The Ravens’ top executives have spoken to current and former players, including Ray Lewis, and both fans and sponsors as they continue to mull whether to sign polarizing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Speaking alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell at a fan forum before the Ravens’ open practice Sunday night at M&T Bank Stadium, team officials acknowledged the team has had direct discussions with Kaepnerick, but they still haven’t made a decision whether they will sign him or not, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
“I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what is best for our fans,” Bisciotti said in response to a question from a fan about how signing Kaepernick could ‘damage your brand.’ “Your opinions matter to us. … We’re very sensitive to it, and we’re monitoring it, and we’re trying to figure out what’s the right tact. So pray for us.”
The Ravens have been inundated with phone calls at their Owings Mills headquarters since Ravens coach John Harbaugh told reporters following the team’s first full-squad workout on Thursday that the team was considering signing Kaepernick to help a currently shaky quarterback situation.
Bisciotti said the organization is “very sensitive” to the opinion of fans, but that wont completely dictate the Ravens’ decision. Ultimately, both Bisciotti and Cass said it’s a football decision, made by the team’s braintrust which also includes general manager Ozzie Newsome, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta and Harbaugh.
“It’s been discussed between Dick and and John, and we’ve talked a lot with our current players and a lot of our former players,” Bisciotti said. “I talked to Ray Lewis this morning. I know Ozzie had a long conversation with Ben Watson. … It’s not racial lines. It’s not existing players versus former players. I care about the fan base, but I have to absorb the opinions of the players that have been there.”