UPDATE (10:45am on Wednesday) -- Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome released the following statement refuting the reports Wednesday morning that owner Steve Bisciotti prevented the team from signing Colin Kaepernick.
"We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision. Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong."
Statement on today’s report regarding Colin Kaepernick: pic.twitter.com/ubfpwVA35O— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) August 2, 2017
Colin Kaepernick is widely considered to be worthy of an NFL contract, but the former 49ers quarterback and social activist is still unemployed.
With Joe Flacco injured, the Baltimore Ravens are in need of a quarterback. But they won't sign Kaepernick, and it's not a football decision.
Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and general manager Ozzie Newsome would like to sign Kaepernick, "but have met resistance from owner Steve Bisciotti," according to Dianna Russini, who also reports that this is not the first time that an NFL team has wanted to add Kaepernick only to be blocked by the owner.
It's the first official report of the league black-balling Kapernick after he protested the National Anthem last year in San Francisco.
Instead of following the wishes of the team's head coach and GM, the Ravens opted instead for former arena quarterback David Olson, whom they released after just three days. The Ravens then signed Josh Woodrum, who went undrafted out of Liberty in 2016.
Behind Flacco, Baltimore has quarterback Ryan Mallet -- who has struggled early in training camp -- Woodrum and Dustin Vaughan on their roster.
Ravens HC John Harbaugh & GM Ozzie Newsome support signing Colin Kaepernick, but have met resistance from owner Steve Bisciotti per sources— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 2, 2017
Also to note this is not the first time an NFL team has wanted to add Kaepernick to its roster, but the move was blocked by the team's owner— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) August 2, 2017