NFL Paid Less Than $10M To Settle With Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid Over Collusion Grievances

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San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

The NFL paid less than $10 million to settle the collusion grievances filed against the organization by Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, The Wall Street Journal reported.  

“While no concrete figure had been publicized, the sub-$10 million figure is significantly below previously reported rumors of a sum between $60-80 million. It’s also unclear, at this time, how exactly the money will be split between the players, and also how much they’ll even have to split after legal fees are assessed,” Complex reported.


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Kaepernick and Reid both accused the league of blackballing them after they began kneeling to create awareness of racial injustice and police brutality in the U.S. Reid was eventually signed by the Carolina Panthers in October 2018 (and even got a three-year extension with the team in February. Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since the 2016 season ended.

The NFL and players announced the settlement agreement.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement said, according to The Hill. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

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Image Attribution: San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif., Monday, Sept. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez),