Hawks don’t need Kaepernick

Logo -- Free agencyColin Kaepernick’s ongoing NFL unemployment has been the source of much consternation for some NFL watchers, and some Seahawks fans have even lobbied for Seattle to sign the former San Francisco quarterback.

Fortunately, it’s not going to happen.

The Seahawks were lauded by civil-rights cheerleaders everywhere for becoming the first team to express any interest in Kaepernick, but the Hawks don’t need to be the team that signs the QB just to satisfy critics who say he is being blackballed for his anthem antics.

Asked why Kaepernick is still unemployed, Pete Carroll had a perfect answer: “That’s not my issue.”

Maybe some people forget that Kaepernick actually has been the antithesis of a good leader. Before last year, he was known for his surly attitude toward media — mirroring that of coach Jim Harbaugh — and his inability to complete key passes in pressure moments of big games.

After being replaced as 49ers QB and unexpectedly emerging as a civil-rights advocate, Kaepernick suddenly showed a thoughtful side — whether you like the way he expressed it or not.

Plenty of Seattle players supported him — Jeremy Lane even followed him in taking a knee for an anthem — and guys like Michael Bennett have said they would welcome Kaepernick as a teammate. Carroll clearly has no problem with his players voicing social concerns — he backed Lane, Bennett, Richard Sherman and others who spoke out against America’s problems last year.

But the fact is Seattle doesn’t need Kaepernick. If Russell Wilson didn’t miss a game last year despite sprains to his knee and ankle and a pec injury, he probably will never miss a game.

Kaepernick reportedly wants much more money than Seattle would consider, and Carroll made it pretty clear the Hawks are not going to sign him.

“He’s a starter in this league, and we have a starter,” Carroll said. “But he’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine that somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”

Somebody. Not Seattle.

Carroll said he’s still looking for good competition for 2016 backup Trevone Boykin. He seemed to indicate the Hawks would bring in a cheap vet by training camp. Austin Davis also visited last week.

“Trevone continues to need to be pushed,” Carroll said. “Jake (Heaps) is doing that right now, but that doesn’t mean that we’re done. We’re going to continue to look for ways to make it more competitive.”


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