Ravens Place Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Lamar Jackson
The Baltimore Ravens are leaving the door open for another team to come and get quarterback Lamar Jackson, as the team placed the $32 million non-exclusive franchise tag on the dynamic signal-caller, according to multiple media reports.
Jackson can still negotiate with other teams, but the Ravens are able to match any other offer sheet he signs or take a pair of first-round picks in return for his departure.
The New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Carolina Panthers, Washington Commanders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are among the teams teams that could be interested in adding the former Heisman Trophy winner.
Jackson, the 2019 AP NFL MVP has dealt with injuries over the past two go-round and missed the team’s last six games of this past campaign with a knee injury — including a Wild Card round playoff defeat to AFC North rival Cincinnati. Jackson didn’t even travel to that game, either, which created another storyline in the contract saga.
Baltimore general manager recently met Jackson in Miami in an attempt to break through on a new deal, but nothing materialized. Lamar Jackson and the Ravens have tried to hammer something out for over a year, and the inability to do so has led to the tag.
The stand-off has seemed to create a rift between the two sides and now Jackson has the chance to find a new home if he so pleases.
He threw for 2,242 yards, 17 scores, and completed 62.3% of his passes in 2022. Along with rushing for 764 yards and three scores. He’s been a gigantic part of the Ravens’ rushing game since his time in purple and black and wants to be paid accordingly.
It’s not often that a passer of Jackson’s talent gets the opportunity to talk to other teams at his age and there are certainly teams that would like to have him behind center.