A number of high-profile NFL executives and personnel are being asked to turnover cell phone and email records in relation to Colin Kaepernick’s case that teams colluded to keep him out of the league. Among those known so far are Cowboys’ owner/GM Jerry Jones, Patriots owner Robert Kraft, 49ers owner Jed York, Texans owner Bob McNair, and Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.
Carroll had Kaepernick in for a visit of the summer but Seattle did not sign the free agent quarterback because according to Carroll, “He’s a starter in this league.” This was in early June, when it was fair to speculate that Kaepernick would find a job eventually, but five months later he still has not.
The Seahawks of course have one of the best starters in the NFL in Russell Wilson, and as of yet would not have had an opportunity (thankfully) to use Kaepernick, but certainly some have questioned why the team wouldn’t rather have him over Austin Davis. That being said, if anything happened to Wilson the team could still turn to Kaepernick, though without months of him practicing with the team and learning the playbook. That may also be why teams like the Colts, Packers, Texans, Cardinals, and Dolphins did not sign him following serious quarterback injuries, but this has not stopped some other QBs from finding work.
Other teams have simply changed quarterbacks or should change quarterbacks, like the Broncos, Browns, Jaguars, and Niners, but Kaepernick remains unsigned. This current case against the NFL certainly will not do him any favors and may have indeed been the final nail in the coffin as far as a return goes. That being said, if he couldn’t get nearly as many opportunities as Brock Osweiler has gotten, then what hope was there really?