of American Football, but are free to pursue NFL options following the league year in May.

Clearly Kaepernick's reported demand was not within the AAF's means. However a new report from former ESPN business insider and current Action Network insider Darren Rovell suggested Kaerpernick's asking price was even higher.

"I was told he wanted MORE," Rovell tweeted.

A $20 million deal in the NFL would make him one of the highest-paid players in the NFL, let alone a new league.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers following the 2016 season.

The addition of Kaepernick to the league would likely result in a sharp increase in viewership, though it's difficult to forecast whether or not that increase would be worth a $20 million deal.