As soon as Joe Flacco was injured, the question of whether the Ravens could bring in Colin Kaepernick has swirled around the organization. With Ryan Mallett playing poorly in training camp thus far, that question has become even bigger. Now, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Ravens appear to be split on the Kaepernick question, with head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome pitted against owner Steve Bisciotti.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh & GM Ozzie Newsome support signing Colin Kaepernick, but have met resistance from owner Steve Bisciotti per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 2, 2017
Bisciotti spoke on the potential of the Ravens bringing in Kaepernick at the Ravens fan forum before the open practice at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday. Bisciotti was not pleased with some of Kaepnerick’s past actions:
Bisciotti said he didn't like Kaepernicks anthem protest. Bisciotti said he's not sure Kap will help team win games.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiecsun) July 30, 2017
Harbaugh has said that he has spoken to Kaepernick and that he likes him. Harbaugh talked about Kaepernick in an interview with Russini:
The good news on Joe Flacco straight from Harbaugh and the latest on Colin Kaepernick and the Ravens pic.twitter.com/arq951Dn8B— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 1, 2017
The Ravens have had direct conversation with Kaepernick as they evaluate whether or not to sign him. In addition the Ravens have been listening to the fan’s thoughts on the matter. Bisciotti even said, “I know we’re going to upset some people” if the Ravens were to sign Kaepernick.
Harbaugh noted in the interview with Russini that he is confident Flacco will be back soon. However, Harbaugh and Newsome are always looking for what will best help the team succeed, and considering how poorly Ryan Mallett has played in training camp, Kaepernick may be a better option as a backup in Harbaugh and Newsome’s eyes. Bisciotti appears to be more focussed on politics of signing Kaepernick, and the lack of support that many fans have given to this idea.
Check back to Baltimore Beatdown for more on the Kaepernick question as the debate plays out in the Ravens front office.