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Seahawks sign QB, but it’s not Colin Kaepernick

The Seattle Seahawks signed Austin Davis to be a backup quarterback, not Colin Kaepenick, who remains a free agent.
The Seattle Seahawks signed Austin Davis to be a backup quarterback, not Colin Kaepenick, who remains a free agent. The Bee

The Seattle Seahawks signed a free-agent quarterback who visited last month. It wasn't Colin Kaepernick.

Instead, the Seahawks signed journeyman Austin Davis, 28, who most recently played for the Broncos. Denver released him in December. Davis has also spent time with the Browns, Rams and Dolphins.

He started 10 games over his career but none in the last two seasons. His best start -- by far -- came in 2014 when he was with the Rams and threw two touchdowns in a win over the Seahawks. In his other nine starters he is 2-7 with 10 touchdowns, 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 74.4.

His addition leaves Seattle with three quarterbacks: Russell Wilson, Trevone Boykin and Davis. Head coach Pete Carroll seemed to signal last week that the Seahawks would not sign Kaepernick unless something happened to Wilson, their starter.

“We know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so,” Carroll told Seattle-area reporters. “He’s a starter in this league. And we have a starter. But he’s a starter in this league, and I can’t imagine that someone won’t give him a chance to play.”

Carroll’s insistence that Kaepernick is starting-caliber led some to conclude that he was asking for more money than what the salary-cap-strapped Seahawks were willing to pay. Kaepernick, however, retweeted a tweet from a national reporter on Monday saying that money was not a factor in Seattle’s decision.

Carroll said the “doors are always open” for bringing in Kaepernick at a later date. The Seahawks are the only team that has brought the former 49ers quarterback in for a visit this offseason.

Carroll shrugged when asked whether he thought politics was the reason Kaepernick, who refused to stand during the national anthem last year, remained unemployed.

“I don’t know that,” he said. “Let’s wait and see. There’s some other guys still out too.”

Matt Barrows: @mattbarrows, read more about the team at sacbee.com/sf49ers.

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