Kaepernick to work out for Seahawks
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[May 25, 2017]
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The Seattle Seahawks are planning to
work out free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a possible
backup option behind starter Russell Wilson.
Kaepernick, waiting for an opportunity after almost three months on
the free agent market, will work out for the team on Wednesday,
according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The Seahawks also plan to
bring in other reserve quarterbacks to work out, including Austin
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said last week that Kaepernick and
Robert Griffin III were among the free agents they were considering
as a potential backup to Wilson.
Seattle currently has Jake Heaps and Trevone Boykin on the roster as
backups. The Seahawks are not on the field this week, having been
docked a week of organized team activities as punishment for
violating OTAs rules a year ago.
The 29-year-old Kaepernick passed for 2,241 yards with 16 touchdowns
and four interceptions while fumbling a career-worst seven times
with the San Francisco 49ers last season. He also ran for 468 yards
and two touchdowns.
In six NFL seasons, Kaepernick has passed for 12,271 yards with 72
touchdowns and 30 interceptions, adding another 2,300 yards and 13
touchdowns on the ground.
Kaepernick opted out of the final year of his contract on March 3
before the 49ers were expected to release him. He was due $16.9
million in salary and bonuses in 2017.
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Kaepernick drew a national spotlight last season for
kneeling during the national anthem. He started the campaign as the
49ers' backup behind Blaine Gabbert before taking over as the
starter on Oct. 16.
With Kaepernick under center, the 49ers lost nine straight and 10 of
11 overall to finish the season with the second-worst record in the
NFL at 2-14.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn't believe Kaepernick is being
blackballed for his national anthem protest.
"Each team makes individual decisions about how they can improve
their team. If they see an opportunity where they feel they can
improve their team, I think they do it," Goodell said in his news
conference Tuesday in Chicago at the league's owners meeting. "They
evaluate their players. They evaluate their systems and coaches, and
they all make those individual decisions to try to improve their
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