Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said today that former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was a “starter” in the NFL, but he won’t be a backup in Seattle.

At least not now.

Carroll told Seattle-area reporters that the Seahawks have no immediate plans to sign Kaepernick after hosting him for a visit last week.

“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll said. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more … He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”

Nearly three months after the start of free agency, Kaepernick is still not employed despite posting respectable numbers in 2016: He threw 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, posted his best passer rating (90.7) since 2013 and ranked second among QBs in rushing yards (468).

Seattle’s backup quarterback behind Russell Wilson is Trevone Boykin, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent last year and was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication in March.

Carroll said “that’s not my issue” when asked if he thought Kaepernick’s decision to kneel for the national anthem last year was the reason he remained a free agent.

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