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The Seahawks, who passed on Colin Kaepernick after he wouldn’t promise to not kneel for the national anthem, signed Stephen Morris according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and others. Unless you’re a big University of Miami (Fla.) football fan you might not be familiar with Morris, and for good reason. Morris has been bouncing around the NFL since 2014 and has never appeared in a game. Morris regular-season appearances: Zero. Kaepernick Super Bowl starts: One.
The Seahawks needed a backup after cutting Trevone Boykin over a domestic violence incident. Before the domestic violence accusation, Boykin was with the Seahawks two seasons despite separate arrests on drug charges and resisting arrest after a bar fight that got him suspended from TCU’s bowl game. Kaepernick has no known arrests.
The Seahawks, who once drafted defensive end Frank Clark after he was arrested for a domestic violence accusation and kept Clark after he injured a teammate in a practice fight, needed a backup quarterback so they contacted Kaepernick about a workout. The workout was scrapped over Kaepernick’s refusal to promise he wouldn’t kneel for the national anthem, according to Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson and other reports. Robinson said a meeting could happen at a later date, but in the meantime the Seahawks needed someone other than Russell Wilson at quarterback. So Morris was brought in.
Even though the Seahawks will surely bring in another quarterback after Morris, it’s still another example of quarterbacks with far fewer credentials than Kaepernick being signed while Kaepernick waits for another job. Safety Eric Reid, who kneeled with Kaepernick and has had one known free-agent visit this offseason (which now looks like a publicity stunt by the Bengals, whose owner made the visit about telling Reid he wouldn’t be allowed to kneel), waits as well. It’s easy to see why NFL players would be bothered by this. The hypocrisy is in plain view.
But the bottom line is Kaepernick continues to wait. Morris is far from the first quarterback with a lesser résumé than Kaepernick to be signed. He won’t be the last, either.
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