No deal: QB Colin Kaepernick, Seahawks Far Apart on Money
The Seattle Seahawks looked ready to sign free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick but negotiations hit a snag due to difference in contract value.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, the Seahawks and Kaepernick were "apart on money". This was the main reason why Kaepernick left Seattle without a deal during his last week's visit.
The 29-year-old Kaepernick was expected to earn $14.5 million in base salary next season with the San Francisco 49ers before he opted out to test the free-agent market. However, it was unclear what the Seahawks offered Kaepernick during his visit.
After their meeting, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced that there will be no imminent deal with Kaepernick as of now. However, Carroll spoke highly of Kaepernick, describing him as a starting-caliber quarterback.
"Colin's been a fantastic football player and he's going to continue to be," Carroll said, per Pro Football Talk. "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."
Carroll said that Kaepernick will be eventually signed and given a chance to play. "He's a starter in this league and I can't imagine somebody won't give him a chance to play," he said.
The Seahawks were the only team which expressed interest in Kaepernick during the free-agency period. They were eyeing Kaepernick as a solid backup to Russell Wilson, who has never missed a start in his career. The Seahawks have Trevone Boykin, Jake Heaps and Skyler Howard as backup quarterbacks.
Last season, Kaepernick passed for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns and four interceptions. He also added 468 rushing yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.
Kaepernick did not receive any interest in the free-agent market due to his controversial move to kneel during national anthems to protest the racial injustice in the country.
Despite this, Dave Zirin of The Nation reported that Kaepernick is working out every day as he waits for offers or invitations for training camps.
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