Seahawks sign Austin Davis while Colin Kaepernick remains on the market

BY Cameron DaSilva • June 6, 2017

The Seattle Seahawks have been just about the only team to show interest in free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but a potential match between the two sides will likely have to wait. The Seahawks signed Austin Davis on Monday, putting any potential deal with Kaepernick on hold.

Davis, formerly of the Rams and Browns, has started just 10 games in his career. He’s 3-7 in those games and has 13 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. He obviously won’t compete with Russell Wilson for the starting job, but he’ll be thrown into the mix with Trevone Boykin as the backup.

It’s strange that the Seahawks would choose to sign Davis over Kaepernick, but there could be a couple of reasons for that. Firstly, it could be that the Seahawks don’t want any real competition for Wilson. That’s not to say Kaepernick would be that, but he would pose much more of a threat than Davis does.


Secondly, there’s likely a significant price difference between Davis and Kaepernick. Pete Carroll declined to say that price was an issue, but he did say Kaepernick is “capable of being a championship guy.”

This doesn’t mean the Seahawks won’t explore signing Kaepernick at a later date, but that’ll likely come if and when Wilson gets injured.

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