Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid settle collusion case with NFL

Kaepernick's grievance claimed NFL teams refused to sign him for protesting during the national anthem.

Eric Reid San Francisco 49ers
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before a San Fransisco 49ers game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, California, on Oct. 2, 2016. (AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez) –AP Photo / Marcio Jose Sanchez, File

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The NFL settled with Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid on their collusion grievance.

The resolution is subject to a confidentiality agreement, so neither side will be commenting. Details of the settlement were not disclosed.

Kaepernick filed his grievance in October 2017 after he remained a free agent for seven months, believing he was not signed because he kneeled during the national anthem in the 2016 season. Reid followed with a grievance of his own in May of 2018.

The NFLPA released a statement on the matter:

“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 a new contract, and we continue to hope that Colin gets his opportunity as well.’’


Reid signed a three-year contract worth more than $22 million with the Carolina Panthers earlier this week. After the signing was announced. Reid said he believes the deal was additional proof that NFL owners conspired to keep him out of the league last season.

Kaepernick last played in the NFL in 2016.