Ravens Sign QB Who Played For Coach John Harbaugh’s Brother Jim

OWINGS MILLS, MD - SEPTEMBER 08: Head coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens answers questions during a news conference at the teams training facility on September 8, 2014 in Owings Mills, Maryland. Earlier in the day the Ravens terminated the contract of running back Ray Rice and the NFL suspended him indefinitely after the release of video showing Rice striking his then-fianc?e in a hotel elevator. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

As we heard recently, the Baltimore Ravens are currently without their starting quarterback on the practice field after Joe Flacco suffered a back injury while working out during the offseason that is going to sideline him for an indefinite period of time. While some sources have suggested that he will rest just a week, others gave a timeline of two to six weeks.

With Flacco on the mend, the Ravens only had two other healthy quarterbacks with them in camp, namely Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughan, the latter of whom has actually spent time before with the Steelers on the offseason 90-man roster.

Given this situation, head coach John Harbaugh understandably was asked about the state of the quarterback position and what their intentions were to address the current numbers deficiency. One name that Harbaugh had brought up for him to respond to was former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

There is a degree of logic here, of course, as Kaepernick played under Harbaugh’s brother, Jim Harbaugh. As a matter of fact, Kaepernick and Jim faced off against Flacco and John in the Super Bowl a handful of years ago, with the Ravens’ side coming out on top.

“I wouldn’t rule it out at all”, Baltimore’s head coach said of potentially adding Kaepernick. “He’s a really good football player and I believe he’s a really good person”. But less than 24 hours after making that comment, the Ravens ended up signing a different quarterback with ties to his brother.

According to Damond Talbot, the Ravens signed a contract with David Olson, who most recently has played for an indoor football league, but played under John Harbaugh while he was the head coach at Stanford.

Olson did not see the field under Harbaugh at Stanford, but he did get to play at Clemson in 2014. He completed one of three passes for negative-one yard. That is, of course, not exactly the most impressive resume possible, but he did help lead his indoor football team to success.

In truth, the signing makes a lot more sense than adding Kaepernick, for both sides. We are dealing with a very temporary situation with Flacco that could last as little as a week, but which should be comfortably resolved before the start of the season.

That is not a possible that would make sense for Kaepernick, who would clearly be looking for a position more stable…and likely lucrative. The Ravens have very little cap space to sign free agents, to start with.

As for the Ravens, it wouldn’t be beneficial to them to add such a controversial figure to their roster for a temporary situation. The Steelers added Mike Vick two years ago when they needed a backup. The Ravens have a backup.

Still, it wasn’t that far-fetched. Harbaugh said that he spoke to Kaepernick a number of times and “had some great conversations”. Obviously his brother’s connection with him helps as well. But ultimately it probably would not have been in the interests of both parties.

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  • Iulo

    nice move… lol

  • john bennett

    Take a knee Kap……somewhere other than the NFL.

  • Bobby Lewis

    Yeah we want NFL players to be mindless robots programmed only to shut up and play football, not smart people who happen to play football and use their sizable platform to bring attention to police brutality. Don’t want any players thinking for themselves, only ones who carry the NFL’s water, like Drew Brees

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Yep, so Kap better fall in line. No room for disrespecting the flag in this game

  • Bobby Lewis

    But definitely room for convicted rapists and killers and guys who’ve had DUIs or been convicted of domestic assault or any actual crime. We want more guys like that instead of guys who peacefully protest cops beating the hell out of black people. The NFL is a corrupt ass league run by garbage people and the league would be better off with Colin Kaepernick representing it.

    But please keep clutching your pearls and acting as if Kaepernick is some kind of criminal

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Then don’t watch the game! God, go cry about it to someone who actually gives a damn. Don’t care, glad that piece of trash is unemployed.

  • Bobby Lewis

    But I’m sure you don’t have a problem rooting for James Harrison, who was arrested and charged after some kind of domestic assault on his lady. And you probably love Hines Ward, who got behind the wheel of a car intoxicated and endangered his and countless other lives. And I’m sure you love Ben, who’s been accused of sexual assault on two different occasions.

    But yeah, Kaepernick is a “piece of trash” because he chooses to take a knee during a song.

    I think I’d respect you more if you just came out and said you don’t want a black man to peacefully and articulately express his frustration about the way cops handle their business in this country. I understand that’s probably asking too much I much from you though, my man.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    No, it has nothing to do with the fact that he’s black. I don’t care if he was white, Hispanic, black, purple, you don’t disrespect the flag. Hundreds of thousands of Americans have given their lives defending what that flag represents. That to me is completely disrespectful to our service men and women. If he wants to protest the police brutality and raise awareness, fine. By all means, go out and do interviews and what have you. But when you disrespect the flag and this country this way, I have no respect for him anymore. And I’m not condoning the actions of Harrison or Ward or Ben (although those are false accusations imo), but they paid their dues for it in accordance with the law. I’m not going to hold a grudge, because no one is perfect. But Kaepernick shows no remorse for his actions, and that’s why he’s out of a job and will continue to be so. Poll showed that the number one reason for why people watched less football last year was because of the antics by guys like Kaepernick, so obviously I’m not the only one who feels this way.

  • Bobby Lewis

    Those soldiers didn’t fight for his or anyone’s blind allegiance to any flag. They fought for our freedom to be able to express ourselves any way we please. So no, he’s not disrespecting anyone.

    Also, you’re essentially saying you’d rather have guys on this team who’ve committed actual crimes than someone who – and I can’t stress this enough – peacefully and articulately protested rampant police brutality and – I also can’t stress this enough – hasn’t committed a crime. What does he have to show remorse for? Because he expressed himself by kneeling during a racist song? Or because he’s donated millions to charitable causes and given his time and resources to these causes? Or because 3 percent of NFL audiences turned their TVs off last season?

    Answer: he has nothing to feel remorse for, in relation to his protest. History will be very kind to him, whether he plays another down in the NFL or not.

  • Jeff Papiernik

    Awesome, he can feel proud then as he sits at home unemployed