With racial injustice at the forefront of the conversation in the country, the spotlight within the NFL has shifted back to Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick has been out of the NFL since 2016 after the quarterback began his protest against systemic racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.
Now, players around the league are calling for teams to sign Kaepernick, but there are still questions on which teams make the most sense and which franchises would be willing to make such a monumental move.
According to WFAN’s Boomer Esiason, only one team fits the bill: the Baltimore Ravens.
“Yes, it’s the only team,” the former quarterback said on Wednesday’s “Boomer and Gio” show. “The reason I say that is because you have a top-five NFL coach in John Harbaugh, an established, young African-American quarterback in Lamar Jackson who is coming off an MVP season and everybody expects him to improve this year even more so than last year and they are going to be a very good team.
“There is racial tension down in Baltimore as there has been for years and years and years and years, and I would think that would be the one team who could handle signing Colin Kaepernick from a PR standpoint – both positive and negative. There has to be a balance on both sides.”
Boomer added the only thing we do not know is what Kaepernick wants – and whether he would be okay with taking a role as a backup quarterback for a discount.
“Is he willing to come back as a backup and make a million or $2 million; or does he see himself as a martyr and he should be paid for the amount of time he has been out of the league?” Boomer asked. “Because he believes, and other people think, he has been blackballed.”