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With Joe Flacco on the mend, the Colin Kaepernick rumors have gone into overdrive. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti’s recent comments only heighten the speculation.
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RENTON, Wash. – Halfway through an extended chat with Richard Sherman this week, the loquacious Seattle Seahawks cornerback turned the table.

He wanted to ask a question. Always better when these interviews become two-way exchanges.

“So what do you think about Colin Kaepernick?” Sherman asked.

Oh, I’m thinking plenty.

That Kaepernick, who once quarterbacked the San Francisco 49ers to a Super Bowl, still hasn’t been signed by an NFL team is quite the travesty. He’s paying a serious price – and fueling more debate – for the social statement in the name of injustice last year that sparked a movement and intense backlash.

Yes, he’s being blackballed, plain and simple. Look at the lesser-skilled QBs who found teams.

Let Sherman take it from here.

“The funny thing about it, when you’re not being blackballed, you don’t have to say he’s not being blackballed,” Sherman told USA TODAY Sports. “When football’s a safe game, you don’t have to say, ‘Football’s a safe game.’ It seems like the Commissioner always has to say things to justify something.

“But you didn’t even do this with Mike Vick. Vick came back and (eventually) got a $100 million deal.”

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Of the handful of topics that Sherman addressed in a hallway interview at team headquarters following a practice this week, nothing ignited his passion like Kaepernick. That’s hardly surprising.

Kaepernick – being considered by the Baltimore Ravens amid a report, later denied by the team, that owner Steve Bisciotti may represent resistance while GM Ozzie Newsome and coach John Harbaugh want to sign the quarterback – is still the most striking hot-button issue in the NFL at the moment.

And there is probably no better person to gauge the pulse of players around the league than Sherman, a sharp, thoughtful man whose high profile has been bolstered by his willingness to speak his mind.

“What is it about?” Sherman said. “It’s…