Thursday, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick posted a video of himself with the caption “still working” as he hopes to be able to return to the league for the first time since 2006 following national anthem protests that made him a firestorm of attention.

Adam Schefter followed up the tweet by saying Kaepernick is reportedly in “the best shape of his life” and still eyeing a return to the NFL.

Certainly, the odds are very much against Kaepernick ever playing in the NFL again for a multitude of reasons. And anyone saying that the door is closed on him is probably correct. However, given the desperate need that so many NFL franchises currently have for a dependable signal-caller, that’s not going to stop people from speculating about him getting a tryout just to kick the tires and see if he truly does still have what it takes.

One NFL team that has come up a bunch since the video was posted is the Seattle Seahawks. Not only do they find themselves in need of a new QB after trading long-time starter Russell Wilson to the Denver Broncos, but they were the last team to give him a legitimate shot.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said in 2020 that he had “regret” about not signing Kaepernick after he left the San Francisco 49ers. The team had their chance in 2018 but they reportedly canceled a workout with him when he refused to promise he wouldn’t kneel during the national anthem.

Carroll is still the head coach and he’s in need of a veteran quarterback. If he ever wanted to make good on those regrets, now would be the time. It’s certainly something that people have discussed on social media, especially at a time when the franchise is rebuilding and could use a steady hand.

If the Seahawks were willing to give Kaep a chance to work out and prove himself, it might lead to a firestorm of controversy and pushback, but it might also be the exact solution they need on the field as well.

The team has also said to have an interest in Deshaun Watson, who brings an entirely different set of baggage with him. If they ended up going that direction instead, it sure does send a message, intentional or not.

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Sean Keeley is the creator of the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and author of 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and many other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle. Send tips/comments/complaints to