The Ravens are doing extensive research on the possibility of signing controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick, and have had direct talks with Kaepernick and his camp.
Ravens Owner Steve Bisciotti and President Dick Cass were asked about Kaepernick at a fan forum with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell before Sunday’s practice at M&T Bank Stadium. Goodell visited the practice as his first stop on a tour of NFL training camps.
A fan asked Bisciotti about whether he was hurting his team’s “brand” by signing Kaepernick, who drew polarizing reactions across the country with his protest during the national anthem before games last season.
“We’ve very sensitive to it and we’re monitoring it, and we’re still, as [General Manager] Ozzie [Newsome] said, scrimmaging it,” Bisciotti said. “So pray for us.”
The Ravens have also talked with former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, fans, sponsors and respected community members.
“We want to get a sense of what the attitude is out there and how Colin would handle it if he were to come, how he’d handle it and how that would change people’s views,” Cass said.
Kaepernick has made assurances through his intermediaries that he would not protest this season, that he would stand during the national anthem, Bisciotti said.
“Quantify hurting the brand,” Bisciotti asked the fan. “I know that we’re going to upset some people, and I know that we’re going to make people happy that we stood up for somebody that has the right to do…
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