The Baltimore Ravens are thinking out loud when it comes to signing a backup quarterback. Team owner Steve Bisciotti asked fans to share their opinions and “pray” for the team as they make a decision during a fan forum at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
"I hope we do what is best for the team and balance that with what is best for our fans. Your opinions matter to us. ... We're very sensitive to it, and we're monitoring it, and we're still, as Ozzie says, scrimmaging it, and we're trying to figure out what's the right tact. So pray for us."
The reason for the unusual dramatics seems to be free agent, Colin Kaepernick. The 29 year old quarterback, then with the San Francisco 49ers, caused controversy last year when he took a knee during the national anthem in a silent protest against police brutality and violence.
"I know that 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 have 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 don't know, I'm Catholic -- we spend a lot of time kneeling."
Other athletes, from elementary schools to professional leagues, followed his lead.
It’s hard to believe it was only four years ago that Kaepernick lead the lead San Francisco 49ers to the a Super Bowl. Despite having better stats than the majority of backups that have already been signed and even some starting quarterbacks, he still remains a free agent.
Jim Harbaugh, the Ravens head coach talked to reporters about Kaepernick last week.
“He's a really good football player, and I believe he's a really good person. It all depends on a lot of things. It depends on Colin, first of all, of what he wants to do. What's his passion, what's his priority, what's he want to do, what kind of shape he's in and if he's ready to go, and our needs, so we'll just kind of see where it goes. ... We're definitely going to get another arm in here."
While some fans have come against him, Kaepernick’s popularity among fans doesn’t seem to be suffering. According to a recent report by the NFL Players Association, he comes in at 39th on the NFL Official Merchandise sales top 50 list.
He is the only player to make the cut that’s not currently on a team.