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Owner Steve Bisciotti explains to fans how Ravens are weighing Colin Kaepernick decision

Owner Steve Bisciotti explains to fans how Ravens are weighing Colin Kaepernick decision

On Thursday after the Ravens' first day of training camp, head coach John Harbaugh broke the surprising news that he had been in contact with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and wasn't ruling out bringing him on board.

Many fans have since expressed their concerns about singing the controversial quarterback, even saying they would no longer support the team.


During a fan forum Sunday at the Ravens' open stadium practice, owner Steve Bisciotti addressed the issue and said the team is proceeding with caution when it comes to the matter. "We are very sensitive to it," Bisciotti said.

"It's been discussed between Dick [Cass] and Ozzie [Newsome] and John [Harbaugh]. We've talked to a lot of our current players and a lot of our former players. I was speaking to Ray Lewis this morning. I know Ozzie had a long conversation with Ben Watson. I wouldn't divulge peoples's opinions, but I think you'd be kind of shocked at some people that are against it and some people who are for it."

"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. Colin's made some assurances I think through his intermediaries that there would be no protesting, that he would be standing for the pledge of allegiance." 

Bisciotti understands that no matter the decision he makes, he won't be able to make everyone happy.

"Quantify hurting the brand. I know 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 what he did. Non-violent protesting is something that we've all embraced. I don't like the way he did it, personally, I kind of liked it a lot when he went from sitting to kneeling. I'm Catholic, we spend a lot of time kneeling."

With Joe Flacco out for at least a week with a back injury and Ryan Mallet throwing five interceptions at Friday's practice, the organization is still considering the most important factor: Is Kaepernick the backup that best fits their team?

"We do want to win games and I'm not sure right now that he is going to help us do that. We're monitoring Joe, we've talked to Joe about it. We're monitoring Mallett. We're keeping our door open. We've talked about RGIII, bringing him in for a workout."

"All I would ask is to just talk to your neighbors and your friends and your coworkers because I think you'll just get the same sense I got. It's that wow, every time I hear something negative, I hear something positive and it sometimes shocks me who it's coming from. I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what's best for our fans and your opinions matter to us." 

Bisciotti ended his thoughts with "pray for us."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell was also in attendance and voiced his opinion on if he would like to see Kaepernick get another shot.

"Those are football decisions. Those are decisions that I don't get involved with, they are decisions that rightfully belong to those clubs. Obviously, everyone's aware of the fact of his protest last year and that's something that individual clubs will either weigh or not weigh, but I think they all want to get better and they're going to make that decision on can somebody help them win."

"I've said before, our players have a very public position in communities and I think their voices rightfully should be heard in communities. I think it's a good thing for players to speak up on issues. I think all of us have to do that responsibly and have to do that in the right way and those are decisions players will make."

"But, I think it's good for them to be out trying to make our communities better. I think our players do that. We had several players who were at the fan forum earlier tonight that I think demonstrate that everyday. The vast majority of our players do that in a way that makes me really proud."

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Michael Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed wide receiver Michael Crabtree to a three-year deal on Friday according to general manager and executive vice president Ozzie Newsome.

The deal is apparently worth $21 million, according to Adam Schefter.

After being released by the Raiders on Thursday following the signing of Jordy Nelson, Crabtree heads to the Ravens less than 24 hours later.


The 31-year-old is coming off a 2017 season when he recorded 58 receptions for 618 yards and eight touchdowns. In 2016 he posted 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns.

Since 2015, the Texas Tech product has scored 25 receiving touchdowns, the fifth-most in the NFL. Crabtree and Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown are the only NFL players to post at least eight touchdown catches in each of the past three seasons.


In all, Crabtree has played nine NFL seasons – six of them with San Francisco (2009-14) and three with Oakland (2015-17). The former first-round draft pick (10th overall, Texas Tech) has registered 579 receptions for 6,870 yards (11.9 avg.) and 51 touchdowns in 125 career games (122 starts).

“Michael has played very well against the Ravens, so we know firsthand the attributes he brings to the game,” Newsome said in a team statement. “He is a smart, tough, physical receiver who battles for the ball. We like his temperament and believe he is a good fit for our football team, on and off the field.”

Since he entered the NFL in 2009, Crabtree’s 51 receiving scores rank 10th among active wide receivers, while his receptions (579) are seventh, and his receiving yards (6,870) are 12th.

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

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Ryan Grant's health issue and why the Ravens couldn't control voiding his contract

The most obvious move in the NFL this offseason was the Ravens signing a new wide receiver (or three). It was less obvious why the team decided to commit so much money to former Redskins receiver Ryan Grant.

Grant has long been beloved by his coaches and teammates, but the results have never been there on game day. He has some potential to improve if given a larger role in a team's offense, which he likely would have had in Baltimore, but it never made much sense to offer him a 4-year contract worth nearly 30 million, with $14.5 million guaranteed.

Thankfully for fans who were uninspired by the reported agreement, Grant was unable to pass his physical and will not be joining the team.


At a press conference Friday morning, GM Ozzie Newsome called the void a "medical decision" that Newsome had no control over. 

NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Grant is recovering from a Grade 2 sprained ankle that would need two months rest.

You have to feel for Grant, who by all accounts has worked his tail off for many years just waiting for his chance. It's never easy missing out on nearly $15 million dollars guaranteed, but Grant should be able to find work with another team.

The timing of this news, coming so soon after former Raider Michael Crabtree became available, seemed fishy to some.

At Friday's press conference, Newsome also said the team would have still pursued Crabtree if they signed Grant. 

It's probably not fair to suggest that an NFL franchise would actually so publicly back out of a deal just because another option came along, as any team with that reputation would struggle to attract future free agents. That said, it could end up working out splendidly for the team.

Besides, if all else is equal, shouldn't a team located in Baltimore be going after a guy named CRABtree?