Despite talking up Colin Kaepernick on Thursday, the Ravens passed on the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as well as other free agents with National Football League experience to take David Olson instead.
As Kaepernick is under consideration by the Ravens, ESPN reports Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt says he would have "no problem" signing the embattled quarterback. Coach John Harbaugh talked to reporters Thursday after day one of training camp and said that while Flacco's back soreness may not be serious, it is serious enough to keep him out of practice for at least a week.
Head coach John Harbaugh said Thursday he expected the starting quarterback to return after a week of rest.
"It depends on Colin, first of all, what he wants to do".
"Ultimately, it wouldn't surprise me if the Baltimore Ravens started talking about Colin Kaepernick".
There is a degree of logic here, of course, as Kaepernick played under Harbaugh's brother, Jim Harbaugh.
With Dixon out, Terrance West is likely to be the Ravens' primary option on early downs with free agent signing Danny Woodhead the lead option on passing downs. "Right now, standing up here, I feel great". But as long as they have Flacco and Mallett ready for action, the team would evidently be more comfortable with camp arms like Olson.
If Flacco's absence becomes extended, that increases the chances of Baltimore signing Kaepernick.
Olson was an indoor football player who was apparently Andrew Luck's backup at Stanford before transferring to Clemson, where he attempted three passes in 2014.
Harbaugh disputed the idea of Kaepernick being blackballed, however.
But signing Kaepernick would've immediately meant a quarterback competition in training camp. We've craved specifics ever since Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers deal in March. We want answers. Despite what Kaepernick's trainer and those close to him have said about his readiness to play, he has not explicitly stated what he's seeking in a potential National Football League contract. If the back injury was a major concern, the Ravens would be out signing a more experienced quarterback.
"We'll just see where it goes", Harbaugh said Thursday.