"He's a starter in this league", Carroll told reporters after the Seahawks passed on Kaepernick.
Kaepernick's trip to Seattle had been planned for several weeks, according to the report, but was abandoned by team officials after the former San Francisco 49er refused the Seahawks' last-minute request that he promise to stand for the national anthem.
Which is to say Kaepernick, who is probably still good, and cheap for non-football reasons is a ideal fit.
However, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported the Seahawks didn't postpone the meeting exclusively because Kaepernick declined to stop kneeling. The team made a decision to postpone his scheduled visit while coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider discussed the matter, according to the Times, which added that Kaepernick still could be considered and brought in for a visit.
The 30-year-old has a pending lawsuit alleging collusion by the league office, owners and teams to keep him out of the NFL. Kaepernick, who nearly won a Super Bowl in 2013, may not be the same player he once was, but he is more experienced than a drafted rookie would be.
Kaepernick, who hasn't played since January 1, 2017, also has 2,300 career rushing yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. And the team's No. 2 last season, Austin Davis, is a free agent.
"The Seahawks are still working through their backup quarterback situation and have not decided whom they want to bring in to work behind Russell Wilson".
Kaepernick has become a lightning rod in the football world over the last two years for his work as an activist.
It's unclear what that means exactly, but presumably the Seahawks want Kaepernick to enter the 2018 NFL season with an idea of what he will do before and during the national anthem and how he will respond to questions about whatever it is he does.
The team wasn't so much concerned with Kaepernick's position as it was that he didn't seem to have a firm plan for his future, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
While Kaepernick is still expected to be an option for the Seahawks, ESPN reported other quarterbacks are also under consideration. "Duane Brown knelt for the anthem and is still on the team".