Seattle is looking for a substitute for Russell Wilson and his former rival sounds like a possibility.
Pete Carroll is still a ‘hippie’ at heart. In a world in which Colin Kaepernick has the doors closed for his political stances and the unnecessary noise for a reserve quarterback, the Seahawks coach opens a light of hope to his former rival and antagonist of epic battles.
And he’s not the only one in Seattle.
The vocalist and outgoing defensive end Michael Bennett would welcome Kaepernick in the locker room, claiming that his political stance is one that is shared among Seahawks players, who on more than one occasion have expressed their support for Kaepernick.
“I think it would be a good thing in our locker room,” said Bennett, one of the team’s leaders. “I can not find a reason why I would not fit. I think we all talk about the same issues. Only he had the courage to face it, I understand. ”
The rest of the league seems to have turned their backs on Kaepernick, partly because of their stance and social activism, and partly because their numbers have consistently gone down in the past two seasons, having stayed within five yards of winning the Super Bowl in 2012.
In Seattle, he would have no pressure on either side. Their acts and protests are backed by colleagues, coaches and even the owner. Suffice it to remember that as Kaepernick knelt in protest, the Seahawks came out of their arms intertwined with the same message.
In addition, the quarterback would only see the pitch in case Wilson was a victim of a catastrophe. As Bennett puts it, Kaepernick will not find a better place.
“I think it would be great if Kaepernick got the chance to be on our team, it would be a very good place for him, because we have people like coach (Pete) Carroll, who are enthusiastic about those kind of challenges,” he said in an interview With 710 ESPN Seattle.
“We have an owner who invests and gives back to the community. There are players on this team who contribute to the community. There’s Russell Wilson, who shows that our team is community based. It’s the perfect place for him. ”
Come on, the situation is so good for both sides that Bennett and the rest of the Seahawks seem to have forgotten the intense rivalry that arose between Kaepernick and cornerback Richard Sherman after the latter intercepted the pass that gave Seattle the ticket To the Super Bowl in January 2014, which led to a strong war of words.
But words are carried away by the wind. The important thing is the actions and Bennett believes that Seattle could benefit Kaepernick on the ground, so it would not be a purely political or public relations movement.
“You have to see what you have done over the years with your team. Our offense is career-based, and the fact that he can play in the read-option gives him many opportunities to be a star in the NFL again, “said Bennett. “I think we have a great system, great players, and we have Russell. It would be good for him. ”
For Kaepernick, the obvious benefit would be to receive his weekly paycheck, but the fact that his pay comes from a team that does not see it as a threat or a problem would be invaluable.
There is only one small detail: Until now, everything is hypothetical.