Were the Seahawks ever truly interested in Kaepernick?

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When the Seahawks first commenced their flirtation with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, skepticism emerged from Kaepernick’s camp regarding whether the interest was genuine. And now that the Seahawks have decided not to sign Kaepernick because, basically, he’s a starter in this league and they have a starter, it’s fair to once again ask the question of whether the Seahawks ever were actually interested in employing him.

Shannon Sharpe of FS1, who heard from Kaepernick after supposed advisor Harry Edwards said three teams had expressed interest in Kaepernick, has a theory.

“I don’t believe they had any intention of signing him,” Sharpe said. “For Pete to say that [Kaepernick is a starter], Pete is being very disingenuous. If you say you believe this guy’s a starter, we have a starter. But what about your backup? What if something happens to your starter?

“This makes no sense to me. I just know Kaep would like to get somewhere, learn the system, and be able to contribute. Whether it’s scout team, as the backup, or if something were to happen to the starter, he could show he can still come in and play in the National Football League.”

Meanwhile, Eric Davis of FS1 suggested last week that the Seahawks were told to not sign Kaepernick. Davis, who previously worked for the league-owned network, provided no specific evidence to link comments from people like Giants co-owner John Mara to the assertion that the league told the Seahawks to step off. Still, Davis felt sufficiently comfortable with his own information to say what he said.

In our view, it’s equally possible that the league nudged the Seahawks to flirt with Kaepernick, creating the impression that someone was actually considering him at a time when it had become crystal clear that not only was Kaepernick not being offered jobs but also that teams weren’t even doing due diligence on a guy who nearly won a Super Bowl four years ago. Moreover, and as surmised previously in this space, the Seahawks may not have wanted a competent alternative to Russell Wilson in the event anyone who resents Wilson within the locker room would like to lobby for an alternative but has only Trevone Boykin, Jake Heaps, or Austin Davis (Davis Austin?) to point to.

59 responses to “Were the Seahawks ever truly interested in Kaepernick?

  1. Maybe Kap is asking for too much money. Or maybe he cares more about continuing his charitable work off the field. Whatever the reason may be just don’t fool yourselves into thinking he doesn’t have a job cause he’s no good. Pete Carroll himself said Kap is a starter in this league. And they ended up signing a guy who no one has ever or will ever say the same thing about.

  2. I actually think Pete Carroll is being straightforward on this story. And this isn’t their decision.

    Kap wants to be and he still believes he can be a starting qb
    Seahawks offered him a backup slot based on what money have available.
    The Seahawks wish the best of luck for Kap in finding a starting job.

  3. Seattle who has a super expensive defense and more players to re-sign in the near future wants to save up as much cap space as possible thus they wanted a backup who would accept the veteran’s minimum. Kaepernick would not accept it but Austin Davis would. Mystery solved.

  4. Anyone else getting sick of Shannon Sharpes constant stance on race issues and his insistence on pushing the Kaepernick agenda?

    No wonder ESPN got rid of him.

  5. At one time they were. That’s why they brought him in. And then they realize like all these other NFL teams he’s not any good. So they didn’t sign him

  6. So, people shouldn’t be blackballed for having controversial opinions, unless they’re opinions you disagree with, then blackball away…..

    Got it!

  7. No way Kaepernick would be happy on a scout team Sharpe. He may want to play but he wants to be a starter or on a team with a bad starting QB.

  8. He just needs to hire Ryan Fitzpatrick’s agent and he will get multiple bloated offers from teams.

  9. My word, and I thought there wasn’t any way you could possibly pull another article on this subject out of your…sleeve.

    Good grief.

  10. I don’t think the league is that concerned about keeping up any semblance of interest in Keep. This isbthe same league that hypocritically states that they are worried about player safety but wants more games and won’t mandate safer helmets. To say it’s a conspiracy to make it look like they want him but don’t is silly. They don’t care what we think, as long as we hand them our money. No one wants Keep because he’s a PR nightmare and he’s a mediocre QB. They’ll settle for mediocre QBs that won’t bring a buttload of negative attention to their product.

  11. So in other words you think the Seahawks wasted valuable time talking to a guy they knew they didn’t want, rather than scouting players they DO want and getting a handle on their locker room dysfunction?

    I’m not buying it. Why make it more complicated than it is: Kap still thinks he can command starting QB money, the market thinks otherwise.

    End. Of. Story.

  12. Kap did this to himself. He dis-respected America. You can spin it any way you want but that’s ultimately what he did and why NO-Body wants anything to do with him. Each NFL City across America would be ridiculed for signing him. Is it worth the head-ache? I think not at this juncture in his career. If this was Tom Brady or Peyton Manning in their prime…I bet the owners would look the other way. Its all about winning! The fact though is his skills have declined, he’s changed his diet and weigh’s significantly less than before, his antic’s creates chaos inside the locker room on the field before games. This is a headache for any team to consider. Only chance he has is if a headline QB gets hurt preseason & he’s the better option…imo

  13. I think it is ridiculous to suggest that the league could dictate to 32 owners that they should not hire this guy. You don’t get to be a billionaire by taking orders from the hired help. I think Florio’s theory – that this whole Seattle flirtation was a favor to the league to try to stir up a market to get him on a roster, so as to avoid a possible PR situation in the unlikely event that public opinion on this turns.

    What is hurting Kaepernick is that he is a QB. Teams want a QB to be the face of the franchise. And by kneeling for the anthem (especially on 9/11), he has pretty much disqualified himself for that. Personally I couldn’t care less what happens to Kaepernick. If he had done his social activism on his own time, we would not be talking about this. But now he’s made his bed and he has to lie in it.

  14. Kap wants starter money and for everyone to ignore his stupidity and acts of arrogance.

    No one is going to pay Kap starter money when he has demonstrated he places himself above the team and the NFL.

    Remember, it is a privilege to play in the NFL and if the owners do not want you because of your self-made baggage, that is tough-sh!t.

    To Kap and his supporters – you crapped it and now you own it. Be a man and take responsibility for your actions and your non-actions (bragging about not voting).

  15. 12 TDs 4 INTs on a horrible team aren’t bad numbers and TD-INT ratio.

    Better than at least several of the worst starters.

    Its clearly the baggage from his protests that is stopping anyone from signing him.

  16. NFL defenses figured him out and he couldn’t/wouldn’t correct his bad habits. He was continuing to regress long before his protesting began. Backup QBs are either developing into future starters, cheap, or football smart. Kaepernick doesn’t seem to be any of those at the moment.

  17. This is nothing more than bringing a guy in you might sign if your starter goes down. That’s it. Considering Wilson has never missed a game, it’s going to come to nothing. Trevone Boykin is a much better scheme fit anyway and he has upside.

  18. I don’t think it was ever serious and I think Carroll was blowing smoke with Kaepernick is a starter nonsense. He never even had a workout. It was just an interview.

  19. I don’t see why they are not truly interested in him because he has the ability to scramble, and they build their offense on a scrambling QB. The other backups they had before Boykin was another scrambling QB who was drafted by the 49ers. That said, they are not going to be able to afford Kap without having to get rid of some high priced veterans. I think they were hoping he will sign for the league minimum with no money guaranteed.

  20. Very simple, if you are a super star and can play at that level, teams will allow you some controversial positions and a little drama but when you are a border line NFL QB like Kap, nobody needs the extra drama. Kap is done in the NFL…..

  21. They were interested until Seshawks players were excited and hoping that he would eventually replace Russell Wilson. That’s why Pete The Poodle stated he wanted a backup QB, and not a QB1.

    If the Chiefs were smart they would sign Kap. It will light a fire under Alex Smith and make him play out of this world.

  22. As a statement, there are pigs wearing #7 socks that have burnt toast images on them.

  23. At some point, the media fascination will die. They will come to the conclusion that Kaepernick is no longer relevant to the NFL. Meaning no longer click bait.
    I hope that day comes sooner than later.
    If he gets a job and does something to make himself relevant again, write all you want.
    Right now, he’s a dead issue.

  24. I think it’s obvious that they like Boykin but want to light a fire under him in camp. Kaep was never the answer for that. Too expensive and too divisive.

  25. It’s weird, but it kinda feels like each day Kaep remains unemployed, America is winning. Trump, the right wingers, the cultural shift, the whole she-bang. Winning. And it feels alright.

  26. Hawks need someone to light a fire under Wilson. For all of his claims to fame and fortune, he fails to rack up a lot of yards or points. Last years 6-3 win over Cardinals, was a huge disgrace to both teams. Somebody forgot the tractor and logging chains to pull heads from posteriors. A total snooze fest. Sand lot football is more competitive.

  27. Regardless of where you fall in the debate of his “protest”, everyone has to admit that he’s better then Gabbert, Fitz, and Austin Davis.

    If you cannot definitively say that, then I suggest turning off the TV and realizing football is above your head.

    It’s clear the owners want to stay away from him due to them wanting to protect their revenue. Nothing more to it, including “he’s a two year wonder” or “he can’t play”. Simply it’s their right and he’s better then several QB’s on current rosters, but what he did is on the same level as Ray Rice to some…

    Let’s move on, this happens and unfortunately today’s day and age is different then when you could not go online including twitter, FB, watch news 24/7, etc and didn’t blow these things out of proportion. If Muhammad Ali boxed during modern time, we would have banished him (no where as comparable talent wise).

  28. “For Pete to say that [Kaepernick is a starter], Pete is being very disingenuous.”

    For the first time, I agree with Sharpe. After all, I know that if I were to say Kaep is a starter, I would be considered disingenuous, too.

    And I would embrace my disingenuousness with fervent glee. I might even use a mildly sarcastic tone.

  29. You wonder why teams won’t bring Kaep in for a tryout? Look at the media circus Seattle had to deal with and they simply brought him in for an interview. Unless I’m desperate, I’m skipping right to the next QB on my list.

  30. Eventually there is gonna be articles questioning why defensive playrrs are being signed while Kap isn’t.

  31. Sometimes teams just don’t want the media circus that goes with signing a player like Kaepernick or Tebow. Both players have proven beyond a doubt that they can win in the NFL. A lot of owners and GMs support Kaepernick’s ideas, but they don’t want 500 reporters asking about it every five seconds. It’s not like teams are all anti-Christian, but the media frenzy that Tebow creates is too much for teams to deal with. It’s not the media’s fault either. They’re just feeding the consumers what we want.

  32. With his talent, why should Kaepernick settle for holding a clipboard on the sideline? This scenario would be the true injustice– ie, Kaepernick accepting #2 money despite possessing #1 talent in a League that pays a premium for QB play.

    Seattle cannot be expected to budget the payment of 2 starting quarterbacks into a salary-cap fiscal environment; no team truly does so at market value, because the team that does so will be at an immediate competitive disadvantage on game day.

    Carroll did Kaepernick a solid by publicly and privately reminding both Kaepernick and the League that this is a starting NFL quarterback that we are evaluating here– not a #2 or #3 guy that slots at #2 or #3 money.

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

  33. His career was as good as over even before he pouted during the Anthem. When the only offence you can run is the “One read and run” it affects your ability to be a back-up.

  34. Wilson netted $12.4 million from the Seahawks and was slightly overvalued at that, but they needed it to be done – so they did it. Kap was making similar money to that and is probably looking for around $5 million a season minimum right now.

    Wilson is coming off a pretty decent year for how banged up he was, and is finally back at 100%. Carroll knows this and is going to drop every dime they have left in getting some protection for him.

    Oh, and lets do a quick look at the numbers:

    Wilson: 65% comp – 3/1 TD/INT ratio – 5.8 yds per carry rushing.

    Kaepernick: 59% comp – 2/1 TD/INT ratio – 6.1 yds per carry rushing.

    If you play by the numbers, Kap could definitely fit a team somewhere. The question is, does the attitude he showed in SF over the past 2 years (politics aside) become a help or a hurt to a team?

  35. Ron Lunsford says:
    Jun 6, 2017 9:49 AM
    Wilson netted $12.4 million from the Seahawks and was slightly overvalued at that, but they needed it to be done – so they did it. Kap was making similar money to that and is probably looking for around $5 million a season minimum right now.

    Wilson is coming off a pretty decent year for how banged up he was, and is finally back at 100%. Carroll knows this and is going to drop every dime they have left in getting some protection for him.

    Oh, and lets do a quick look at the numbers:

    Wilson: 65% comp – 3/1 TD/INT ratio – 5.8 yds per carry rushing.

    Kaepernick: 59% comp – 2/1 TD/INT ratio – 6.1 yds per carry rushing.

    If you play by the numbers, Kap could definitely fit a team somewhere. The question is, does the attitude he showed in SF over the past 2 years (politics aside) become a help or a hurt to a team?

    ———————————–
    Kaeps numbers are artificially inflated due to performance during “garbage time”

  36. I think Colin should start learning the words to “Oh CAN-a-Duh”. Besides, the field is wider, so he can just keep rolling out, keep rolling out, and keep rolling out……..

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