XFL Commissioner On Colin Kaepernick

The XFL kicked off its (second) inaugural season over the weekend with a handful of notable quarterbacks under center. Colin Kaepernick – the best-known free agent in professional football – was not among that group of signal callers. In an interview with NPR’s Michel Martin, XFL commissioner Oliver Luck once again cited Kaep’s salary demands as a barrier and was noncommittal when asked about the possibility of the former 49ers star joining the league in the future. 

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I don’t know,” Luck said (transcript via NBC Sports). “That was well over a year ago, so I don’t know what kind of shape, you know, Colin is in. And, you know, we haven’t followed that because obviously, again, we want the best players who are interested in playing in our league. That’s, you know, pretty much a requisite for our job.”

On the field, the XFL features a unique rule set that allows for “double forward” passes and three-point conversions. On the sidelines, the players are required to stand for the national anthem. Luck indicated that an exception would not be made for Kaepernick, even if the two sides were able to come to terms on salary.

Players have numerous opportunities to express themselves with all the platforms that exist today,” Luck told NPR. “So, you know, standing for the national anthem we believe is a part of their responsibility as players in our league. But we think it’s important to have that — you know, that requirement for our playersWe think it’s important. We think it’s part of what we as a league should do.”

Kaepernick, 33 in November, has not played since the 2016 NFL season finale. At this point, a return to professional football does not seem imminent in the NFL or the XFL. Among the notable QBs that are on the field for Vince McMahon‘s second attempt at football: Brandon Silvers, Cardale Jones, Josh Johnson, Philip Walker, Landry Jones, and Matt McGloin.

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39 comments on “XFL Commissioner On Colin Kaepernick

  1. jyosuckas

    Sorry Kap, maybe you and your boy Dak can grab a chair at the we wish we could get $35 mil a table

    • bravos4evr

      collusion isn’t illegal, it’s a part of the NFL and the union’s CBA. XFL has nothing to do with it. they can make any rules or choices they wish

    • Ed "The Mythical One"

      He was done when he lost his job to Blaine Gabbert. BLAINE GABBERT!

      • cka2nd

        Really? When he got the job back, he passed for 16 TD’s vs. 4 INT’s for a terrible team, and picked up another 468 yards on the ground. Didn’t seem done then.

    • Ed "The Mythical One"

      He would have another match with Vince McMahon and shave him bald.

    • scvanguard1

      No one is signing Kap. If he could provide help at a REASONABLE rate, he would be signed already. He thinks he’s worth more than others do. That’s a bad combination.

      • Polish Hammer

        And at this point it’s more about being a fake martyr than anything else. He has no heart does not want to play but if you set the price tag high enough and they don’t need it then you can play victim, which is what he’s doing now. He really doesn’t want to play, he just wants to get paid for not playing. The NFL already paid him his nuisance go away money, now he just needs to go away…

  2. amk3510

    This guy hasn’t played in 3 years and when he last played he stunk. What a prize of a free agent

    • crosseyedlemon

      I wouldn’t mind that either. Watched the highlights from the inaugural weekend and it certainly looked like XFL fans got a good show for their money.

    • Black Ace57

      I agree this site is called PRO Football Rumors and the XFL is a pro league.

  3. brucewayne

    Kap does not want to play football. He just wants to get paid to be a martyr ! A bad one at that.

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