Amidst speculation they could be the one NFL team to bite the bullet and sign controversial QB Colin Kaepernick, the Baltimore Ravens signed a quarterback to their roster Friday: former arena leaguer David Olson.
The far less scintillating move doesn’t necessarily preclude the Ravens from still signing Kaepernick, a prospect validated by the words of head coach John Harbaugh this week who wouldn’t rule out bringing on the polarizing player.
“No, I wouldn’t rule it out at all,” Harbaugh said at a Thursday press conference when asked about signing Kaepernick. “I mean, he’s a really good football player. I believe he’s a really good person.”
In light of the Olson signing, however, what Harbaugh meant when he questioned what Kaepernick really wants as a person is open for reinterpretation. It seems the coach may like and respect Kaepernick, but has still reached the same conclusion as the rest of the league: he’s worried about too many other things to focus on football.
“It depends on Colin, first of all. What he wants to do. What’s his passion? What’s his priority? What’s he want to do? What kind of shape is he in? And, if he’s ready to go … And then, our needs. So, we’ll just kinda see where it goes, but I don’t think that’s different for us than any other team,” Harbaugh said.
In terms of their QB needs, they have now partially filled them with Olson, which is telling in the sense that they’re willing to try out a lesser-known, less talented fix for the most important position on the field.
Or maybe Kaepernick just hasn’t shown them what they’re looking for. As Harbaugh reminded in his press conference, NFL teams are “always looking for good football players”, and so far, they’ve looked right past Kaepernick.
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