Colin Kaepernick discussed joining the XFL with league executives last fall, according to the Sporting News’s Michael McCarthy. Kaepernick reportedly “wanted at least $20 million” to join Vince McMahon’s upstart league, per McCarthy.
Ironically, Kaepernick turned down offers to join the Alliance of American Football earlier this month. Kaepernick reportedly wanted $20 million from the AAF, per the Associated Press.
The XFL is seen as a direct competitor to the AAF, so it would make some sense for the league to make a splash with a signing like Kaepernick. Though McMahon has said politics would not be injected into the league and that each player has to stand for the national anthem, ESPN reported in March 2017 that Kaepernick would stand for the anthem if given a chance to play in the NFL. Kaepernick later downplayed that report in a tweet, and it’s not clear if he’d stand for a non-NFL entity.
Lawyer Mark Geragos, who represented Kaepernick and Eric Reid in their grievance, said in the days following the settlement that Kaepernick “absolutely wants to play,” and teased the Panthers and Patriots as possible destinations for his NFL return.
McMahon has known to love a good storyline as any pro wrestling aficionado can attest. But as the genius behind a professional wrestling company that is filled with heroes and heels alike, landing Kaepernick, would bring instant attention to the new league.