Ravens dispute ESPN report regarding Colin Kaepernick, sort of

AP

For the Ravens, the process of determining how big of a distraction Colin Kaepernick would be has officially become a distraction.

In response to a report from Diana Russini of ESPN suggesting that coach John Harbaugh and G.M. Ozzie Newsome want to sign Kaepernick but that owner Steve Bisciotti is resisting the move, the team has issued a statement. The statement, however, doesn’t directly dispute the report.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision,” G.M. Ozzie Newsome said in the statement. “Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong.”

No one is making the specific claim that Bisciotti has told Harbaugh and Newsome that they can’t sign Kaepernick, or that Bisciotti otherwise blocked the move. The claim is that Bisciotti is resisting it.

The term “resistance” implies a lack of finality. The statement from Newsome expressly confirms a lack of finality.

Again, Russini was at training camp on Tuesday, and she interviewed Harbaugh on camera. She came away from the experience (and/or acquired information thereafter) that made her comfortable enough with the situation to declare, unequivocally, that Bisciotti is resisting the move. The fact that he hasn’t slammed the door doesn’t mean he’s not tapping the brakes.

A cynic may say that this entire escapade — from the leak of resistance to the statement from Newsome — is part of the broader effort to take the temperature of the fan base before making a decision. At some point, however, the Ravens need to look at the thermometer and make a diagnosis.

66 responses to “Ravens dispute ESPN report regarding Colin Kaepernick, sort of

  1. The sad thing is that Colin Kaepernick is in all legitimacy probably better than Flacco. 16 TD / 4 INT & 468 rushing yards in basically a half season throwing to castoffs like Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton. Dude was a one man show if you actually watched 49er games. Flacco has gone for 34 TD / 27 INT the last 2 years, doesn’t have thay elite defense carrying his sorry play anymore.

  2. Well, the Ravens aren’t renowned for their total honesty (looking specifically at you, Harbaugh) – but the bigger concern I’d have is whether all this Kaep talk is because Flacco’s back problem isn’t really “mild”.

  3. For all intents and purposes “resistance” from the billionaire owner is a s good as “Hell no” from a spouse. It might be able to be overcome but the price tag is prohibitive and the consequences of being wrong will probably last a lifetime.

  4. Remember the rayrice drama?!?

    Who can believe anything that this franchise says after that lie-fest fiasco.

  5. Nobody want to admit it, but Kap has nailed his own Coffin
    and I think The rest of America is sick and tired of hearing
    “It’s your fault for our problems”. I think if he would have said “We have a problem in our society, but we aren’t the whole problem”, America would have responded instead of REACTED.

  6. How can Kap still not have a job in football? It is his right to be employed as a quarterback in the NFL. This is a travesty. He must be hired immediately because…well…he just should, thats all.

  7. the paying customers have spoken, Biscotti is flanked by members of the military in uniform at every practice…its not going to happen. let it go.

  8. Someone from camp Kaepernick has got to be paying the media extremely well to keep writing about a person so unworthy of the attention…..

    Football is not important to him… He only wants to use it to pedal his political propaganda that the majority of fans find appalling or he would not be in this situation….

  9. barsfordays says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:48 PM

    The sad thing is that Colin Kaepernick is in all legitimacy probably better than Flacco. 16 TD / 4 INT & 468 rushing yards in basically a half season throwing to castoffs like Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton. Dude was a one man show if you actually watched 49er games. Flacco has gone for 34 TD / 27 INT the last 2 years, doesn’t have thay elite defense carrying his sorry play anymore.
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    Didn’t Flacco beat him in a Super Bowl? Doesn’t Flacco have the best playoff record of anyone during his draft class? Didn’t Kaepernick lose a whole bunch of games after SF’s awesome defense broke down? Maybe they couldn’t carry Kaepernick’s turnover prone self and his ineffectiveness as a passer anymore?

  10. dblack25 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:58 PM
    How can Kap still not have a job in football? It is his right to be employed as a quarterback in the NFL. This is a travesty. He must be hired immediately because…well…he just should, thats all.

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    How in the world is it his right to play in the NFL. Does everyone get to play in the NFL. Heck having a drivers license is a privilege not a right but playing in the NFL is? That’s hilarious. He had the right to kneel and the NFL owners have the right not to sign him. It’s hat simple you can’t have it both ways.

  11. How can Kap still not have a job in football? It is his right to be employed as a quarterback in the NFL. This is a travesty. He must be hired immediately because…well…he just should, thats all.

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    Delusion at its best.

  12. From the daily byline on Kaep on this site…it is no doubt that PFT stands firmly in the left hand corner of this “debate”. Fortunately for the rest of us ( i.e. the fans who actually buy tickets ), the decision on this “social justice warrior” is up to the guy(s) that would have to sign his check. The 32 NFL owners are all smart enough to know that signing this cancer would cost money…and no owner in their right mind wants that.

  13. Kap would have a job already if not for his antics last year. He blew it for himself. Players, even the ones who have fairly long careers, are retired by the time they’re 34 or so. This guy should have taken up his “cause” then….like any guy with brains would have done, as opposed to torpedoing his career like he did. Shame on him.

    Then again, Im not crying for Kap regardless because he should still have a decent amount of money in the bank (43.5 mill career earnings)

  14. collectordude says:
    Aug 2, 2017 2:08 PM
    How can Kap still not have a job in football? It is his right to be employed as a quarterback in the NFL. This is a travesty. He must be hired immediately because…well…he just should, thats all.

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    Delusion at its best.

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    Pretty sure he was being sarcastic.

  15. Owner needs to own his decision if he made one. Man-up chicklet teeth and state “I don’t want him and I told my coach and GM whom I employ to not sign him.”
    This taking the temp nonsense is BS, make a decision and own it.

    Jeff Lurie faced a similar issue with Michael Vick. Reid and Roseman wanted Vick. Lurie was opposed but finally saw Vick’s value as a football player. That said he put a ton of conditions on the signing. What he didn’t do is float the rumor out there to see how the fans would react, he made a decision and owned it.

  16. They should sign him his jersey will be #1 seller in the NFL. Deplorables may hate him but a bunch of non NFL fans will get on the Kap bandwagon. Good for business. No one believes that the majority of anti Kap fans would stop watching the NFL most of them have nothing better to do.

  17. kaepernick can still play, lets be honest. his stats have been argued that they were garbage time- but he threw most of his tds were in the first 3 quarters. maybe the argument shiuld be his inability to score in the fourth. anyway, why is he not employed? he is simply not better than most of the starters. he eants too much to be a backup. and the distraction he simply isnt worth it

  18. Assuming the story is not made up, the unnamed source nominated Steve Bisciotti as the villain of this ridiculous morality play. Kaepernick further inflamed the situation with his recent tweets making it clear that he relishes his current façade as a martyr. The ESPN media has now clarified the antagonists – Kaepernick who believes the US legal, police and political systems need to be torn down and Biscotti the billionaire who cares more about money than the social issues Kaepernick has championed. I bet Ravens security is going through all video to see who told the ESPN reporter that Bisciotti was resisting hiring Kaepernick despite Ossie and Harbaugh wanting to sign him. If the story was made up the reporter will soon be isolated from any and all Ravens sources – at the very least.

  19. Can we please get Ray Lewis, insane, rambling, nonsensical-yet-somehow-still-preachy take on this young man’s chance at NFL redemption??

  20. It’s a simple solution. You sign him and justify it by saying that you’re doing it because you’re committed to putting the best team on the field. You remind everyone that not all fans are going to agree with the politics of every player but they can’t let them determine how they handle player personnel. It sets a dangerous precedent when you’re going to let the extreme fringes of society tell you who can and can’t have on your roster.

  21. tebowislife says:
    Aug 2, 2017 2:29 PM

    They should sign him his jersey will be #1 seller in the NFL. Deplorables may hate him but a bunch of non NFL fans will get on the Kap bandwagon. Good for business. No one believes that the majority of anti Kap fans would stop watching the NFL most of them have nothing better to do.
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    Not if they have to pay full price for it. The only reason his merch sold so well is that it was all at bargain basement, fire sale type prices.

  22. Kaepernick’s value as a player doesn’t make up for the potential loss of profit from disgruntled fans it’s that simple.

    Of course the owners are resisting signing and paying a backup QB who they don’t agree with his stance and would bring more bad PR than good.

    What reasonable businessman is going to take on that proposition?

  23. Or this could be parsing words for no apparent reason other than to have a story. Folks…get ready…Kap will be on a team and probably the Ravens. So get ready to cancel your Sunday Ticket, burn your NFL jerseys, plan nice family outings for Sundays and watch other programming on Mondays and Thursdays. And while you’re at it…boycott college football because if there’s one place where kids of all races are exploited…it’s NCAA College Football.

  24. @elyasm says:
    Aug 2, 2017 2:46 PM

    To use your logic, if people were that mad, his jersey couldn’t be given away…not even at bargain basement prices.

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    Not if they have to pay full price for it. The only reason his merch sold so well is that it was all at bargain basement, fire sale type prices.

  25. I’m guessing the anti-Kap faction sees no hypocrisy in the latest Presidential decree that transgender people can no longer be part of the military…doesn’t that sound bad considering thousands fought for the flag and the anthem only to be denied by the president? Maybe the anthem, which is only played at sporting events, should be shelved in favor of just starting the damn game. That would save between 5 – 10 minutes alone!

  26. Kaep who is a grown man who made a decision and it backfired on him. Why are so many people confused by this? I don’t see anyone holding a candle for RG3, an unemployed QB with a nearly identical skill set. The last time Kaep was a starter, his team was 1-11. That has something to do with his unemployment.

  27. One of the things that this situation illustrates is that Kap was man enough to stand up for what he believed in, not caring what others thought of his stance…and that takes guts.
    On the other side of the coin, Bisciotti is shivering scared worrying about what everyone else will say.
    Who is the real man there?

  28. Should the anthem still be played at sporting events…realizing it’s the only time it’s ever played?
    Thumbs up for No
    Thumbs down for Yes

  29. jonwill57 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 3:19 PM
    I’m guessing the anti-Kap faction sees no hypocrisy in the latest Presidential decree that transgender people can no longer be part of the military…doesn’t that sound bad considering thousands fought for the flag and the anthem only to be denied by the president? Maybe the anthem, which is only played at sporting events, should be shelved in favor of just starting the damn game. That would save between 5 – 10 minutes alone!

    Gender dysphoria is a mental illness.People with mental illnesses are not and should not be allowed in the military.I agree with you on just starting the game when it should be started part…

  30. Again, why would a team with a traditional pocket passer sign a qb who isn’t one?

    What successful team runs two different types of offenses through training camp?

  31. birdmantd says:
    Aug 2, 2017 2:45 PM
    It’s a simple solution. You sign him and justify it by saying that you’re doing it because you’re committed to putting the best team on the field. You remind everyone that not all fans are going to agree with the politics of every player but they can’t let them determine how they handle player personnel. It sets a dangerous precedent when you’re going to let the extreme fringes of society tell you who can and can’t have on your roster.
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    It’s the extreme fringes of society that WANT him signed. Post Modernism should be classified as a disease. All their thinking does is complain about the current society, offer alternatives that have proven to fail miserably, and secure power temporarily for the leaders and their cronies and impoverish everyone else while killing dissenters along the way. Take a vacation to Venezuela. Marxism is bad, no matter how many times lefties slap on a new paint job.

  32. Ravens have said all the right things. Media is putting words in their mouth. Remember what started this was the media asking the Ravens if they were interested in signing Kaep. The Ravens responded the right way and the media is now creating a firestorm.

    Kaep is not better than Mallett in the Ravens offense. Mallett proved himself when Flacco tore his ACL.

  33. Rhode Island Patriots Fan says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:48 PM

    Objectively speaking, and from a strictly football perspective, I see the New York Jets as the best fit for Kaepernick.

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    Kaepernick would fit right in with New York’s Liberal cop hating mayor Bill de Blasio.

  34. Whether you duck bullets in the name of the American flag, or you publicly protest problems in America during the time when people pay tribute to said flag, I respect anyone with enough conviction to put their money where their mouth is and stand up for what feels right to their own soul. It’s unfortunate that we live in a time where people expect you to hold the exact same opinions and values as they do, or else face ostracization. Very unenlightened attitude.

  35. Biscotti is ‘resisting’ for the same reason every other owner has evolved from entertaining to resisting to ultimately declining to sign the player. The reason is likely severe push back from local law enforcement as well as perceived negative feedback from a sizable percentage of loyal season ticket holders. Business is business, and the owner is, at the end of the day, nothing more than a business person with the ultimate responsibility profitability and securing the appropriate level of customer satisfaction. Unless there is a sea change in the overall public outlook on the player, there is a strong likelihood he won’t be suiting up this fall or any other.

  36. Doesn’t matter, whoever is the QB has no center or right tackle. The left tackle and guard are 2nd year players. My back gets sore just thinking how bad this O line is after losing K.O. last year and Wagner this year. The Ravens offense is in big trouble with an EZ pass line.

  37. @ homeofthebravens says:
    Aug 2, 2017 3:32 PM

    Gender dysphoria is a mental illness.People with mental illnesses are not and should not be allowed in the military.I agree with you on just starting the game when it should be started part…
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    Interesting point you make regarding mental illness. Has it been proven transgender soldiers are more susceptible to dangerous behavior? Couldn’t it also be argued that there are many people in the armed forces who have undiagnosed mental illness?

  38. jonwill57 says:
    Aug 2, 2017 4:36 PM

    Interesting point you make regarding mental illness. Has it been proven transgender soldiers are more susceptible to dangerous behavior? Couldn’t it also be argued that there are many people in the armed forces who have undiagnosed mental illness?
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    The suicide rate for transgenders both BEFORE AND AFTER surgery is more than 10 times the average so, yeah, they are certainly more susceptible to engage in dangerous/life-taking behavior which would should disqualify them since even a suicide attempt for anyone is disqualifying.

  39. Says the owner who took money from the govt to put on “patriotic” displays during NFL games at his stadium. NFL paid patriotism 14 NFL owners were paid to stage these what were deemed subliminal advertising event for the US govt. Shameful and Pathetic

  40. This moron is trying to get a job with Baltimore, and today he’s been re-tweeting stuff against the Baltimore police department. Right or wrong, he’s an idiot. And he deserves to be shut out of the league if he can’t understand that tweeting about the local police department of the city you are interviewing with is not a great way to get hired when you’ve been labelled a distraction.

  41. barsfordays says:
    Aug 2, 2017 1:48 PM
    The sad thing is that Colin Kaepernick is in all legitimacy probably better than Flacco. 16 TD / 4 INT & 468 rushing yards in basically a half season throwing to castoffs like Jeremy Kerley and Quinton Patton. Dude was a one man show if you actually watched 49er games. Flacco has gone for 34 TD / 27 INT the last 2 years, doesn’t have thay elite defense carrying his sorry play anymore.

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    you couldnt be more wrong. flacco has a serious lack of weapons and o line. i have watched both players extensively. its a no brainer who the better qb is. its easily flacco. first of all toe to toe flacco got a ring and kaep didnt. next, kaep cant read d cant, throw the out w accuracy and is a one trick pony running qb. kaep threw i think 16 straight incompletions against new england just last year. he is horrible. he was a product of jim harbaugh playing to his strengths and a great 49er oline that has mostly retired since. after a few games and teams had film on him, hes been second fiddle to blaine gabbert for crying out loud!!

  42. They already have taken the diagnosis – the fans don’t want Kaepernick and the football reasons for signing him don’t exist – his work ethic deteriorated the last two to three seasons, he quit on the team when he wasn’t named starter, and his game is sloppy, involving complete reliance on freelancing, running, and throwing without touch – no reading of defense, no small ball control, zero quarterbacking acumen – and it’s why Blaine Gabbert has more wins (four) the last two seasons than Kaepernick (three).

  43. All of the players that support Kaepernick should strike. Not only for his political stance but for the sham CBA they hastily signed. It’s real obvious who wields the power, but the players have to have some guts and be willing to sacrifice to ultimately get something that’s fair and just. I can’t believe these owners want public money to finance their stadiums but the general public doesn’t have access to those luxury boxes. The NFL model is resembling a plantation in many ways.

  44. Please, for the love of all that is holy, have the Ravens sign this guy.

    Ray Rice, Ray Lewis, Colin K – three of a kind that beats a full house any day of the week!

  45. Anyone consider the Ravens aren’t confirming or denying because they don’t have to? They don’t have to tip their hand to rivals that Flacco’s back is good or bad. They don’t have to tell other suitors to Kaep that they are in or out. They don’t have to automatically turn away any trade offers. As long as the sports media perpetuates this story the uncertainty helps the team.

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