After the successful debut of the Alliance of American Football over the weekend, many theorized that the start-up league could get a boost from adding a star like Colin Kaepernick.
Apparently, the AAF had similar thoughts as league co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic that AAF CEO Charlie Ebersol previously reached out to Kaepernick about suiting up. “I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian told The Athletic.
A report from The Associated Press adds a little clarity to the situation as a source told the publication Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider taking the field for the AAF.
Players in the AAF sign three-year contracts which are worth $225,000 total. The contracts allow players to pursue NFL careers without penalty once the AAF season is over.
Kaepernick hasn’t played a down in the NFL since the 2016 season and is in the midst of a lawsuit that alleges owners colluded to deny him employment based on his political beliefs and on-field activism.
To help draw attention to the league, the AAF also reached out to former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow about joining up. However, Tebow is pursuing an MLB career in the minor leagues with the New York Mets and was not interested in the AAF.