Colin Kaepernick reportedly demanded $20M to play for AAF

The Alliance of American Football reached out to a pair of big names about playing quarterback in the fledgling league without success, The Athletic reports.

The Athletic’s Lindsay Jones spoke with AAF co-founder and former NFL executive Bill Polian, who told her that league CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Colin Kaepernick about playing for the league that had its inaugural games last weekend.

Kaepernick reportedly asked for $20 million

“I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said.

The Associated Press reported Kaepernick asked for at least $20 million to play. Polian said in July that AAF players would all receive three-year, $250,000 non-guaranteed deals, making Kaepernick’s reported ask an apparent non-starter.

Polian also told Jones that he personally reached out to Tim Tebow, who declined, confirming Orlando Apollos and former Florida coach Steve Spurrier’s claim that Tebow opted to focus on his baseball career instead.

Tebow is playing in the New York Mets minor league system.

Kaepernick out of football despite being a quality player

Kaepernick has not played football since opting out the final year of his San Francisco 49ers contract in 2016. Despite a dearth of starting-caliber quarterbacks in the NFL, Kaepernick has not landed another deal in the league after leading controversial on-field social injustice and racial inequality protests that involved kneeling during the national anthem.

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Kaepernick posted a 90.7 quarterback rating while throwing for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions through 12 games in his final season in San Francisco. He also carried the ball for 468 yards and two touchdowns that season, averaging 6.8 yards per attempt.

Kaepernick has not spoken publicly about the AAF outreach or why he declined to play.

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SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 09: Kenneth Farrow II #20 of the San Antonio Commanders scores a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Fleet in an Alliance of American Football game at the Alamodome on February 09, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/AAF/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 09: Austin Appleby #5 of Orlando Apollos scrambles with the ball against Brandon Watts #58 of Atlanta Legends during the fourth quarter on February 09, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The Apollos defeated the Legends 40-6. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/AAF/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 10: Rajion Neal #34 of Memphis Express is brought down by Jonathan Massaquoi #57 of Birmingham Iron during an Alliance of American Football game at Legion Field on February 10, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/AAF/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 10: Jhurell Pressley #26 of the Arizona Hotshots scores a touchdown behind Will Davis#26 of the Salt Lake Stallions during the second half of the Alliance of American Football game at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/AAF/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 10: Water is dumped on head coach Tim Lewis of Birmingham Iron following a victory over the Memphis Express during an Alliance of American Football game at Legion Field on February 10, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/AAF/Getty Images)
TEMPE, AZ - FEBRUARY 10: Branden Oliver #81 of the Arizona Hotshots carries the ball during the second half of the Alliance of American Football game against the Salt Lake Stallions at Sun Devil Stadium on February 10, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/AAF/Getty Images)
SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS - FEBRUARY 09: Kenneth Farrow II #20 of the San Antonio Commanders celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the San Diego Fleet in an Alliance of American Football game at the Alamodome on February 09, 2019 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/AAF/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 09: Charles Johnson #12 of the Orlando Apollos misses a pass attempt against Desmond Lawrence #23 of Atlanta Legends during the first quarter on February 09, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/AAF/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 09: Jalin Marshall #17 of Orlando Apollos scores a second quarter touchdown reception against Carlos Merritt #20 and Quincy Mauger #42 of Atlanta Legends on February 09, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. This is the first touchdown in AAF history. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/AAF/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 09: Will Hill III #33 of Orlando Apollos takes the field prior to the game against the Atlanta Legends on February 09, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/AAF/Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA - FEBRUARY 10: Quinton Patton #11 of the Birmingham Iron takes the field during an Alliance of American Football game against the Memphis Express at Legion Field on February 10, 2019 in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo by Joe Robbins/AAF/Getty Images)
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AAF swung big with Kaepernick, Tebow asks

Landing either Kaepernick or Tebow would have been a big publicity shot for the spring football league as it tries to gain footing among sports fans.

The opening weekend for AAF was a ratings success, seeing the league gain more viewers than the NBA’s game between the Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder in a competing time slot.

Those numbers are not necessarily a good indicator of how the league will perform in the long run, something only time will tell.

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