Michael Bennett Wanted Colin Kaepernick on Seahawks, Says QB Is Blackballed

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJune 13, 2017

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett talks to reporters, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Renton, Wash. The Seahawks play the Atlanta Falcons in an NFC divisional playoff NFL football game, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 in Atlanta (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Appearing on Power 105.1 FM's The Breakfast Club on Tuesday, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett expressed his views on free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

As seen in the following video at the 1:10 mark, Bennett said he would have liked the Seahawks to sign Kaepernick and discussed his belief that the former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller is being blackballed:

The Seahawks expressed interest in Kaepernick but instead signed Austin Davis as the backup to starting quarterback Russell Wilson.

When asked if he wanted Bennett on the Seahawks, Bennett responded affirmatively:

"I thought Kap would be a good player on our team. I wish he would've signed with us because we would've had a good backup quarterback after Russell Wilson. I think he's a really good quarterback. I love sacking him, but it would be cool for him to be on the same team as us."

On the subject of Kaepernick's potentially being blackballed by NFL teams due to his decision to kneel during the national anthem last season, Bennett expressed little doubt that Kaepernick's political views are impacting how teams feel about him:

"Of course I think Kaepernick's being blackballed. Obviously, all the stuff to do with the issues, I think nobody likes race and politics in sports. I think it's one of the things that nobody really wants to talk about. For him to bring up race and politics in sports, I think it struck a lot of people in the wrong way. You watch the people that really watch football, it's middle America and the people that buy tickets to the game aren't really African-American people, and for him to bring that into that crowd was one thing that people felt like shouldn't have been there."

From a statistical perspective, Kaepernick is by far the best quarterback remaining on the free-agent market.

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Although he went just 1-10 as a starter last season, he threw for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, while rushing for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

Kaepernick also has six career playoff starts to his credit and led the Niners to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season.


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