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Seahawks sign Austin Davis, not Colin Kaepernick

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The one team to show interest in Colin Kaepernick has opted for another quarterback.

Seattle has signed backup quarterback Austin Davis, who has been out of work since the Broncos cut him in December. Davis has also spent time on the rosters of the Browns, Rams and Dolphins

That gives Seattle three backups behind Russell Wilson — Davis, Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps — and presumably means Kaepernick will not be signed by the Seahawks.

So will Kaepernick be signed by anyone? At this point it’s hard to see it happening before training camps open. Teams for the most part have set the 90-player rosters that they’re going into camp with, and it’s unlikely that any team that hasn’t had any interest in Kaepernick in the last three months would suddenly have interest in him now.

What may happen in training camp or the preseason is that a quarterback will suffer an injury, and Kaepernick will get a call from a team with a quarterback emergency. But until that happens, it sounds like Kaepernick will continue to be on the outside, looking for a way back in the NFL.

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63 Responses to “Seahawks sign Austin Davis, not Colin Kaepernick”
  1. reptar310 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    It’s time to find a new career Kaep… Hope you and your girl think it was worth it

  2. Seprix says: Jun 5, 2017 1:30 PM

    You know it’s bad when a bad QB signs with the Seahawks, and the media still turns it into a shame fest with Kaepernick.

  3. averagejoe5050 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:31 PM

    CFL

  4. mongo3401 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:33 PM

    Good for Austin Davis. Seattle is a nice place to live

  5. bert1913 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:33 PM

    he’ll have to wait until a starter gets hurt during the regular season

  6. THX 138 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:35 PM

    Hopefully his playing days in the NFL are over!

  7. footballisnotthatimportant says: Jun 5, 2017 1:36 PM

    Nelson from Simpsons voice:

    HAHA

  8. chawk12thman says: Jun 5, 2017 1:37 PM

    Jake Heaps was waived to make room.

  9. bannedfromchoirpractice says: Jun 5, 2017 1:39 PM

    This should make the alt-right very happy.

  10. bleedingfacemask says: Jun 5, 2017 1:43 PM

    PFT needs a new counter on the sidebar: “Hours without a ‘Woe is Kaepernick’ article”.

  11. RandyinRoxbury says: Jun 5, 2017 1:44 PM

    Wonderful news! =)

  12. udub says: Jun 5, 2017 1:44 PM

    Every action has consequences. You don’t have a legal right to play in the NFL

  13. raysfan1 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:48 PM

    PFT seems very concerned about his job status–perhaps they should offer him a position.

  14. calgaryhawk says: Jun 5, 2017 1:50 PM

    The Good News: He won’t be holding the clipboard for my favourite team.

    The Bad News: Seattle not signing him means we will have to continue to read the ongoing “Let’s send little Colin to Camp” news-a-thon.

    And for those that say he should go to the CFL, training camps are already open. First of two (yes only TWO pre-season games in Canada) are this weekend. Regular Season opens the July 1st long weekend. CFL ship has sailed unless someone’s starter gets hurt and some team wants to bring him in mid-season.

  15. j huber says: Jun 5, 2017 1:52 PM

    The scoring famine for the Hawks must be settled, before getting new people. Last years 6-3 victory over Cards was actually a failure. Spend all that money on an offense, that can only score two field goals. Somebody need to start a fire somewhere. Defense is doing most of winning.

    Team goal should be 400 yards or 40 points per game.

  16. bayousooner90 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:53 PM

    Since the reasoning for all these Kaepernick articles is purely ability based and not politically motivated

    Can you please let me know the status of other free agents approximately the same age and talent level.

    RGIII
    Christian Ponder
    Thad Lewis
    Zach Mettenberger

    Please just Let It GO, he had one good season and is not what teams want on the field or in the locker room.

  17. charlesbrown2316 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:55 PM

    We’ll the good news is he already has about 30 million more than every PFT commenter put together

  18. ibottpsgoldpants says: Jun 5, 2017 1:55 PM

    I hated what Kaepernick did, and think some of this is deserved. But for a league that welcomes men who punch women in the face, guys that run drugs across the border, and Lord knows how many other types of criminals, I’m not sure it’s fair to shun a guy for voicing his opinion. No matter how poorly he chose to do so. Isn’t this America where we have the right to our opinions?

    If I’m Kaep, I get a job in Canada (where they probably don’t care if you stand or sit during the National Anthem of the US) and sue the NFL for collusion. As a government approved monopoly, they legally can’t do this. Heck, suing Goodell and the corrupt owners my go along way towards improving Kaeps image with fans.

  19. illmatic8582 says: Jun 5, 2017 1:59 PM

    @reptar
    It was def worth it, Kaep will be celebrated in the community for the rest of his life. He will always have the love of his country, and their vets.

  20. illmatic8582 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:00 PM

    I hope he runs for office, we have a lot of scum in the swamp and need fresh blood. I’m certain he can win on any ticket

  21. thedawsonator says: Jun 5, 2017 2:00 PM

    As riveting as the Kap coverage is (it isnt). How about you just update us on when he gets a job. This is the biggest non story story I have ever seen you guys post non stop about.

  22. DawgPound83 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:02 PM

    “…and welcome your Hamilton TigerCat’s newest starting QB, Colin Kaepernick! Now, please kneel for our national anthem.”

  23. bubbybrister/shovelpass says: Jun 5, 2017 2:14 PM

    What a travesty of justice. This QB isn’t even remotely as good….clearly there is collusion and he is being blackballed by the NFL. We need more daily updates on his status…

    Looking forward to more Zac Dysert updates…

  24. hehateme2 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:16 PM

    Lol. Karma Colin…karma.

  25. alphafantasyfootball says: Jun 5, 2017 2:17 PM

    If I’m Kaep, I get a job in Canada (where they probably don’t care if you stand or sit during the National Anthem of the US) and sue the NFL for collusion. As a government approved monopoly, they legally can’t do this. Heck, suing Goodell and the corrupt owners my go along way towards improving Kaeps image with fans.

    —————————————————–

    Possibly one of the dumbest things I’ve read on this site, and that’s saying something. An NFL team owner is allowed to hire who he wants. There is no law that says Kaepernick gets a job. There is zero grounds to sue on. As much as I hate Goodell, he can’t be sued either, he doesn’t employ QBs or decide NFL rosters.

    This is the mind set that has ruined this country. If you don’t get what you want just sue. Spill hot coffee on yourself and sue. No personal accountability in this country anymore.

  26. willycents says: Jun 5, 2017 2:29 PM

    As a government approved monopoly, they legally can’t do this.

    ——————————————
    The NFL anti trust exemption applies to their ability to negotiate a single tv contract instead of each team negotiating their own. It does not exempt them from other anti trust laws.
    Kaepernick would have to establish standing to sue over anti trust: by trying to negotiate a tv contract for one of the teams and being blocked by the NFL.

  27. f1restarter says: Jun 5, 2017 2:32 PM

    bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    Jun 5, 2017 1:39 PM
    This should make the alt-right very happy.

    ——————-

    …and the alt-left scramble for their safe spaces.

  28. metalup666 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:33 PM

    “This is the mind set that has ruined this country. If you don’t get what you want just sue. Spill hot coffee on yourself and sue. No personal accountability in this country anymore.”

    I can’t give enough thumbs up!

  29. denverdave3 says: Jun 5, 2017 2:34 PM

    Thank God.

    For a while there I was thinking we might not see any additional Kaep articles for a while but this leaves the door open for many more.

  30. johnnybandwagon says: Jun 5, 2017 2:52 PM

    5 paragraph article on Austin Davis being signed
    1 paragraph on Austin
    4 paragraphs on Kap. Really!!
    Can’t avoid ready about him even if you tried.

  31. radrntn says: Jun 5, 2017 2:53 PM

    austin who???? a guy who couldn’t even make a teams roster that have no qb’s on it. Sad, but karma is a what it is – but now he can really rant about oppression or collusion if he wants.

  32. blkeppler says: Jun 5, 2017 3:00 PM

    Kaepernick is a miserable QB. Forget his politics. The NFL doesn’t care about your politics anymore than they care about how you treat women.

    Kaep can’t see 10 yards down field or every find an open receiver. His throwing accuracy is terrible and if he actually gets the ball in front of the receiver, it has no finesse and it probably traveling at 90 mph, making it very difficult to catch. He has no pocket presence (not that the Niners had a pocket) and dives out of the pocket way too soon.

    The only thing he could do well is run and most teams wouldn’t let him do that for fear of injuries.

    He’s not a good player and that’s why no team wants him.

  33. captainronmexico says: Jun 5, 2017 3:04 PM

    Nobody will call him no matter who gets hurt… no one wants him period or they would have signed him by now. Good luck with the anti-American activism, champ!

  34. ketch20too says: Jun 5, 2017 3:08 PM

    Sounds like he wants a chance to be a starter and he won’t have that chance in Seattle. Could it possibly be that the Hawks and Kap mutually agreed that it wasn’t going to be a good fit? That would sure blow up the forced narrative.

  35. purpleguy says: Jun 5, 2017 3:12 PM

    Here it is June and neither Kaepernick nor RGIII have jobs — who woulda thought that 3 years ago.

  36. firstand4ever says: Jun 5, 2017 3:15 PM

    It would be funny if Austin Davis decided to take a knee during the anthem in the first preseason game. It is BS that Kaepernick doesn’t have an NFL job even if i disagree with his stance or lack thereof for the american flag.

  37. kingjoe1 says: Jun 5, 2017 3:26 PM

    Maybe other athletes will learn their lesson to keep work and personal life separate. If i protested something at my place of work, i would likely be fired on the spot.

  38. jdmcg57 says: Jun 5, 2017 3:33 PM

    There is a simple reason why Kaepernick hasn’t signed – He Stinks!

  39. petedutcher says: Jun 5, 2017 3:47 PM

    Man doesn’t appreciate playing in the USA, so let him go play in Canada.

  40. udub says: Jun 5, 2017 3:56 PM

    Some people really don’t seem to understand what the word collusion actually means.

    If week 1 rolls around and Kaepernick doesn’t have a job that doesn’t automatically mean the owners colluded.

    Collusion only comes in to play if they all got together and decided together no one would sign him. No matter what.

    Collusion is not 14 owners deciding with their player personnel crew they were fine at the QB position without him, 8 owners deciding they weren’t going to hire him because they don’t like his beliefs, and 10 owners and personnel crews deciding to bring on younger/cheaper/more system friendly/whatever the reason QBs.

  41. thejimmyshoes says: Jun 5, 2017 4:08 PM

    I know the 16TDs and 4 INT looks decent, put Kap did not play well last year. He hasn’t played well since 2013. He is still a one read and run QB. Nothing changed with that. Why would teams want to put up with the extra distraction when you’re not really getting a player who can make a real difference? As for the Seahawks, here’s hoping they never win another football game, ever, and Russell Wilson says it was God’s will and drinks more magic concussion water. Idiot.

  42. jbcommonsense says: Jun 5, 2017 4:17 PM

    PFT posters, be honest about this topic: All of the negativity towards Kaepernick essentially means a mediocre QB cannot criticize police treatment of black citizens and still have a job. He is easily qualified to be a good back-up QB.

  43. omeimontis says: Jun 5, 2017 4:22 PM

    Typical Sea Hog signing, scraping the bottom of the barrel for the players that cost them the least money.

  44. dukeford56 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:26 PM

    NO team is going to call Kap, injuries or not.

  45. phillycheez says: Jun 5, 2017 4:32 PM

    He’s still a backup quarterback. Unfortunately he’s on the third string behind Johnny Manziel and Vince Young.

  46. randomcommenter says: Jun 5, 2017 4:35 PM

    Please stop the articles making this about Kap’s off field issues. It is now apparent that the main issue is his own overblown ego as he’s asking for too much money to be a backup.

  47. Steelhead says: Jun 5, 2017 4:40 PM

    How many people got to this point without realizing the topic of the story was actually Austin Davis.

  48. gohawks7 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:43 PM

    They need to worry more about their inept offensive coordinator and less about who the backup QB is.

  49. xavier179 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:50 PM

    As long as the Seahawks are happy with this signing…..my side hurts from laughing so much.

  50. jagsfan1 says: Jun 5, 2017 4:56 PM

    When it gets right down to it – all of this is because he really isnt that good.

  51. firstand4ever says: Jun 5, 2017 5:13 PM

    America is great because of freedom of speech and freedom of expression but don’t exercise your right to do either Especially not in a corporate environment. . Even though that’s what our great soldiers fight for us for. Kaepernick is allowed to be a fool even if i don’t agree with his viewpoint or political statement.

  52. jwcarlson says: Jun 5, 2017 5:26 PM

    THX 138 says:
    Jun 5, 2017 1:35 PM
    Hopefully his playing days in the NFL are over!
    ————————————————-

    Why? Because he didn’t agree with your preconceived notions about what kind of reverence a person should have for a waving piece of cloth?

    Give me a break… Get over yourself… and wake up.

  53. babyjesus69 says: Jun 5, 2017 6:02 PM

    Pete Carroll himself said Kap is a starter in this league. NO ONE has ever said that about the guy they signed instead. Still think it’s only about talent why Kap isn’t signed yet

  54. strummer174 says: Jun 5, 2017 6:17 PM

    I don’t agree with what Kaep did, but in the end, he followed his conscience. He was trying to make a statement about what he perceived to be something important. I know times are volatile right now, but people have forgotten how important it is to stick to your conscience and try to do the right thing. I don’t think Kaep did do the right thing, but I think he did what he thought was the right thing. So I’m not going to hate on him for it.

    Given the horrible way people treat each other now and the genuine corruption that is pervasive among our political and business leaders (and the wretched, criminal behavior of plenty of players around the league)…I don’t think it’s so terrible not to stand for the flag. Maybe consider that he was trying to make a stand (or kneel, I guess) for justice, however misguided his effort might have been. There are plenty of people in the NFL — players, coaches, and owners — who do things much worse than Kaepernick did. They deserve our scorn more than he does.

    I guess it’s kind of a moot point anyway. In the end, if he was an All-Pro, he’d have a roster spot.

  55. vinzclorth0 says: Jun 5, 2017 6:37 PM

    So funny to watch. You reap what you sow.

  56. ZombieVikings says: Jun 5, 2017 8:46 PM

    I just wish someone would just sign him so we can be done talking about him.

  57. dbonedigdb4584 says: Jun 5, 2017 9:48 PM

    Every week, during the regular season, a QB goes down for the count. He will be on a team by the 2nd week of the preseason.

  58. alphafantasyfootball says: Jun 5, 2017 10:14 PM

    PFT posters, be honest about this topic: All of the negativity towards Kaepernick essentially means a mediocre QB cannot criticize police treatment of black citizens and still have a job. He is easily qualified to be a good back-up QB.

    —————————
    Please tell us in your expert NFL opinion that team is Kaepernick qualified to back up for? Seahawks were the obvious response but even that made little sense. Seahawks run a spread offense with a zone blocking scheme. That means a decent amount of timing routes, the ability to get to secondary and third options in the routes and of course the ability to read a defense. Kaepernick can’t do any of that. Kaepernick can run the pistol with limited success, but since every defense figured out how to stop that, he’s left with NO SYSTEM that he can run efficiently. So he can’t step in and run anyone’s offense. Which means he needs a playbook made just for him. No team is going to sculpt their offense around their BACK UP QB.

  59. kpinsea says: Jun 5, 2017 10:41 PM

    Whew … I thought he was a knucklehead long before his stint as a benchwarmer gave him time to consider things besides posturing and woofing, never wanted this guy in the locker room.

  60. cjweber5187 says: Jun 5, 2017 11:19 PM

    There’s no way that this is about playing ability. Despite the distractions, Kaep actually had a solid season last year.

  61. PFT loves the Steelers says: Jun 5, 2017 11:48 PM

    Ever stop to think that maybe Austin Davis is cheaper than Kaep? You could do far worse for a backup. Davis played well for the Rams a few years back. Btw…you would think something would’ve been learned from the crusades for guys like Daunte Culpepper (remember that?) and Michael Sam over the years. Once they finally got chances, they were awful. Maybe Kaep just isn’t as good as you think.

  62. maestro1899 says: Jun 6, 2017 1:01 AM

    Kapernick is clearly the better QB than Davis. He is clearly a better fit. He clearly is hungrier. He clearly would be better locker room fit.

  63. SteveQuinn19 says: Jun 6, 2017 9:59 AM

    Of course, the Liberal press will make this about race or something along those lines but come on, Kaepernick lost his starting job to Blaine Gabbert for chrissake. Blaine effin Gabbert!!!!!

    Then there’s the economics. Seattle isn’t going to pay Kaepernick’s excessive salary for him to just sit on the bench. He declined a $16.9M player option with SF so you just KNOW he thinks he’s worth more. The young man is making some extremely bad decisions. There’s probably several teams that would consider Kaepernick as a backup but not at that salary level.

    Austin Davis will be a capable backup for Russell Wilson who seems to be made of steel. Can’t remember any period over the last several years where Wilson was out for an extended period because of injury. Add to that, Seattle doesn’t make many mistakes in the personnel department.

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