NFL Settles With Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid

The NFL has reached a settlement agreement with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid regarding their grievances, according to a joint statement from their attorney and the league: 

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“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL. 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.”

Kaepernick and Reid accused NFL teams of colluding in order to keep them out of work. Reid eventually found a home with the Panthers in 2018, but Kaepernick has been out of football since the 2016 season. To some, the settlement agreement may signal the NFL’s unwillingness to disclose information that would give credence to allegations from the former 49ers. It’s also possible that both sides reached a compromise after taking a full assessment of the resources that would be needed for litigation.

In recent weeks, Kaepernick’s camp rebuffed NFL settlement attempts, but it appears that the NFL upped its offer to a satisfactory point. It remains to be seen whether the deal will pave the way for Kaepernick to return to the NFL, but Reid has a home thanks to his recent three-year, $22MM+ extension with the Panthers.

The NFLPA also issued a statement on the matter:

Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel. We continuously supported Colin and Eric from the start of their protests, participated with their lawyers throughout their legal proceedings and were prepared to participate in the upcoming trial in pursuit of both truth and justice for what we believe the NFL and its clubs did to them. We are glad that Eric has earned a job and a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.”

Kaepernick, 31 in November, has spent his entire NFL career to date with the 49ers. From 2011-2016, he went 28-30 in his starts, though he did take the team to the Super Bowl following the 2012 season and the NFC championship game following the 2013 campaign. Kaepernick’s last start came in January of 2017 as the 49ers closed out a trying season with a loss to the Seahawks.

Since then, clubs have shunned the QB following his national anthem demonstrations. Kaepernick has not played at an elite level in several years, but, from a talent perspective, he is unquestionably deserving of a roster spot given the dearth of quality QB options on the open market.

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145 comments on “NFL Settles With Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid

  1. tank62

    So it was all about money
    The league admits no guilt
    The players get paid off to be quiet

      • tank62

        I agree but why pay them off? It’s gutless. I would’ve pushed til the e d not settle

        • dmart93

          Oh idk Because they colluded and it would of looked bad for the league if the truth got out.. You know just a guess though

          • nypadre66

            Most fans would be happy if the owners colluded to keep these clowns off the field.

        • TrollHunter

          IMO they settled, not because they felt they wouldn’t win the case, but to keep something from being made public.

          I would assume it’s something that puts one or owners in a very bad light.

          • tank62

            If they had proof on the owners they would’ve pushed it instead of hoing out for cash. Greed

            • Vizionaire

              of course they did not have proofs.that’s why they were fact-finding stage. there must have been some things the league and owners were trying to hide. if they came out you are talking billions in penalties.

              • tank62

                Just shows it was never about principle or justice or anything like that it was all for cash.
                Sold out like hoes

                • crosseyedlemon

                  Sorry Tank but in the real world fighting for principles or justice requires cash. Both sides could have drawn this battle out for at least another two years but aside from keeping lawyers well paid what would have been accomplished? The NFL wants to put this behind them so they can focus on the upcoming CBA. The players obviously won some concessions as well. It was the right decision for all parties concerned.

              • Polish Hammer

                What a man of conviction! What a sellout! It was all about the Benjamins getting paid for doing nothing or else they never would have settled. Way to make a stand!

                  • forwhomjoshbelltolls

                    “It was all about the Benjamins getting paid for doing nothing or else they never would have settled. Way to make a stand!”

                    Why wouldn’t they have settled? You do understand that it was going to be about getting paid at the trial, too? That that was the whole point of this legal action? To get paid?

                    It’s not like if Kaepernick proved collusion, they’d be going to jail. You might be confusing this with something else.

                    • troll_smasher

                      Exactly ForWhom: it was always about the compensation for $ lost do to collusion. These dudes always trying to change the narrativ.

                    • Polish Hammer

                      That’s right it was to get paid a trial after you prove that you were right if you were certainly a man of your cause you take it to trial and not be bought off what a clown jumping over quarters to grab nickles.

                • AndyMeyer

                  Or maybe just maybe they use the NFL’s money to support the causes they protested for

                  • frustratedpittsburghpiratesfan

                    I would like to see a large majority of the $$ go to support the causes. My guess is that I would be naive to think that’s were settlement money ends up going.

                • brucewayne

                  Of course it was about money! I wonder how much of his settlement the social justice warrior will donate to the cause! I’ll guess ZERO!

                  • Polish Hammer

                    As much as he donated to that particular cause in the several seasons he played in the NFL prior to it… Zero!

                  • troll_smasher

                    It’s amazing what you can find with a google search.

                    Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has spent the past year and a half working with organizations across the country as part of his $1 million pledge. On January 31, 2018, he announced the last of the donations. The final $100,000 was part of a program in which he announced ten donations of $10,000 to ten different organizations, with matching donations from different celebrities.

                    Plenty of people long ago moved on from Kap and don’t care about any of this.

                  • marijuasher

                    Anonymous football troll Bruce Wayne, a man who cares not why the protests happened in the first place, just that they made him pissy, crappy, and mad, demands receipts!

    • Vizionaire

      it was the nfl and owners who had the most lose if they had to submit the evidences. they finally got smarter.

  2. troll_smasher


    In a stunning move strongly signaling a financial settlement between Colin Kaepernick and the #NFL, Yahoo Sports has learned the QB has withdrawn his collusion complaint against the NFL. Sources previously said Kaepernick would only withdraw if a lucrative settlement was secured.

    More on this…the final hearing in Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid’s joint collusion case versus the #NFL was set to take place this month. The settlement was reached prior to presenting final evidence in front of arbitrator Stephen Burbank.

  3. Kwflanne

    Does this surprise anybody? Haha. The nfl was going to settle the moment the lawsuit was filed. It is NOT an admission of any guilt whatsoever. People who believe that, have no clue how these situations are handled. It is FAR FAR more beneficial for the nfl to pay these two people off, have the agreement stating they can no longer bad mouth the nfl regarding ALLEGED collusion, and just be gone with them. Instead of continued negative publicity for the players, the nfl, the owners, etc and not to mention, the rising costs for all lawyers, litigation, court proceedings, etc.

    A settlement/buyout is almost ALWAYS the easiest route. This is NOT a win for Kaepernick or Reid. If they cared so much about the “cause”, they would NOT settle, they would want the world to see the proof after these investigations of the collusion and these “racist” owners….

    It was all about the money for those two. COWARDS. This is a payoff and goodbye to Kaepernick! Thank god!!

    • joeshmoe11

      Uhhh isn’t a payoff kinda the point? They alleged that the teams colluded to blackball them, thus costing them money. Sooooo wouldn’t it follow that the players would want financial compensation to make themselves whole?

      • Kwflanne

        Joeshmoe…. ummmm a SETTLEMENT is NOT the point. Kaepernick and Reid were suing to WIN that the NFL colluded against them due to their “protest”. Their financial compensation would have come had they won the lawsuit, correct?? But they decided to settle…..

        • AndyMeyer

          Still puts the NFL in a bad spotlight
          He got blackballed from the league and he proved that he was right

          • Polish Hammer

            Yeah no he didn’t. If they cut him and made comments that they were cutting him because of his protesting or something of the like then maybe maybe you would have a point. However he opted out of an active contract and refused to sign other offers presented to him.

            • brucewayne

              I hope he got enough to last for a long time, cuz his career in the NFL is done ! The ending was just the same as it was before the lawsuit! No career!

              • Polish Hammer

                It was anyway and he was OK with that, so might as well get some money for nothing.

                • dave13

                  Polish hammer Bruce Wayne and Kwflanne are flooding this thread with ignorance stupidity and falsities. They clearly know nothing of the legal system or what transpired during the course of this legal action. It’s too bad it’s ruining actual dialogue on a pretty significant outcome in this case.

                  • Polish Hammer

                    Thanks Judge Judy, enlighten with your legal system expertise or STFU…

                  • brucewayne

                    I claim no legal expertise al all on here! Just opinion ! You seem to be the expert right ?

          • Kwflanne

            How was he proved right?? Because he accepted a settlement check instead of going through with his lawsuit?? Haha that literally means NOBODY was proved right

        • rrddbb44

          If the NFL was sure they could WIN in a lawsuit filed by Kaepernick and Reid, why would they have settled? Wasn’t the goal to prove that these players hadn’t been colluded against and didn’t deserve restitution?

          • Polish Hammer

            Somebody sues you saying you did something to them you didn’t, they’ll take $50k to go away or you can pay $200k to prove you didn’t do it. What do you do? And this is why the legal system is clogged up with frivolous cases and why people that could fight a case and win it pay a settlement for the nuisance to go away.

            • Polish Hammer

              And on the flip side you pretend to be about a particular cause, being paid off to go away shouldn’t be in the equation if you truly believe in that cause. So you sellout and take the money and run. Next up will be the others crying that they knelt or held a fist in the air and where is their cut…

              • cka2nd

                He brought a COLLUSION case, charging that he was being harmed financially because of the cause he was supporting. Just because he supports a cause doesn’t mean he has to accept being blackballed from getting a job! Would you like him to start wearing a hair shirt and flagellating himself for the cause, too?

                • Polish Hammer

                  Guess he shouldn’t have opted out of that contract if finding a new one would be too hard with all that collusion going on. Again, should’ve sued his agent/advisor.

                  • cka2nd

                    Except that the alternative was being cut anyway. I don’t know the ins and outs of that situation, but the “He opted out of his contract!” narrative that you all keep pushing seems dishonest because it always leaves out what the alternative actually was.

            • cka2nd

              It’s corporate lawsuits, against each other and against debtors, that are clogging up the legal system. Meanwhile, workers and consumers are being shunted into the phony binding arbitration system. What happened to the great Anglo-Saxon legal tradition of torts and civil litigation and common law?

    • troll_smasher

      Explain why the NFL settled right before the “Final evidence” was submitted? Hell… they took it THIS far, why go the distance? WHY the confidentiality agreement? NFL looked really brave vs the COWARD, huh?

      • Kwflanne

        Because every time some idiot kneels or runs their mouth or complains that nfl owners are “racist”…. it’s bad for business. Regardless of if it’s true or not, it’s bad business to have that publicity. THAT is why you have the confidentiality agreement. Now Kaepernick and Reid can just keep their mouths shut. Something a lot of fans are more than happy to finally have happen. Kaepernick/Reid didn’t settle for MORE than they were suing for…. so why settle for less when the point of this lawsuit was about “standing up for what you believe in… proving collusion…. etc…”

        Haha face it dude, they got offered money and took it. Their “principles” they stand on are about as solid as any argument you try and make on any post. Run along troll.

        • Polish Hammer

          Good point showed you was a fraud all along what his phone he stance give me the money I’ll go away.

          • What a bully and a fool your comments show you as.

            Kaepernick and Reid both made their protest over years and now get compensation. It sounds like have your cake and eat it too for the two players, in a positive sense. Clearly the NFL knew they were likely to lose the case so they made a very generous settlement offer.

            Taking up to $100 million in compensation, ending the unofficial blackballing of Kaepernick (the terms probably include NFL employment in the future on terms commensurate with his experience as a past successful starting quarterback, i.e. certainly at $7 million/year) — sounds like a win to me.

            Yes and thanks to Kap BLM is now a household word, despite your tired bleating. Or perhaps black lives don’t matter to you?

        • AndyMeyer

          “Every time some idiot kneels”. Sounds like something Trump would say. Oh wait, he called them SOBs

        • Because the settlement was probably richer than what he would have won in court and the window is closing for his playing years and he’s indicated he’d like to be back on the field and the BLM awareness battle has already been won. Just Kap being back on the field playing without protest will be enough to keep BLM on everyone’s tongues.

          While the settlement agreement almost certainly covers on field protest, off the playing field Kaepernick retains the right to political activity.

    • kenleyfornia2

      It may suprise the people still living in 2012 that think he is an elite QB. He could be out the NFL for 5 years and they swear he would still be a good player

        • kenleyfornia2

          The more insults you throw the easier it is to expose the Kap lovers as clueless football fans.

          • troll_smasher

            Not a Kaep lover, but a Kenly hater.

            Max: I don’t argue with idiots like Kenly, I just troll them.

            IF The Guy was so bad at QB, why did they have to collude to keep him out of the league? Don’t tell me that he turned down offers to be a backup, b/c it’s simply just not true.

            Again, since no one answered the question. Why did the NFL settle right before the final evidence was presented? They went this far, WHY now?

            • Kwflanne

              I’ll answer for you, since you don’t seem to understand….
              it isn’t the nfl who “let it go this far”…. the lawsuit was brought on by Kaepernick and Reid…. so the nfl had to do all of the steps to prepare for that lawsuit…. a settlement was ACCEPTED by Kaepernick and Reid right now. That does NOT mean this was the first settlement offer. Here’s a counter-question: if the league colluded, and they were trying to prove it…. why accept a settlement instead of winning more money AND proving this horrible collusion against you once the court proceeding finish??

              • AndyMeyer

                Because you have a deeper case and the NFL would’ve gotten SOCKED a lot more than what they paid now. Plus you would have had a laundry list of appeals. No telling they would have ever seen any money

            • kenleyfornia2

              I live in your head rent free? Wow didn’t know that. Imagine being so triggered by someone on the internet. Like Kwflanne said earlier this is the highlight of your friday

              • troll_smasher

                Highlight of my Friday? LMAO!!! Man… sitting here watching golf and sipping on cold ones Trolliing. All This stuff is FUNNY to me!

            • maxorange33

              It’s not that it’s just Kaepernick’s ability. He has a strong but an inaccurate arm, he’s a great runner but can’t work from the pocket. Denver just signed that bum Flacco because he can play over center. In the NFL, you need to at least be functional from the pocket.

        • maxorange33

          Great rebuttal troll smasher!
          Typical though, when you can’t win the argument, you attack the arguer. He had a good run of about 10 games then once teams knew he couldn’t operate from the pocket, it was over.

          • cka2nd

            16 TD’s and 4 INT’s in his last year. On a lousy team.

            I’ve never argued that Kaepernick was elite, but he is good enough to play in this league, and probably to start. Whether he want to, now, I don’t know. But it’s hysterical seeing people claim that a guy who had one mediocre year as a passer, who has thrown 72 TD’s to 30 INT’s, is so bad that he has no place in the league.

        • Afk711

          It would not surprise me if the troll smasher is a communist like Colin K. You guys can go support him in the Soviet football league .

      • AndyMeyer

        4th best touchdown to interception ratio of all time. I’m not saying the the guys is elite but more than capable than A LOT of quarterbacks who were offered jobs ahead of him. Like the dolphins signing Jay Cutler. If that’s not a definition of white privilege in America, I’m not sure what is

        • cka2nd

          To be fair, Gase did have a history with Cutler, so that signing made some sense. Some of the other teams freezing him out, no, but there was a legit reason for Miami to go with Cutler.

    • marijuasher

      They’re cowards because the NFL wouldn’t employ them because they made a million white men cry in their beers because they knelt during the NA in protest of black men being shot by cops?

      You, Sir, have a way with words.

      • brucewayne

        Wouldn’t employ them? Didn’t Reid just get a 3 year deal? Are you sure you even watch sports or just run your mouth to hear year head rattle?

        • marijuasher

          I don’t Brucie Boy! It seems that you’ve whitewashed 90% of the statement because Eric Reid played last year. Did Colin Kapernick play? You tell me since you watch the sport. Unless of course you boycotted the sport in the first place.

          But you know best, Bat Man.

          • brucewayne

            I was just pointing out what YOU stated! That was your facts! Whitewashed? You know nothing about me! I’m part Native American

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      So, they knew they were going to settle all along but let Mark Geragos use discovery to look at their private emails, texts, etc just for fun before they settled?


        • cka2nd

          Sorry, I think you’re using irony to question the idea that the NFL was going to settle all along when they actually waited until near the end of the process, and after CK’s lawyers had poured through their records and communications. In other words, you’re speculating – based on a reasonable reading of the timing of the settlement – that something or things were found that were embarrassing enough to the NFL to make them settle now.


    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      An analogy just to make clear what you are saying…

      You are saying the NFL got pulled over with drugs on them. And knew that they were going to admit to the cops that they had drugs on them. BUT, they decided to wait until AFTER the cavity search?


  4. jfive

    hopefully the settlement and confidentiality agreement means i wont have to hear about this anymore when watching an nfl game or program

  5. duke1776

    All about money and zero about this scam artist wanting to play in the NFL. Y’all are just blind sheep.

  6. DarkSide830

    “he is unquestionably deserving of a roster spot”

    yeah, not sure at this point.

  7. leprechaun

    The owners are gutless they should have never ever given in to this case of pure black mail.

      • forwhomjoshbelltolls

        Mail is a real word, too, so auto correct won’t know the difference.

    • Polish Hammer

      Sometimes the settlement is more about not admitting guilt or even proving your innocence it’s just better financial sense instead of spending a fortune to prove your case. Imagine being sued for something you didn’t do and you can make it go away by paying a fraction and that’s why our court system is tied down with frivolous lawsuits. These two clowns took the money and ran shows you how much they meant for their cause.

  8. jackmarcus22

    I wonder who’s idea it was to add the confidentiality aggreement…..

  9. afsooner02

    Believe in something….even if means selling out for money.

    What a farce this whole thing was. Just a big money grab.

    You’re no hero craperdick. Now go away.

  10. lucienbel

    At the risk of it sounding like 95% of lawsuits settle (and they do) I don’t know why anyone is surprised or trying to pick winners or losers out of this. Concerns such as finances, time, publicity, chances of winning, etc. etc. all go into a decision to settle on both sides. Often times cases do settle deep into discovery, as well. Alls a settlement means is the parties found at least a tiny bit of common ground that made sense for both of them to not go forward anymore.

    But hey, we all want to believe we won in our minds, right?

    • Polish Hammer

      But if he truly was a man of conviction, about change and for his cause he’d have taken the case to trial proven what he believed and still cashed in. But instead it was all about the money.

      • Mack83

        Agreed. This was supposed to be a lawsuit to show that the NFL was against him, all teams against him, to keep him unemployed. It wasn’t a payout (supposedly) scheme.

        I don’t know how Reid could continue to be in the lawsuit when he just signed a 3 year deal w/ Carolina, and a 1 year deal last year.

        Now, the question is, how much of this money goes to Charity & “social justice” causes.

        • cka2nd

          Did he EVER say he would never settle?

          He charged the league with collusion, which usually, you know, impacts one’s bank account, like MLB’s collusion case back in the 90’s did, and Apple and a whole lot of Silicon Valley’s did back before Steve Jobs died (but after his e-mails surfaced confirming his part in the collusion).

          He’s a football player, with more principles than some, and less than others. If he was a revolutionary, he wouldn’t have signed on with “Sweatshops Are Us” Nike.

          Just because the NFL probably colluded doesn’t mean Kaepernick is either a saint or a great QB.

  11. Cyclone37

    I still don’t understand how Reid continued to play the collusion card either Mack. After he was signed to a contract, then was given a 3 year extension that argument should be null and void. Kap I get (somewhat) his argument. However, telling AAF 20 mill a year for an out of work QB was a stretch.

    • cka2nd

      He wasn’t signed until six-and-a-half months after he became a free agent, and was then signed to a piddly one-year deal after the season started. And two other safeties went unsigned for a long time, too, if not as long as him, but that could be seen as confirming that something unusual was going on. Those two factors gave him a case.

      A great case, I have no clue, but from my own experience as a union shop steward and with a workers comp case (“Wait, you’re saying someone else in his office who does the exact same job already won their WC case claiming the same injury? SETTLE THE DAMN CASE!”), it was enough to move forward.

  12. la verdad

    Pure money grab by KarperDICK. If he wanted to prove the NFL conspired to keep him from playing because of his “cause” he would have taken the case to trial. He knows he isn’t good enough to play pro football and he was only looking for one last payday. If he thought he could play pro ball he would have taken the AAF offer to showcase his “skills” and try to strengthen his case that the NFL conspired to keep him from playing.

    • AndyMeyer

      Isn’t good enough to play pro football? So I guess Blake Bortles, Nathan Peterman and Matt Barkley are?

    • cka2nd

      So, ten years younger than Brady and McCown, eight years younger than Brees, and five years younger than Ryan Fitzpatrick.

      So what?

  13. Polish Hammer

    Nordberg has been growing his fro out so much it won’t in a helmet anyway…

  14. Z-A

    So does Ray Rice have a case that the NFL owners were colluding together to prevent him from getting signed?

    • brucewayne

      Exactly ! Now he’s just blurb in NFL history ! What’s next? Will he become a creature of the media like Al Sharpton? An Uncle Tom of the FBI!

      • troll_smasher

        I just get tired of seeing Kaep going in front of the cameras doing all those interviews for attention. Y’all are SOOO MAD!

    • brucewayne

      Exactly ! He’s now just a blurb in NFL history ! What’s next? Will he be the next Al Sharpton ? Jesse Jackson ? Fred Sanford ?

  15. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    “Sports store is forced to close after owner’s Nike-Colin Kaepernick protest backfires

    Andrew Joseph, For The Win Published 4:06 p.m. MT Feb. 13, 2019 | Updated 6:31 a.m. MT Feb. 14, 2019

    A sporting goods store owner in Colorado stopped selling Nike products because of its controversial Colin Kaepernick campaign.

    Nike’s 2018 “Just Do It” campaign, which featured Colin Kaepernick, drew competing reactions from both sides of the political spectrum when it debuted last fall.

    For Colorado Springs’ Prime Time Sports owner Stephen Martin, it meant dropping all Nike gear. Now, his store is closing.

    Martin told that he will close the sports apparel store after 20 years because he can no longer afford his lease. He blamed his protest of Nike for playing a major part in the store’s closure.

    “Being a sports store without Nike is kind of like being a milk store without milk or a gas station without gas. How do you do it? They have a monopoly on jerseys,” Martin told

    Martin said he’s the only full-service, licensed fan shop between Castle Rock and the New Mexico border. Despite having all 32 NFL teams’ apparel in his store, he doesn’t have any current players’ jerseys because of his decision to drop all Nike apparel.

    Prime Time also canceled an autograph signing with Brandon Marshall after the Broncos linebacker protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem in 2016.

    Martin told he realized that Kaepernick and Marshall have a lot of supporters who can shop elsewhere.

    “As much as I hate to admit this, perhaps there are more Brandon Marshall and Colin Kaepernick supporters out there than I realized,” he said.

    Martin expects to close the store next month.”

    Ironically, he risked everything to stand up for what he believed in, just like the Nike commercial said.

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