NFL rumors: Lack of Lamar Jackson interest due to shockingly simple reason
The Baltimore Ravens opened the door for other teams to go after Lamar Jackson but many of them don’t bite. The answer to why is shockingly simple.
Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have been at loggerheads over the requirements of his contract and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be resolved anytime soon.
Baltimore placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on the former MVP in a move supposedly designed to help keep things going. With other teams able to negotiate with Jackson, his true market could be determined.
However, this market looks shockingly low at the moment. Already, a few of the teams you’d expect to be interested in, like the Falcons, have made it clear that they won’t go after Jackson despite ridiculously low compensation from two first-round picks for landing him.
What’s going on? Some have suggested that this is collusion among NFL teams in an effort to keep the cost of signing quarterbacks as low as possible.
Here’s another possible explanation: Teams aren’t interested in helping the Ravens retain their QB.
Why don’t teams jump in to negotiate with Lamar Jackson?
He spoke with a front office member on the team who was likely interested in Lamar Jackson and said ‘Why do we have to do DeCosta’s dirty work for him? uSTADIUM tweeted, “They’ll match any show anyway.”
He spoke with a front office member on the team who was likely interested in Lamar Jackson and said “Why would we have to do DeCosta’s dirty work for him? They’d match any show anyway.”
– USTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) March 9, 2023
Ian Rapoport added insight into the complexities facing teams trying to follow Jackson.
Complicating factor: If a team signs Lamar Jackson to an offer sheet, Baltimore has five days to play. It basically takes that team out of free agency and loses them to other available QBs — because they’re crippled in cap space only on hold. not impossible. But it’s hard. https://t.co/t6NNufNqey
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 9, 2023
Complicating factor: If a team signs Lamar Jackson to an offer sheet, Baltimore has five days to play. That basically takes that team out of free agency and they lose other available QBs — because they’re crippled in cap space just waiting. Not impossible. But. Difficult,” Rapoport tweeted.
And as logical as the idea of complicity seems, this skepticism about crows that allowed Jackson to go anywhere else also rings true.
The point of the Ravens tagging Jackson was to see what other teams would be willing to pay for the quarterback. Jackson reportedly wanted a fully guaranteed deal, which Deshaun Watson got. If negotiations with the other teams did not result in a fully guaranteed offer, Baltimore would be exonerated. If Jackson gets a bid closer than he wants, the Ravens will have to pay.
Of course, this is the problem. All of these scenarios benefit Baltimore, not the teams negotiating because the Ravens will be able to match any deal Jackson struck. It would be a waste of time for the Falcons to court Jackson if the end result always ends with Jackson in a Ravens uniform.
Some teams, like the Lions, may still be willing to take this opportunity, but there’s a reason not many teams have taken the bait.