Pete Carroll: Seahawks are ‘still open’ to signing Colin Kaepernick
The Seahawks are one of the teams that has been linked to Colin Kaepernick over the past year or so, and Pete Carroll insists there have been no decisions made about whether or not the free agent quarterback will wind up on Seattle’s roster.
Kaepernick was reportedly set to meet with the Seahawks last week, but the workout was postponed after he supposedly would not commit to ending his national anthem protests. Seattle then signed quarterbacks Stephen Morris and Austin Davis, but Carroll says that does not mean Kaepernick has been ruled out.
“We’re still looking at all of our options,” Carroll said in an interview on Sports Radio KJR Thursday, via an audio clip shared by TMZ. “We’re trying to figure it out. We just want to work to be as competitive as we can. Whether that factors in or not, we’ll find out. The discussion and the opportunity is still open as (GM John Schneider) stated earlier.”
Carroll was asked specifically if Kaepernick’s history with anthem protests will factor into whether or not the 30-year-old will be offered a contract, and the coach said he is “not even going there.”
The Seahawks have seemed more open than other teams when it comes to their players involving themselves with political activism and social justice causes, but the reports about Kaepernick tell a much different story. If you remember, they gave a very puzzling reason for why they didn’t end up signing Kaepernick last offseason. Despite what Carroll says, it seems like the door has been shut.