Ozzie Newsome says Ravens owner isn't blocking move to sign Kaepernick

Ozzie Newsome says Ravens owner isn't blocking move to sign Kaepernick
Posted at 8:55 AM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 08:59:43-04

Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome released a statement Wednesday denying an ESPN report saying owner Steve Bisciotti is blocking the team from signing Kaepernick.

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

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Joe Flacco's health. The salary cap. And of course, potential negative fan reaction.

The Baltimore Ravens are weighing all these factors -- and then some -- as they continue to wrestle with the decision whether to sign free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

It's been a week since Ravens coach John Harbaugh floated the idea of adding Kaepernick, a veteran with Super Bowl experience and the baggage that comes from his decision last year to literally sit out the national anthem on game day.

The topic of Kaepernick came up on the first day of training camp because Flacco, the team's starter for the past nine seasons, arrived with a bad back. Flacco still hasn't taken a snap, though he insists he's on the mend.

Kaepernick remains an option, particularly since backup Ryan Mallett has not performed well in practice.

ABC2 News contributed to this report.