By Annie Ross
Colin Kaepernick couldn’t get a job for two years in the NFL as a quarterback, but now he’s have a comfortable cushion to fall back on.
According to NFL insider Mike Freeman, NFL officials have speculated that the former 49ers quarterback was paid somewhere in the $60 to $80 million range to settle his lawsuit against the league.
The NFL has yet to comment on the situation, and neither Kaepernick nor his attorney has released any further statements about the matter.
According to Yahoo Sports, the league has also settled with Eric Reid.
“The agreement comes on the doorstep of the final hearing in the Kaepernick case, which was set to take place before arbitrator Stephen Burbank this month. Kaepernick had alleged the league conspired to keep him out after he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016. Multiple NFL players adopted Kaepernick’s protest in 2017, hoping to draw attention to social justice and racial inequality issues. The actions sparked a political firestorm from President Donald Trump and the furor became such a central issue for the league for nearly one year that it instituted a rule that banned protests during the national anthem. That rule has since been shelved by the NFL and now appears to be dead, for all intents and purposes.”