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The XFL Reportedly Had Negotiations With Colin Kaepernick

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)

Colin Kaepernick to the XFL? According to a new report from Sporting News' Mike McCarthy, the upstart league engaged in negotiations with the quarterback at some point this past fall.

The XFL 2.0, once again under the direction of Vince McMahon, is set to launch in 2020. The league will begin signing players later this year.

According to McCarthy, Kaepernick spoke with the league and reportedly asked for at least $20 million to play. That is the same reported figure he asked for in discussions with the AAF.

An XFL spokesman confirmed to Sporting News on Monday that Kaepernick talked with executives about joining the league this past fall.

The XFL declined to divulge details of the Kaepernick contract talks. But sources said the former 49ers quarterback wanted at least $20 million to suit up for new spring football league. Mark Geragos, Kaepernick's attorney, did not return an email from SN seeking comment.

If Kaepernick did ask for $20 million, he's not getting that from the XFL or AAF. McCarthy reports that McMahon wants to pay his quarterbacks around $250,000 per year.

Kaepernick wouldn't get it that amount from an NFL team either, after not playing for two years, but one would guess that the opportunity to return to the league would entice him to take less money.

Kaepernick recently settled his collusion lawsuit against the NFL for an undisclosed amount. His agent Mark Geragos speculated that he could sign with a team soon.

Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since 2016.