The Seahawks have signed quarterback Austin Davis to compete for their backup position, the team announced on Monday, ending speculation about Colin Kaepernick signing in Seattle.
Davis will compete for the No. 2 quarterback position behind Russell Wilson along with incumbent backup Trevone Boykin, who served as the backup to Wilson in 2016. Boykin not been that impressive on the field and has been decidedly unimpressive off of it.
The immediate reaction to this news is similar to the Cardinals signing Blaine Gabbert, because everyone started freaking out that Colin Kaepernick was not the guy chosen to be Wilson's backup.
The Austin Music Festival > Austin Davis.— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) June 5, 2017
Hank Williams Jr brought back from hell. Kaepernick passed up for Austin freakin Davis. It's not even 1:30 on Monday.— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) June 5, 2017
The Seahawks just decided to sign QB Austin Davis instead of Colin Kaepernick.— 12up (@12upSport) June 5, 2017
Yes, this is real life. No, you are not dreaming.
The Seahawks passed on Kaepernick for Austin Davis. Bold.— Big Takes (@Maiers_luke) June 5, 2017
"Today a corpse was signed. The team said the corpse fit their system better than Kaepernick."— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) June 5, 2017
I really don't want @mikefreemanNFL to have a stroke, but NFL execs seemed destined to make it so (#1) by not signing Kaepernick.— Sully (@RiceTwist) June 5, 2017
Perhaps that shouldn't be a surprise considering what Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after Kaepernick visited the Seahawks last week. Carroll said that Kaepernick is "a starter in this league."
"Colin's been a fantastic football player, and he's going to continue to be," Carroll said. "At this time, we didn't do anything with it, but we know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He's a starter in this league. And we have a starter.
"But he's a starter in this league, and I can't imagine that someone won't give him a chance to play."
This appears to be the same thing as "not a backup in this league" which is something people aren't lending enough credence to. Having a quarterback who is very good as a backup is nice, but sometimes teams don't want any attention on their backup quarterback.
Kaepernick was going to get multiple press conferences if the Seahawks signed him. The only reason anyone cares about Austin Davis is because he's not Colin Kaepernick.
And maybe the Seahawks have other reasons for why they don't want Kaepernick in the building, entirely unrelated to whatever Kaepernick is doing off the field.
Either way the Seahawks have decided to go with Davis over Kaepernick as the backup and people will probably spend the next 24 hours or so melting down until the next backup is signed.