Pete Carroll Says Seahawks Considering Colin Kaepernick To Back Up Russell Wilson
If you're of the opinion that Colin Kaepernick isn't deserving of an NFL roster spot, then I don't know how to talk to you so you might as well just bop on out of here right now.
However if you do see the value in a quarterback who has proven he's capable of making it to Super Bowls and multiple NFC Championship games when given a team and a coach to work with, then you should be very interested in this story. Especially if you're a fan of a likely NFC playoff contender.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll told 710 ESPN's "Brock and Salk" radio show on Monday that Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are among the veteran options that he is considering to back up franchise QB Russell Wilson.
"We're looking at everybody. We really are," Carroll said, according to ESPN. "We've been tracking everything that's going on, and we've got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we're still trying to manage properly. But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys."
Wilson has been one of the healthiest QBs in the NFL across his career, and has still never missed a start. But he battled a multitude of injuries last season and the Seahawks' current backup plan is undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin, who's had some off the field issues.
The Seahawks would be a natural fit for Kaepernick for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is that as ESPN pointed out, many players on his former divisional rival spoke out in support of him last season when he knelt for the national anthem - including Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril and Jeremy Lane.
Cornerback Richard Sherman also stood up for Kaepernick back in March, strongly insinuating his belief that the lack of interest from NFL teams was politically motivated.
“There was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year," Sherman said. "So it has nothing to do with football. You can see that. They signed guys who have had off years before.”
Kaepernick adviser Harry Edwards told USA Today Sports last week that three NFL teams has reached out to speak with Kaepernick since the start of free agency, but did not name the teams and didn't say whether or not the Seahawks were one of them.
If Kaepernick were to land the gig as Wilson's back up, he'd be the best No. 2 at the position in the NFL outside of maybe Jimmy Garoppolo - who is decidedly less experienced. The Seahawks are already a perennial Super Bowl contender. Getting a top 25 NFL quarterback as their second option would be genius.
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