The NFL’s biggest free agent is technically still on the market. The Baltimore Ravens and starting quarterback Lamar Jackson couldn’t come to an agreement on a new long-term contract by Tuesday afternoon’s franchise-tag deadline, but there was a catch: The Ravens tagged Jackson with a non-exclusive franchise tag, which means he’s still allowed to negotiate trades with other teams, and if Baltimore doesn’t match, the team gets two first-round picks as compensation.
The problem for Jackson, however, is that NFL teams don’t seem interested in him. After the former NFL MVP became a possibility, many teams began to say they were not planning to pursue him, even though most of them had big doubts about the quarterback.
Teams that *will not* reportedly seek a trade for Lamar Jackson include:
– Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 7, 2023
Jackson has been known to ask for big guarantees — he reportedly wants a guaranteed deal, like Deshaun Watson’s $230 million contract from the Cleveland Browns, which is Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti gets special quote As something that would “make negotiations with others more difficult”. All of this has drawn the attention of NFL players, one of whom – Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd – directly accused Baltimore of “sabotaging” its franchise players.
Raven Destruction 8
— Tyler Boyd (@boutdat_23) March 7, 2023
Why are all these teams so openly “out” Lamar Jackson, the MVP winner in his heyday at the top position in the NFL?
What am I missing here?
— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) March 7, 2023
Lamar Jackson, the unanimous MVP who leads the NFL in passing touchdowns, is 26 and has a 45-16 record as a starter, and every team in need of a QB says they’re not interested. I don’t smell right.
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) March 7, 2023
disrespect to lamar is crazy asf
— Jevon Holland (@HollywoodVon) March 8, 2023
So the former league MVP, 4th in total wins since entering the league, entering his 5th year and the same age as incoming rookie Stetson Bennet, is free to negotiate…but all these teams are in Know they’re fine before talking to him? Yes, no collusion! https://t.co/8hXVUygRoV
— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) March 7, 2023
Clark throws out the allegation of collusion, apparently, NFLPA is watching closely See how things go.