The Seattle Seahawks on Monday signed a former NFC West quarterback.
Nearly two weeks after visiting with Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis, the Seahawks opted to sign Davis to join the team’s competition behind starter Russell Wilson. Trevone Boykin, who served as the backup last season, is the only other quarterback on Seattle's roster.
The Seahawks released quarterback Jake Heaps to make room on the roster for Davis, who started eight games for the St. Louis Rams in 2014. Davis compiled a passer rating of 85.1 with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions three seasons ago.
Davis, 28, spent time with the Denver Broncos last year but did not appear in any games. In 2015, he saw action in three games with the Cleveland Browns.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll last week told the Seattle-area media that he considers Kaepernick a starting quarterback in the NFL but the club had no intention of signing him.
“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. 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.”
Kaepernick retweeted an article from Pro Football Talk that reported money was not an issue in any discussions between Kaepernick and the Seahawks.
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.