The Seahawks Passed On Signing Colin Kaepernick Because They Already Have A Starting Quarterback...Duh
"Colin's been a fantastic football player, and he's going to continue to be. At this time, we didn't do anything with it, but we know where he is and who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more so. 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." - Pete Carroll
Goddamn it. So close. If only Colin Kaepernick had sabotaged his own workout by intentionally airmailing a couple routine throws then he would be in a Seattle Seahawks' uniform and and we could finally bury the truth that his employment opportunities were hampered by his social activism. Seriously, he legitimately gave Pete Carroll no choice but to let him walk without a contract. What was he supposed to do? Suggest that management pick up the vastly superior player that plays a style much more similar to that of his incumbent starter? Stockpile NFL talent and create true depth at the most important position on the entire roster?
Come on, let's be realistic here. Everyone knows that having overqualified employees is the truest mark of a failing business model. There might be some eternal pessimists out there that suggest that Colin Kaepernick wasn't signed due to some idiotic notion that he wouldn't be worth the distraction off the field if things went as planned and he never got on the field, but they clearly don't understand that you can't hire a starter to do a backup's job. I'm actually not entirely sure why that's true since it seems like a flawless insurance policy, but it totally/definitely/absolutely doesn't have anything to do with the fact that the starter in question kneeled during 'The National Anthem' to draw more attention to institutional oppression and police brutality.
P.S. Realistically, this was probably a financial decision since Austin Davis' market value is likely the monetary equivalent of the food you'd find littering the ground of a Texas' steakhouse in the late 90's, but that attempt at rationale was too irrational not to mock.