Ravens coach John Harbaugh said there is no update on signing Colin Kaepernick

July 28, 2017 -- Ravens beat writer Edward Lee on the latest injury report on tight end Crockett Gillmore and wide receiver Breshad Perriman walked off the field with an injury. (Kevin Richardson / Baltimore Sun video)

Two days after Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti acknowledged that the team is "keeping our door open" regarding signing free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, coach John Harbaugh did not have any new information on that potential development.

"There's really no update on that," Harbaugh said after Tuesday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. "I saw what [Bisciotti] said. It's very honest, forthcoming and genuine comments that he made. It's what you always respect with Steve. He does a great job of that. I think that's what our fans should appreciate about him. There's really nothing new about that quarterback situation."


The Ravens have been in the spotlight since Harbaugh said Thursday that the organization was considering adding the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who has been a target for criticism last season when he opted not to stand for the national anthem to spotlight inequality in the United States.

The team has some issues at quarterback. Starter Joe Flacco has not practiced during training camp because of a back injury, and no updated timetable has been given for his return. Backup Ryan Mallett has severely underperformed thus far, and Dustin Vaughan, who is with his fourth team in as many years, and Josh Woodrum, who replaced David Olson on Monday, are the other quarterbacks.

Harbaugh would not say if discussions about Kaepernick can be traced to the uncertainty of Flacco's health.

"I don't know. I think it's all linked," he said. "In life, everything is linked. People want to draw big bright lines and say, 'It's about this, it's not about that.' It's always about everything. There's a lot that goes into it with everything. It's never one thing. We'll just have to see where it goes and try to do the best thing for our football team and our organization."

Kaepernick is just 3-16 as a starter in the past two seasons, but he would be an upgrade over the Ravens' current backup options. But bringing him in would antagonize a certain portion of the fan base that vehemently disagreed with Kaepernick's stance.

Harbaugh said he has not talked to Kaepernick "in the last couple of days."

"We're running football practice right now," Harbaugh said. "But that wouldn't preclude me from talking to him. I like talking to him. Who knows? We'll see what happens. I'm excited about our team. I'm excited about different options that we have personnel-wise to bring some players in here. That's one of them, but there's a lot of other ones we're working on.

"I was here [Monday] night until pretty late, looking at players on tape that could be guys who could make us better. That's what you do this time of year. That's the one that most people talk about because it's an intriguing story. I'm as anxious as everybody else to see how it plays out."