This year, that includes for the first time a full-time trainer and physical therapist, leaving the 28-year-old quarterback feeling, in his words, "super young right now, and that's a great thing".
So why, after the Seahawks hosted Colin Kaepernick in their search for the veteran backup quarterback, did they sign ... He's also reportedly indicated he would stand for the anthem this upcoming season should a team give him a chance to play. The team isn't explaining why, but their interest in Kaepernick suddenly waned to the point that on Monday they signed Austin Davis who didn't even play a year ago instead of the former San Francisco 49er.
He also hasn't played a game since 2015 which has caused some, like the Sporting News' Vinnie Iyer, to call the Seahawks signing of Davis over Kaepernick, "The Fonz on waterskis of Kap's futile employment search".
"From what I understand, from everything I've heard, he's nothing but a great guy in the locker room, a team guy", said Baldwin, who met with Kaepernick past year when both players were taking stances on social issues. They know he's a starter in this league.
Baldwin, in fact, said "I have no doubt in my mind that he is going to have a job here rather quickly".
"I think it's simple". Carroll and John Schneider have routinely embraced competition during their tenure in Seattle - they found their franchise quarterback in Russell Wilson because they allowed Wilson, a third-round rookie quarterback, to compete against Matt Flynn, who signed a big contract in free agency.
While more and more people are pointing to the possibility Kaepernick is being blackballed by the league after kneeling during the national anthem last season, Prisco has suggested teams are passing on the 29-year-old because he's asking for dollars they're not willing to give him after he put up mediocre numbers in 2016. "I had never really sat down and talked to the guy". Of course. Every locker room does. I think that's all it was, honestly. We do hold each other to a high standard of accountability. And sometimes from the outside, it doesn't look healthy. "But I think that's why we've been successful".
Baldwin was asked about an ESPN article last week detailing from unnamed sources turmoil between the Seahawks' defense and offense, with much of the anger allegedly directed at preferential treatment of Wilson. However, if reports are to be believed, Wilson is a polarizing figure and doesn't have the full support of teammates in the locker room. I think it was very productive to get to know him better. "Pete, you are so far from the truth it makes me sick".
"We play a hard-hitting game, there's always tension", he said, punctuating the comment with a laugh.
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