NFL Settles Collusion Lawsuit With Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid

By Bill Galluccio

February 15, 2019

Colin Kaepernick #7 and Eric Reid #35 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and his teammate, Eric Reid, have reached a settlement with the NFL over their collusion lawsuit and will take no further action in the case. The terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

“For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” lawyers Mark Geragos and Ben Meiselas said in a joint statement with 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."

The NFLPA issued a statement saying they support the decision to settle the case and that they hope Kaepernick will get a chance to play in the NFL again.

"Today, we were informed by the NFL of the settlement of the Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid collusion cases. 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 new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well."

Kaepernick filed a lawsuit against the NFL in October 2017, claiming that owners and league officials colluded to keep him off the field because he chose to take a knee during the national anthem before games.

Kaepernick was in recent discussions with the newly formed Alliance of American Football and had reportedly asked for $20 million contract.

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