The Ravens have added a quarterback in the wake of Joe Flacco’s back injury.
But it’s not Colin Kaepernick.
Baltimore on Thursday agreed to terms with arena league QB David Olson, according to NFL Network.
Olson, 25, appeared in two college games with Clemson in 2014 after getting beat out by starter Andrew Luck at Stanford, where Jim Harbaugh, the brother of Ravens coach John Harbaugh, was at the helm. Olson most recently played for the KC Phantoms of Champions Indoor Football.
According to ESPN, the Ravens’ agreement with Olson would not rule out a deal with Kaepernick, the ex-49ers signal caller who remains a free agent following his polarizing national anthem protest last season.
John Harbaugh told reporters this week he’s been in contact with Kaepernick throughout the offseason and said he’d be interested in bringing him to Baltimore.
Colin Kaepernick is still waiting for a call from an NFL team.
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“I’ve known Colin through my brother for many years,” Harbaugh said. “And we talked and then got to know him very well when he scrimmaged here. He and I have been talking throughout the summer a number of times. We had some great conversations on the phone and it’s really been a pleasure to talk to him and get to know him.
“I like history and politics, too, and we’ve had some debates, and it’s been fun. He’s a guy right now that’s being talked about. We’ll just see what happens with that. Only speculation right now. He’s a really good football player and like I said, I do believe he’ll be playing in the National Football League this year.”
Flacco, the Ravens’ starter and MVP in Super Bowl XLVI against the Kaepernick-led 49ers, could miss between three and six weeks with a back issue. Ryan Mallet, who is Flacco’s current backup, and Dustin Vaughan are the only other quarterbacks on the Ravens roster.
Kaepernick, who played under Jim Harbaugh for four years in San Francisco, opted out of his contract in March. Many players believe Kaepernick is now being blackballed for his protest against racial injustice.
The anthem protest was cited as the top reason (26%) fans watched fewer games last season, according to a recent survey released by J.D. Power. Off-field league issues such as domestic violence came in at number two with 24 percent.