Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started a trend of some NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem, has signed a book deal with Random House, Pro Football Talk first reported, and NBC Sports confirmed.
The deal, according to Pro Football Talk, is worth more than $1 million. The $1 million paycheck would be comparable to a year as a backup quarterback in the NFL.
While Kaepernick has tried to make his way back into the NFL this season, he has been without a job since his contract with the 49ers expired at the end of last year. Despite starting in 11 games last season for the 49ers, Kaepernick has been unable to find a spot in the NFL.
This has led Kaepernick to consider suing the NFL for collusion.
But many NFL owners might be weary of signing Kaepernick after he drew worldwide attention for not standing during the national anthem. Kapernick has led a group of several dozen other players to do the same. Kaepernick said he did not stand for the national anthem because he believes there is inequality and police brutality in America.
The protests have since turned political, with President Donald Trump calling on players to stand for the anthem, and others to say they will boycott the league for not punishing players who protest.
It is unknown exactly how much Kaepernick will weigh in on social issues in his new book.