Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick visited the Seattle Seahawks last week, but reports are surfacing that Seattle is not expected to make Kaepernick their new backup behind Russell Wilson. Former NFL coach Pat Kirwan, who is a close friend and former colleague of Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, said the signing is not likely to happen on SiriusXM.
On Wednesday's episode of "Undisputed", Cris Carter explained why the Seahawks would be making a huge mistake by passing on Kaepernick.
Seattle is making a tremendous mistake
“I think Seattle is making a tremendous mistake. If you look for one of the teams that Kaep was a very, very good fit for, Seattle would be one of those teams.
"If you say ‘OK, he’s not a starter.’ I would say let’s not argue that. I’m willing to accept that. ‘OK, well, he’s a backup.’ Well, what’s a good fit for him? There’s only a few teams that have a quarterback and have the type of locker room. ... and when I say locker room, I’m not talking about the protest stuff. I’m talking about having the support of the backup who has been a starter in the league. I believe that only certain teams can handle that. They won’t let the noise from outside the locker room be able to affect that.
"Seattle is one of those places. But also fit for what they’re trying to do, and can they win some games? He’s very familiar with the division. He’s had success against them. [Seattle’s] gone against him, they have a firsthand account of his overall ability.”
If Russell Wilson goes down, the Seahawks season is over with their current backups
“If you look at who they have ... here are there backups. Trevone Boykin.
"Now if Russell gets hurt, their season’s over. And they’ve got another guy named Jake Heaps.
"So if Seattle gets an injury - which a lot of teams do - to Russell Wilson, their season is over.”
Skip Bayless: “He had three injuries last year, but none that stopped him.”
Cris Carter: “And that also led to his overall lack of productivity. And also, you know when a quarterback’s hurt and you can’t give him time off? It’s because you have guys like he has behind him. You can’t rest him for a half a game, because they don’t have the talent nor the skill level.”
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Seattle would be a much-improved team with Kaepernick
"The thing that makes me the most upset about something like this is the NFL has been the best 1,600, 1,700 players in the world, regardless. All these other optics that people are bringing into it now that prevents Colin from getting the job… to me, sports has always been one of the places that there was the least amount of discrimination. That being color, creed, sexual orientation, all those things about.
"To me, Seattle is making a huge mistake just from a football standpoint. Their team would be a lot better on the day that they sign Colin Kaepernick as a backup to Russell Wilson.”
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There's no way Colin Kaepernick is not good enough to play in this league
“It’s hard for me to believe… let’s just say every team in the NFL only carries two quarterbacks. Let’s just say, for the sake of argument, there’s 32 teams, they carry 64 quarterbacks. It’s hard for me to believe there’s 64 better quarterbacks currently in the NFL, all of them better than Colin Kaepernick.
"And if they carry three, that’s 96. And every team has at least three right now in training camp. Are you telling me there are 96 better quarterbacks than Colin Kaepernick? I don’t think so.”
Kyle TeradaKyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
This could have more to do with Russell Wilson's relationship with his teammates
“Maybe he didn’t fit what Seattle was looking for. Maybe, if the reports are true that we talked about last week, the defense doesn’t particularly care for Russell [Wilson]. What if they bring Colin Kaepernick in? The defense feeling some kind of way about Russell, all of a sudden Kaep goes in, now you’ve got something you really didn’t bargain for.
"… We’re being disingenuous if we don’t think that protest played some part.”