Seahawks Close Door on QB Colin Kaepernick, Sign Austin Davis as Backup QB
The Seattle Seahawks dashed any hope of signing Colin Kaepernick, settling instead for Austin Davis as a possible backup quarterback for next season.
The Seahawks announced the move on their official website but did not release details of the contract. To make room for Davis on their 90-man roster, the Seahawks released quarterback Jake Heaps.
Davis will compete with Trevone Boykin for the backup quarterback job. Last season, Boykin served as No. 2 signal-caller behind Russell Wilson, who did not miss a start for the Seahawks.
The 28-year-old Davis is in his sixth season since entering the league as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Mississippi.
Davis first signed with the then St. Louis Rams in 2012 and made his regular season debut in 2014 when he appeared in 10 games, starting eight.
In 2015, he signed with Cleveland Browns, seeing action appearing in three games with two starts. Last season, he played for the Denver Broncos. In 13 career games, Davistossed for 2,548 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, giving him an 80.4 career passer rating.
The signing came days after Kaepernick visited the Seahawks, who were the only squad to express interest in the controversial quarterback.
It was earlier reported that money was the reason why the Seahawks did not sign Kaepernick. However, Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk said the Seahawks decided not to add a starting-caliber player like Kaepernick because they already have Wilson.
"The Seahawks don't want to have an in-house option to which the Russell Wilson Resenters can point if/when he struggles during the regular season," said Florio.
Earlier, Mike Garafolo of NFL Media reported that Seahawks and Kaepernick were "apart on money". The 29-year-old Kaepernick was set to earn $14.5 million next season with the San Francisco 49ers before he opted out to test the free-agent market.
The Seahawks visit was the only move made by Kaepernick during the offseason. He did not draw interest in the free-agent market due to his controversial move to kneel during national anthems as protest against racial injustice in the country.
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