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1736, 11 Feb 20

XFL Can’t Afford Kaepernick

He doesn’t really want to play. It would ruin his victimhood gravy train.

Former NFL star turned activist Colin Kaepernick was among a list of notable former NFL players who were invited to join the XFL, but ultimately the two sides could not come to an agreement due to “exorbitant” salary demands made by the controversial former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, according to the upstart league’s commissioner.

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck told NPR on Sunday that the league approached Kaepernick, but said that “significant salary restrictions” ultimately meant that the spring football league “couldn’t go down that road.”

“We gave it some thought,” Luck said. “We have some pretty significant salary restrictions, you know. We’re a start-up league, so we want to make sure that we can be fiscally responsible and fiscally prudent. And the salary requirements that some folks shared with us were, in our case, exorbitant, so we couldn’t go down that path.”

“We spoke with his representative and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range,” Luck later added.


1736, 11 February 2020


  1. Mar

    Kaepernick is a joke. His skills have diminished so much that he could barely play on a high school football team.
    He used to be good, had 1 or 2 good seasons but that’s it.

  2. Merlin

    There would be no upside to signing even if he got every dollar he asked for. Best case scenario would be shining as the marquee player in a league not-the-NFL. Worst case is his skills are gone and he gets cut in favor of some D3 kid from Wyoming playing for beer money.

    He’s a washed-up football player, not a complete moron. That Nike tit fits his face way too well to jeopardize anything by actually picking up a football again.

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