RENTON, Wash. – Pete Carroll said on Monday that the Seattle Seahawks had not closed the door because they could include Colin Kaepernick in their roster, but how far they could go further may depend on the upcoming NFL draft.
"We're still fighting on all fronts, with all the boys, we're still looking for boys and we're rating, there are still free agents we look at and the process just goes on," Carroll said. "We've done the information gathering and we feel good about where we are, it's not finished yet, we're not done with that decision yet."
Reports came to light earlier this month that Seattle is out of a scheduled workout for Kaepernick, who has been out of the NFL team since the end of the 201
Carroll said the reports of what had happened to the scheduled training had been "blown up". 196590000] "I think we've been working on this thing for some time, I do not think that was really as meaningful as it came over," Carroll said. "We are very aware of this and he is a good football player and there might be a place for him, we do not know that yet." Whether Seattle visits Kaepernick again, this week's draft could be answered if the Seahawks invest a draft pick in a quarterback for the first time since the election of Russell Wilson in 2012. Seattle has signed backups Stephen Morris and Austin Davis in this off-season.
Carroll and general manager John Schneider also gave brief updates on safety breaches Kam Chancellor and defensive tackle Malik McDowell
Chancellor suffered a neck injury mid-last season that questioned his career. Schneider said the chancellor will conduct a "scan" in late June or early July to determine his status. It could also be a contract problem like anything else with Chancellor, who guaranteed a $ 25 million three-year extension before the start of last season.
Meanwhile, McDowell's status remains bleak. McDowell, Seattle's first draft in the second round of last year's draft, was injured in an ATV accident last summer and has since stopped participating in football related activities. Carroll said the team has not received any indication that McDowell could return to the team at this point, let alone play football.
"There are a lot of things we can not go into, it's a really unfortunate situation on both sides," said Schneider.
The only diagnosis the team has made regarding McDowell is that he has one severe concussion and facial injuries in the ATV accident suffered.
"We have not had a good update for a long time," Carroll said.