Ravens Sign QB David Olson After Reported Colin Kaepernick Interest

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2017

Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh works the field during practice before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
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The Baltimore Ravens reportedly are taking a chance on quarterback David Olson, signing him to a contract Thursday, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. 

Olson last played for the Kansas City Phantoms in the Champions Indoor Football League.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh had previously discussed possible interest in free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

"He's a great guy. He's a guy right now that's being talked about," Harbaugh said of Kaepernick, per Conor Orr of NFL.com. "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."

Amy Trask of CBS Sports also provided her impression of owner Steve Bisciotti's thoughts on the issue:

Amy Trask @AmyTrask

My interaction w/Steve Bisciotti during my years in league suggests to me BAL is an organization that may well give Colin K a chance.

The Olson signing comes after Rapoport reported Wednesday that Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco could miss up to three-to-six weeks with a disc issue in his back.

Ryan Mallett and Dustin Vaughn are the only other quarterbacks on the roster and combined for just six pass attempts last season.

Meanwhile, Olson has even less high-level experience after throwing just three passes in his entire college career. He finished 1-of-3 for minus-1 yards at Clemson after transferring from Stanford.

Presumably, former Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh tipped off his brother, John, about his former player.

Still, Kaepernick remains unsigned despite posting a 90.7 quarterback rating in 12 games last season with 16 touchdowns and four interceptions.


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