Ravens players say they’d welcome Colin Kaepernick

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At a time when the Ravens are taking the temperature of fans and sponsors to determine their reaction to the potential acquisition of quarterback Colin Kaepernick, it’s fairly clear that the locker room would have no problem with it.

“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” veteran linebacker Terrell Suggs recently told ESPN. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.”

Veteran defensive back Ladarius Webb agrees.

“I would love to have him to come challenge some other quarterbacks,” Webb said. “We all know Joe [Flacco] is our guy. We love [Ryan] Mallett. But yeah, we all would like competition around here to make everyone better.”

Veteran tight end Ben Watson believes that the composition of the team allows it to absorb a guy like Kaepernick.

“This locker room is one where everybody has a respect for other people when they don’t have the same point of view,” Watson said. “There are a lot of strong personalities. One thing I noticed before I got to the Ravens, I heard the Ravens organization would allow you to be yourself. That’s the culture that’s here.”

Of course, what some players will say publicly doesn’t necessarily mesh with what others believe privately. As Chris Simms pointed out on Monday’s PFT Live, he heard that some players and members of the coaching staff in San Francisco were unhappy with Kaepernick’s protests in 2016.

Since Kaepernick won’t be protesting in 2017, that shouldn’t matter. But a lot of things that should or shouldn’t matter in situations like this matter tremendously.

56 responses to “Ravens players say they’d welcome Colin Kaepernick

  1. If any team would welcome him it would be the one with the statue of a murderer in front of their stadium.

  2. As they should and as any team should. The followers on here will complain only leaders understand. Kaep should have never left my Niners, but we will welcome him back with open arms. This REAL Veteran is for Kap. #GoNiners #NobodyhasitbetterthanUS

  3. To add further, I don’t believe everything he kneeled down for is accurate I think it is a small variable to the bigger problem. But you CANNOT tell somebody to move out of the US because they protested the anthem, otherwise he wouldn’t be in the US in the first place. Is it not disrespectful to only play half of the National Anthem compared to the whole song?

  4. are you sure you interviewed ALL team members about this? The two you mention gave predictable responses

  5. Only because they’re as big an idiot as Kaepernick-I am the biggest Baltimore Colts fan ever and these are not the Baltimore Colts, classless, tasteless, arrogant and idiots.

  6. He is not going to be signed by an NFL team. No matter how much PFT or anyone else grandstands for it, it is potentially franchise suicide to bring him on your team. Especially when you consider that you would be signing the guy as your 3rd QB. I think the Ravens owner essentially said as much…

    No matter what, you will be alienating at MINIMUM 1/3 of your fan base the day he signed the contract. (Likely more than that). You simply cannot go there….

  7. That is nice. Three players say they’d welcome him.

    There are 90 players in camp. What do the other 87 say?

    I want a hands up to bring CK in? If 46 or more raise their hands then bring him in. If the number is more like 17 then there is your answer.

  8. Colin is financially secure. I’m sure he loves the game but it’s no point in subjecting and submitting to these ppl. This is a lesson to us all in our worlds( entrepreneurship ,jobs, daily interactions etc…) of what your up against. It’s not blatant in your face racism it’s very refined and you must do your best to defeat it in your own way and progress to the best of your ability without cowering EVER. You speak out against the racist structure of this country, and publicly invest in the black community for its betterment, you will be awakened to the real America.

  9. The NFL better wake up and listen to their customers. They ignored us about changing defensive rules because they wanted to promote/protect Brady and Peyton, they ignored us about Ray Rice, they ignored us about blatantly bad referees, they ignored about allowing the Patriots to cheat for over a decade…if they don’t wise up then their customers will find a better product, many fans have already gravitated towards the NHL The game of football is a shadow of itself and it’s not as entertaining to watch. Keep pushing your politics down our throats and we’re done. A lot of fans are already on the fence…

  10. “Is it not disrespectful to only play half of the National Anthem compared to the whole song?”

    No, but it’s disrespectful to treat “Proud To Be An American” as though it IS the National Anthem and they do that every week!

  11. Given recent events in Baltimore regarding Police brutality (and ensuing riots) you would think the fans in Baltimore would welcome someone who protested about the very thing that happened there….

  12. I see he left himself an easy out: “if he can help us win”…oh, he can’t? What a shame…carry on.

  13. Too bad he doesn’t understand that it’s not so much what he was trying to say, as it is the shameful way he tried to say it. If he’d acknowledge that he used the wrong stage and went about it wrong, he’d find a LOT more forgiveness and understanding out there. His pride is his own worst enemy right now.

  14. Kappie started his ‘take a knee ‘ at the next to last pre-season game last season . He did this because he feared being released , reasoning that cutting him after this demonstration would be seen as a racially motivated and the fact the Chip Kelly was the head coach added to that reasoning , since Kelly was accused of being a racist by ex-Eagle players the season before .

  15. Interesting dynamic. Whether or not you agree with Kaepernick is one thing. But Baltimore’s issues with Race relations, the whole Freddie Gray situation, and the Racial economic disparity in that city… it’d be interesting to see how the community responds….I don’t think he can help them win….so I don’t see the gain of bringing him in for the organization…..BUT I need entertainment when I watch ESPN. So I hope they do lmao.

  16. Why wouldn’t they? That is until they realize he’s a terrible QB. Not accurate, can’t run through his progressions, and can’t read a defense.

  17. Too bad the players don’t have any control over player personnel decisions being made.

    I see the “Let’s get Colin Kaepernick on a roster” movement here at PFT is back in full force. Funny thing though, all these efforts at changing public opinion have fallen on deaf ears. At some point, you’d think someone would learn a lesson.

  18. patriotsarefoolsgold says:
    Jul 31, 2017 2:01 PM
    The NFL better wake up and listen to their customers. They ignored us about changing defensive rules because they wanted to promote/protect Brady and Peyton, they ignored us about Ray Rice, they ignored us about blatantly bad referees, they ignored about allowing the Patriots to cheat for over a decade…if they don’t wise up then their customers will find a better product, many fans have already gravitated towards the NHL The game of football is a shadow of itself and it’s not as entertaining to watch. Keep pushing your politics down our throats and we’re done. A lot of fans are already on the fence…

    Please, if your team had NE success you’d be singing a different tune. The drop off has nothing at all to do with NE. If you prefer tractor pulls resulting in really bad fistfights then by all means try NHL ‘eh.

  19. redlikethepig says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:48 PM
    If any team would welcome him it would be the one with the statue of a murderer in front of their stadium.
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    Well, maybe if that were true but since most logical people know its not then it wouldn’t be an issue.

  20. ctiggs says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:52 PM
    To add further, I don’t believe everything he kneeled down for is accurate I think it is a small variable to the bigger problem. But you CANNOT tell somebody to move out of the US because they protested the anthem, otherwise he wouldn’t be in the US in the first place. Is it not disrespectful to only play half of the National Anthem compared to the whole song?

    I completely agree with your first assertion and your second. The flag is routinely displayed incorrectly and without regard for proper protocol. That is wrong as well as using the anthem to make your point during work. They are not mutually exclusive. Really splitting hairs though about playing part of the anthem.

  21. ctiggs says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:52 PM

    To add further, I don’t believe everything he kneeled down for is accurate I think it is a small variable to the bigger problem. But you CANNOT tell somebody to move out of the US because they protested the anthem, otherwise he wouldn’t be in the US in the first place. Is it not disrespectful to only play half of the National Anthem compared to the whole song?
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    To add further, putting the “protest” and “Pig Socks” aside, HE IS A BELOW AVERAGE, AT BEST, QB….

  22. “Kaep should have never left my Niners, but we will welcome him back with open arms”

    Who is we? The 49ers aren’t running a college offense anymore. They need a big boy quarterback, not a one read gimmick that craps his pants whenever he is blitzed.

    Shanahan has already explained multiple times why Kaepernick isn’t a good fit.

  23. Of course they would welcome Krap. After all, the Ravens built a statue for a double murderer. They gave big money to guy who smacks women around and pours bleach on them. They even convinced Goodell to lie about not seeing the Ray Rice video so they could quietly sweep it under the rug.

    Why not sign a guy, who every Sunday, took a steaming dump on the graves of all the soldiers, police officers, firemen, etc, who have died protecting us over the last 242 years. All because some people don’t value education or (legal) employment and have no use for law and order?

  24. Please, if your team had NE success you’d be singing a different tune. The drop off has nothing at all to do with NE. If you prefer tractor pulls resulting in really bad fistfights then by all means try NHL ‘eh.
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    My team has been more successful for much longer than New England. And if my team was caught cheating then I wouldn’t even want that Lombardi because they didn’t earn it. And the dropoff definitely has to do with the cheating by New England, they have only won one super bowl without a cheating scandal, that hurt the nfl brand and made loyal fans question if games are on the up and up.

  25. profootball13 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 2:20 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Jul 31, 2017 1:52 PM

    To add further, I don’t believe everything he kneeled down for is accurate I think it is a small variable to the bigger problem. But you CANNOT tell somebody to move out of the US because they protested the anthem, otherwise he wouldn’t be in the US in the first place. Is it not disrespectful to only play half of the National Anthem compared to the whole song?
    ————-

    To add further, putting the “protest” and “Pig Socks” aside, HE IS A BELOW AVERAGE, AT BEST, QB….

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    To add further, his protest must have struck a nerve as you are clearly bothered by it still.

  26. You telling me with the trash in the Jets, browns, Jags, Bears, Broncos, SF QB room, this clown Kap can’t get a shot, COME ON MAN PLEASE!!! He made a stand at the wrong time on the wrong stage and needs to fix it himself!!

  27. Forget all the protesting. You lose a Guy that is a pocket passer. His back up is a pocket passer. Bring in a guy that cannot throw from the pocket and is a read option, single read QB with no accuracy. Makes sense Ravens.

  28. First of all, they are touting a PC line. They say who is there in the locker room now has respect for everyone, but how do they know Kaepernick will once he gets there?

    Secondly, Kaepernick didn’t say he wouldn’t protest at all, he just said he wouldn’t demonstrate on the field anymore. That still leaves him space to take to Twitter and make the derisive comments he currently is making and to speak about things in interviews during and after games.

    And a lot of things that some people think shouldn’t matter actually matter a great deal. It is not for anyone to tell anyone else how they should think or what they should believe.

  29. I wonder if any player would admit in front of reporters and the media that he would not accept Kaepernick in the locker room and have to suffer the endless social media(death threats and etc),teammates and sports journalism hysteria backlash. Good thing is that with Kaepernick on the Ravens you will know not to draft a single offensive player from that team for your fantasy draft.

  30. If you don’t stand your fat butt up from the couch when the anthem is played, I hope you aren’t critiquing him.

    Also, if you aren’t bothered by drunk drivers, animal abusers, rapists, and murderers but are bothered by this, you are the problem.

  31. winged warrior says:
    Jul 31, 2017 2:13 PM

    Kappie started his ‘take a knee ‘ at the next to last pre-season game last season . He did this because he feared being released , reasoning that cutting him after this demonstration would be seen as a racially motivated and the fact the Chip Kelly was the head coach added to that reasoning , since Kelly was accused of being a racist by ex-Eagle players the season before .
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    BS. Kaepernick was guaranteed $12 million last year no matter what.

  32. Anyone that thinks that Ray Lewis murdered anyone just show how truly ignorant they are. I get taking the troll shots at him as a joke but any sane person with half a brain knows he didn’t kill anyone. Just ask the Atlanta police and DA who ended up with egg on their face.

  33. dontbeemo says:
    Jul 31, 2017 3:19 PM
    If you don’t stand your fat butt up from the couch when the anthem is played, I hope you aren’t critiquing him.

    Also, if you aren’t bothered by drunk drivers, animal abusers, rapists, and murderers but are bothered by this, you are the problem.

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    How about if I just realize that as a QB that Kaep stinks??

  34. psousa1 says:
    Jul 31, 2017 3:56 PM

    Do the Kaepernick apologists keep in mind he opted out of a contract in SF?
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    Do they also know that if he hadn’t opted out they would have cut him anyway? I wonder why? It couldn’t have anything to do with being severely overpaid and losing a ton of football games, could it?

  35. If Kap is serious about playing he needs to go to Canada and be successful with no distractions. A year or two of that then someone will pick him up no matter what anyone thinks.

  36. I always love reading the comments here… Always amazes me how symbols, such as the flag, that are supposed to represent “Life, liberty, and JUSTICE FOR ALL” are literally valued over lives of people they are supposed to represent. If those things actually mean what the core values speak, then it shouldn’t be offensive when an American brings to light that these things aren’t being represented for ALL PEOPLE….. It is what it is, minorities understand in this country there will be outrage and backlash if you do the very thing this country is supposed to be based on. People really want him to bow down and apologize for standing up what this country says it stands for and obviously isn’t representing….. Gotta love it

  37. Of course, they would … lots of players in the NFL would welcome an overrated SJW. They also support groups like BLM.

  38. Obviously the players like him. 49ers’ players loved him. They voted him the winner of the Len Eshmont Award. That’s an award given by the players to the Niner who exemplifies “inspirational and courageous play”.

  39. I am sure that the Baltimore PD is not to thrilled to the possibility of having Mr. Kaepernick in town. Downtown Baltimore is still reeling from the Freddy Gray riots. The PD that handles the stadium security is probably just as happy to see Mr. Kaepernick take himself and his socks elsewhere.

  40. I understand that people are bothered by his protest, and with good reason. What I do not understand is the intensity of the outrage. There are dozens of truly terrible, criminal human beings in the NFL. Every team has at least one. And people whine a little bit, but nobody really minds. But this guy tries (albeit, yes, in a very misguided manner) to stand up for what he thinks is right (even if he’s wrong, at least he’s trying), and he gets absolutely crucified. That is so backwards.

    You have every right to boycott the NFL or the team that takes Kaepernick if you feel strongly enough. But if having rapists, violent felons, and serial abusers on your team and in the league wasn’t enough to get you to do the same thing, you should probably think long and hard about your priorities. Kaep’s protest is disrespectful, but unlike so many other players, he didn’t cause harm to anyone (except possibly himself…which is his burden to bear anyway).

  41. To be expected. I’ll see what I can do to bring your antics to the view of a wider audience. The good news is that Kaepernick is toast no matter what you say or do.

  42. Given recent events in Baltimore regarding Police brutality (and ensuing riots) you would think the fans in Baltimore would welcome someone who protested about the very thing that happened there….

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    you mean the one where all officers were found not guilty by a jury of their peers including minorities?

    you mean the riots that were caused by a minority mayor playing the race card and she has since been out of office?

    you mean the riots that were exacerbated by the black culture that dominates other worn out beat down areas of our major metro areas?

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