The XFL, an alternative football league to the NFL, recently kicked off its season. According to XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck, the league reached out to Colin Kaepernick, but his salary demand was too expensive.
Luck told National Public Radio:
“We gave it some thought. We have some pretty significant salary restrictions, you know. We’re a start-up league, so we want to make sure that we can be fiscally responsible and fiscally prudent. We spoke with his representative, and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”
Luck didn’t name the figure, but Kaepernick previously told the AAL, another football league, that he wanted $20 million per season.
The average XFL player makes $55,000 for the 10-week season. High-value players can make $500,000. No one makes $20 million, or even $1 million.
Apparently Kaepernick’s do-or-die strategy of demanding things from the NFL and then complaining when no team wants him around includes turning down offers to showcase his talents.