He was acquired in the trade that sent Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, and he is a man who doesn’t exactly inspire most Seahawks fans when it comes to his potential.
Seattle refuses to admit that it is now in a rebuilding phase.
— NFL Rumors (@nflrums) March 24, 2022
If the team really does think it should and will still be competitive in a somewhat weakened NFC, there is an option at quarterback who could be better than Lock and has been looking for a job for a while.
That’s right: Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick Is A Proven Option
Although he has been out of the NFL for the past several years, Kaepernick has reportedly been keeping himself in shape and has been training on a regular basis in order to engineer a return.
Not too long ago, he was under center for the San Francisco 49ers, who were one of the league’s elite teams and in regular contention for the world championship.
After taking over the starting job in 2012 for an injured Alex Smith, Kaepernick took the 49ers to the Super Bowl, where despite getting off to a poor start, they came within a touchdown of possibly defeating the Baltimore Ravens.
Kaepernick was never a truly elite QB, but he was a solid one who thrived under then-head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s offensive scheme.
In 2013, his high-water mark in the league, he threw for 3,197 yards and 21 touchdowns while giving away just eight interceptions while leading San Fran to a 12-4 record and another appearance in the NFC Championship Game (ironically, against the Seahawks, their chief rival at the time).
Seattle has reportedly shown some interest in Kaepernick and even talked to him.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) April 1, 2022
Kaepernick Could Be A Great Fit
The former University of Nevada, Reno standout may not be great while in the pocket or when taking deep shots downfield, but in the right offense he can do well.
While he was with the Niners, they used a run-heavy offensive scheme, partly to reduce their dependency on Kaepernick and to try to mask some of his non-strengths.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has been vocal about wanting to run the football more and base the team’s culture on that type of play.
That could help ease Kaepernick back into the NFL if they were to sign and play him, while also taking advantage of his ability to move the chains with his feet.
Seattle Also Has High-Level Receivers
One should also not forget that the Seahawks still possess two of the league’s better wide receivers in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
It could be argued that while in San Francisco, Kaepernick never played with a receiver as good or talented as Metcalf or Lockett.
Their presence would make life easier on Kaepernick, as he would have two men he could easily build chemistry and trust with, and they can help him regain his functional confidence in being a useful NFL signal-caller.
Memo to the Seahawks – don’t be reluctant – give Kaepernick a close look and evaluation before saying no to him.
If he’s in shape, he couldn’t possibly be worse than a man who has never thrown for more than 3,000 yards or 16 touchdowns in a single season.