First the NFL, now this? Add the Alliance of American Football and the XFL to the list of those conspiring against Colin Kaepernick attempting to earn a living. It’s a sad state of affairs when a talented young man cannot get even a fraction of what he is worth. What’s $20 million dollars anyways? For an athlete of his skillset, that sounds like a deal to me.
He was doing them a favor by offering to play at a steep discount in relation to what he is clearly worth. I, for one, applaud Mr. Kaepernick for attempting to lower his price like this in order to prop up an upstart league and showcase his abilities once again to an ungrateful public. If you ask me, they should have thanked the gods he would even think to grace them with his presence. They should have screamed ‘DEAL’ before his agent even finished the sentence. If I had been at that negotiating table, I would have not only made the deal, but offered ownership rights to any and all teams. Can you really put a price on a guaranteed championship in a league no one has ever heard of or cares about in any meaningful way? Please. This type of decision making is the beginning of the end for these fledgling leagues. It will be the moment we all look back on when all is said and done as the exact moment where these leagues crumbled.
Sure, every other player in the AAF is signed to a non-guaranteed $250,000 three-year contract but those bums are not even in the same stratosphere as Colin Kaepernick. Anytime you can financially cripple your franchise by signing a guy who was benched for Blaine Gabbert before your first game has even been played, you have to do it.
All joking aside, this was a brilliant move by Kaepernick. At this point in his career, he has never been more popular. There is zero reason for him to ever step foot on a football field again unless someone is going to give him an insane amount of money to do so. Why would he? He can ride off into the sunset with his playing career still regarded in a fairly positive light. Playing another down of football can only serve to damage that perception. He is essentially a folk hero at this point. His motto should be ‘I choose not to run!’ from this day, until his last day. He knew they would never be able to afford that amount. That’s more money than the entire roster of a team combined will earn. This was a shrewd business decision and I could not respect this move more. I get why the AAF didn’t do this, but I cannot believe Vince McMahon didn’t pony up the dough and make Colin the face of the XFL. If anyone could see the value in overpaying for a past their prime household name, it’s him. You’ve lost your fastball Mr. McMahon. We are all very disappointed.