With each passing day not agreeing to a contract extension, I think the chances that Lamar Jackson gets traded by the Ravens go way up. NFL fans may have to come to grips with the idea that the former MVP may just get traded this offseason.
The NFL has seen significant quarterback movement the last few offseasons, with many players taking it upon themselves to try and create the best situations for them and their families. I don’t see why Lamar Jackson’s situation would be any different if he and the Ravens cannot agree to a deal.
So, with that said, where are the best fits for Lamar Jackson in 2023?
Where are the best fits for QB Lamar Jackson in 2023?
I think this would be an excellent spot for any veteran quarterback looking to switch teams. The Panthers started out 1-4, fired Matt Rhule, named Steve Wilks the interim head coach, and got themselves back into the playoff mix.
It’s a talented team that now has Frank Reich as the head coach and stud defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero on board. The defense is stout and the offense has quite a bit of talent.
Plus, the NFC South is wide open, so I find this division to be incredibly appealing for a QB who wants to win immediately.
Frank Reich is also a phenomenal head coach who has had great success with veteran QBs in the past, so that should also be seen as a massive bonus.
New York Giants
I do not think Daniel Jones is fooling anyone. While he did have an efficient season, he’s not a viable long-term option for the Giants, and part of me thinks that if the Giants cannot find a legitimate QB upgrade this offseason, then they’ll take the same approach as the Bills did with Tyrod Taylor.
Taylor was a nice starter for them for a handful of years and helped make them into a competitive team before Buffalo took a massive chance on a raw QB prospect in Josh Allen.
I find that Daniel Jones fits the Tyrod Taylor mold perfectly.
However, the idea of acquiring Lamar Jackson might be too hard for them to pass up. The Ravens would likely have no issue sending him into the NFC and they’d also be able to get Daniel Jones back in the deal in all likelihood, so they’d get a somewhat serviceable QB in return.
The last fit I love for Lamar Jackson is the Washington Commanders, who were in a similar situation to the Panthers this year; they had a strong roster, were in the playoff mix, but were also being held back by the QB play.
If Carson Wentz and Sam Howell were able to keep the Commanders in the playoff race for most of the season, imagine what the team would do with Lamar Jackson under center.
They have the pieces on defense, a good enough offensive line, and a nice trio of wide receivers in Terry McLaurin, Jahan Dotson, and Curtis Samuel.
I do think this team could be a QB away from being relevant again, and a possible sale of the team by Daniel Snyder could make the destination more attractive.