Mark Geragos, who represented Kaepernick, told CNN.com, “I’m going to make a bold prediction that one of three teams picks him up. The natural would be if Cam Newton is out, then the natural place would be to play with Eric (Reid) in Carolina.”
Newtown make take the season off due to a shoulder injury.
That said, Kaepernick has not made any public statements about returning to the NFL. He has many projects in the works, which includes an animated series about his childhood created by Ava DuVernay.
As for the lawsuit, the NFL and Kaepernick’s attorneys released a statement on Friday that read, “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.”
While the details of the settlement are not known, Yahoo Sports reports they were “told on prior occasions that Kaepernick and Reid would only settle the complaint if a lucrative financial agreement was reached between the players and the NFL.”
Kaepernick and Reid case, which was filed in October of 2017, alleged that the NFL teams were in violation of the anti-collusion clause of the collective bargaining agreement (CBA). Kaepernick’s attorney claimed he was not signed because the NFL and the owners, “colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.”
ESPN reports that there was about to hearing on the case, which would have been “semi-public” and “could have exposed inner workings of league business, along with the details of depositions attorneys have taken with high-level executives and in some owners.” Therefore, it sounds like it was in the NFL’s best interest to settle.
Congrats to Kaepernick and Reid for staying in the fight. We will see what Kaep’s NFL career holds.