The Seattle Seahawks on Monday signed a former NFC West quarterback.
Nearly two weeks after visiting with Colin Kaepernick and Austin Davis, the Seahawks opted to sign Davis to join the team’s competition behind starter Russell Wilson. Trevone Boykin, who served as the backup last season, is the only other quarterback on Seattle's roster.
The Seahawks released quarterback Jake Heaps to make room on the roster for Davis, who started eight games for the St. Louis Rams in 2014. Davis compiled a passer rating of 85.1 with 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions three seasons ago.
Davis, 28, spent time with the Denver Broncos last year but did not appear in any games. In 2015, he saw action in three games with the Cleveland Browns.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll last week told the Seattle-area media that he considers Kaepernick a starting quarterback in the NFL but the club had no intention of signing him.
“Colin’s been a fantastic football player and he’s going to continue to be,” Carroll said. “At this time, we didn’t do anything with it. We know where he is, who he is, and we had a chance to understand him much more so. He’s a starter in this league and I can’t imagine somebody won’t give him a chance to play.”
Kaepernick retweeted an article from Pro Football Talk that reported money was not an issue in any discussions between Kaepernick and the Seahawks.
Jerick McKinnon definitely feels Jimmy Garoppolo’s pain, having torn his ACL during the preseason and watched the 49ers quarterback do the same Sunday.
McKinnon was quick to tweet his support for Garoppolo the next day.
49ers coach Kyle Shanahan used the prospect of rehabbing with the running back as a positive with Garoppolo.
“That’s the only good news that Jimmy and I could talk about on the plane. At least he’s got a buddy to go through it with,” Shanahan said Monday. “Unfortunately, both of them are going through it. But they’re both in the same boat.
“I know Jerick, I think, texted him and sent him a picture of his knee right after the game. Just said, ‘Looking forward to having a wingman,’ or something. They can talk a lot about it with each other. They can keep each other up, help each other when each other are down, but those are two very important players, they were for us to start out this year.”
That last point is what surely stings the 49ers, who entered training camp with high hopes and now must play without their two top offensive weapons.
The 49ers held tryouts Tuesday at the team’s practice facility in Santa Clara with seven quarterbacks, including E.J. Manuel and Landry Jones, a league source confirmed to NBC Sports Bay Area.
The 49ers are in the market to add to quarterback depth after Jimmy Garoppolo sustained a season-ending injury Sunday in Kansas City. Garoppolo suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament and will undergo surgery in the next week or two when the swelling subsides in his left knee.
C.J. Beathard will become the 49ers’ starting quarterback. The 49ers also plan to promote Nick Mullens to the team’s 53-man roster to serve as the backup this Sunday when the 49ers play the Los Angeles Chargers.
There is no hurry to move Mullens to the active roster because he's already allowed to practice with the team. The 49ers didn't immediately made any announcement on whether they plan to sign any of the quarterbacks who worked out for the team.
Manuel is a five-year veteran who started 17 games with the Buffalo Bills in his first four seasons before becoming the Raiders’ backup last season. Jones spent the past five seasons as Pittsburgh’s backup.
The 49ers also worked out Kellen Clemens, Tom Savage, Matt Simms, T.J. Yates and Kyle Allen, as NFL reporters Adam Caplan and Howard Balzer first reported. Allen skipped his final year of college eligibility at the University of Houston, went undrafted and signed with the Carolina Panthers. He was cut from the Panthers’ practice squad two weeks ago.
The 49ers also worked out wide receiver Deontez Alexander, and safeties Kelcie McCray and Eddie Pleasant. McCray spent two seasons of his six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, and Pleasant played his first six seasons with the Houston Texans.
Also on Tuesday, the Texans signed defensive end Daeshon Hall of Texas A&M off the 49ers’ practice squad.