Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett’s well-documented support of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick carried over into his session with Seattle reporters Wednesday.
As Bennett answered questions he wore a shirt and cap bearing the slogan of Kaepernicks’ “Know Your Rights” camp.
But while Bennett has previously said he wishes the Seahawks had signed Kaepernick — the team instead signed Austin Davis as a backup to Russell Wilson — he didn’t question Seattle’s decision in comments Wednesday.
He did, however, appear to give some credence to what some have speculation could be a reason the Seahawks sided with Davis instead — that they weren’t looking for someone who might provide competition for Wilson.
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Bennett was asked what he thought of the statement of coach Pete Carroll that Kaepernick is a starting-caliber QB and the Seahawks already have a starter.
“I think that’s what is his opinion,” Bennett said. “I think his opinion is a valid opinion. He’s the head coach. He’s the leader of the organization when it comes to picking players. If he feels that this is not the right situation because we have a starting quarterback, then that’s his choice. I think he’s able to have that choice because he’s shown that he’s of a winning pedigree. He wants to make sure he doesn’t have that competition behind his quarterback — I think it’s justifiable.”
Bennett, though, said he also didn’t know for sure why Seattle didn’t sign Kaepernick while saying the Seahawks deserve praise for giving him a look
“I don’t know what factors into the Seahawks not signing him,” Kaepernick said. “I know the Seahawks were the only team that stepped up and gave him the opportunity to [visit]. So that says a lot about the organization. I think our organization is…