Ravens coach, GM open to Colin Kaepernick; owner resistant

Colin Kaepernick

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Kaepernick ignited a firestorm of criticism when he chose to sit, then kneel during the National Anthem before NFL games past year to protest racial inequality and injustice in America. He even asked fans to "pray" for the franchise.

Kaepernick has remained unsigned since he opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers on March 1. "You're telling me fans would rather you lose and put a worse player out there because a guy took a stand?" The two-time defensive player of the year also said, "I applaud you for the things that you stood up for", but added: "The battles you're fighting, brother, people way before us [have] been fighting these for many, many, many years. It's about, 'Boy, stay in your place, '" Sherman told USA Today's Jarrett Bell.

With Joe Flacco now sidelined due to a back injury, Baltimore is expected to be in search of another potential QB for insurance alongside current backup Ryan Mallett. "That's where it's so troublesome to me". The team is in desperate need of a quality quarterback, with Mallett encountering some heavy struggles at training camp.

The ESPN reported that Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh supported signing Kaepernick but were vetoed by Bisciotti.

Baltimore is now in a pickle as starting quarterback Joe Flacco is out anywhere from 1-6 weeks with a back injury.

Sherman cited three specific cases where he thinks Kap would be a better starting quarterback. "Whoever is making those claims are wrong".

Smith said ESPN's "First Take" it would be "tragic" if National Football League owners kept the 29-year-old quarterback out of the National Football League in an effort to silence players from protesting on the field in the future. He's thrown seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions. Soon, more NFL players and professional athletes, inspired by Kaepernick, conducted various acts of silent protest while the national anthem blared through stadiums and arenas.

"Not a lot of guys are willing to step out there", he told Bell.

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