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XFL Commissioner Oliver Luck Doesn’t Seem Interested In Colin Kaepernick, Is Open To Johnny Manziel

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Oliver Luck doesn’t sound enthused by the idea of Colin Kaepernick potentially joining the league.

He went on “The Ken Carman Show” Wednesday to discuss the 2020 spring league and made it sound like there were several issues with the former 49ers passer joining the league.

“I have no idea whether Colin is in shape or not. Whether he wants to play. We are a league that has salary restrictions and obviously, at least based on what people have said, that might play a role in his desire to play,” Luck explained while discussing the infamous national anthem protestor.

 

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As for Manziel, it sounds like the door is very much open.

“As long as he fits our profile and our behavioral standards and our eight head coaches think he is a guy that makes us better … if Manziel is in that group, I’m sure he’d have an opportunity. We have had no contact with him,” Luck added.

 

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I’m not surprised Luck feels this way. The league will require players to stand for the anthem, which pretty much rules out Kaepernick immediately. (RELATED: Johnny Manziel Reacts To Getting Kicked Out Of The CFL, Says He ‘Reestablished’ His Love For Football)

The fact Kaep reportedly wanted $20 million to play in the XFL or AAF is outrageous, and never going to happen. On the other hand, Manziel has made it very clear that he’s eager to continue playing football. He’s also got the exact kind of personality necessary to become the face of the league.

McMahon should do everything necessary to get Manziel under center.

I’d be shocked if Kaepernick ever plays in the NFL again or in any other league. The XFL doesn’t sound like they want him, and he might have priced himself out of playing in the new re-started league anyways.

It’s going to be the Johnny Manziel show in 2020, and that’s a good thing for the XFL.