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Ravens deny report owner Bisciotti is the one standing in way of signing Kaepernick

Ravens deny report owner Bisciotti is the one standing in way of signing Kaepernick

It's been almost one week since Ravens head coach John Harbaugh mentioned the team wasn't ruling out bringing in former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to be a backup to injured Joe Flacco.

With the news came support and concerns from fans, which owner Steve Bisciotti addressed at a fan forum Sunday prior to their first open stadium practice. 

"I care about the fan base, but I have to absorb the opinions of the players that have been there. 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. 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."


But, time is ticking and it's leaving fans wondering, what is taking so long?

Steve Bisciotti is the one resisting bringing him on board, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.

But the Ravens were quick to dismiss the report, stating that Bisciotti was not blocking the team from potentially signing Kaepernick.

“We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision," the team said in an offical statement on Wednesday. "Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong.”  

The move would make sense for one reason. John Harbaugh has had a closer relationship with Kaepernick than most.John's brother Jim was Kaepernick's head coach in San Francisco from 2011-2014, in addition to the Ravens defeating them in Super Bowl XLVII.

As of Wednesday morning's post-practice press conference, Harbaugh had no update on the matter.

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

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Ravens sign Crabtree to three-year deal

The Baltimore Ravens have signed WR 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 Shefter.

After being released by the Raiders 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 WR 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?