Seahawks opt to sign Davis instead of Kaepernick

Seahawks opt to sign Davis instead of Kaepernick

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.

Seahawks' Carroll: Kaepernick is an NFL starter

Seahawks' Carroll: Kaepernick is an NFL starter

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.

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Report: Free-agent Kaepernick to meet with Seahawks

Former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly flew to Seattle on Tuesday night and will meet with Seahawks officials on Wednesday.

Kaepernick and Austin Davis, who spent the past three seasons as a reserve quarterback with the Rams, Browns and Broncos, will visit with the Seahawks, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. It will be Kaepernick’s first visit to meet with a team since opting out of his 49ers contract in March to become an unrestricted free agent.

Kaepernick, 29, has likely not been signed for a variety of reasons, including his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality in America. His representatives have said Kaepernick will stand for the national anthem this season, as he continues to donate his time and money on programs to assist disadvantaged individuals.

The 49ers have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick, opting to add veteran quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley.

Kaepernick, a second-round pick of the 49ers in 2011, played six seasons with the club. Beginning in the middle of the 2012 season, when then-starter Alex Smith originally left the lineup due to a concussion, Kaepernick started 58 games. The 49ers were 28-30 in games in which he started.

In the playoffs, the 49ers posted a 4-2 record with Kaepernick at quarterback, including a trip to Super Bowl XLVII in February 2013.

Kaepernick is coming off his best season since 2013, his first full year as a starter. He completed 59.2 percent of his passes with 16 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 90.7. He also rushed for 468 yards.

The Seahawks have three quarterbacks under contract. Russell Wilson is the starter and second-year player Trevone Boykin served as the backup last season. Jake Heaps, whom the Seahawks cut before the start of the 2016 regular season and spent less than a month on the practice squad, was re-signed in May.