A couple of free agent quarterbacks may have a job again soon. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin are two of the most polarizing signal callers in the league – albeit for completely different reasons. As it currently stands, the two have been left without a team after looking like surefire stars just a few years ago. With that said, conventional wisdom suggests that both players would eventually latch on with a club during the training camp period. It seems as if their wait will soon be over.
The Seattle Seahawks are set for the next decade at quarterback with Russell Wilson at the helm. Wilson has yet to miss a game in his five-year career, and is coming off a season in which he set his career high in passing yards. Nobody currently on the market would dethrone the Wisconsin product. However, the Seahawks are in the market for a potential backup. With 2016 reserve Trevone Boykin getting into legal trouble during the off-season, a clear void exists for a scrambler at the quarterback position.
Pete Carroll has been a proponent of second chances for years — making the rumors carry some form of merit. Both free agent quarterbacks have struggled throughout their career, but each has shown flashes of brilliance in spurts.
Following his decision to kneel during the National Anthem, Kaepernick dominated headlines last year as media outlets meticulously chronicled his every move. The former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller started the season on the bench, but was eventually thrust into the starting lineup after Blaine Gabbert went down due to injury. Kaepernick responded valiantly — with a respectable 16:4 TD:INT ratio. It was his best throwing season since his first full season (when he led the 49ers to the Super Bowl).
Griffin’s season went in the complete opposite direction. The Washington Redskins had fully committed to Kirk Cousins in 2015 — slotting Griffin as the third string quarterback. After being shunned by the team that traded the barn for the chance to draft him in 2015, Griffin signed with the Browns and was their Week 1 starter in 2016. An injury in the first game sidelined the former Heisman winner for three months, and he finished the season with the Browns with less than spectacular numbers (59.2 completion percentage, 2:3 TD:INT).
From a pure football standpoint, Kaepernick has played at a higher level more recently than Griffin, making him the front-runner if the Seahawks decide between the two of them. Both players’ style of play has gone by the wayside in the NFL over the past few years, as lightning-fast defenders and exotic schemes have forced scrambling quarterbacks to play into their weaknesses. However, Kaepernick has proven he can make every throw and still possesses one of the strongest arms in the league.
Kaepernick is unquestionably a very good option as a backup quarterback. He has the ability to certainly start for a number of teams – and would be formidable should Wilson miss time. Seattle conceivably could go another route, but Kaepernick would fit in well with their offensive scheme already — as him and Wilson share a “similar-ish” skillset.
The backup quarterback market is rapidly dwindling, and a team as intelligent as the Seahawks would be behooved to make a move on one of these available players within the coming weeks.