On Sunday, Ravens president Dick Cass confirmed that they’ve had direct discussions with free agent QB Colin Kaepernick are currently weighing the possibility of signing him, per Jeff Zrebiec.
- Ian Rapoport mentions that Kaepernick to the Ravens sounds like more a possibility and is a “very real” option.
- Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he’s spoken to current and former players about the possibility and Kaepernick has given them assurances that he won’t protest during the national anthem. (Jeff Zrebiec)
The buzz has been building for the Ravens to bring in Kaepernick now that Joe Flacco is dealing with a back injury and backup QB Ryan Mallett has struggled with the first-team offense.
Mike Silver recently reported that Kaepernick “would absolutely love” to play for the Ravens.
Before that, Ravens HC John Harbaugh told reporters on Thursday that he has been talking to Kaepernick throughout the summer and they’re currently exploring the possibility of signing him to a contract, per Jeff Zrebiec.
“I’ve known Colin through my brother for many years. And we talked and then got to know him very well when he scrimmaged here,” Harbaugh said, per Ian Rapoport. “He and I have been talking throughout the summer a number of times. We had some great conversations on the phone and it’s really been a pleasure to talk to him and get to know him. I like history and politics too, and we’ve had some debates, and it’s been fun. And he’s a great guy. He’s a guy right now that’s being talked about. We’ll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He’s a really good player and like I said, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year.”
Kaepernick, 29, is a former second-round pick of the 49ers back in 2010. He was in the third year of his seven-year, $126.97 million contract that included $61 million guaranteed when reached an agreement with the 49ers on a restructured deal.
In 2016, Kaepernick has completed 59.2 percent of his passes for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns and four interceptions, while adding 468 yards rushing. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 27 quarterback out of 36 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available Free Agents list.