The Seattle Seahawks have been searching for a backup quarterback for Russell Wilson ever since the team released Trevone Boykin. They released Boykin late last month after word of a domestic violence investigation related to a college incident.
On Friday, they are expected to sign former Miami (Fl) quarterback Stephen Morris, according to multiple national media reports. Morris entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2014 with the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins since then, but has never played a regular season snap.
The news comes following word that the team was scheduled to bring in Colin Kaepernick but changed their mind. NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport said it was because they did not think Kaepernick had a broader plan in place for his off-field activities (which would seem to specifically mean his kneeling). Multiple other media sources, including from SB Nation, are reporting Seattle postponed it on the eve of his visit when Kaepernick would not stipulate to ending his kneeling.
It is worth noting that this is just one quarterback signing. The Seahawks report for their offseason workout program next week. The first couple weeks are strictly strength and conditioning work, but as OTAs and minicamp approach, they will need at least three or four quarterbacks on the roster. I imagine we’ll see them sign at least one more quarterback over the next month, and probably two. I would be surprised if Colin Kaepernick was among them, but maybe the Seahawks surprise us. For now, it’s mostly just a case of relatively bad optics in the timing.