It was mere minutes after receiving word of Joe Flacco‘s back injury Wednesday before the majority of the football world was wondering whether the Ravens might be the team to bring in Colin Kaepernick.
And you can count Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Torrey Smith – who spent the early part of his career in Baltimore, and each of the past two playing alongside the polarizing quarterback – among those who believe it would be a good fit.
“I think so,” Smith said Thursday, according to Turron Davenport of Eagles Wire. “First of all, I think he’s not being signed because people are scared of the publicity that comes with it. Baltimore is a place that can handle that. His old offensive coordinator (Greg Roman) is there as well. They have a foundation there where they can bring anyone in and make them fit into what they’re doing there.”
In addition to the familiarity with Roman, Kaepernick’s connection to the Harbaugh family could also work in his favor if the Ravens turn to the free-agent market. The former second-round pick enjoyed a rise to stardom under the guidance of Jim Harbaugh, brother of Ravens head coach John, during the early portions of his time in San Francisco.
John even revealed earlier Thursday that the team is interested in Kaepernick and has been in contact with him over the summer.
Kaepernick’s lengthy stint on the free-agent market has made for a controversial topic in the football community, as there’s a widely held belief that teams have stayed away in response to the national anthem protests he carried out last year.
Despite having to work his way back from offseason surgeries, and doing so to take the reins of a supremely underwhelming offense, he finished his final season in San Francisco with 2,241 passing yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions across 11 starts.
Ryan Mallett is currently in line for first-team practice work with Flacco reportedly facing an absence of anywhere from one-to-six weeks.
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