Despite a recent suggestion that the Seahawks and QB Colin Kaepernick weren’t able to reach an agreement because they were apart on money, a source with direct knowledge of the situation tells Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that this isn’t actually the case.
Florio mentions that the recent comments from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, in which he referred to Kaepernick as “a starter in this league”, isn’t the kind of thing a team would say if they were negotiating contract and his asking price was an issue.
“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll said, via 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. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
Instead, Florio says it was more of a strategic decision not to add Kaepernick.
There’s still a chance that Seattle could change course, depending on how their other options perform in the coming weeks.
Kaepernick, 29, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed when reached an agreement with the 49ers on a restructured deal.
This gave Kaepernick the ability to void his deal earlier in the month. He’s now testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career.
In 2016, Kaepernick has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 468 yards rushing. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 27 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.