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Colin Kaepernick visits with Seattle Seahawks

With only fifth-rounder Alex Collins and Terrence Magee behind starter Christine Michael, Spiller has a chance to see action sooner than later for the run-happy Seahawks.

The former Bills star gained just 112 yards last season with the Saints. That was a letdown after coach Sean Payton spun loads of pretty poetry about Spiller after inking him to a free-agent deal before the 2015 season. The Saints, though, never found a true role for him, especially with Spiller suffering a handful of injuries.

Peterson is an interesting fit for the Seahawks, who, despite favoring a brand of power football, still run many of their plays from the shotgun — a slightly less favorable starting point for Peterson than a straightforward I formation or single back formation where the quarterback is under center. A nice explainer from the Star-Tribune in Minnesota can be found here.

Behind Tony Romo, the 31-year-old running back has been the subject of most curiosity since the start of the new league year. A steady stream of ideal destinations has been released from the running back’s camp, but for the time being, there has been little movement. Now, a picture of realistic suitors for the seven-time Pro Bowler may start emerging.

Walsh missed four field goals and four extra points in 2016 before being cut in mid-November. After a stellar start to his career in 2012, Walsh struggled the past two regular seasons, missing a combined nine field goal attempts and eight extra points.

The most infamous of Walsh’s misses came in the 2015 postseason, when he blew a chip-shot field goal that cost the Vikings a chance to pull the playoff upset over Seattle in the wild-card round.jersey

Seattle is interested in bringing in a veteran backup behind Russell Wilson. Coach Pete Carroll said last week that Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III were two quarterbacks the team was in contact with about a backup role.

It remains to be seen if their interest would evolve into the team considering to sign Kaepernick. The meeting is the first step in a chance he could get this offseason to show that rumors that he lacks the desire to play were a fabrication. The 29-year-old quarterback would also get a chance to display he’s back in shape after losing weight last offseason due to injury.

Alongside motivated veterans, key parts were added in free agency and cheap jerseys and through the draft in the first four seasons of the Carroll-John Schneider era. The foundation was set, and we slowly climbed the NFC ranks, staying under the radar until we defeated San Francisco in the 2013 NFC Championship Game, with Richard Sherman announcing himself as a shutdown corner and our team as true contenders. The dominant mindset and play, marked by punishing hits and unwavering confidence, catapulted the Seahawks to the Super Bowl XLVIII mountaintop, and it carried into the next season.

Since the stunning end of Super Bowl XLIX, however, this group hasn’t been the same feared team of old. Consider that Seattle’s average margin of victory last season (3.9 points) was its lowest since 2011, far below the high-water marks established in 2012 (10.4) and 2013 (11.6). After five straight seasons of ranking in the top five in turnover differential, the Seahawks plummeted to 16th last season. Finally, there were the alarmingly punchless performances in the 9-3 loss to the Rams, the 6-6 tie with the Cardinals and the 14-5 defeat to the Bucs. There were glimpses of greatness and gritty play, but it wasn’t on the regular. Yes, it seems my beloved ‘Hawks have lost their swagger.

Easily the best day in club history. It’s funny looking back at it now, but not a lot of people gave the Seahawks a chance to roll in this game because of the Broncos’ high-flying offense. I mean, I did. (And I was torched for it. Rosey was relatively close to it, too.)

The Seahawks destroyed the Broncos (and mostly Manning) in one of the most lopsided Super Bowls in NFL history. Super Bowl blowouts were a thing in the 1980s and part of the ’90s before a long stretch of competitive games. And then the Seahawks happened. The Broncos were doomed from the first play from scrimmage, because Manning had another one of his patented playoff pratfalls that became the hallmark of his career. I mean, I sat there before the game with one NFL scout, and the broadcast went to Manning walking into the stadium. The scout said, “He looks like this is the last place on Earth he wants to be.” Of course, we were in New Jersey, so there was probably some truth to that. But it really showed up on the field.