Pete Carroll said Monday the Seattle Seahawks have not closed the door on the possibility of adding Colin Kaepernick to their roster, but how much further they pursue it may depend on the upcoming NFL draft.
“We’re still battling on all fronts, on all guys. We’re still looking at guys and evaluating. There are still free agents we’re looking at and in that the process just continues,” Carroll said. “We’ve gone through the information gathering and we have a pretty good feel for where we are. It’s ongoing. We’re not done with that decision at all.”
Meanwhile, the status of McDowell remains murky. McDowell, Seattle’s initial draft pick in the second round of last year’s draft, was injured in an ATV accident last summer and has not taken part in any football-related activities since. Carroll said the team has received no indication on McDowell’s ability to even rejoin the team at this point, let alone play football.
“There is a lot of stuff we can’t get into. It’s a really unfortunate situation on both sides,” Schneider said.
The only diagnosis the team has provided regarding McDowell is that he suffered a severe concussion and facial injuries in the ATV accident.
“We haven’t had a good update in a long time,” Carroll said.
“All of these good things that have happened in the last few weeks, man, he would have enjoyed all of that so much,” Loomis said. “And I think he gets his greatest enjoyment from seeing how the city reacts to those kinds of things. So he’ll be missed.”
The Saints are also hoping to get a return visit from Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer. The golfers brought some good luck into the war room last year, when the Saints landed one of the greatest draft hauls in NFL history (five starters, including both the Defensive and Offensive Rookies of the year in Marshon Lattimore and Alvin Kamara).
Payton and Palmer have been friends for years, and the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic is in New Orleans during draft week.
“We’re sending the designer limo for those two,” Payton told reporters at a celebrity golf event on Tuesday, according to the New Orleans Advocate. “I texted their caddy, James (Edmondson). I said, ‘No pressure.’ Hopefully, they’ll come back, (but) they’ll have to wait a little longer than they did a year ago.”
The Saints aren’t picking until No. 27, in large part because of the success of last year’s class.
Payton said the Saints still have a few “must” positions to fill before they head into the 2018 season, and he listed their biggest remaining needs as a “pressure player,” a sixth offensive lineman, a linebacker and tight end.