Is Colin Kaepernick heading to the Seattle Seahawks soon? If not, how about Robert Griffin III? NFL rumors are just that, rumors, however, strong sources are now beginning to come forward indicating that the Seattle Seahawks are weighing two of the biggest names that are still on the open market to add depth behind starting quarterback Russell Wilson.
The USA Today indicates that both Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are under consideration for the Seattle Seahawks at the position, coach Pete Carroll said Monday on 710 ESPN’s “Brock and Salk” radio show, when asked about the two veteran quarterbacks.
“We’re looking at everybody. We really are,” Carroll said, according to ESPN. “We’ve been tracking everything that’s going on, and we’ve got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we’re still trying to manage properly. But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys.”
CBS Sports indicates that NFL expert Mike Silver tweeted out that the Seahawks are serious about obtaining a new backup quarterback this offseason, and right now Kaepernick is at the top of the list of players that they are interested in. Seattle GM John Schneider reached out to Kaepernick’s agent last Friday, which should mean that Seattle is more than interested in seeing Kaepernick workout.
It would be a bit odd seeing Kaepernick in a Seattle Seahawks uniform, especially considering the hard hitting, no love loss match-ups between the the Seahawks and their NFC West rival San Francisco 49ers over the last five years. Kaepernick drew a lot of attention to himself last season when he decided not to stand for the national anthem, causing a media frenzy between people who agreed with him and those who did not.
While the Seattle Seahawks are looking for a backup for the highly successful Russell Wilson, they don’t want to cause a media frenzy at every game either.
In this particular case, the Seattle brass will have two different points to weigh if they are seriously thinking about signing the former 49ers starting QB. Of course first and foremost, can he still play at a high level if called upon, and is the possible media frenzy worth the risk?
The reason Seattle may be looking for a backup quarterback at this time is because Trevone Boykin has had a lot of off-the-field issues. Boykin was a stud in college for TCU. However, recent off-the-field problems have led the Seahawks to start looking for a backup QB.
ABC News reported that Boykin was arrested for the second time in 11 days. His arrest stemmed from a motion to revoke his probation from a 2015 incident after he was arrested in March on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication, as well as a subsequent violation of his probation.
At the NFL owners’ meetings last week, Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked if Boykin’s standing with the team was in jeopardy due to these issues.
“Not yet, we’re just waiting on finding out what all took place and that,” Carroll said.
That may have all changed recently with the indications that the Seahawks now have serious interest in signing Colin Kaepernick. The Seahawks are also rumored to be interested in former Washington Redskins and Cleveland Browns QB Robert Griffin III.
Like the current backup Boykin, Kaepernick and RG III both have a similar playing style to Wilson’s. RG III and Wilson are close to the same frame physically, however, Kaepernick is the tallest at 6-4 and heaviest at 225 pounds – and he probably has the most physical style play of the three.
Either way, one thing is clear: Russell Wilson will always be the starter in Seattle, but having a backup like Kaepernick or Griffin III is a nice insurance policy if something should happen to Wilson.
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