Colin Kaepernick
After the NFL settlement, Colin Kaepernick is reportedly bent on returning to the active duty says his attorney. NFL player Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage during VH1's 3rd Annual 'Dear Mama: A Love Letter To Moms' - Inside Show at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on May 3, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images/Leon Bennett

Colin Kaepernick has not totally closed the door on a potential NFL return, according to his attorney, Mark Geragos. The 31-year-old former player of the San Francisco 49ers recently settled a collusion case with the NFL, which reportedly gave him an undisclosed but hefty sum.

Word is that Kaepernick could have gotten close to $100 million in the NFL settlement case. Details have yet to be revealed, but seeing the numbers play around that area would hardly come as a surprise. With such a huge payout, Kaepernick could opt to retire early. But it seems that the controversial NFL player still wants to play pro football, TMZ Sports reported.

However, a return to the NFL field will not be free of distractions. There are some personalities like ex-NFL player Larry Johnson, who questioned the motive of Kaepernick, branding him as a sellout. He last played back in 2016, the time when the kneeling protests began.

And while most see an end to the controversy surrounding the NFL, it may not be totally the end of it. Some parties may be returning back to watch NFL games, but there are still some who may not be too happy about the settlement. It does send out mixed signals to some who may eventually question the stance of the NFL as a whole when handling controversies.

While that remains to be seen, it would be best to check out which teams could use someone like Kaepernick. Some of the teams mentioned include the 49ers, Oakland Raiders, New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers. Regardless of where he ends up, he is expected to join taking on a backup role, NBC Sports reported.

As mentioned in a previous post, he could be a good fit to the Patriots and succeed Tom Brady. Though he says that he plans to play until the age of 45, there is no assurance that he may be spared from unforeseen circumstances such as injuries. Brady is now 41 years old.

Wherever he ends up, it remains that controversy will always follow Kaepernick. He may still have a couple of years to play in the NFL, but it is not expected to be a smooth ride.