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QB Austin Davis Signs with Seahawks Amid Colin Kaepernick Rumors

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

Cleveland Browns quarterback Austin Davis (7) during NFL football mini camp at the practice facility Tuesday, June 7, 2016, in Berea, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
Ron Schwane/Associated Press

The Seattle Seahawks have signed Austin Davis to add depth at quarterback behind Russell Wilson, the team announced Monday.

On Tuesday, Albert Breer of The MMQB reported Davis signed a one-year, $775,000 contract. Breer noted he got a $50,000 signing bonus and will get a $30,000 bonus if he makes the team.

This move will raise eyebrows after Seattle passed on signing former San Francisco 49ers star Colin Kaepernick in a "strategic decision," per Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Davis has 10 career starts and hasn't appeared in a game since 2015.

The 28-year-old spent the past season with the Denver Broncos behind Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch on the depth chart.

Since joining the St. Louis Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Davis has appeared in 13 games, totaling 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick has notably remained unsigned throughout the offseason despite a solid season on the field in 2016. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Friday that Kaepernick is "a starter in this league."

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However, that clearly wasn't enough to sign the 29-year-old, who made himself a divisive figure in the NFL when he chose to kneel during the national anthem.

Gregg Bell of the News Tribune provided an explanation on the team's decision:

Gregg Bell @gbellseattle

#Seahawks sign Austin Davis as their vet QB they've sought, because he's a backup & team sees Colin Kaepernick as a starter it doesn't need

The Seahawks released Jake Heaps to complete the move, meaning Davis will compete with Trevone Boykin for the second-string job.

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