Not that many noticed but there is a new spring football league this year that kicked off play last weekend, one week after the Super Bowl was played.
The new Alliance of American Football began play in eight cities including non-NFL markets Birmingham, San Antonio, and Memphis, all former homes to the last successful spring football league, the defunct USFL which went out of business back in the 1980s.
Unlike the USFL, the AAF operates with the NFL’s implicit blessing and could serve as a developmental league that would allow players who couldn’t make pro rosters to hone their skills in the hope of latching on in the big leagues.
There are no real recognizable names on rosters although former University Of Florida legend Steve Spurrier is coaching the Orlando Franchise but the new league sought to make a big splash by offering Colin Kaepernick a chance to get back under center.
The cop-hating former San Francisco 49er, self-styled race messiah and Fidel Castro fan has been out of football for two years now after he shot off his mouth one time too many to make up for his less than stellar talent onfield and understandably, no NFL team wanted to ingest this cancer into their locker rooms, alienate half of their fanbases overnight and be the focus of a media circus.
So Kaepernick has sat and become a martyr to SJW’s, racial grievance mongers and the “Woke” crowd, none of which ever gave a tin shit about the NFL before they saw that it was ripe for the picking in terms of allowing them to politically exploit it.
The door back to the NFL briefly cracked open for Kaepernick as the AAF reportedly wanted to sign him to a contract but the greedy bastard turned it down because the fledgling enterprise was unable to afford his demand of $20 million.
Report: Colin Kaepernick asked for $20 million to play in AAF https://t.co/E5UTTqVrB4
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 15, 2019
Via The New York Post, “AAF wanted Colin Kaepernick, but $20M price tag was too high”:
Someone wanted Colin Kaepernick to play football again — but his price was too high.
The new Alliance of American Football reached out to the former 49ers quarterback, according to The Athletic.
AAF co-founder Bill Polian told The Athletic that CEO Charlie Ebersol reached out to Kaepernick, but nothing came of it.
“I don’t know what transpired, but he’s obviously not playing,” Polian said.
According to the Associated Press, Kaepernick wanted $20 million or more to consider playing with the league, which opened with its first set of games last weekend with the likes of former Jets Christian Hackenberg and John Wolford, and former Toledo standout Logan Woodside owning starting QB jobs.
Kaepernick does fit the description of an Alliance player — one looking to entice NFL teams — though his contract demands are astronomically higher than the league norm.
It looks like another year of unemployment – other than virtue-signaling Nike ads – is in the offing for Kaepernick.