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49ers CEO: Colin Kaepernick asked for release after team requested restructure

Michael Dixon
Colin Kaepernick

While Colin Kaepernick remains unsigned, he apparently had a chance to stay with the San Francisco 49ers — just not at what he was being paid.

Team CEO and principal owner Jed York said on Tuesday that the team would not pay Kaepernick the north of $20 million that his contract said he was owed for the 2017 season.

At that point, Kaepernick requested a release.

This is certainly something that will be brought up in his case that the NFL is colluding against him.

While Kaepernick himself has remained fairly quiet, a common narrative has been that he’d be willing to take a reduced salary. If York’s claim is indeed true, that does become a harder argument to make.

With that said, arguments involving Kaepernick are rarely as simple as they seem. Expect to hear responses to this one.