Sawant, a socialist who has been a city council member since 2014, believes that Kaepernick would be welcomed in Seattle.
In a strong showing of support for the quarterback, Sawant wrote a letter to the team on Friday urging the Seahawks to add their former division rival.
"Dear Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, Head Coach Pete Carroll, and Owner Paul Allen," Sawant writes in the letter. "I am writing to convey that Colin Kaepernick would be welcome in Seattle, and to encourage you to take the opportunity to sign him as the Seahawks' backup quarterback."
The letter comes exactly one week after Seahawks coach Pete Carroll mentionedto fill the backup quarterback spot.
Kaepernick has been a free agent since March 1 when he 49ers. Over the last 10 weeks, his free agency has slowly turned into a controversy, with many NFL fans across the country believing that the quarterback is being blackballed by the NFL's 32 teams over the fact that he protested racial injustice and police brutality by kneeling for the national anthem in 2016.with the
Sawant, who admits she doesn't know much about football, says that if teams are blackballing Kaepernick, then "shame on them."
"I am not a football expert, but everything I have read strongly suggests that the only reason a player with Kaepernick's skills is still a free agent is because of the backlash against his courageous leadership last year against racism, brutality, and discrimination," Sawant wrote. "If that makes other teams wary of signing him, shame on them. In Seattle, we know our communities will only benefit from his activism as well as his talents on the field."
Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett recently for Kaepernick, and Sawant clearly feels the same way.
"I agree wholeheartedly with Michael Bennett that Seattle is the perfect place for Kaepernick," Sawant wrote. "The NFL has an influence on the ideas and attitudes of young people. As you assemble your team, it would be a poor message for you to send to young people that speaking out against racism, police violence, and economic inequality is 'toxic' and will be punished rather than applauded."
Sawant also added most people in Seattle would likely "welcome" Kaepernick.
"The working people of Seattle and our youth will be proud to welcome Colin Kaepernick," Sawant wrote. "Please do everything in your power to sign him to the Seahawks. Thank you for your time and consideration."
You can see the entire letter by clicking here.