Colin Kaepernick Was Too Good for the Seattle Seahawks to Sign
Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have an NFL job, despite the fact that stats showed he was at least above average as a Quarterback last year with the San Francisco 49ers.
Last week, reports came out that the Seattle Seahawks wanted to meet with Kaepernick, news so exciting even Spike Lee was talking about it. However, that meeting came and went with no deal being made. (The team, who was looking for a backup for superstar Russell Wilson, signed the unexceptional Austin Davis instead.)
The other day, during a press conference, the Seattle Seahawks’ coach, Pete Carroll, addressed why the team didn’t sign Kaepernick. The reasoning was an interesting: basically, the coach said Kaepernick was too good to be a backup on the team:
“Colin’s been a fantastic football player, and he’s going to continue to be…At this time, we didn’t do anything with it, but we know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league. And we have a starter. But he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”
Carroll was then asked why hasn’t Kaep been picked up by another team. His response: “That’s not my issue.”
Of course, this explanation looks funny once you put it to the light.
Coaches typically want depth in as many positions as possible — even if they have a star starting already— because of how frequently and randomly injuries incur. It also doesn’t seem to be an issue of money either, because, according to reporting out there, Kap isn’t asking for anything absurd:
The story that Kaepernick isn’t being signed because of his salary demands is a lie. It’s a straight up lie.
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) June 5, 2017
The only somewhat credible argument for Carroll and the Seahawks is the team is legit scared of having a quarterback controversy in the locker room. (Wilson is considered an elite quarterback; however, he has become a polarizing player in his own locker room.) And maybe that explains the Seahawks reasoning behind not signing him, but it doesn’t explain other seemingly desperate teams, who have made questionable QB decisions.
It’s starting to seem like — shocked face — that there is an active blackballing happening against Kaepernick, who spent the majority of the NFL season last year speaking out against police brutality by kneeling for the National Anthem.