Pete Carroll, Seattle's head coach, was asked Monday on ESPN Seattle about a potential backup for Russell Wilson. "We really are", Carroll said during an appearance with "Brock and Salk" of 710 AM Seattle (via Sheil Kapadia of ESPN.com). As could Robert Griffin III, said Carroll. "We've been tracking everything that's going on, and we've got cap and roster issues and stuff like that that we're still trying to manage properly".
"We're looking at everybody".
During the Week 17 finale against the Seahawks, Kaepernick went 17-for-22 for 215 yards and a touchdown.
While Wilson has never missed a start in his National Football League career, he was banged up last season, and backup quarterback Trevone Boykin saw some action as a result.
The Seahawks' defense ranked just 15th last season in opponent-adjusted Defensive Passing Net Expected Points per play.
As his team struggles, the 28-year-old Kaepernick appears as collected as any losing quarterback in the league.
"It's hard to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams".
As we explore the reasons why he remains unsigned, it might be time to focus on one of the handful of teams for which Kaepernick truly makes some sense - the Seattle Seahawks. So it's hard to understand. But you see quarterbacks, there was a year Matt Schaub had a pretty rough year and got signed the next year. You can see that. Kaepernick has the same style of play as Russell Wilson, which consists of being mobile inside the pocket and not being afraid to tuck the ball and run when the pocket collapses.
That list includes the man Kaepernick replaced last season with San Francisco, Blaine Gabbert, who signed last week with the Arizona Cardinals.
Wilson's current backup is Trevone Boykin, who was arrested in March on marijuana possession and public intoxication charges.