Last week, I presented two theories explaining why the Seahawks decided not to sign Colin Kaepernick:
- Kaepernick asked for too much money.
- Seahawks ownership vetoed the deal.
After talking to a well-placed source, I believe both theories are wrong.
Here’s the real reason the Seahawks didn’t want Kaepernick: He would further divide a team that already is divided. As ESPN’s Seth Wickersham illustrated in his May 25th feature, the Seahawks have a pro-Russell-Wilson faction of the team and an anti-Wilson faction.
The anti-Wilson faction mostly consists of players on the defense, such as Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, and feels head coach Pete Carroll coddles Wilson. Holds him to an easier set of guidelines and allowances than the rest of the team.
These players think Wilson is overrated. Or, as Sherman once screamed on the practice field, Wilson “f—cking sucks.” They also “think Wilson isn’t black enough.”
This anti-Wilson faction happens to be pro-Kaepernick. Partly for how he plays, but mostly for what he does off the field. They’re politically aligned. Bennett defended Kaepernick’s protest and publicly lobbied for the Seahawks to sign him, while Sherman said Kaepernick “would be a starter on probably 20 of the teams in this league.”
Signing Kaepernick would throw kerosene on the fire that already exists inside the Seahawks locker room, and Carroll can’t give the anti-Wilson faction more fuel.
I believe the coaching staff nixed the deal.