“The collusion grievance filed against the NFL by former 49ers Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid was resolved Friday — not with a bang, but with a confidentiality agreement,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.
“A joint statement released by the league and players’ attorneys offered few details and concluded with ‘there will be no further comment by any party.’
“Financial terms were not released, but Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman reported team officials throughout the league speculated it could be a $60-million to $80-million settlement. That figure is about twice NFL commissioner Roger Goodell’s annual salary, which comes from the pool of contributions by all 32 teams.
“Kaepernick and Reid contended that they were blackballed because of their kneeling social justice protests during the national anthem in the 2016 season. Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract in early 2017 and hasn’t played since. Reid’s contract expired after the 2017 season. He was without a team until one month into the 2018 season when the Carolina Panthers signed him. He played 13 games for the Panthers and was recently rewarded with a three-year, $22 million contract extension.
“’Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases,’ read a statement from the NFL Football Players Association. ‘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.’”
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