This offseason, you can't get through a 24-hour news cycle in the NFL without some sort of update, opinion or windy espousing on the career of Colin Kaepernick.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport recently noted there was "nothing imminent" between Kaepernick and Seattle, a message Carroll echoed in his meeting with scribes.
"It was another opportunity for us to keep abreast of what's available to help our team. We've done it in a million ways," Carroll said. "[General manager] John [Schneider] continues to work at every turn to figure out what's available, what we could do and does it fit, does it not fit?
"Colin's been a fantastic football player and he's going to continue to be. At this time, we didn't do anything with him, but we know where he is, who he is and we had a chance to understand him much more," Carroll said. "He's a starter in this league. I can't imagine that -- we have a starter, you know -- but he's a starter in this league, and I can't imagine that somebody won't give him a chance to play."
So far, nobody else has done that, but Seattle has made a habit of bringing in proven veterans off the street for a look -- even former archrivals.
"We brought him in here to check him out, and we know what we're doing. I think it was really productive for us to get to know him better," Carroll said. "I'd never really sat down and talked to the guy."
Often these springtime visits can pave the way for a future signing once practices launch and injuries take their inevitable toll. The Seahawks coach made it clear that Kaepernick -- if he's not snatched up -- could wind up in Seattle down the line.
"The door's always open for opportunities," Carroll said. "We're just going to try to do the best we can for our guys and whenever the opportunity presents itself, we'll see, but as of right now we know what we're doing."