Colin Kaepernick, NFL strike an agreement in lawsuit

Posted at 2:25 PM, Feb 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-15 14:30:02-05

The NFL and representatives for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced on Friday they have reached an undisclosed agreement, closing a legal battle filed against the NFL.

Kaepernick alleged that NFL franchises colluded against him after he opted out of his contract at the end of the 2016 season. Kaepernick gained a lot of attention that season for kneeling during pregame performances of the national anthem as a form of protest.

Kaepernick was joined by dozens of other NFL players that season, who were upset about racial injustice in the United States.

After Kaepernick went unsigned in 2017, he filed suit against the NFL. He was also joined in the lawsuit by former NFL safety Eric Reed.

"For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances," a joint statement released by the NFL, Kaepernick and Reed said. "The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party."

It was reported earlier this week that Kaepernick was in conversations with the new Alliance of American Football league, which began play last week. Kaepernick reportedly asked for $20 million a season, which is roughly the average salary for a starting NFL quarterback.

But the average salary in the new AAFL is reportedly $75,000.