But the Ravens’ leaders indicated Sunday that Kaepernick would be accepted in their locker room.
Kaepernick drew national attention last season when he knelt during the national anthem before games to protest social injustice, which he said he will no longer do in 2017. Linebacker Terrell Suggs, the Ravens’ longest-tenured player on the roster, said he would welcome the signing of Kaepernick.
“Hell yeah, if he’s going to help us win,” Suggs told ESPN on Sunday night. “We have no issues. Not in the locker room. Hell yeah, we want him.”
Ravens officials said they have contacted Kaepernick directly, and they’re keeping the “door open” on signing him. Joe Flacco is expected to be sidelined with a back injury for about a week, and backup Ryan Mallett is struggling in his place with the first-team offense.
“I would love to have him to come challenge some other quarterbacks,” said defensive back Lardarius Webb, who is in his ninth season in Baltimore. “We all know Joe is our guy. We love Mallett. But yeah, we all would like competition around here to make everyone better.”
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he cares about the team’s fan base, but he has to “absorb” the opinions of the players that have been there.
General manager Ozzie Newsome had a long conversation with tight end Benjamin Watson about Kaepernick. From his hospital bed…
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