Carroll says Kaepernick a starter, just not with Seahawks

Ross Houston
June 3, 2017

Although the Seahawks have elected not to sign Colin Kaepernick at this time, Seattle coach Pete Carroll told media Friday that the quarterback is "a starter in this league".

While Seattle has seemed the most logical destination — from its style of offense to the outspokenness of its locker room — Kaepernick won't be signing with the Seahawks at this time.

Carroll said that, after evaluating Kaepernick, the quarterback has the talent to lead a team, rather than back up Wilson on his team's depth chart. He's a starter in this league. "Everything is going in great fashion".

"That's not my issue", said Carroll when asked why he thinks the six-year pro is still a free agent. So as we've been challenged with growing and understanding and moving ahead, I think it's just as normal as it could be.

"Colin's been a fantastic football player, and he's going to continue to be", Carroll said to reporters.

Carroll instead said any perceived tensions have arisen simply out of working in a high-pressure environment in which there have been some unique circumstances.

Asked if Kaepernick's social activism has been a factor, Carroll added, "I don't know that". And in that I am dedicated to making progress as we go. Sometimes there are setbacks and challenges. As a matter of fact, if you don't count on that, you don't understand. We are in great shape. "This locker room's in great shape". "Individually, I treat those guys as well as I can to what they need and how it fits them".

Numerous questions posed to Carroll and Wilson stemmed from an ESPN The Magazine story published last week that focused largely on Richard Sherman's inability to let go of the team's loss in Super Bowl XLIX when Wilson was intercepted by New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler. "It wasn't even a question, " he said. "I don't know that".

It's easy for a fan to say let it go already, but in a way it's kind of endearing that the team's core players have carried the burden this long. "I think it's working pretty darn well".

Carroll admitted that the Super Bowl XLIX loss still affects him.

"I think if it's hanging, we wouldn't be as far as we've gotten, " Wilson said. I'm trying to figure each guy out and help them out as best I can.

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