LAMAR REQUESTS TRADE: POSSIBLE LANDING SPOTS FOR THE RAVENS QB

2023-03-28 · 3 min read · NFL/Football
Lamar Jackson requests trade: possible landing spots for the Baltimore Ravens QB

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All the Baltimore Ravens’ efforts of keeping Lamar Jackson with the team appear to be in vain, with news that the young quarterback has officially requested a trade.
Earlier this month, the club placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowler who was the final selection in the opening round of the 2018 NFL Draft.
The former Heisman Trophy winner at Louisville in 2016 missed the final five regular-season games for the Ravens in 2022 because of a PCL injury, while he also sat out of their playoff defeat to the Cincinnati Bengals (24-17).
Under the $32.416 million non-exclusive tag, Jackson is free to engage in contract talks with other teams, but the Ravens have the right to match any offer sheet he may sign to keep him in Baltimore or take a pair of first-round picks as compensation.
Jackson released a statement on his Twitter account to his fans
Jackson's statement regarding the trade

Lamar Jackson Official Twitter (@Lj_era8)

The Baltimore QB, who is currently without an agent, had been negotiating with the Ravens for the past 25 months on a long-term contract, but both sides have been unable to reach an agreement.
Reports indicate that Jackson wants a fully guaranteed deal, similar to what Deshaun Watson received in Cleveland.
With his trade request now public knowledge, here is a list of potential destinations where he might end up.
Atlanta Falcons
A deal with the Falcons depends on how highly the organization feels about Desmond Ridder and if they believe he can reach an elite-level status as a quarterback.
We only got a sample size of his potential last season, so it might be too early for them to know how good he really is, but there’s a lot to like about how Lamar Jackson might fit into Arthur Smith’s setup.
The Falcons ranked third in the NFL last season for team rushing, averaging 159.9 yards per game so Jackson would not have to do it all on his own, but he’d certainly add a lot to their explosive running game.
Atlanta took a big step forward in its pass protection last year, particularly right tackle Kaleb McGary, while there are also some promising pass catchers in Drake London and Kyle Pitts.
The hope for the Falcons would be that Pitts hasn’t lost a step since his right-knee injury, and if not, this team with Jackson could be a playoff contender.
For a deal like this to work, though, Atlanta might need to part ways with a top-10 pick over the next two drafts and/or potentially cornerback A.J. Terrell.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Yes, the Bucs locked up Baker Mayfield, but I don’t think many fans would be disappointed if Lamar Jackson stepped in for the G.O.A.T. instead.
Financially the native of Pompano Beach would reap the benefits of Florida, a state without an income tax, so the money would be there for him in abundance.
Jackson would have a great one-two punch at the receiving corps with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, while he should receive excellent protection from playing in the pocket and finding open receivers.
The NFC South is also perhaps the weakest division in that conference.
Given the personnel in place in Tampa Bay, featuring with the Bucs could benefit Jackson financially and personally.
Miami Dolphins
The obvious thing that stands out in Miami is that Lamar grew up in Florida and would be happy to take his talents to the Sunshine State in South Beach.
Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle were perhaps the best receiving duo in the NFL last season and throwing the ball to those two would be a dream for Jackson.
It would be up to Mike McDaniel to do some quarterback run concepts for the mobile Jackson, but I believe it can be done.
The Dolphins, meanwhile, might be concerned about how Tua Tagovailoa might hold up physically following another injury last season.
Honourable mentions
The New York Jets are another team in need of a quarterback, and given Jackson’s age, few would blame the organization if they decided to go for the younger, fitter QB instead of the ageing Aaron Rodgers.
There is talent offensively for Jackson to work with, such as Garrett Wilson and Breece Hall, but the fact that guard Alijah Vera-Tucker is coming off a season-ending injury and Mekhi Becton has only played one game in two years, Jackson might be hesitant to come to the cold New Jersey climate.
The Indianapolis Colts would fill a massive void if they can acquire his services, and new coach Shane Steichen could be a good fit for Jackson.
Steichen oversaw an offense in Philly which combined the quarterback run concepts that Jackson thrived under in Baltimore, and he would undoubtedly be able to execute many of the plays that the 37-year-old coach had in place last season for Eagles pivot Jalen Hurts.
Then there are the Houston Texans, who need a lot of new pieces to improve next season, and no one would be more thrilled to have Jackson than first-year head coach DeMeco Ryans.
Jackson would accelerate the rebuilding process in Houston while he would be the featured guy and undoubtedly have the spotlight on him.
While the Texans, I’m sure, would love to have him, Lamar may not want to move to a rebuilding team at this stage of his career, particularly one that has no big names or proven performers in any offensive department.
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