The Ravens are having one hell of a start to the 2017 season.
Baltimore has seemingly lost as many players as Donald Trump has fired White House officials. The Ravens have already been stung by the injury bug with multiple players suffering season-ending injuries including last year’s leading receiver, Dennis Pitta.
At the start of training camp, Joe Flacco – the elite Super Bowl-winning QB – went down with a back injury that could sideline him three to six weeks. It’s one thing to lose supporting pieces on offense and defense, but losing Flacco would certainly doom the Ravens to a hapless season.
Unless they sign Colin Kaepernick.
Backup QB Ryan Mallett – who tossed a ridiculous five interceptions in his first practice as “starter” – is not the answer. He filled in admirably last year, but he’d be a disaster on a team lacking playmakers.
But Kaepernick is a playmaker.
In fact, the Ravens have reportedly had direct contact with Kap about signing with the team.
So what’s taking so long?
After coach John Harbaugh admitted that Baltimore is interested in the former Niners QB, it was a clear message that the Ravens coaching staff had made their decision. They want to sign Kap. Unfortunately, it’s not up to the coaching staff. Signings of this magnitude would need owner approval. But Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said that Baltimore is undecided on signing Kap. He also made the interesting comments that they are entertaining fan and sponsor feedback and that they don’t want to damage their brand.
“We’re trying to figure what’s the right tact.” Bisciotti said. “Pray for us.”
This is a team totally bungling the situation. The Ravens didn’t solicit fan feedback during the Ray Rice domestic abuse case. The Ravens didn’t ask the sponsors what they thought after Ray Lewis’ obstruction of justice charge. But they did with Kap who hasn’t committed a crime.
The Ravens need to either sign Kap or move on. And an organization would not go this far to publicly state their interest with such a controversial figure without the intent on signing him.
Kap would not only be a benefit to the team but he’d also be a big help in the community of Baltimore, especially a city so close to the drama of Washington D.C.
So make it happen, Ravens.
Kaepernick is sure as hell better than Mallett, and he might even be better than Flacco.