Seahawks' interest in Colin Kaepernick reportedly 'legit'

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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is among the options for a backup quarterback to Russell Wilson.

Kaepernick, who hasn't drawn any interest from National Football League teams since opting out of his contract and becoming a free agent on March 1, could become the Seahawks backup quarterback. He described the team's interest in the QB as "legit". That's not likely going to get it done if the Seahawks try to sign Kaepernick, for instance, on a one- or two-year deal.

The former 49ers quarterback has been out of work since becoming a free agent in March. Carroll would not rule them out, which constitutes as news these days. "He was over the center a lot, and he doesn't look like that kind of player in our system to us", Carroll said.

"We're looking at everybody". He added, though, that "people don't see [Kaepernick] as a starting quarterback" and thus might believe that he's not "worth the criticism".

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As we explore the reasons why he remains unsigned, it might be time to focus on one of the handful of teams for which Kaepernick truly makes some sense - the Seattle Seahawks. Multiple Seahawks players backed Kaepernick when he decided not to stand for the national anthem, and the team later chose to stand with interlocked arms as a display of unity before last year's season opener in response to his stance. "So it's hard to understand", said Sherman in March. All the stuff that he's doing off the field, the things that he's doing in the communities, he's just serving everybody. Signed to a two-year deal worth $15 million, Griffin was named the Week 1 starter in 2016 but broke his left shoulder on a scramble in the season-opening loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Local product Jake Heaps is the other quarterback on Seattle's roster.

In addition to providing experience, both Kaepernick and Griffin would be schematically well-suited to backing up Wilson, as each has great familiarity with the read-option offense the team likes to run, although Griffin has struggled to avoid injuries.

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