Ravens Owner, Steve Bisciotti says Ravens "Monitoring" Kaepernick Situation
BALTIMORE, Md. (WBFF)--- Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti says the entire Ravens staff is taking some time to evaluate and monitor the possibility of signing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Bisciotti was asked by fans during an open forum today at M&T Bank Stadium before the Ravens open training camp practice if signing the former 49ers quarterback would hurt the Ravens' brand. Bisciotti was joined by others on stage during the event, including NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
“I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what is best for our fans,” Bisciotti said in response. “Your opinions matter to us (fans). We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.”
The Ravens have said they are asking current players their opinions, former players like linebacker Ray Lewis, and listening to Ravens' fan opinions ever since news broke the Ravens and head coach John Harbaugh have interest in the possibility of making him Joe Flacco's backup quarterback. Flacco is sidelined for at least another week with a back injury. If the Ravens cut his current backup, Ryan Mallett, he counts for one million in dead money against the salary cap for the 2017 season.
Bisciotti was open in his response to adding Kaepernick saying he's not sure if the move helps the Ravens win more games. Bisciotti was also not a fan of Kaepernick's forum of protesting social injustice last season by taking a knee on the sideline during the National Anthem.
“I know we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make some people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do what he did,” Bisciotti said. “Silent protesting is something that we’ve all embraced. I don’t like the way he did it personally. I like how he went from sitting to kneeling. I’m Catholic, and we’ve spent a lot of time kneeling.”