Colin Kaepernick last took an NFL snap in the 2016 season, but that hasn’t stopped him from pursuing a comeback. Six years later, he’s still training and conducting passing workouts in hopes that it attracts an NFL team to sign him.
Kaepernick is garnering some interest that could include the Seattle Seahawks. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback recently shed light on his discussions with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider.
Colin Kaepernick continues his push for an NFL comeback
Over the last week, Colin Kaepernick has increased his efforts in showcasing to NFL teams that he can still perform at a high level.
The former 49ers quarterback has conducted multiple workouts, but that has yet to lead to any team inking him to a deal. Meanwhile, Hall of Famer Warren Moon recently voiced that he doesn’t believe the 34-year-old will get another chance to play in the NFL.
Despite that, Kaepernick recently revealed that he has spoken to one of his former longtime NFC West division rivals.
Colin Kaepernick ‘still hoping that door is open’ with Seahawks
As Colin Kaepernick ramps up his effort to get another shot at reigniting his NFL career, some traction might be gaining.
After a recent workout in Seattle throwing passes to Seahawks wide receiver Aaron Fuller and Washington running back Kamari Pleasant, Kaepernick voiced that he spoke to Pete Carroll and Seahawks general manager John Schneider.
“I’ve had conversations with Pete [Carroll] and John [Schneider] previously,” Kaepernick said. “As Pete mentioned, we’ve spoken recently. Still hoping that door is open and I get a chance to walk through it.”
Carroll publicly acknowledged that he talked with Kaepernick and aired that the 34-year-old deserves a shot at competing for an NFL roster spot.
“He contacted me the other day saying, ‘Hey, I’d like to get a shot I’m working,'” Carroll said last week via Sporting News. “Then he sent me some videos and next thing I know I see him working out with Tyler Lockett. I don’t even know how that happened. Does that guy deserve a second shot? I think he does.”
Regardless of where that opportunity comes from, Kaepernick is feeling upbeat about how he’s physically feeling at his age.
“We’ve been getting positive responses,” Kaepernick said. “Trainers that we’ve seen, organizations that my agent have talked to said I look good. My arm is still alive. I’m still ready to go. More than anything, we’re looking for the opportunity to come in, get some work in, and show what I can do.”
As the offseason moves along, Kaepernick will likely continue to conduct more public workouts in hopes of an NFL team giving him a chance.
Seahawks’ interest depends on faith in Drew Lock
The Seahawks’ decision to trade Russell Wilson puts the franchise without a concrete answer under center.
Seattle isn’t without options, as the team acquired Drew Lock as part of the massive move. The 42nd overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft struggled in his first three seasons with the Denver Broncos. In 24 games with 21 starts, he has 4,740 passing yards on a 59.3% completion rate with 25 touchdowns to 20 interceptions and a 79.3 passer rating.
In 2021, he started three games, where he held an 0-3 record while passing for 787 yards with two touchdowns to two interceptions. The Seahawks currently have Lock and Jacob Eason as the only quarterbacks on the roster.
Seattle possesses eight picks in next month’s draft, including a top-10 selection, while the team could bring in another veteran quarterback such as Kaepernick. General manager John Schneider voiced confidence in Lock but kept the door open regarding other options.
“We’ll continue to explore options, but we have a ton of faith in Drew,” Schneider said via Adam Jude of The Seattle Times. “We’re excited about a change of scenery for him…He’s a guy, in my opinion, the media beat down a little bit. So we’re excited to get him into our culture with our coaching staff, and we’ll continue to look for guys to compete with him…There’s a number of guys (who) are still available (in free agency), and we’re gonna continue to work through that.”
Time will tell whether the Seahawks will be the team that gives Kaepernick the chance he so desperately wants.