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Russell Wilson would have “no issue” with Seahawks adding Kaepernick

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With the Seahawks deciding not to add quarterback Colin Kaepernick as insurance against an injury to Russell Wilson that would keep him from playing, Wilson’s thoughts regarding the potential addition of Kaepernick are irrelevant. Wilson nevertheless was asked for them anyone on Friday.

“I haven’t had the chance to be around Colin too much, but the times I have he’s been great,” Wilson told reporters on Friday. “Obviously, I think first of all he’s a really, really good football player. He’s made a lot of good plays in a lot of big games and done a lot of good things. I have tons of respect for him in that way. And then in terms of everything else he stood for, I think he was trying to stand for the right things, he was trying to stand for equality. And so I respect that too, as well. . . . I wouldn’t have any issue at all. As many good players as we could have, the better.”

In theory, that makes sense. But what if the Seahawks were to add a backup quarterback who ultimately turns out to be better than the starter? If, for example, Tom Brady were available, Wilson wouldn’t be thrilled about that — regardless of what he’d say publicly before cramming “Go ‘Hawks!” in as parting shot.

While Kaepernick is no Tom Brady (even though the Kaepernick Truthers will now claim that I’ve compared Colin to #Tommy), the question becomes where Kaepernick fits on the Russell Wilson Threat Spectrum. With coach Pete Carroll declaring on Friday that Kaepernick is “a starter in this league” and with cornerback Richard Sherman (who reportedly barked at Wilson three Junes ago “you f–king suck!“) recently claiming that Kaepernick would start for “probably 20 of the team in this league,” it’s fair to wonder whether the Seahawks are worried that some in a divided locker room would align with Kaepernick over Wilson as the starter.

And so a team that embraces competition at every turn possibly doesn’t want to risk an organic quarterback competition between Wilson and Kaepernick. To do that, the Seahawks will instead roll the dice with the undrafted (and twice arrested) Trevone Boykin and ultimate journeyman Jake Heaps as the understudies to a man who played through serious ankle and knee injuries in 2016.

In most cities, the availability of a backup that the organization regards as a starter would result in the player being gobbled up faster than the last piece of pepperoni pizza. In Seattle, where some players think the starting quarterback isn’t held sufficiently accountable for his actual or perceived shortcomings, a competent backup quarterback could end up being the most popular guy in the locker room.

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35 Responses to “Russell Wilson would have “no issue” with Seahawks adding Kaepernick”
  1. MichaelEdits says: Jun 3, 2017 12:13 PM

    Short people got no reason…

  2. kcchefs58 says: Jun 3, 2017 12:17 PM

    The most overblown peaceful protest I’ve ever heard of. To this day, I still have no idea why people are so disgusted by it.

  3. downtoearth1972 says: Jun 3, 2017 12:18 PM

    LET.IT.GO!!!

  4. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 3, 2017 12:24 PM

    Two very smart individuals. NFL fandom can’t stand it.

  5. Mr. Seahawk says: Jun 3, 2017 12:28 PM

    But……. a lot of fans do!
    If Seahawks org want to show that the fans are really a part of this team, they would NOT sign the KrapOnNeck.

  6. therealraider says: Jun 3, 2017 12:29 PM

    Ive gotten past the “these constant kaepernick articles are pathetic” phase. Now I relish them. Knowing he will never play another down in the NFL again makes all these posts that much more satisfying. Liberal tears taste so good

  7. davefromtheburgh says: Jun 3, 2017 12:34 PM

    Dude protests against the establishment and then seems shocked that the establishment isn’t running to hire him. That Kaepernick is unsigned is the risk he chose to take. I just wish these columnists weren’t adopting Colin Kaepernick as some cause celebre that he really isn’t.

  8. smartcollegefootball says: Jun 3, 2017 12:41 PM

    Carroll did Kaepernick a solid

    Kaepernick has proven starting talent, and should not be settling for carrying the clipboard at this stage in his career– as Carroll made very clear

    Patience will win the day for Kaepernick; inevitably, QB injuries and/or performance issues will surface throughout the League, and soon Kaepernick will be seen, properly, as an investment rather than a distraction-

  9. jag1959 says: Jun 3, 2017 12:42 PM

    Kaepernick is not a threat to Wilson and regardless of what he may think obviously neither is Sherman.

  10. Mr. Seahawk says: Jun 3, 2017 12:45 PM

    If the Seahawks do sign Krap

    I hope the Oline takes a knee on passing plays!

  11. weepingjebus says: Jun 3, 2017 12:49 PM

    His supporters seem to honestly think he is a great QB who isn’t on a team because of his incredibly brave political views, rather than a washed up backup who tried to stay relevant by glomming on to a BLM movement he has zero actual overlap with in terms of his personal upbringing. Of course, these are the same folks who said Brexit would never happen, that Hillary would win, and that we would all keep our doctors and get $2500 checks under ObamaCare. Naturally they are all in for the NFL’s answer to Rachel Dolezal.

  12. deneb1973 says: Jun 3, 2017 1:13 PM

    Interesting take on the situation. We already know that Kaepernick has polarized fans in a way that frightens owners. Will his politics also polarize a locker room? Anecdotal evidence is that he is supported by several outspoken players but it is possible that a coach with the pulse of his locker room fears political discord or allegations that handling of Kaepernick is influenced by politics – just as the decision to sign Kaepernick is being second guessed by select media. What sane coach would want to inject politics into his play calling or selection of active players or depth chart?

  13. dwoofer says: Jun 3, 2017 1:29 PM

    Russel can be his hair-dresser.

  14. Dunkin says: Jun 3, 2017 1:53 PM

    Seattle does make the best sense for him as a backup. Their offense fits him better than most.

    But I can’t blame the team for being leery of adding a backup that even when he is not on a team gets several news stories a day written about him. It shows that if they take him Russell and Carroll will have to answer questions about him every press conference, plus all the articles asking if Carrol is doing something wrong by not starting him. Its not even speculation when he gets written about this much.

  15. pkgoode55 says: Jun 3, 2017 2:09 PM

    Talk about filler. Kaepernick is about as big a threat to Wilson as Landry Jones is to Ben Roethlisberger.

    As for the locker room stuff, give me a break: These guys are professionals. Professionals work with people who they disagree with all the time — what counts is how well they do their job.

    Last year, Seattle got a look at what life without Wilson might be like and couldn’t have been happy with the view. They’d be nuts to not check in with Kaepernick.

  16. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 3, 2017 2:29 PM

    Squid is a dolt. That’s all in life ye know, and all ye need to know.

  17. thegreatgabbert says: Jun 3, 2017 2:31 PM

    I’d pay money to see a cage match between Squidward and Short Russell, and I’d pay a lot more money for the key to the cage, so I could throw it into the Pacific Ocean.

  18. prospero63 says: Jun 3, 2017 3:37 PM

    Maybe Kaep should play baseball.

  19. tonebones says: Jun 3, 2017 3:53 PM

    QBs don’t always stay healthy though 16 or 19 (if you’re thinking super bowl) game schedule. You need a good backup. Kaepernick has led a team to a super bowl, and then back again to another NFC Championship game. This would give the Seahawks two championship caliber QBs. If your first concern is to win the super bowl, signing Kaep makes sense for Seattle. Seattle isn’t necessarily considered a red neck, hillbilly type town, so Kaep would be welcome.

  20. rugolin says: Jun 3, 2017 4:25 PM

    Sound like Russel Wilson has been taking media lessons from Crash Davis and didn’t go Nuke Laloosh on that tricky question. Just wondering if Kaepernick needs a job so badly whether a certain site can give him his own blog section. That wouldn’t drive traffic away

  21. jackedupboonie says: Jun 3, 2017 4:39 PM

    Too much of a disk. We already have a high end QB. Bringing in a one trick pony who stirs the pot only puts stress on this team and ends up with stupid questions like…..’hmmm, Russ had an off game, should Seattle go to Kaep…..’ I know it’s a stupid question, but it’s one that all those guys will be asked every other week on top of the 30 others….about a freaking backup QB.

  22. trentdilfer08 says: Jun 3, 2017 5:33 PM

    kcchefs58 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 12:17 PM
    The most overblown peaceful protest I’ve ever heard of. To this day, I still have no idea why people are so disgusted by it.

    ————————————————————————-
    Why don’t you educate yourself on the history of this country…the kids that stormed the beach at Normandy were slaughtered when they arrived.These men were 18 and 19 years old. Watch the film if you can stomach it which I doubt. Kaepernick Is a millionaire because WE are the greatest country in the world. I support protesting if done properly but, kneeling for all those that served to give HIM the life that he lives.. disrespectful, you reap what you sow

  23. ronniemundsmambo says: Jun 3, 2017 5:33 PM

    This is absolutely the most logical reason why SEA passed on Kaep – potential for controversy in the alleged divided lockerroom. Despite the ‘blackball’ / anthem backlash / nefarious NFL club collusion narrative PFT has been pushing incessantly. Which btw if anthem backlash is the reason, so what? Kaep exercised his right, he is lauded. NFL owners exercise their right to make a business decision. There is no moral high ground here. You can’t praise one party then ding the other when they are in effect both just doing what is right to them. Please move on.

  24. collectordude says: Jun 3, 2017 6:29 PM

    realraider says:
    Jun 3, 2017 12:29 PM
    Ive gotten past the “these constant kaepernick articles are pathetic” phase. Now I relish them. Knowing he will never play another down in the NFL again makes all these posts that much more satisfying. Liberal tears taste so good

    ———-
    Just what I was thinking.
    My parting shot ala Wilson:

    kaepernick sucks.

  25. exhelodrvr says: Jun 3, 2017 6:48 PM

    “Kaepernick has led a team to a super bowl, and then back again to another NFC Championship game.”

    Kaepernick did not “lead” the team – the defense and the running game did.

  26. saltineamerican says: Jun 3, 2017 7:59 PM

    I love all of these players and coaches telling us and selling us how great he is. Isn’t odd the only solid they won’t do him is sign him?

  27. jimbobcooterqbtutor says: Jun 3, 2017 8:46 PM

    Russ Wilson is a top 5 starting QB. Col Kaepernick is a bottom 5 starter, if that. Laughable arguments man, laughable!

  28. cboys4life2014 says: Jun 3, 2017 11:10 PM

    I’d have no problem with my place of work hiring somebody who did what I did but was bad at it either

  29. Dunkin says: Jun 4, 2017 11:32 AM

    cboys4life2014 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 11:10 PM
    I’d have no problem with my place of work hiring somebody who did what I did but was bad at it either

    —————-

    Except that if it also came with a ton of media coverage that is going to then want to argue he should replace you, and ask you what you thought of that every time you had to talk to them, ask your boss if he ever considers replacing you every time he talks to them, and also being poised to watch for your first off day or even slightly less than perfect moment so they can demand to know the reasoning you arent getting replaced, well that might be a little different. This is not an exaggeration either, whats happening with the constant media noise even now proves that.

  30. curtj5 says: Jun 4, 2017 11:40 AM

    or the 600,000 Iraqis that were killed because of the non existant weapons of mass destruction, what about them?

  31. firstand4ever says: Jun 4, 2017 2:25 PM

    Oh Canada!….. Would Colin stand for the canadian anthem?…. Kaepernick should have a job based on skillset and resume and is a perfect fit in Seattle’s offense backing up Wilson. That doesn’t mean that he’s going to get that spot but he should.

  32. infectorman says: Jun 4, 2017 2:57 PM

    Kaep just isn’t that good.
    He’s one step above gimmick QB Tim Tebow.

  33. qbarrel says: Jun 4, 2017 3:41 PM

    No issue because it won’t happen.

  34. jshawaii22 says: Jun 4, 2017 3:46 PM

    trentdilfer08 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 5:33 PM
    kcchefs58 says:
    Jun 3, 2017 12:17 PM
    The most overblown peaceful protest I’ve ever heard of. To this day, I still have no idea why people are so disgusted by it.

    ————————————————————————-
    Why don’t you educate yourself on the history of this country…the kids that stormed the beach at Normandy were slaughtered when they arrived.These men were 18 and 19 years old. Watch the film if you can stomach it which I doubt. Kaepernick Is a millionaire because WE are the greatest country in the world. I support protesting if done properly but, kneeling for all those that served to give HIM the life that he lives.. disrespectful, you reap what you sow

    ______________________________________

    Kaps protest was about white cops killing unarmed black kids. Kap probably had very little “history” of WWII on his mind and I certainly believe him when he said that this had nothing to do with the great service men and women of the USA. It was about the killing fields of our cities. Maybe it’s you that should have a ‘history’ lesson.

  35. omeimontis says: Jun 5, 2017 4:17 PM

    The Sea Cucumbers have no Kap space. The KC Chiefs just cut Jeremy Maclin, and they freed up $10 million in cap space by doing so, so they are in a better position to offer a contract to Kap.

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