Quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III have been two options to be possible signings for the Baltimore Ravens. With Joe Flacco dealing with a minor injury, Baltimore is exhausting every option.
Robert Griffin III is no longer the 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. The talent is still there, but the production has not been. At this point in Griffin’s career, he is a backup quarterback. He will definitely get another shot because let’s be honest, Griffin is better than probably half of the league’s backups But, the reason he has not been signed is due to his big name. And as a backup, that could be a distraction.
Just think about Tim Tebow.
However, Kaepernick is in a slightly different situation. It’s about the brand when considering Kaepernick. Some people didn’t like Kaepernick’s protest on social injustice, therefore the talented quarterback remains unsigned. Although, the thing to consider, is while some people may not like the signing of Kaepernick, a bunch of people didn’t like the Mike Vick signing in Philadelphia. Additionally, those same people forgot about what Vick had done when he started winning games and putting up great stats as well.
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You had the people who didn’t mind Vick because he was winning and you have the people who like when their teams sign a controversial guy and give them a chance when no one else will. Think about Vontaze Burfict or Adam Jones in Cincinnati, La’el Collins in Dallas, again Tim Tebow. People like those feel good stories and it only takes one team.
However, if Vick is an example, it’s not the most comfortable place for the starting quarterback to be in.
"“I would like to see Collin get back in [the NFL] and at some point, maybe get another shot [to start],” Joe Flacco said, per BaltimoreRavens.com."
Of course, Flacco wants to keep his job, but if his injury doesn’t heal and it remains a problem, the Ravens could look to bring in one of these quarterbacks. Personally, I’d want both of them to get another shot. But, as a Bengals fan… hopefully, that’d be in a different division.
"“I wouldn’t like that to be here,” Joe continued. “I do not want him to get another shot here. But, yes, he can come here and have some fun. I think it would be a good spot for him.”"
If I had to guess, Kaepernick would get the nod over Griffin. Kaepernick has a really good relationship with Coach Harbaugh and if Harbaugh can help a player, I believe he’s the type of person to do so. John Harbaugh has stated that he has talked to Kaepernick multiple times throughout the summer.
Kaepernick would be a good signing in Baltimore, politically, professionally and for the Ravens.
Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti has said he didn’t like how Kaepernick protested. But, the team is monitoring the decision to bring in one of these quarterbacks, monitoring Ryan Mallett and engaging fans, Ray Lewis, sponsorships and Ozzie Newsome.
For the fans who believe Kaepernick can’t play, he’s been to a Super Bowl. Also, last season, Kaepernick had a higher QBR than Cam Newton, Ryan Tannehill and even Eli Manning. Kaepernick also has the 17th best passer rating in NFL history.
It’s certainly a storyline to watch. Yet, every season quarterbacks go down due to injuries. RGIII and Kaepernick will get a shot eventually. They just have to take full advantage of it because it could be their last.
For the Bengals sake, Cincinnati and the AFC North could do without these dual threat quarterbacks. However, recent reports suggest Mallet has been struggling with taking first team reps. So, there will be a change coming soon.