Colin Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III Are Potential Seahawks Backup QB Options

Taylor Byrd
May 16, 2017

Undrafted free agent Trevone Boykin was the No. 2 QB last season and is now in line to do so again this year.

This might be the first confirmed report of a team actually stating that they are interested in Colin Kaepernick.

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is among the options for a backup quarterback to Russell Wilson. "We really are", Carroll said. "But quite frankly, yes, we are looking at all those guys".

In five games with the Browns, Griffin completed 87 of 147 passes for 886 yards with two touchdowns, three interceptions and a quarterback rating of 72.5. That's not likely going to get it done if the Seahawks try to sign Kaepernick, for instance, on a one- or two-year deal.

Kaepernick's decision not to stand for the national anthem became the NFL's biggest storyline a year ago.

"Without that national anthem [protest], someone would have signed him by now", Dungy told Newsday's Bob Glauber. You can see that. He added, though, that "people don't see [Kaepernick] as a starting quarterback" and thus might believe that he's not "worth the criticism". Griffin and Kaepernick, like Wilson, are mobile quarterbacks who could be a good fit for the Seahawks system.

Other Seahawks players, including Michael Bennett and Doug Baldwin, also spoke out in support of Kaepernick's protest last season.

"There was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year", Sherman said. "The only thing he could do is make the offense even better".

Boykin backed up Russell Wilson for the entire 2016 season without ever seeing game action, but is in danger of losing his job. Their No. 2 quarterback, Trevone Boykin, is inexperienced and has some ongoing legal issues, with similarly green Jake Heaps providing more depth.

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