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However, TMZ reported Tuesday that this was incorrect. “Colin never had any talks about any contract or any money,” a source in his inner circle told TMZ.
Kaepernick—who became a divisive player due to his protest during the national anthem—has remained a free agent throughout the offseason despite a solid individual 2016 campaign. While he has gained some interest from various teams, none have discussed money as an issue.
The 29-year-old visited the Seattle Seahawks, and head coach Pete Carroll said “[Kaepernick’s] a starter in this league,” via Andre Vergara of Fox Sports. However, the squad noted they didn’t need a starter and instead signed Austin Davis.
Although Datoc reported the quarterback intentionally turned down a contract in order to stir up a “media frenzy,” there are no indications from the teams themselves that this is the case.