On Wednesday afternoon it was reported by ESPN that both Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and team GM Ozzie Newsome supported the signing of Colin Kaepernick to sit behind Joe Flacco on the depth chart. Despite the apparent support, this is a signing that has not happened. And, according to the same ESPN article, it's because the team's owner, Steve Bisciotti, has rejected the idea.
The report further states that a similar scenario has played out with an unnamed club whose owner also shat upon the proposal of bringing Kaepernick into the fold. That organization is, fortunately, anonymous, meaning they don't have to put out a statement on the matter like the Ravens did later in the day on Wednesday.
In that statement, Newsome said that Bisciotti had not impeded a signing of the quarterback that so many people have based their value judgments upon since he was first seen taking a knee during the national anthem last season.
"We are going through a process, and we have not made a decision," the statement said. "Steve Bisciotti has not told us we cannot sign Colin Kaepernick, nor has he blocked the move. Whoever is making those claims is wrong."
The 29-year-old free agent QB's name came up last week after reports came down that Flacco would miss at least one game with a back injury. This has led to the team turning to Ryan Mallet, who reportedly and characteristically tossed five picks in one practice (kind of funny that they included that in the report).
This past Sunday, Bisciotti claimed that the team was still deciding whether or not to ink Kaepernick to a deal. "We do want to win games, and I'm not sure [Kaepernick] is going to help us do that," he said Sunday. "We're monitoring Joe. We've talked to Joe about it. We're monitoring Mallett and keeping our door open. We've talked about RG3 [Robert Griffin III] and bringing him in for a workout."
Since then the news has already changed, as they're reportedly no longer considering Griffin—though you probably could've guessed that once you saw Bisciotti said, "We do want to win games."