Seventy-six days after the start of free agency, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick will visit with the Seahawks today, the NFL Network reported.
Kaepernick, 29, is clearly the best quarterback remaining on the market and Seattle doesn’t have an established backup behind Russell Wilson. In addition, several prominent Seahawks, including cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Doug Baldwin, were vocal in their support after Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season.
Kaepernick flew to Seattle from the East Coast on Tuesday. The Seahawks are hosting at least one other quarterback today.
Kaepernick’s anthem stance and his outspokenness about his views on racial inequality in America are possible reasons for his unemployment. However, Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has fostered an environment in which players are given freedom to be themselves. Last year, Kaepernick inspired the Seahawks to lock arms during the anthem.
The Seahawks’ backup is Trevone Boykin, who entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie last year, has 18 pass attempts and was arrested on misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession and public intoxication in March. Less than two weeks later, he was arrested for violating his probation, which stemmed from the previous incident.
Jake Heaps, who hasn’t thrown a pass in the NFL, is the only other quarterback on Seattle’s roster.
If he signed with Seattle, Kaepernick would be an obvious backup to Wilson and his chances to play could be minimal. Wilson hasn’t missed a game in his five-year career.