colin kaepernick-blackballed

Colin Kaepernick’s search for a new team has centered squarely on the Baltimore Ravens, who very desperately need a new backup quarterback.

Kaepernick is certainly backup caliber, and probably even lower-tier starting caliber, but NFL teams, who routinely sign domestic abusers and convicted criminals, don’t like the fact that he’s a vocal advocate for social justice. However, teams don’t want to admit that, which has led to some pretty insane statements, like teams saying they passed on him because he’s too good.

However, with few options, the Ravens could be a solid fit. According to ESPN, coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome want to sign Kaepernick, but owner Steve Bisciotti is pushing back.

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome support the signing of free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, but have met resistance from owner Steve Bisciotti, sources tell ESPN’s Dianna Russini.

Sources say this is not the first time an NFL team has wanted to add Kaepernick to its roster, but the move was blocked by the team’s owner.

Bisciotti recently consulted former Raven Ray Lewis about signing Kaepernick, even though Lewis has been critical of Kaepernick for protesting during the national anthem and was once charged with murder (though those charges were dropped after Lewis agreed to testify against the other men who were charged and plead guilty to obstruction of justice).

The Ravens released a statement refuting the accuracy of the report.

Kaepernick is far and away the best quarterback left on the free agent market, but this could be his last best shot to join a team before the season.

[ESPN]

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Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.