One report Tuesday suggested the Seahawks are not likely to sign free agent QB Colin Kaepernick.
Maybe the biggest personnel question hovering over the Seahawks right now — will the team sign Colin Kaepernick? — remains unresolved as OTAs began Tuesday.
But Tuesday also brought a report that the answer could soon turn out to be no, and it came from someone who has as much of an in with the Seahawks as any media person out there — former NFL assistant coach and exec Pat Kirwan, who now works for SiriusXM NFL Radio. Kirwan reported on his show Tuesday and then later Tweeted that he does not expect the Seahawks to sign Kaepernick.
Kirwan worked with Seattle coach Pete Carroll for five years with the New York Jets in the 1990s, including serving as the team’s salary cap analyst during Carroll’s one season as head coach there in 1994. In fact, he’s close enough with Carroll that when Carroll became coach of the Seahawks in 2010 there was speculation that Kirwan could be considered as the team’s general manager or at least as an assistant to the head coach (Carroll also later wrote the foreword for Kirwan’s book).
So Kirwan would have reason to know.
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Teams don’t typically announce when they are not doing something and as long as Kaepernick is a free agent and the Seahawks don’t have another backup QB (or unless Carroll or someone comments on it publicly — the first general media access for the team during OTAs is Friday) then speculation will persist.
At the least, Kirwan’s report indicates further that a Seattle signing of Kaepernick is far from a slam dunk.
All along, the team has made it clear it is pursuing multiple backup QB options and not just Kaepernick, even if most of the attention has focused on Kaepernick for obvious reasons. When he visited last Wednesday, he did so with fellow free agent QB Austin Davis.
And while Kaepernick’s visit was…