Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh made it seem as if the team was at least mildly interested in Colin Kaepernick in light of Joe Flacco’s back injury.
The Ravens signed a different quarterback Friday who doesn’t even have NFL experience. The team announced on Twitter it had signed quarterback David Olson.
Olson arrives in Baltimore after a stint with the Kansas City Phantoms of the Championship Indoor Football league. He’s a relatively unknown player, but he has familiarity with the Harbaughs.
Olson played for John Harbaugh’s brother, Jim, at Stanford. He didn’t see any playing time behind current Colts quarterback, Andrew Luck, and transferred to Clemson for his final collegiate season in 2014. He will most likely serve as a camp arm as the team awaits Flacco’s return.
The timetable for Flacco’s recovery is still uncertain and reports suggest he could miss anywhere from one to six weeks. NFL Network reported earlier in the week Flacco is dealing with a disc issue in his back. The original report from The Baltimore Sun suggested Flacco was merely dealing with back soreness and would be limited for the start of training camp.
Kaepernick’s chances of finding a gig in Baltimore will likely hinge upon Flacco’s recovery. John Harbaugh offered some praise of Kaepernick and didn’t rule out the possibility of signing him.
“He’s a really good football player,” Harbaugh said, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. “I believe he’s a really good person. It all depends on a lot of things. It depends on Colin first of all and what’s his passion, what’s his priority, what’s he want to do, what kind of shape he’s in. So we’ll just see where it goes. I don’t think it’s different for us than any other team.”
For now, Kaepernick will wait as training camps open across the league. If the Ravens don’t want him, perhaps someone else will need him.