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How real is Seattle’s interest in Colin Kaepernick?

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The Seahawks’ curious public courtship with Colin Kaepernick continues, but the clock is ticking on consummation.

With Seattle launching their seven-session OTA program on Tuesday, it would make plenty of sense for the Seahawks to have already signed him, if they want him. The real question, given that nothing is imminent between Kaepernick and Seattle, is whether they do.

Skepticism emerged when the team initially leaked its interest in Kaepernick, with his girlfriend approving of the PFT item pointing out the curiosities arising from the decision to make known to the team’s competitors that the Seahawks were considering adding him. And now that Kaepernick has had a visit (not a workout, just a visit) along with Austin Davis, it’s hard not to wonder whether the goal was either to create the impression that a disinterested league actually has interest in Kaepernick — or to provide a kick in the ass to the current Russell Wilson understudies with the OTA process approaching.

Maybe they’ll still sign Kaepernick, if Trevone Boykin and/or Jake Heaps stink it up in practice (or if Trevone Boykin gets in trouble, again). Or maybe they just won’t, riding with a starter who will always find a way to keep playing and using the backups for the purposes of distributing practice passes to backups and/or running the scout team.

Regardless, Seattle remains the most viable option for a quarterback who has largely been forgotten by the NFL, for reasons that are becoming gradually more clear. If the Seahawks don’t sign him, the question becomes whether he’ll land on a roster if/when injuries inevitably happen.

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  1. thenewguy12 says: May 30, 2017 10:20 AM

    “The clock is ticking.”

    Why? Because PFT says so? Kaepernick isn’t going anywhere, why would Seattle feel any sense of urgency? If they want to sign him they will do it on their own timeline not anybody elses.

  2. twinfan24 says: May 30, 2017 10:21 AM

    While I understand that some don’t like Kaepernick’s political stance last year, how does that make him more unemployable than Joe Mixon?

  3. weepingjebus says: May 30, 2017 10:22 AM

    If I were Colin, I would get a new attitude, new socks, and a new girlfriend — and not necessarily in that order.

  4. gsomatt says: May 30, 2017 10:23 AM

    Only way he gets a shot is an apology for the Pig socks and trying to compare police training to that of a hair dresser.

    And that’s probably what Seattle was testing the water for. The fact he didn’t get signed gives you the answer.

  5. amishninjas says: May 30, 2017 10:23 AM

    The 8 stories a day dedicated to a borderline QB2 closer to QB3 is very real. We’re entering the Tebow zone with these Kaep stories. He’s not very good and he carries a ton of baggage with him.

  6. cincinnatikid13 says: May 30, 2017 10:30 AM

    Why are we still talking about this? Every commenter on here has already made every point as to why Kaep does not have a job.

    If a white baseball player decided he was going to make a political stand by refusing to wear #42 on Jackie Robinson Day, wear a t-shirt with Trump standing next to David Duke, and wear socks depicting African-American pastors as pigs, I am pretty sure you would not be lamenting the fact that that individual was not hired by a team because of the fan backlash that would surely come.

    That’s what happens when someone refuses to stand for the National Anthem, wears a Fidel Castro shirt, and wears socks (at work by the way) depicting white police officers as pigs. Oh, and he is a backup, so not worth the headache.

  7. nhpats says: May 30, 2017 10:35 AM

    I think Seattle’s interest is far less than PFT’s man-crush on Kaep. In fact, it’s getting a little creepy.

  8. joeychittwood says: May 30, 2017 10:37 AM

    For all but the most unaware people in America…. Kaepernick diesnt have a job cause he’s not that good. As we’ve seen in the NFL countless times, if you can play then you’ll find a team willing to let you help them on the field. Look at Vick and Mixon vs Kaep and Rice as a prime example… two could still play and two couldnt…. simple as that

  9. lewsblues says: May 30, 2017 10:37 AM

    “… Kaepernick has had a visit (not a workout, just a visit)”

    Correct! He was interviewed for a “position” …

    Seahawks …”Colin, are you planning on continuing to kneel during our National Anthem?”

    Colin … “Absolutely!”

    Seahawks … “You can kneel at home.”

  10. tortorellasucks says: May 30, 2017 10:38 AM

    If the ‘Hawks sign Kaepernick I will cancel my 4 season tickets that i have owned for 18 years! DONT DO IT

  11. bmoreb says: May 30, 2017 10:42 AM

    He’s done in the NFL. He sealed his fate. Time to move on to the next train wreck.

  12. aj66shanghai says: May 30, 2017 10:43 AM

    How could this possibly be a PR move by Seattle? Paul Allen has more money than he could burn in 100 lifetimes. He doesn’t need to create good pr for the league. He wants a winner, not an income.

    The Seahawks were interested enough to meet CK. They didn’t sign him. That’s how interested they were/are.

  13. redlikethepig says: May 30, 2017 10:44 AM

    “If the ‘Hawks sign Kaepernick I will cancel my 4 season tickets that i have owned for 18 years! DONT DO IT”

    Pants on fire . . .

  14. linvillegorge says: May 30, 2017 10:44 AM

    The political angle on this non-story is getting old. If teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting caliber NFL QB then he’d be on an NFL roster. If you’re viewed as a backup, you better not come with distractions, be they your own if be they a product of the media. Kaepernick comes with distractions, period.

  15. saltineamerican says: May 30, 2017 10:46 AM

    twinfan24 says:
    May 30, 2017 10:21 AM
    While I understand that some don’t like Kaepernick’s political stance last year, how does that make him more unemployable than Joe Mixon?

    ————————————

    Joe Mixon is on the front nine of the skill set curve.
    Colin Kapernick is on the back nine.

  16. 700levelvet says: May 30, 2017 10:49 AM

    You lost me at…”With his girlfriend approving of the ptf item”…

  17. fwippel says: May 30, 2017 10:49 AM

    John Mara nailed it with his comments a few days ago: owners don’t want this guy’s baggage, and if any players on existing teams start carrying on the way Kaepernick did in SF last year, their fans will be livid.

    The effort on the part of PFT to make CK a victim has become ludicrous. Kaepernick can’t have it both ways: he can’t on the one hand demand his right to free speech and expression while on the other ignoring the fact that his choice have consequences. Kaepernick is free to protest in any way he pleases, and the owners are free to refuse to consider his services as a football player because of his actions.

    You can’t support Kaepernick while at the same time ripping NFL teams whose owners and coaches don’t want the distraction and negative attention he’ll bring to their team.

  18. j huber says: May 30, 2017 10:57 AM

    RG3 is not a viable option at QB until he masters basic QB 001 skills, like not tripping over you own feet, and following passing progressions.

  19. jag1959 says: May 30, 2017 11:00 AM

    “Regardless, Seattle remains the most viable option for a quarterback who has largely been forgotten by the NFL, for reasons that are becoming gradually more clear.”
    ___________________________

    The reasons were only unclear to those who chose to ignore the obvious. Throw out the divisive bs and look at it realistically, it isn’t about blackballing it’s about backlash. It isn’t racism but return on investment because in the real world it’s busine$$ not politics that’s driving this bus. Why not try looking at it from a business perspective for a change? There aren’t much more than half a dozen teams that have enough goodwill with their fans to risk the backlash of bringing him in and none of them need an at best marginal starter. His best hope at this point is to be signed by one of them as a backup. Of that group Dallas, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver and New England aren’t currently in the market for one and Seattle is, or should be considering how thin the ice is under Boykin. It’s safe to say Seattle’s need is real, their interest level is anyone’s guess.

  20. thenewguy12 says: May 30, 2017 11:02 AM

    “how does that make him more unemployable than Joe Mixon?”

    Mixon is a terrible person but has outstanding football upside. Kaepernick is a nice guy but is controversial and a mediocre football player with no upside.

    Oh and in before garbage time stats or playoff stats from 6 years ago are brought up.

  21. minson15 says: May 30, 2017 11:03 AM

    twinfan24 says:
    May 30, 2017 10:21 AM

    While I understand that some don’t like Kaepernick’s political stance last year, how does that make him more unemployable than Joe Mixon?
    ————
    Joe Mixon has actual football talent that would be valuable to a team. Kap is just a distraction with no value. Has athleticism for sure, but defenses know how to stop him.

  22. jdbaker01 says: May 30, 2017 11:05 AM

    Two words for Seattle: Te Bow

  23. harshedmellow says: May 30, 2017 11:08 AM

    He’ll be fine in Seattle, politically. I think he’s telling the truth about not kneeling, and his 2016 protest can be gradually overcome in the minds of most who are offended by it by the simple symbolism of standing for the anthem. We are a forgiving people at the end of the day- even in this divided and partisan time. In FACT one of the more potent storylines that exists for public people is that person saying “I made a mistake and I learned from it”.

    (I’m not saying I personally am against his protest. I’m not, on principle, though I also think that he earned every consequence of his action that he’s now experiencing…)

    I think the reason he hasn’t signed yet is the oldest reason in the world: money. He wants more, they want to pay less, and so there’s a negotiation happening. From Kap’s perspective I’d think he’d want a pretty decent salary (4 mil? 5?) for this year, and similar for 2018, but then also an opt-out for 2018 so he can try to get another big deal. If I were Seattle I’d be holding the line in the 2 years/6 million total with 3.5M guaranteed realm. So, in my opinion the main holdup isn’t politics (in Seattle), it’s money.

  24. collectordude says: May 30, 2017 11:09 AM

    Zero interest in him, if Seattle is smart.
    But then again, no one ever accused the hawks of being intelligent.

  25. imo1286 says: May 30, 2017 11:15 AM

    tortorellasucks says:
    May 30, 2017 10:38 AM
    If the ‘Hawks sign Kaepernick I will cancel my 4 season tickets that i have owned for 18 years! DONT DO IT

    Lol, you’re just a number, you’ll be replaced by the next guy on the waiting list.

  26. redandgoldhitman52 says: May 30, 2017 11:16 AM

    Krapernick was already the worst qb in the NFL before his protest. He’s been awful for three years and got benched for gabbert before his kneel. He was on his way out of the NFL before his kneel. Now all of a sudden the media and sjw’s want to say krapernick is a good qb and he’s being blackballed because of his protest. Krapernick decided to protest because he was a backup qb who was on his way out of the NFL and used it to not get fired for fear of pr nightmare.

  27. charger383 says: May 30, 2017 11:26 AM

    I bought a different brand of jeans just because he played in Levi’s Stadium, does any business owner want that kind of backlash

  28. killitandeatit says: May 30, 2017 11:28 AM

    Answer : About as real as the PFT Communities interest in C.K. = ZERO.

  29. guyjuneguyjune says: May 30, 2017 11:31 AM

    One fight in the locker room is all it’s gonna take to derail a team headed to the playoffs.

  30. jdphx says: May 30, 2017 11:35 AM

    “for reasons that are becoming gradually more clear”

    Gradually??? LOL.

  31. nhpats says: May 30, 2017 11:36 AM

    imo1286 says:
    May 30, 2017 11:15 AM
    tortorellasucks says:
    May 30, 2017 10:38 AM
    If the ‘Hawks sign Kaepernick I will cancel my 4 season tickets that i have owned for 18 years! DONT DO IT

    Lol, you’re just a number, you’ll be replaced by the next guy on the waiting list.

    ——————–

    Lol…..just like Kaep was replaced. See the irony here?

  32. sn19 says: May 30, 2017 11:43 AM

    700levelvet says:
    May 30, 2017 10:49 AM
    You lost me at…”With his girlfriend approving of the ptf item”…

    ———–

    I wish I could like this comment twice.

  33. spartanlegend says: May 30, 2017 11:46 AM

    It’s not real at all the team is just doing Roger a favor to make the league look less like the bigots that they truly are
    And on a side note it’s hilarious how many people complain about the number of posts written on this subject and claim that Kaep is irrelevant yet they take the time to not only read the post but also write a comment in the comments section

  34. jmuller516 says: May 30, 2017 11:49 AM

    Why cant people just realize, hes NOT a good QB..

    If he could play, he would be signed.

  35. irimz says: May 30, 2017 11:56 AM

    For the 5,293,419th time. Colin took a knee on the National Anthem. The NFL, GMs, Owners and FANS are taking a knee on him.

  36. nevyn49 says: May 30, 2017 11:57 AM

    “It’s not real at all the team is just doing Roger a favor to make the league look less like the bigots that they truly are
    And on a side note it’s hilarious how many people complain about the number of posts written on this subject and claim that Kaep is irrelevant yet they take the time to not only read the post but also write a comment in the comments section”

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

    Considering Kaep and then signing him doesn’t accomplish what you suggest.

    If no one contacts Kaep, they can stick with the not good at football line. A lone team showing token interest is actually bad for the league if there is any coordinated campaign against him. Especially if that team then opts not to sign him and has to explain why.

    This notion of it being a PR stunt is dumb. Seattle are interested, but it is for a backup job. So he will have to be the right fit at the right price.

    And Kaepernick’s girlfriend liking stories like that probably will not help matters. Seattle already gets enough PR headaches from their STARTERS.

  37. montrealraider says: May 30, 2017 12:10 PM

    It seems every once in a while theres a controversial player that happens to be a fringe performer on the field who the league manages to make appear as theres an interest in him when in fact there is not.

    Michael Sam, Tim Tebow, Kap now. They always manage to create the smokescreen so the public doesnt throw a fit lol

  38. geefan1 says: May 30, 2017 12:10 PM

    This could replace the “days without an arrrest” clock – we could have a “days with a Colin story” clock instead

  39. peytonwantsaflag says: May 30, 2017 12:13 PM

    Regardless, Seattle remains the most viable option for a quarterback who has largely been forgotten by the NFL, for reasons that are becoming gradually more clear.
    ——————————————-

    I’m assuming since this is ostensibly a football site you are referring to the fact that he’s an awful quarterback now.

  40. kneedragr says: May 30, 2017 12:17 PM

    With the political system split 50/50 like it is, these guys need to realize if they take a strong public position on either side literally half the country will hate them. Just keep that stuff to yourself and make money fellas!

  41. hmmm71 says: May 30, 2017 12:18 PM

    Not trying to be funny….. Maybe he should play football in a country where he would feel good about respecting its anthem.

  42. edavidberg says: May 30, 2017 12:21 PM

    Kaep is probably being smart to wait it out and see if anyone gets injured during the summer and maybe even training camp.

  43. usedjock says: May 30, 2017 12:23 PM

    linvillegorge says:
    May 30, 2017 10:44 AM

    The political angle on this non-story is getting old. If teams viewed Kaepernick as a starting caliber NFL QB then he’d be on an NFL roster. If you’re viewed as a backup, you better not come with distractions, be they your own if be they a product of the media. Kaepernick comes with distractions, period.

    Exactly. The bottom line is this if he was that good teams in need of a QB would be lining up to sign him. There are some other things that are being missed as well. Does he fit a teams system? does anyone really know how much money he wants? Would he really accept being a backup and would he accept backup money?Teams could be reluctant to put even more money in to the QB position.

    I guess what I am saying is that there could be many different things behind the scenes we have no clue about.

  44. dawoger says: May 30, 2017 12:28 PM

    Krap suffers from an over inflated sense of self-worth. As a result of that, he made 2 bad choices(opted out of his contract and the protesting) and because of his own doing he finds himself having to rely on the PC media to rescue him in a politically charged climate were political correctness has become a polarizing negative, especially to people managing businesses.

  45. QB Film Room says: May 30, 2017 12:36 PM

    Its real but If Boykin is playing at his best he is better than Kap

  46. pftreader69 says: May 30, 2017 12:44 PM

    So tiring. He obviously has a better shot at getting hired by PFT than becoming a viable quarterback in the NFL.

  47. honalulublue says: May 30, 2017 12:48 PM

    The never ending pft Kap love fest.

  48. peytonwantsaflag says: May 30, 2017 12:51 PM

    Kaep is probably being smart to wait it out and see if anyone gets injured during the summer and maybe even training camp.
    _———————————

    yeah- I know right? I mean he’s turned down dozens of requests for visits. I heard he turned his phone off it was blowing up so bad.

  49. iamthehorniestmanintheworld says: May 30, 2017 12:51 PM

    His political stance should be a positive for him in Seattle. There are so many Left wing snowflakes up there they even sell out soccer games.

  50. jmuller516 says: May 30, 2017 12:54 PM

    Funny part is this idiot opted out of guaranteed millions..

  51. 6250claimer says: May 30, 2017 1:01 PM

    If he dumped his SJW “activist” girlfriend tomorrow, apologized for wearing the pig socks (at work btw) and the Castro T-shirt, apologized for comparing police officers to hair dressers, and called out the SJW movement for what it really is – a racist Jessie Jackson-style shakedown operation – I’d forgive him. Then, I still wouldn’t sign him because he sucks at football.

    There are plenty of true activists in the NFL, and unlike Kap, they are heroes in their communities. They run camps for kids. They create scholarship funds. They visit hospitals. They reach out to the community, and encourage kids to stay in school, embrace athletics, avoid gangs. They give their time and money to try put kids on paths to better lives. They do all this while standing for the anthem and respecting people of all races and colors, as well as the police officers and military who protect us, and don’t blame “white privilege” for the problems in the inner city. Kap should embrace this approach and distance himself from the SJW angle – he’d be loved and respected by millions.

  52. celticsforever says: May 30, 2017 1:08 PM

    It is simply amazing looking at the USA that a guy exercises his right to freedom of expression by KNEELING DURING A SONG and he gets blacklisted. Meanwhile, players beat their wives, drive 10x over the limit drunk, shoot themselves with concealed firearms…. and once they serve their 2 game suspensions are right back on the field.

    Personally, I’d rather have an anthem-kneeler in my neighbourhood than some guy racing around loaded drunk, with the chance of running over my kid with a car.

    America, and the NFL – give your collective heads a shake.

  53. alphafantasyfootball says: May 30, 2017 1:10 PM

    Nick Mangold is still unsigned, and he’s a high character guy. We should see some articles on that.

    Rashad Jennings too, he was as effective at his position as Kaepernick was at QB.

    Owen Daniels, Gary Barniage, Ryan Clady…..

  54. nevyn49 says: May 30, 2017 1:15 PM

    “It is simply amazing looking at the USA that a guy exercises his right to freedom of expression by KNEELING DURING A SONG and he gets blacklisted. Meanwhile, players beat their wives, drive 10x over the limit drunk, shoot themselves with concealed firearms…. and once they serve their 2 game suspensions are right back on the field.

    Personally, I’d rather have an anthem-kneeler in my neighbourhood than some guy racing around loaded drunk, with the chance of running over my kid with a car.

    America, and the NFL – give your collective heads a shake.”

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

    It is worth noting that Ray Rice never got another NFL deal.

    Why? He wasn’t starting caliber anymore , and thus not worth it. THAT is why Kaepernick’s anthem protest is working against him.

    Teams will take on both political and legal/social pariahs for on the field impact. But for depth or players with on field questions, they don’t want to take off field flak.

  55. xbam says: May 30, 2017 1:20 PM

    Kap will make more $ as an activist (and i use that term loosely)…

  56. dregonspengler says: May 30, 2017 1:25 PM

    celticsforever says:
    It is simply amazing looking at the USA that a guy exercises his right to freedom of expression by KNEELING DURING A SONG and he gets blacklisted.
    —-
    Colin Kaepernick does not have a “right to freedom of expression” on his employer’s time — at least not without consequences. The 1st Amendment is a guarantee that protects a citizen from government sanctions, not those of their boss.
    You see, NFL owners also have the right to exercise their “right to freedom of expression” by taking a stand and not hiring him.
    See how that works?
    This country would be a lot better off if more people became educated with regard to concepts such as “right to freedom of expression,” as opposed to parroting slogans and regurgitating a few lines they accidently picked up in between naps in history class.

  57. alphafantasyfootball says: May 30, 2017 1:45 PM

    “It is simply amazing looking at the USA that a guy exercises his right to freedom of expression by KNEELING DURING A SONG and he gets blacklisted. Meanwhile, players beat their wives, drive 10x over the limit drunk, shoot themselves with concealed firearms…. and once they serve their 2 game suspensions are right back on the field.

    Personally, I’d rather have an anthem-kneeler in my neighbourhood than some guy racing around loaded drunk, with the chance of running over my kid with a car.

    America, and the NFL – give your collective heads a shake.”

    ————————————————————

    Just to point out a few things you are clearly missing…
    He also wore pig socks and called all cops murderers.
    He also wore a Castro shirt and supported Castro, even calling him a great leader.
    He also critizied the entire political process then didn’t vote.

    Oh and his play declined significanlty as did his motivation to improve his skills.
    He

  58. jonathankrobinson424 says: May 30, 2017 1:51 PM

    It is funny that he thought he would get another NFL contract and left all that money on the table with SF. He may think he’s a great activist but he’s non too smart in business.

  59. bleedingfacemask says: May 30, 2017 2:03 PM

    Carroll: “Colin, are you going to continue taking a knee for the anthem?”
    Kaep: “No.”
    Carroll: “Are you going to continue improving your ability to read defenses?”
    Kaep: “No. I mean…wait…”
    Carroll: “Thanks for stopping by.”

  60. bannedfromchoirpractice says: May 30, 2017 2:13 PM

    How does it happen that those with dozens of dollars to their names are so exuberant about explaining the misfortunes of a multi-millionaire? Are you trying to tell me that Kaep should have done it your way: living paycheck to paycheck, hand to mouth? You guys are such a joke.

  61. jjbadd385 says: May 30, 2017 2:37 PM

    People are crazy these days! I’m as Patriotic as the next guy…but wake up!! This country is still the best in the world, but our government ain’t what it used to be, and Kap is no worse than the wife beaters & criminals that are playing now. He played well enough to go to the Superbowl, and as a Broncos fan, I say give him another chance. Truth be told, what he did was warranted. This country will crap on you any chance it gets. #truth

  62. muencht says: May 30, 2017 2:42 PM

    How can any team be interested in this loser even as a backup QB? I don’t think I have ever seen a QB go from amazing to nothing so fast. Well, maybe Mark Sanchez. Kaepernick is not being vilified because of his refusal to kneel during the National Anthem (which I find deplor-able), it is because he STINKS as a Quarterback.

    I will be the first to say he had a phenomenal first year with SF when he stole the job from an injured Alex Smith. In 2012, he lead the 49ers to their first Super Bowl appear-ance since 1994, losing to the Ravens. He had a pretty good 2013, and it rapidly went South from there. I never under-stood why the ‘Niners kept him on all these years.

    I sincerely hope the ‘Hawks will not burden themselves with this Anti-American loser.

  63. outlaw53 says: May 30, 2017 3:00 PM

    Kaep’s best chance ( I mean…his only realistic opportunity ) to sign with an NFL team is with the Hawks. They are smack dab in the middle of a snowflake infested population…one in which their elected officials turn left at a traffic signal…even if the signal indicates a right turn. That being the case, I can’t think of even one other team that could give him a contract without their fan base crowing for some general manager’s head on a plate.

  64. harshedmellow says: May 30, 2017 4:18 PM

    “Kaepernick is not being vilified because of his refusal to kneel during the National Anthem (which I find deplor-able), it is because he STINKS as a Quarterback.”

    That’s simply not true. He’s being vilified because he didn’t kneel (plus other political gestures).

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