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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is reportedly visiting the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday. USA TODAY Sports/ Neville E. Guard

Colin Kaepernick, Austin Davis Visiting Seahawks (REPORT)

The Seattle Seahawks are looking to add a quarterback to their roster ahead of training camp and are bringing in former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and former Rams, Browns, and Broncos quarterback Austin Davis for a workout Wednesday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said last week that the team was “looking at everybody,” including high-profiled quarterbacks Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III.

Kaepernick, 29, is arguably the top free agent quarterback on the market in terms of talent but fits few NFL offenses due to his skill set. The former 49ers quarterback has proven himself worthy of at least a backup role with his play in 2016, but some team are undoubtedly passing on the idea of signing him due to the publicity and attention he will bring to an organization off the field.

The former second-round pick out of Nevada completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and threw 16 touchdowns to four interceptions in 2016, but was only able to lead San Francisco to one win in 11 starts. Kaepernick’s trainer, Josh Hidalgo, recently said the free agent quarterback is training five days a week, and that he is preparing as if he were competing for a starting role.

The Seahawks are surely set with franchise quarterback Russell Wilson, but after witnessing him take a beating behind a shaky offensive line last season, Seattle’s front office looks to be adding a much-needed insurance policy.

Over the course of six seasons, Kaepernick has amassed a 28-30 starting record and has thrown 72 touchdowns to 30 interceptions.

While Kaepernick is clearly the more talented and experienced option of the two, Davis would likely come at a cheaper price for Seattle’s front office.

Carroll made it a point to mention the team’s “cap and roster issues” when talking about free agent quarterbacks last week, and bringing in a veteran backup like Davis will likely allow Seattle’s front office more flexibility financially.

The Seahawks are reportedly not expected to make an official signing on Wednesday and are just doing their due diligence on both quarterbacks.

Davis, 27, spent the majority of the 2016 season as the Denver Broncos’ third-string quarterback and has 3-7 career starting record during his time in Cleveland and St. Louis. The 6-foot-2, 221-pound quarterback out of Southern Mississippi has a 62.4 percent career completion percentage and has throw 13 touchdowns to 12 interceptions through his first five seasons in the league.

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