The Seahawks are exploring whether Kaepernick is a fit as a backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Since opting out of his contract in March 2017, Kaepernick has remained a free agent, despite a few organizations expressing interest in the QB. The Seahawks were among the interested parties, but ultimately he didn't land a gig last May. At the time, coach Pete Carroll explained away the dalliance, saying Kaepernick is "a starter in this league, and I can't imagine somebody won't give him a chance to play." On this occasion, Carroll and general manager John Schneider would like Kaepernick "to consider how he wants to proceed on everything," even his well-known national anthem protests from the 2016 season, per Rapoport. The latter point may be the one that decides his playing fate, as he's in the midst of a collusion grievance against the NFL, according to UPI.com. However the process plays out, Kaepernick's prospects in the NFL seem to be hanging on by a thread.
Kaepernick is scheduled to meet with the Seahawks on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Kaepernick had previously indicated that he hoped to land with a team who would give him an opportunity to compete for a starting job, but that won't be a realistic goal in Seattle, where Russell Wilson is entrenched as the long-term starter. Even so, Kaepernick would represent an excellent insurance policy behind Wilson, as he offers similar dual-threat skills. The Seahawks already have developmental quarterbacks Trevone Boykin and Jake Heaps behind Wilson on the depth chart, but Kaepernick would represent a significant upgrade over both signal callers.
Kaepernick still hopes to find an opportunity to compete for a starting job, ESPN.com reports. Kaepernick seemingly understands he'll have to settle for a salary well below the $14.5 million he walked away from in San Francisco, but he does still hope to get paid like a low-end starter or high-end backup -- which may be wishful thinking at this point. There really isn't an obvious fit, but Cleveland, Houston and Denver could all be options, depending on what happens with Tony Romo and the upcoming NFL Draft. It won't be surprising if Kaepernick remains unsigned into May or June.
Niners GM John Lynch acknowledged that the team is unlikely to re-sign Kaepernick, who recently opted out of the final year of his contract, The San Jose Mercury News reports. Kaepernick's decision to opt out was seemingly made for non-financial reasons, as he walked away from $14.5 million without any assurance of finding a similar deal. A return to San Francisco at a lower price was initially considered possible, but it seems highly unlikely now that the team has added Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley. Kaepernick put up decent numbers for a woeful 49ers squad last season, but his injury history, social activism and track record of inconsistent performance are all factors that may dissuade teams from taking a shot on the 29-year-old. He should still eventually be able to find work as a backup -- or a chance to compete for a starting job -- assuming he's willing to settle for a much smaller salary than he's grown accustomed to.
Kaepernick announced Wednesday that he would opt out of the final season of his contract with the 49ers, ESPN.com's Nick Wagoner reports. In what was a widely-anticipated decision, Kaepernick will become a free agent for the first time in his career, affording the 49ers approximately $14.5 million in cap room in the process. After spending a good portion of 2015 in a backup role behind Blaine Gabbert, Kaepernick made 11 starts in 2016 and was quite productive from a statistical standpoint, posting a 90.7 passer rating and a 16:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio while also contributing 468 yards on the ground. It's unclear if other teams around the league view Kaepernick, who went only 1-10 as a starter last season, as a viable No. 1 quarterback, but now that he's a free agent, his acquisition cost would likely be lower than some of the other veteran signal callers who are expected to be available this offseason via trade.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/23||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||20.41|
|4||09/30||@Los Angeles Chargers||3||14.50|
|6||10/16||@Green Bay Packers||31||22.06|
|7||10/22||Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|10||11/13||New York Giants||32||22.88|
|12||11/25||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||14||18.56|
|17||12/30||@Los Angeles Rams||9||16.65|
|3 Year Avg||58.9||1285||7||3||241||1||118|