Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Friday described former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as an NFL starting-caliber player.
But the Seahawks have no immediate plan to pursue signing Kaepernick as a backup, he said. The Seahawks visited last week with Kaepernick, who remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent.
“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll told the Seattle-area media. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is, and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
The Seahawks are not looking for a starter. But Seattle does not appear to have much depth behind starter Russell Wilson. Second-year player Trevone Boykin remains on the roster as the backup, while the third quarterback on the roster is Jake Heaps.
Kaepernick has remained unsigned since early March, when he opted out of his 49ers contract. General manager John Lynch said the 49ers would have released Kaepernick to avoid paying his non-guaranteed scheduled pay of $14.9 million in salary and bonuses for the 2017 season.
The 49ers signed veteran free agents Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley on the first day of free agency.
East Rutherford, NJ -- A handful of Miami Dolphins players are wearing black T-shirts supporting free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick during pregame warm-ups.
The shirts have "#IMWITHKAP" written in bold white lettering on the front.
Kaepernick was the first athlete to refuse to stand during the national anthem as a protest. This season, no team has signed him, and some supporters believe NFL owners are avoiding him because of the controversy.
Among the players sporting the shirts before their game against the New York Jets are wide receiver Kenny Stills, running back Jay Ajayi and offensive linemen Laremy Tunsil and Ja'Wuan James. Stills, also a team captain, posted a photo on Twitter of himself wearing the shirt, along with the post: "In case you didn't know!"
San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York responded emphatically to the comments of President Donald Trump's views of those who take a knee in NFL games during the national anthem.
Speaking in Huntsville, AL, on Friday, Trump told a group of his supporters during a campaign rally, "wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when someone disrespects our flag to say, 'get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out. He's fired. He's fired."
Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a protest against social injustices last season. As he did last season, 49ers safety Eric Reid has continued to take a knee during the 2017 season.
York was the third representative of an NFL team to speak out against Trump's actions. Since then, the Packers and Falcons have issued a statements.