Could Colin Kaepernick really be a backup option with Seahawks?

SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01: Colin Kaepernick (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - JANUARY 01: Colin Kaepernick (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

Colin Kaepernick is a former NFL starter. He wasn’t a bad quarterback. Kaepernick was on a bad team. Did he make that bad team better? And could he help the Seahawks if he were Russell Wilson’s backup and Wilson was injured?

Russell Wilson needs a backup quarterback who can run the same offense he does. Wilson needs a backup like Colin Kaepernick. I get it. Lots of people don’t like Kaepernick. They don’t like his politics. Maybe he is too outspoken? But is he a better option than Seattle has ever had since Wilson has been the quarterback? Yes.

Think about it, 12s. Is Seattle a good city for Kaepernick? Heck, yeah! We are a liberal city and welcome ideas of different kinds. We were OK with Michael Bennett and we defended him. I am not saying we all agree with what Kaepernick has implied politically with his social media posts over the last few years. Maybe some of us do and some of us don’t.


But getting Kaepernick to Seattle isn’t really a matter of off-the-field views. Kaepernick was a good quarterback in 2016 on an atrocious San Francisco 49ers team. He threw 16 touchdown passes against four interceptions. Again, on a terrible team. Was he perfect? No. And he wouldn’t need to be with Seattle.

And really, the fact some team hasn’t signed Kaepernick is insane. He is better than many current starters in the NFL. Was it the money he was wanting that kept owners from signing him? Let’s be real. We know him still being a free agent a year after opting out of his contract with the 49ers has little to do with money. But NFL people don’t like what he has to say.

Lowest interception rate by a quarterback in NFL history and still fairly young? Nah. He stinks! We don’t want that! (Say stupid NFL executives.)

And you know we 12s have been lucky with Russell Wilson. In 2017, lots of excellent players went down with injury. Seattle’s offensive line isn’t that good still. How much longer can we expect Wilson to not miss much time after being sacked three too many times? And would we trust Austin Davis to come in and make the team good enough to win?

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No. We shouldn’t. But with Kaerpnick it is at least a possibility. And that’s the important distinction.