Free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick visited the Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, his first visit as a free agent. The visit was initially reported as a workout, but Pro Football Talk reported it was simply a visit.
With the visit a wrap, HuffPost NFL reporter Jordan Schultz tweeted that Kaepernick would like to join the team, and is content backing up current Seahawks starter Russell Wilson.
Per source, Colin Kaepernick "wants to be a Seahawk" and informed team that he's content backing up Russell Wilson. Mtg went "very well."— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) May 25, 2017
The fact that Kaepernick even visited the team would suggest he was content with a backup role. Wilson is one of the more entrenched starters in the league, and while Kaepernick would want to push him as much as he can, injury would seem to be the only way Wilson is not Seattle’s starter when Week 1 rolls around.
Kaepernick is not signed yet, but this would hopefully help further clarify what he actually wants. It’s still anonymous sources, so we always have to take it with a grain of salt. However, if he is comfortable being Wilson’s backup, knowing there is basically no chance of taking the job in an open competition, that would hopefully put to rest the idea that he only wants a starting opportunity. Seattle provides a chance to take a breath and get some stability after three years that have been a roller-coaster.