The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback—and lightning rod for criticism—recently visited with the Seahawks after there was reported interest from Pete Carroll and the ‘Hawks. Although he didn’t sign a deal with the team, Kap could very well be on the verge of becoming Russell Wilson’s backup. Shoot, even Spike Lee thinks it’s a done deal.
Kaepernick, who is continuing his social activism this off-season, opted out of his deal with the Niners following a restructuring of his original six-year contract with San Francisco. Since becoming a free agent, Kap has been one of the main storylines of the off-season. Many believe that the QB is being blackballed from the league, while others blame his unemployment strictly on his talents on the field.
While there’s no doubt that the former star QB deserves a job in the NFL—despite what your racist uncle says on Twitter—we’ve decided to make an argument for and against Kap in the Pacific Northwest.
Here’s why Seattle is the perfect fit for the Seahawks.
Kaepernick, who has won more playoff games than Tony Romo, is an absolute no-brainer in Seattle.
Not only would Kap instantly become one of the most-talented reserve QBs in the league but he’d also become invaluable Russell Wilson insurance.
Behind a shoddy offensive line, Wilson is often seen running for his life just seconds after yelling “hike!” Although he’s one of the most elusive QBs in the NFL, Wilson dealt with injuries last season and missed some games.
Seattle’s backup QB situation also might be the worst in the league. If Wilson were to miss serious snaps this season, then the ‘Hawks would throw out either Trevone Boykin or a man named Jake Heaps, who may or may not be a real person.
While clearly not the same player that he once was, Kaepernick—despite the negative talk—actually excelled in Chip Kelly’s offense last year. The Seahawks have seen first-hand how effective Kaepernick can be, especially in a muddled pocket, with a talented team around him. And if Wilson were to miss games, the Seahawks could get by with Kap under center.
Here’s why Seattle should pass on Kaepernick
To be honest, it’s hard to make an argument why Kap isn’t a great fit for the Seahawks on the field. But let’s talk about his impact off the field.
There’s no doubt that Kap would be a valued member of the community in Seattle and he would fit in well with leaders such as Michael Bennett. But Seattle, as ESPN noted recently, has a somewhat volatile locker room.
Kaepernick, who before his social activism days, was known to be a divisive figure in the locker room and could add more fuel to the fire in the Seahawks’ locker room.
Can a volatile player like Richard Sherman—who has thrown a plethora of shade toward Kap and the 49ers—work well with a QB who is rebuilding his confidence?
Seattle’s Super Bowl window might be closing faster than they expected, so adding a player who could add another problem to the locker room could mean disaster.
That being said, Kaepernick was voted by his 49ers teammates as the Len Eshmont award winner, given to the most inspirational and courageous Niner. That doesn’t sound like someone who would divide a locker room, rather he might just unify it.
Look around the rest of the NFL and you’ll see players such as Blaine Gabbert signing with NFL teams. It’s about time that a team, *cough* Seahawks *cough*, takes a chance on a QB who took a team to a Super Bowl.