Seahawks sign free agent QB Austin Davis, waive Jake Heaps
The Seattle Seahawks all offseason have expressed their desire to bring in a veteran backup quarterback to compete with Trevone Boykin, and they did exactly that with the signing of Austin Davis on Monday morning.
Davis is entering his sixth NFL season, most recently started two games for the Cleveland Browns in 2015 and was one of two free agents the Seahawks brought in for visits on May 24, along with Colin Kaepernick, who remains in search of employment.
To make room on the 90-man roster for Davis, Seattle waived former Skyline High QB Jake Heaps.
The 28-year-old Davis signed with the Browns in 2015 before spending last season with the Denver Broncos.
In 10 career starts and 13 total appearances, Davis, undrafted out of Southern Miss in 2012, has thrown 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, totaling 2,548 yards with a 62.4 completion percentage. Davis appeared in 10 games and started eight for the Rams in 2014, completing 63.4 percent of his passes for 2,001 yards with 12 touchdowns against nine picks.
Seattle's moves today keep the QB count at three, Davis and Boykin -- a second year undrafted player with zero career starts -- expected to duke it out for the role of Russell Wilson's backup, a job Boykin had last year.
Monday's move also means that the only team to express any legitimate interest in Kaepernick has decided to pass on him, which isn't all that surprising considering what Carroll had to say about him Friday after the team's third day of organized team activities.
"He's a starter in this league, and we have a starter," Carroll said. "But he's a starter in this league and I can't imagine that somebody won't give him a chance to play."
Asked Friday if there was a possibility the Seahawks could still sign Kaepernick at another time, Carroll said: "The doors are always open to opportunities. We're just going to try to do the best we can for our guys whenever the opportunity presents itself, and we'll see. But as of right now, we know what we're doing."
Assessing the backup quarterback situation, Carroll said Friday his feelings have changed any from where they were last year.
"We're still trying to develop it and make sure we're making the right decisions," Carroll said. "We'll continue to work at it. Trevone continues to need to be pushed. Jake is doing that right now, but that doesn't mean that we're done."
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