Carroll says Seahawks considering Kaepernick as backup

Tuesday, 16 May, 2017

As we explore the reasons why he remains unsigned, it might be time to focus on one of the handful of teams for which Kaepernick truly makes some sense - the Seattle Seahawks. Undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin backed Wilson up last season and is now in line to do so again this year. Disparate reports last week circulated that Kaepernick had either received interest from three teams or that precisely none have sought an interview with him.

The Seahawks have extended familiarity with Kaepernick after his run with the NFC West-rival San Francisco 49ers in the last five years. "But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys".

Griffin was released by the Browns at the start of free agency, ending a one-year stint with the team after beginning the season as its starter but suffering a major shoulder injury in Week 1.

Kaepernick logged one of his best games of 2016 against Seattle a year ago, completing 17 of 22 passes attempted for 215 yards and a touchdown in the Week 17 finale.

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That Kaepernick remains unsigned has raised questions about whether the political stances he took last fall - initially sitting for national anthem and then kneeling - are making teams wary.

Kaepernick, 29, has remained unemployed despite a career resume that's much better than several quarterbacks who have been signed this offseason. Multiple Seahawks players backed Kaepernick when he decided not to stand for the national anthem, and the team later made a decision to stand with interlocked arms as a display of unity before last year's season opener in response to his stance.

In addition, the Seahawks have an uncertain situation behind Wilson.

Local product Jake Heaps is the other quarterback on Seattle's roster. Each also has a big arm and, as options dwindle, would likely accept a modest salary with bonuses based on play.