The search for a potential backup quarterback is heating up a bit with news, first reported on NFL.com, that the Seahawks have brought in for workouts Wednesday veterans Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis.
Kaepernick has been the object of much off-season speculation as to whether the free agent who opted out of his contract with the 49ers was being blackballed because of his controversial social activism last season, which drew national attention. The workout invite by Seattle appears to be the first from an NFL club.
Coach Pete Carroll said in a recent interview that the Seahawks “were looking at everybody” in case they decide to replace Trevone Boykin, a rookie last year who ran into a second round of legal trouble this off-season.
A signing isn’t necessarily in the offing. The Seahawks bring in many players for workouts whom they do not sign, or sign later.
But it’s the necessary first step, particularly since the first organized team activities for the 2017 season begin next week at team headquarters in Renton. A mandatory mini-camp is June 13-15. The Seahawks aren’t in action this week because the club was sanctioned a week’s worth of work by the NFL for violating rules a year ago for too much contact during drills.
Davis, 27, was with Denver last year but did not play. He did start 10 games for the St. Louis Rams in 2014, including a 28-26 win over the Seahawks. Besides Boykin, the only other QB on the roster is Jake Heaps, the former Skyline High star who was in camp a year ago. Seattle did not keep two undrafted QBs, Skyler Howard and Daniel Birdsong, who were in rookie camp.
Kaepernick, 29, started 11 games last season for San Francisco, a team he took to the Super Bowl and signed him to a long-term deal, but fell out of favor with a new coach and GM. He had 16 TD passes and four interceptions for a 2-14 team. He has conveyed through sources that no longer plans to kneel during the national anthem, a protest that sparked praise and fury from fans and non-fans..