Colin Kaepernick, Tim Tebow Declined AAF Offers After League Reached Out

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 15, 2019

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 03:  NFL player Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage during VH1's 3rd Annual 'Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms' - Inside Show  at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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Executives of the Alliance of American Football reportedly reached out to two high-profile quarterbacks to gauge their interest in playing in the league.

League co-founder Bill Polian told Lindsay Jones of The Athletic that CEO Charlie Ebersol contacted Colin Kaepernick to see if he was interested. "I don't know what transpired, but he's obviously not playing," Polian said of Kaepernick.

Barry Wilner of the Associated Press reported Kaepernick wanted at least $20 million to suit up for the new league.

Polian also said he talked with Tim Tebow, although the former Denver Broncos signal-caller declined his offer to play in the league.

Tebow won two national titles and a Heisman Trophy at Florida and played 35 games with 16 starts between the Broncos and New York Jets. However, he completed just 47.9 percent of his passes and hasn't played a regular-season game since 2012.

He is now focused on a baseball career and in spring training with New York Mets.

As for Kaepernick, he most recently played in 2016 as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. While he has a Super Bowl appearance on his resume and threw for 16 touchdowns and four interceptions in his last season, no team has signed him since he opted out of his deal with the NFC West club.

Kaepernick famously protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem of San Francisco's 2016 games and filed a collusion grievance against the league's owners in October 2017. 

It makes sense from the AAF's perspective to reach out to both, as they bring NFL experience and would be a significant draw for ticket sales and television ratings. Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk noted Kaepernick, 31, still hopes to play at the NFL level.

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