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Would Colin Kaepernick Being A Seahawk Make Sense?

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, left, hugs Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson after a football game.

There’s been a lot of talk this week about the possibility that former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick may likely end up as the backup quarterback for the Seahawks. Kaepernick got a lot of attention last year for kneeling during the national anthem at football games, and was an arch rival to the Seahawks during his time in San Francisco.

KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel says that for starters, nothing has actually happened yet. The Seahawks have admitted that they have expressed interest in Kaepernick, but some things have to happen before he becomes a Seahawk.

Thiel says, for starters, Kaepernick has to decide if he even wants to become a backup quarterback to Russell Wilson, and take a huge pay cut. Then the Seahawks need to decide if he is a good fit. Thiel says that he is, and the Seahawks would benefit from having a veteran quarterback with the constant risk of Russell Wilson getting injured, as opposed to a younger quarterback with questionable experience.

The word “distraction” has been used when describing Kaepernick, and few teams have shown any interest in wanting a potential distraction. But Thiel says that the Seahawks are no stranger to distractions, and head coach Pete Carroll is the kind of coach who can not only handle that, but also promote individualism.

Then there are the fans. Kaepernick was the face of Seattle’s biggest football rival for years when Kaepernick played for San Francisco, and Seahawks fans grew to despise him. Thiel says that any ticket-paying fan is certainly entitled to maintain whatever feelings they choose to hold on to if he becomes a Seahawk, but if a circumstance comes up where Kaepernick saves the day, he should be cheered on.

Kevin Kniestedt is a journalist, host and producer who began his career at KNKX in 2003. Over his 17 years with the station, he worked as a full time jazz host, a news host and produced the weekly show Sound Effect. Kevin has conducted or produced hundreds of interviews, has won local and national awards for newscasts and commentary.
Art Thiel is a co-founder and writer for the rising sports website Sportspress Northwest. In 2003 Thiel wrote the definitive book about the Seattle Mariners, “Out of Left Field,” which became a regional bestseller. In 2009, along with Steve Rudman and KJR 950 afternoon host Mike Gastineau, Thiel authored “The Great Book of Seattle Sports Lists,” a cross between and Mad Magazine that has become mandatory reading for any sports fan who has an indoor bathroom.