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Pete Carroll: We’re considering Colin Kaepernick, RGIII as backup options

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In his Monday Morning Quarterback column for TheMMQB.com this week, Peter King shared his opinion that the Seahawks offered the best fit for Colin Kaepernick to continue his NFL career as the backup to Russell Wilson.

Among the reasons King cited are the Seahawks’ current backups — Trevone Boykin (who has been arrested twice this offseason), Jake Heaps, Skyler Howard, and Michael Birdsong — and coach Pete Carroll leading “the sports universe in free spirits/distractions on the roster.” During an appearance on Brock & Salk on 710 ESPN, Carroll was asked if the Seahawks would consider adding Kaepernick or former Redskins and Browns quarterback Robert Griffin III to the roster.

“We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll said. “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.”

Both of the quarterbacks make some sense as mobile players who could do some of the same things Wilson does in the Seattle offense if called upon during the 2017 season. At the least, the Seahawks would get a chance to see the players in their offense over the next few months to see if there’s interest in a longer stay.

We haven’t heard much of anything about Griffin since he was released by Cleveland, but Kaepernick’s lack of suitors has been a popular topic this offseason. Carroll’s comments suggest the Seahawks could be the team to change that, but, for now, the status quo remains for both quarterbacks.

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82 Responses to “Pete Carroll: We’re considering Colin Kaepernick, RGIII as backup options”
  1. troylok says: May 15, 2017 2:58 PM

    I think I would take Kap over RG3. I think RG3 might be done.

  2. jtbaudendistel says: May 15, 2017 3:01 PM

    Kaep was reportedly asking for around 10 mil. Time to get real, ask for league veteran minimum and sit behind a durable guy like Wilson.

  3. ricko1112 says: May 15, 2017 3:03 PM

    They’d love Krap out there in the land of Starbucks! Maybe Krap or RG Me will be able to lure the 12th man back from LA, but I guess it depends on how much they paid for their Chargers jerseys…

  4. mrcneff says: May 15, 2017 3:07 PM

    At this point, Kap should sign with the Seahawks, light it up in the preseason, not be a “distraction”, and then next year get a Matt Flynn type deal from a desperate team like the Jets or Bills.

  5. therealraider says: May 15, 2017 3:07 PM

    In Kap’s mind he is likely thinking .. ‘”If ya can’t beat em, Join em.”

  6. kneedragr says: May 15, 2017 3:10 PM

    6 weeks late for April fools but I Lol’d.

  7. jshawaii22 says: May 15, 2017 3:10 PM

    all they have to do is sign for the Veteran’s minimum. Oh wait, they want starter’s money to sit on the bench for a team that doesn’t have any cap space to begin with.

    Of course Pete wants everyone… and they’re looking at everyone… doesn’t mean they are going to sign anyone.

  8. beavertonsteve says: May 15, 2017 3:10 PM

    At least Kaepenick will have a sympathetic audience in Seattle.

  9. seabrawk12 says: May 15, 2017 3:11 PM

    I’ve been saying RG3 would be decent backup for a while. However, not prepared to root for the kneeling vegan. Please don’t do it Hawks. You’re better than that.

  10. champs794 says: May 15, 2017 3:12 PM

    Obvioiusly, a team that had Tarvaris Jackson taking snaps in the Super Bowl a few years ago could do worse.

  11. sirjoeshmoe2015 says: May 15, 2017 3:13 PM

    2 quarterbacks that think more about themselves than anyone else would.

  12. blitzinc43 says: May 15, 2017 3:14 PM

    As a close friend of the organization all he is saying is that he is looking at all options to improve the roster – which basically every NFL is doing.

  13. trollaikman8 says: May 15, 2017 3:16 PM

    I can picture Carrol saying all this in about 3 seconds, whilst chewing gum.

  14. Kapodaco says: May 15, 2017 3:17 PM

    But will Kap play for back-up money???

  15. realfootballfan says: May 15, 2017 3:17 PM

    Kaepernick makes some sense, but Griffin makes none whatsoever, and even with Kaepernick, it’s still a matter of him being polarizing. I agreed with him taking his stance although I said it was the wrong place to do it, which is the consequence he has to live with when you know who owns those teams. It’s like jumping out of a window to protest at work when all of the owners are rich old white dudes who mostly don’t care about what you’re talking about and don’t want to alienate any of their fans who have lots of people who right or wrong don’t care about your cause was never going to accomplish anything, so he could have found a better avenue to express those frustrations off the clock.

  16. waynefontesismyfather says: May 15, 2017 3:18 PM

    Jake Heaps, Skyler Howard, and Michael Birdsong

    WHO?

    Now granted I don’t watch a lot of NFC West football but I do watch a lot of college ball and have to imagine they played SOMEWHERE noteworthy.

    Never heard of any of them.

    Heaps: Kansas, BYU, Miami
    Howard: UWV
    Birdsong: Marshall, James Madison, Tennessee Tech

    I guess I’d have to be rooting for the Birdsong kid hoping he was some relation to Stringfellow Hawke. 😉

  17. angrydave38 says: May 15, 2017 3:19 PM

    Pete Carroll : We’re also considering Roger Rabbit, He-Man, and Tony the Tiger.

  18. dingbutt says: May 15, 2017 3:19 PM

    As Pete Carroll’s best friend in the whole world, i can say that he is more interested in Kaepernick.

  19. exinsidetrader says: May 15, 2017 3:19 PM

    They would be better off signing TEBOW.

  20. kmurph1226 says: May 15, 2017 3:22 PM

    I actually think Kapernick could be a good fit in Seattle. There obviously is going to be no quarterback controversy with the Seahawks already having a young franchise QB, which will help bring much less media coverage than if he went to a team with a questionable QB situation.

    Furthermore, he isn’t a franchise quarterback but is a fringe starter/more-than-capable backup and could fit in well in Seattle’s system, as Kap has similar mobile abilities to Wilson’s and can at least keep them competitive if Russell were to go down for a few games.

  21. onereasonableman says: May 15, 2017 3:22 PM

    Set aside the political stuff — I wonder if Kap is a problem for teams because he is left handed.

    It seems to me that if you have a mobile quarterback, that QB would be most comfortable moving and throwing to his strong side. So does it cause a team problems if a lefty comes in wanting to move to the opposite side? Does that cause adjustment problems to the o line?

    So if you take a guy who isn’t the strongest QB to begin with and then add that you have to make a major offensive shift if he comes into the game, perhaps you are left skipping on him because it is just too hard for the team to adjust.

  22. derekgorgonstar says: May 15, 2017 3:23 PM

    I think I hate the Seahawks more than any team in the league right now. Kaepernick? Really?

  23. thrifty says: May 15, 2017 3:26 PM

    Those clowns all deserve one another.

  24. jdbaker01 says: May 15, 2017 3:27 PM

    Is Tebow not available?

  25. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: May 15, 2017 3:28 PM

    How will the offensive line and receivers adjust from playing with a short QB like Russell Wilson to a tall QB like Kapernick? The move doesn’t make much sense.

  26. therealbigben says: May 15, 2017 3:31 PM

    YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

  27. corkspop says: May 15, 2017 3:32 PM

    If I had that current collection of backups on the roster, I’d be looking at Kap and RGIII too.

  28. dejadoh says: May 15, 2017 3:36 PM

    If Kaep ends up in Seattle, he’s settling for a pay check.
    The problem he has is that an offense needs to be crafted for him. Harbaugh was able to do that in SF. Seattle is kind of similar, though Wilson is much better in the pocket and probably would have longer career if thats where he plays.

  29. RandyinRoxbury says: May 15, 2017 3:36 PM

    Since when did Pete start doing stand up comedy?
    This is even more hilarious than throwing from the 1 yard line. 😉

  30. mmack66 says: May 15, 2017 3:37 PM

    seabrawk12 says:
    May 15, 2017 3:11 PM

    I’ve been saying RG3 would be decent backup for a while. However, not prepared to root for the kneeling vegan. Please don’t do it Hawks. You’re better than that.
    ————————

    Most people would prefer a backup that isn’t so easily and often injured.

    Of the two, Kaepernick is the better choice. At least he has Super Bowl experience, for whatever that is worth.

  31. gorilladunk says: May 15, 2017 3:39 PM

    So what Pete is really saying is “I sure as hell hope that Russell Wilson doesn’t get hurt or we are royally screwed”.

  32. MeSoProudy says: May 15, 2017 3:40 PM

    Would there be a more hate-able team than if the Hawks signed both RGIII and Kap?

  33. charger383 says: May 15, 2017 3:42 PM

    as if I need more reasons to not like Seattle

  34. jxt2521 says: May 15, 2017 3:43 PM

    Why is there always one of these things every year. some stupid topic that spawns countless posts that everyone cant stand except for a few crazies?!?! This guy, deflategate, Hardy, Ray Rice it never ends. Its clear you are trying to make a big deal out of this because the posts are boring rookie signings which suck also. I don’t need to see that a 6th rounder signed his deal in early May.

  35. seabrawk12 says: May 15, 2017 3:44 PM

    I’ve been saying RG3 would be decent backup for a while. However, not prepared to root for the kneeling vegan. Please don’t do it Hawks. You’re better than that.
    ————————

    Most people would prefer a backup that isn’t so easily and often injured.

    Of the two, Kaepernick is the better choice. At least he has Super Bowl experience, for whatever that is worth.

    ___________________________________

    I understand what you’re saying. Let me re-phrase my comment.

    Anybody but Kaepernick.

  36. youradarnfoo says: May 15, 2017 3:47 PM

    No owner wants kaperdink for what he stands for. who ever signs him good luck when he starts pulling his bs… using his employer and the NFL for his platform for his bologna!! Leave it at home. His muslim girlfriend is his main influence, we are all equal…. black, white, peurto rico, asian. it’s all what you make of life and treat others with respect. choose to be lazy and disrespectful to people and authority, it always comes back to you. i don’t want to hear Colin crying about equality. it’s called be motivated no matter what race. get a job, work hard and respect. you can’t give me that.. no wounder your treated like animals
    and called monsters.

  37. laserw says: May 15, 2017 3:50 PM

    I have no professional respect for Pete Carroll and his team since they do play fast and loose with drug testing and have made a game of allowing players to use and not get caught.

    I also loathe the conduct of his players – they aren’t real professionals – they are selfish athletes of this generation’s worst.

    But Carroll is not an idiot – he may be a mobster type of coach, but he is no idiot.

    There is no reason for him to even mention the Great Gimmick (formerly of Washington and Cleveland); Krappernick may have some actual talent even though it is frosted in black lives matter crapola.

  38. goldrush36 says: May 15, 2017 3:51 PM

    How long before Shannon Sharpe reports this as a lie?

  39. Lisa_the_Greek says: May 15, 2017 3:53 PM

    charger383 says:
    May 15, 2017 3:42 PM

    as if I need more reasons to not like Seattle
    ________________________________

    That and the abundance of fresh water, but that’s just a benefit of not living in the desert.

  40. QB Film Room says: May 15, 2017 3:53 PM

    ?????????????????? Bevell? Are you serious?

  41. balt88 says: May 15, 2017 3:55 PM

    What a slap in the face to Seahawks fans…

  42. rayphinkel says: May 15, 2017 3:57 PM

    What the decision ultimately boils down to is this: Would you rather have a backup quarterback that chooses not to stand for the national anthem or one that physically won’t be able to after week 2? That’d being said, I’d take my chance with Kaepernick.

  43. maust1013 says: May 15, 2017 4:01 PM

    There aren’t all that many franchises that have sufficient goodwill with their fan base and comfort with their local press to feel okay publicly talking about bringing Kaepernick in never mind really considering it. It’s not hard to see Seattle is one of them. Allen, Schneider and Carroll have a lot of coin with their fans, have to wonder if spending it on Kaepernick is a worthwhile investment though.

  44. number1hawkfan says: May 15, 2017 4:07 PM

    Like I’ve been telling the Niner dummies the last 5 years. Kaperchoke is only good enough to be Russell Wilsons backup. Now it looks like that might happen. Pretty much right where he belongs. Honestly, I don’t like the dude and have heard things that he’s a d bag. That being said he’d be a good back up in Seattle.

  45. firstand4ever says: May 15, 2017 4:10 PM

    The perfect backups to Wilson. Either Kaepernick or Griffin make sense. Seattle needs insurance for Wilson and those guys have the perfect skilksets to run Seattle’s offense, if something were to happen to Russell.

  46. daysend564 says: May 15, 2017 4:12 PM

    Carroll: We are in the business of collecting “athletic” QBs that can’t throw straight.

  47. r8rsfan says: May 15, 2017 4:12 PM

    As Paul Allen’s butler I can assure you that the organization is looking to improve depth at all positions, QB included.

  48. expertatnfl says: May 15, 2017 4:27 PM

    Probably many owners take the same knee-jerk reaction as the commentators who think Kap is a “distraction”. That’s just a bunch of horse-brained thinking by the right-wingers. Most people aren’t so ignorant and do not think that. Most football people actually use their brain and realize that he probably has enough talent to do the job.

  49. bobinkc says: May 15, 2017 4:28 PM

    Wow! So the Seahawks don’t really care about any kind of issues with their community. “Look, Daddy, it’s Kaep. I want to be just like him when I grow up.”

  50. gohawks7 says: May 15, 2017 4:36 PM

    Carroll’s answer to the question was blatantly vague…and didn’t necessarily mean they were looking at either Kaep or RG3.

    Of course any team is going to be looking at everyone out there for ways to improve their roster….

  51. QB Film Room says: May 15, 2017 4:43 PM

    Do NOT compare Colin and RG3 to Russell. They cant even come close russell as a pure passer. Watch the tape

  52. QB Film Room says: May 15, 2017 4:44 PM

    Im sorry but Kap and RGMe couldnt not even hold TJacks You know what

  53. joeychittwood says: May 15, 2017 4:45 PM

    Lol, he never actually said they’re looking at kaepernik he said, when asked about kaep, “yeah, we’re looking at EVERYBODY”
    Keap is terrible. Cant read Ds, only sees one option, and beyond 15 yards his passes are prototypical Peyton Manning…….. just without the anticipation or accuracy

  54. tindeaux says: May 15, 2017 4:58 PM

    oh please, don’t!

  55. squackduckhawk says: May 15, 2017 4:59 PM

    I would be okay with either of those guys as the backup. Boykin is a weird story. Wrong place, wrong time.

  56. mattbilleauthor says: May 15, 2017 5:01 PM

    RGIII is shot, I think. Kap – IF he comes in with the right attitude – has some value as a backup in that offense compared with what else they have.

  57. boracaydude says: May 15, 2017 5:05 PM

    All Kap is saying is give him a chance

  58. thermalito says: May 15, 2017 5:07 PM

    With all the left wing America haters in Seattle it would be a perfect fit.

  59. trubroncfan07 says: May 15, 2017 5:25 PM

    Maybe they can bring in Greg Hardy as well.

  60. Lisa_the_Greek says: May 15, 2017 5:27 PM

    There are some really extreme reactions to this non-story.

    Of course they are considering Kaep and RGIII as backup options, and the reason for that is quite simple… they are both available.

    Pete and John have gone on record many times stating that they don’t just dismiss any available opportunities without exploring them. I’m sure Pete would have said the same thing about any other available QBs if he was specifically asked about them. Looking at this like it’s some kind of definitive statement is reading too much into it.

    Besides, you could do worse than Kaep or RGIII as backup QBs. Case and point: the current backups on Seattle’s roster.

  61. Liberalsruineverything says: May 15, 2017 5:28 PM

    CK will get “standing” ovations and participation trophies galore in Seattle!

  62. cosmicconvoy says: May 15, 2017 5:38 PM

    Carroll’s answer was so open and vague you can fill the blanks with any unsigned QB

  63. jimmyjohns01 says: May 15, 2017 5:42 PM

    I don’t think this means they’re REALLY looking at Kap, just a general statement that they’re keeping all options open.

    Ask about Tebow and I’m sure you’ll get the same response.

    Well at least I hope this keeps Florio quiet though.

  64. sammievee says: May 15, 2017 6:03 PM

    Kap is very marginal qb who made a splash prior to NFL clarifying what the defense is allowed and not allowed to do related to the “read-option”. He has competed with fear ever since SF/Harbaugh made that horrible decision to pay him what they did, despite he being on a rookie contract. Legit organization did not take that kind of action off of limited success by a young qb.

    The above stated, that direction does provide an added benefit to Seattle as Kap has prepared his entire NFL career for NFC Western Conference teams. I don’t think it is enough benefit, too much media ready to pile into anything surrounding him–similar to Tebow. But it should still be stated on his behalf that he comes from the NFC division.

  65. xdolfan says: May 15, 2017 6:04 PM

    How can Pete Carroll be leading “the sports universe in free spirits/distractions on the roster” over Marvin Lewis?

  66. pftpffftttt says: May 15, 2017 6:36 PM

    “thermalito says:
    May 15, 2017 5:07 PM
    With all the left wing America haters in Seattle it would be a perfect fit.”

    Vent on seattle, vaca on a boeing, shop on amazon. You never use windows either. Probably like your hero you’re also boycotting apple while retaining your iphone.

    I do understand that it’s easier to vent than actually take action. Harder to acquire skills than hate on minorities.

    As far as kaepernick goes… no idea whether seattle happens but it’s an interesting idea. If he’s on tv every week, the haters will tune in. If only to watch for Kaep tattoos of sean spicers wearing his upside-down-flag-pin.

    A little surprised that florio isn’t finding a way to work the dolphins owner back into this conservation. Probably doesn’t need qb right now but but he supports players kneeing as free speech. That and even the least-qb-needy teams are an injury away from looking at kaepernick.

  67. saveusterrelldavis says: May 15, 2017 7:02 PM

    I’d bet that Kaepernick would be more popular than Wilson in that locker room

  68. Lisa_the_Greek says: May 15, 2017 7:07 PM

    trubroncfan07 says:
    May 15, 2017 5:25 PM

    Maybe they can bring in Greg Hardy as well.
    _________________________________

    Not even remotely the same thing dude.

  69. Lisa_the_Greek says: May 15, 2017 7:17 PM

    thermalito says:
    May 15, 2017 5:07 PM

    With all the left wing America haters in Seattle it would be a perfect fit.
    _________________________________

    Seattle is part of America. You are no more patriotic for holding American flags in higher regard than American people. The flag represents ALL of America as a unified people, so making b.s. claims with the intent to diminish the worth of fellow Americans is the opposite of patriotic.

  70. maestro1899 says: May 15, 2017 8:26 PM

    Glad to see the commenters here are evolving. Although, a few here are still referencing his “Afro”, his vegetarian lifestyle and his girlfriend.

    But this is progress!

    And maybe one day, the majority of you won’t think Kaep is worse than a child abuser or woman beater and actually accept that he’s deserving of a QB job in the NFL, and that him speaking out on social injustices that he has experienced doesn’t make him a traitor or Un-American or a bad person.

    Peace!

  71. todd6162 says: May 15, 2017 8:28 PM

    He’ll fit right in in that liberal town

  72. chawk12thman says: May 15, 2017 8:33 PM

    Even if you aren’t, you publically state that you are “interested” for two very good reasons. It jacks up potential price for another team to acquire the player while providing bargaining power to you with other players you may ultimately sign. This “competition” is part of the Seahawks persona from top to bottom. I don’t really expect Kap or RG3 to be signed by Seahawks, anytime in the foreseeable future.

  73. kevpft says: May 15, 2017 9:14 PM

    King’s right that Kaepernick is a perfect fit for Seattle in pretty much every way.

    I think it comes down to two questions: Can they afford to pay him, and can Wilson stand to have someone right behind him who could very plausibly replace him at some point? Wilson’s seemingly better, but all it takes is one Alex Smith/Kaepernick-type unexpected event to lose him his starting job for good.

    They’ve kept his backups pretty mundane so far. Are they ready for an alpha backup?

    If they’re interested in winning, they should be.

  74. balt88 says: May 15, 2017 9:39 PM

    maust1013 says:
    May 15, 2017 4:01 PM

    There aren’t all that many franchises that have sufficient goodwill with their fan base and comfort with their local press to feel okay publicly talking about bringing Kaepernick in never mind really considering it. It’s not hard to see Seattle is one of them. Allen, Schneider and Carroll have a lot of coin with their fans, have to wonder if spending it on Kaepernick is a worthwhile investment though.

    =================================

    That’s a lot of spin…

    I’d think of it more as there aren’t many coaches who place his interests above those of his fan base.

    While there may be more tolerance on a whole in the Seattle fan base for Kaep and his me first activism before the team there are still a TON of Seahawks fan who don’t want Kaep anywhere near one of their jersies…

  75. jailbreakout says: May 15, 2017 10:07 PM

    I hope this is fake news. I can’t stand Kaepernick. I hope he fails everywhere he goes.

  76. raiderej says: May 15, 2017 10:37 PM

    Kap, here’s praying that you get a chance to earn a living for yourself and your family doing what you love and what you’re pretty good at.

  77. bws1066 says: May 15, 2017 11:00 PM

    I doubt Kap has enough desire to play as a back-up. That’s the main reason nobody has picked him up.

  78. gavriloprincip33 says: May 16, 2017 12:47 AM

    blitzinc43 says:
    May 15, 2017 3:14 PM
    As a close friend of the organization all he is saying is that he is looking at all options to improve the roster – which basically every NFL is doing.

    —————–

    Your “special” relationship with the organization notwithstanding, I agree…

    Oh and WPS!

  79. bonecrushinghits says: May 16, 2017 3:58 AM

    One Year Dynasty

  80. satchseven says: May 16, 2017 4:30 AM

    hey todd6162 i lived in the crappy red states all them of the suck

  81. Mike Oviatt says: May 16, 2017 9:29 AM

    I don’t know why a NFL team would invest in this piece of trash. Last year was one of the worst years for the NFL. This piece of trash was a large reason. I think all and i mean all veterans should boycott the Seahawks.

  82. qbarrel says: May 16, 2017 10:20 AM

    Hope Kaep likes his eyebrows.

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