Seahawks have not reached out to Colin Kaepernick

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The NFL’s 32 teams have successfully shunned Colin Kaepernick long enough to make it ridiculous to even consider the possibility of adding him to a team at this point. To further confirm that the ship has sailed on Kaepernick’s NFL career, the Seahawks did not contact Kaepernick when the sudden need for a quarterback arose.

On Monday, coach Pete Carroll said on ESPN 710 that the team contacted quarterback Cam Newton after Russell Wilson‘s finger injury, which will knock him out for several games. Added Carroll, “We’re talking to everybody that could help us.”

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, “everybody” did not include Kaepernick.

Kaepernick could help them, especially since the Seahawks are the only team that brought Kaepernick in for a visit after he became a free agent in March 2017. They didn’t sign him then, and they haven’t even considered him now.

Is he better than Geno Smith? Some would say that Kaepernick is. Those who would say otherwise would point to the fact that Smith has been in the league since the end of the 2016 season, whereas Kaepernick hasn’t. And that’s how four years of an obvious shunning of Kaepernick has made it easier to continue keep shunning him.

Kaepernick recently said he continues to keep himself ready to play.

I am still up at 5 a.m. training five, six days a week making sure I’m prepared to take a team to a Super Bowl again,” Kaepernick recently said. “That’s not something I will ever let go of, regardless of the actions of 32 teams and their partners to deny me employment. The same way I was persistent in high school is the same way I’m gonna be persistent here. . . . And you’re gonna have to continue to deny me and do so in a public way. And you’re gonna expose yourself by that, but it won’t be because I’m not ready or not prepared.”

That’s not going to make the phone ring. The fact that the Seahawks didn’t call underscores the reality that, at this point, no one will.

It’s no surprise. Another piece of evidence regarding the institutional animosity toward Kaepernick emerged in the Jon Gruden emails sent to former Washington president Bruce Allen. The rest of the 650,000 emails may say plenty more about the attitudes toward Kaepernick. Not to mention the emails and text messages sent by the other teams and the league office during the relevant time period.

They obviously wanted him out of the game. And, like they so often do, they got what they wanted. A certain percentage of the fan base is fine with it because they don’t like Kaepernick. Regardless, the fact that certain forces within the NFL can and will do whatever they please regardless of whether it’s right or legal should be troubling — even if you don’t care for the person whose rights were violated.

21 responses to “Seahawks have not reached out to Colin Kaepernick

  1. Give it up. If he was good to make a significant difference overall, he’d be on a team. Michael Vick (in the opinion of some teams) was worth the baggage that came with him. Kaepernick does not have an upside that outweighs his baggage.

  2. Seattle hasn’t reached out to Kaepernick…Given the political climate in Seattle that is somewhat surprising. OTOH Seahawks probably don’t have $20 million in cap space to pay him what he needs to show the world how bad he still is.

  3. It has been 4 years and he wasn’t very good the last 2 of them. He ain’t worth the baggage!

  4. Back in 2017, Kaepernick would have been good enough to have a shot at a roster spot if not for the media circus he’d bring along. In 2021, it’s been 5 years since he took a snap and he’s in his 30’s, now he’s not worth it. Sure, someone like Tebow brought a lot of media attention, but it was never negative. Kaepernick’s would be torn, between those who like him and those who dislike him. And at the most important position on the field, no team wants to deal with that unless the player is that good.
    Plus, teams have proven countless times that they’ll bring in anyone. Tyreek Hill, Greg Hardy, Terrell Owens, Michael Irvin, Kareem Hunt, Frank Clark, the list goes on and on. If a team feels a player is worth the trouble, they’ll bring him in. Unfortunately for Kaepernick, he falls more on the Ray Rice side of things.

    Also, Geno has for the most part been competent in Seattle, but not great. Kaepernick would need at least a couple of weeks to catch up, but Kaepernick’s fans would be immediately calling for him to play. And that added pressure on Geno wouldn’t be fair to Geno or the Seahawks. I don’t dislike Kaepernick, he did what he feels right and it took some guts to do what he did. But he’s been out so long, he’s in his 30’s, and he’d bring so much attention, he makes no sense to bring into for the Seahawks.

  5. Kaep got benched for Blaine Gabbert. The following season Kaep lost the starting job to Blaine Gabbert. Fun fact: the 49ers sent scouts to Kaep’s workout in Atlanta, along with (supposedly) 24 other teams. When Kaep was a no-show at the facility, scouts for seven (supposedly) of those teams remained in Atlanta and went to the high school for the workout. Kaep’s girlfriend effectively torpedoed an opportunity for him to sign with the Ravens.

    Kaep wasn’t nearly as good as he thought he was. And he ran himself out of chances.

    BTW, congrats on getting a ring, Blaine.

  6. Why would any team want a back-stabbing, dishonest, distraction on their team? It wasn’t like he was any good when he left the sport and avoided offers that existed at the time.

  7. As far as I know, CK has never spoken publicly about anything since his supposed banishment. I don’t understand that. At all. It doesn’t make any sense. What is that about, all of the silence?

  8. He was never fired/released from the NFL, he opted out of his contract because he thought he could become a starter elsewhere. He thought wrong!

  9. Riddle me this…4 years ago, why wouldn’t a team sign a QB that played in the Super Bowl? Clearly he was good enough to help his team get there, but no one thought he could help their team? That is beyond incredible…open your eyes!

  10. Troy Aikman played in and actually won three Super Bowls and a Super Bowl MVP award and eventually became a first ballot Hall of Famer and he thought there would be a market for his services after he forced the Cowboys to release him too… but guess what. Kaep’s drama alone makes him unemployable but that raggedy arm of his is enough by itself.

  11. “…even if you don’t care for the person whose rights were violated.”


    Kaepernick’s rights were not violated. He has a right to seek employment. He does not have a right to be employed.

  12. eaglesfanalways says:

    Riddle me this…4 years ago, why wouldn’t a team sign a QB that played in the Super Bowl? Clearly he was good enough to help his team get there, but no one thought he could help their team? That is beyond incredible…open your eyes!

    Kaep didn’t become the starter until the 10th game that season. He walked into an ideal situation with a team currently in 1st place in the NFCW, the #1 ranked defense in the league, Frank Gore still in his prime, Crabtree and Moss out wide, but he finished 5-2.

    Trent Dilfer could have won a Super Bowl with that team. Not Kaep.

  13. Not exactly shocking they’re not reaching out to guys who haven’t played in 5 years. And there is absolutely no connection between Kaepernick and either Carroll or OC Shane Waldron so even if somebody was going to try and bring Kap back it probably wouldn’t be them.

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