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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."

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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 lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

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Ravens lower concession prices at M&T Bank Stadium ahead of 2018 season

Enjoying a game at M&T Bank Stadium just became a little more affordable.

On Thursday, the Ravens introduced their new "Flock Friendly Fare," reducing the price of 21 of their most popular food and beverage items.  

The change comes as the organization focuses on revamping the fan experience in 2018. Fans will see an average of 33 percent in total savings and up to 53 percent savings on a single item.  

"As a lot of you probably know, after every game we survey fans to see how we're doing; what have we done well and what have we not done well. Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms we received was for the gameday concessions prices," Ravens President Dick Cass said on the team's website

Alcoholic beverages were all reduced by $1 with the addition of domestic 12 ounce beer for $5.

Chicken tenders with fries went from $11 to $7, while a slice of pizza went from $8.50 to $6. No single item will cost above $9.

On average, you will now be able to feed a family of four for $44 compared to $66.75 in years past. To see all of the reductions, click the arrow in the post below. 

In 2017, the Atlanta Falcons reduced their concession prices upon opening their brand new Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The Ravens, however, are expecting to lose $1.5 million in concession revenue due to the change. 

Introducing our new Flock Friendly Fare!

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

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Vegas odds against Lamar Jackson starting for Ravens in 2018

Vegas has spoken and they are not optimistic about rookie Lamar Jackson starting under center for the Ravens in 2018.

Bovado, an online gambling site, has set the odds on how the top 2018 rookies will perform and they have Jackson getting 0.5 starts this season.

That number will come as a surprise considering the popular narrative that Lamar Jackson will be the Ravens' starter in no time. The team made it clear they are planning for life after Flacco when they traded back into the first-round of the 2018 draft to select the quarterback out of Louisville at No. 32

Flacco - who is entering his 11th season with the organization - is experiencing a decline in his performance of late, one that can not be put entirely on his shoulders as the team has failed in finding him valuable weapons to throw to. Nonetheless, Flacco's projected 2018 season is very much up in the air and it appears Vegas is betting on the one-time Super Bowl MVP to bounce back. 

However, the Ravens have failed to make the playoffs four of the last five seasons, and if that trend continues into 2018, the rookie could get his shot at flipping the script.

If you're a betting man, it could payoff to bet the over on Jackson. Low risk, seemingly high reward. 

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