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Taylor Byrd
July 29, 2017

Despite talking up Colin Kaepernick on Thursday, the Ravens passed on the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as well as other free agents with National Football League experience to take David Olson instead.

On Thursday, Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh brought up the possibility of signing Colin Kaepernick to help offset the team's rapidly depleting quarterback depth chart.

Polarizing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick's name has been circulated as a potential signing for the Ravens since Flacco's injury.

Flacco missed the team's first two practices with a back injury, but said Friday morning that the team is just being extra conservative. "[Potentially signing him] depends on a lot of things".

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

Before his pro career got started, Olson was a career backup in college, spending four seasons at Stanford before transferring as a graduate student to Clemson. 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.

The Ravens made the signing official today. "Right now, standing up here, I feel great".

Olson, 25, just finished a 12-game season with the Kansas City Phantoms of the Champions Indoor Football (CIF) league, an indoor arena football league based in the Midwest.

Flacco reported for training camp a week ago with the team's other quarterbacks and injured veterans.

Should Kaepernick join the Ravens, he would be reunited with Greg Roman, the offensive coordinator he first played under in San Francisco. But, there is a common thread that links Harbaugh to Kaepernick -a level of familiarity. Is he going to be a serious threat to make the roster? "You've just got to figure all that stuff out and see what's best for your team". We've craved specifics ever since Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers deal in March.

If that's the case, forget Kaepernick, but as Tony Romo can tell you, back injuries can be tricky, and a more substantial stint on the sidelines could send Harbaugh looking for answers.

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