Baltimore Ravens sign David Olson over Colin Kaepernick

Beth Cruz
July 29, 2017

While not much is known about Olson, who played college football at Stanford before transferring to Clemson, the signing does make a few things clear at the moment.

While Olson stands at 6'2, 220 pounds - decent size for a passer - he may have the least impressive athletic resume of any National Football League quarterback ever.

But the realistic answer is that the Ravens don't actually want to upgrade their quarterback situation.

But they needed another arm for training camp in the short term, with ESPN noting that Baltimore had offensive assistant coach Matt Weiss line up under center and hand off to running backs during drills on the first day of practice Thursday.

DAVIE-If any National Football League owner would be sympathetic toward Colin Kaepernick's unemployment, it'd be the Dolphins' Stephen Ross. Flacco said he'll be reevaluated at the end of a week and will consult with team trainers and a back specialist. It's Ryan Mallet and Dustin Vaughan, who are the other camp arms behind Flacco.

Kaepernick drew significant attention for not standing for the traditional playing of the "Star-Spangled Banner" before games.

Olson passed for 395 yards and nine scores this year for the Kansas City Phantoms. "If they think he can help them win, I'm sure-I would hope they would sign him". He would've been pitted against Mallett and if he won the job, the pressure would be on Flacco to step up his game. His 83.5 passer rating was 24th among starting quarterbacks, one spot behind Trevor Siemian. Harbaugh told CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora Friday "That's the decision that really has to be made".

If Flacco's absence becomes extended, that increases the chances of Baltimore signing Kaepernick. He also ran for 468 yards and two touchdowns.

"It's so early on in camp that it's kind of useless to push through and maybe hurt yourself more".

Harbaugh, Flacco and the Ravens won't have to deal with that scenario for now. And, with how the offseason has gone for Baltimore - from the injuries to the retirements - it might be in the team's best interest to play it safe.

Though it appears that Kaepernick's options are dwindling, there may be still one other interested team.

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