On Monday, it was revealed that MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson had officially requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens on March 2nd. Depending on who you ask, this is not a surprise at all. Just about a month ago, Lamar Jackson apparently requested a trade from the team that drafted him back in 2018.
This comes as both teams have been unable to come together to agree on a long-term extension. The main issue with the extension appears to be Jackson not always being able to stay healthy, especially late in the season, and his apparent desire to want quite a bit in fully guaranteed money.
Now, it appears the bridge has been burned, as Jackson clearly wants a fresh start now.
The Ravens put the non-exclusive tag on Jackson, which means he can agree to an offer sheet with another team, and if the Ravens cannot agree to that contract from the other team, then they’d get two first round draft picks in return for the 2019 MVP’s services.
The Ravens have generally been a very well-run organization, so it is a bit shocking that this situation has boiled to this point. Now, I guess, we wait and see what team he plays for in 2023 and beyond. There are several spots that I think make a ton of sense.
The New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons might be my two favorite landing spots for Lamar Jackson. The Falcons have draft picks and enough cap space to make it happen, along with a good offensive coach in Arthur Smith.
The Patriots need to make a move to stay relevant in the AFC East, especially if Aaron Rodgers does end up in New York on the Jets.
Jackson is still in his mid-20s and could have another 5-7 solid years of football ahead of him. Given his style of play, he may not last into his 30s, so I could see why he’d want a very large contract.
Some team has to take a chance on him, right?