XFL Commissioner: Colin Kaepernick Not a “Viable Option” for New League

The former NFL quarterback was reportedly seeking at least $20 million to play

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick passes during his private NFL workout. (Getty)
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When the rebooted XFL kicks off its season the weekend after the NFL’s Super Bowl, don’t expect to see Colin Kaepernick on the field.

In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, league commissioner Oliver Luck said that the former NFL quarterback was not really an option for the new league due to his salary demands.

“I think his salary demands are way out of our ballpark,” Luck told the publication. “He was never really a viable option.”

Though Luck did not divulge how much Kaepernick was looking for to suit up for the spring league, the Sporting News Michael McCarthy reported in February that the ex-49er was seeking at least $20 million to play in the XFL and talked with league executives last fall about the possibility of suiting up in 2020.

At this point, based on Luck’s comments, it seems apparent that will not be happening.

Quarterbacks are being paid at a higher rate, but the average XFL player will make $55,000 a year between the base salary, a bonus for being active on game days and a bonus for being on the winning team.

Before it folded, the Alliance of American Football was also hoping to sign Kaepernick to a contract but was unable to lock down a deal with the 32-year-old.

During Kaepernick’s final season in the NFL in 2016, he completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in 12 games.

As his workout last month proved, Kaepernick is still intent on getting back in the NFL. However, he reportedly received “zero interest” from the league despite a good showing.

“There hasn’t been a team that has requested a workout,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on SportsCenter.  “There hasn’t been a team that has requested a visit. There hasn’t been a team that has expressed interest in signing him. So, despite the fact that one week ago we saw Colin Kaepernick work out at the high school down in the Atlanta area, it has not translated into any results, and though the league wanted to try to help out, at least said it was trying to help out, nothing’s come of it. Colin Kaepernick’s wait continues, and it looks like it’s going to be continuing for a very, very, very long time.”

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