Colin Kaepernick may become an NFL player again, his attorney told CNN on Saturday night.
Kaepernick — who, along with Eric Reid, reached a settlement with the NFL Friday concerning his collusion grievances against the league — still “absolutely wants to play” in the NFL, according to his attorney Mark Geragos. Geragos also told the network he couldn’t comment on anything regarding the settlement because it includes a confidentiality agreement.
“He wants to compete at the highest level,” Geragos said of Kaepernick. “This is a competitive young man.”
According to ESPN, Geragos said he spoke to Kaepernick on Saturday about his desire to play.
“I think you’re going to see … within the next two weeks that somebody is going to step up and do the right thing, and you want me to predict who?” Geragos told the website. “Besides the Panthers, it would not surprise me if [Patriots owner] Bob Kraft makes a move.”
Out of those two teams, the Panthers are likely a better landing spot for the 31-year-old Kaepernick. Cam Newton, who underwent shoulder surgery in late January, is a question mark. Plus, Kaepernick — who hasn’t been on an NFL team since severing his contract with the 49ers in 2017 — is considered to have many of the similar skill sets as Newton.
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Though Kraft is one of the most influential owners in the NFL, Kaepernick becoming a Patriot seems much less likely.
First, Tom Brady — who just won his sixth Super Bowl ring — wants to play until he’s 45. Second, the quarterback known as the GOAT has a friendship with backup signal caller, Brian Hoyer.
Geragos also told CNN that some former Patriots coaches might be interested in Kaepernick, but did not specifically name any other teams.
Former Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia is heading into his second season as the Lions head coach, and Bill O’Brien, New England’s ex-offensive coordinator, has been the Texans’ coach since 2014. Brian Flores, who was the Patriots’ defensive coordinator last season, is now the Dolphins’ coach.
In October 2017, the former 49ers quarterback — who became a lightning-rod for his decision to kneel during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality — filed a grievance under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, alleging collusion against signing him to an NFL contract.
As for Reid, he played for the 49ers from 2013 to 2017, signed with the Panthers before the team’s fourth game of the 2018 season and received a three-year deal earlier this week worth more than $22 million.
But there is one league Kaepernick won’t be playing in, and that’s the Alliance of American Football.
Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league, according to the Associated Press. Players earn $225,000 over three years in the Alliance. Beginning in May, they are free to pursue NFL careers, but should they not land a job there, they must return to the AAF.