Colin Kaepernick should consider Fan-Controlled Football League, Terrell Owens says

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Terrell Owens is playing competitive football again and he’s encouraging Colin Kaepernick to join him.

Owens recently decided to join the Fan-Controlled Football League, an independent professional indoor football league founded in 2017. The league featured Johnny Manziel and Josh Gordon last year. Some team owners include ex-NFL star Marshawn Lynch, All-Pro Richard Sherman and musical acts Quavo and Steve Aoki.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates a touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles at Texas Stadium on Sept. 15, 2008.
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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick watches from the sidelines during the Dolphins game in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Nov. 27. 2016.

Kaepernick has worked out for the Seattle Seahawks and most recently at Michigan’s Pro Day, which usually highlights their crop of talent heading into the NFL Draft. Jim Harbaugh gave Kaepernick the opportunity to throw and proclaimed to NFL teams that he could make them better.

Kaepernick has had chances to join pro football leagues other than the NFL in the past, the rebooted XFL included.

Then-XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck told NPR in February 2020 before the league started up and shut down over the coronavirus pandemic that the league and Kaepernick couldn’t come to an agreement on salary.

“We gave it some thought,” Luck said. “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. And the, you know, salary requirements that some folks, you know, shared with us were in our case exorbitant, so we, you know, couldn’t go down that path.”

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem before the Dallas Cowboys game on Oct. 2, 2016, in Santa Clara, California.
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He added: “We spoke with his representative and the salary requirements that were broached in that conversation were exorbitant and certainly out of our range.”

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