Lamar Jackson Involved in Three Suggested Bold Offseason Moves by Football Outsiders
Football Outsiders writers urged a daring transfer for every group this offseason, and Lamar Jackson was concerned in three of them.
For the Ravens, the daring suggestion was to commerce Jackson.
“The franchise tag seems imminent — however then what? The daring transfer could be to tag and commerce Lamar to a group that may signal him to a wealthy new deal,” Robert Weintraub wrote. “Would Chicago take Jackson for a package deal of picks and/or Justin Fields? Would Atlanta throw a bevy of property on the Ravens in alternate? The Texans are awful with draft capital in addition to plain awful — would they shift a few of these additional picks Baltimore’s method to revive a moribund franchise? Regardless of the vacation spot, the Ravens’ return doubtless will not ever be greater than now. The Ravens have a powerful roster that also wants some items, and resetting the contract clock at quarterback may unlock a championship push in the event that they draft the appropriate (low cost) signal-caller.
“This is high-level danger, like going all-in on the World Series of Poker with the opposite man displaying journey aces. But folding (letting Lamar play in 2023 beneath the franchise tag and having the contract grasp over the group for yet one more season) might wind up costing the Ravens an enormous pot in the long run.”
It’s value mentioning once more that when General Manager Eric DeCosta was requested on the Combine about probably buying and selling Jackson, he mentioned “that has not factored in a single time with me.” I suppose that is why suggesting the Ravens commerce Jackson meets the “daring” criterion.
The daring suggestion for each the Falcons and Jets was to commerce for Jackson.
“It would take two or three first-round picks, a passel of mid-round choices and maybe sending [quarterback Desmond] Ridder again the opposite means, but it surely’s the biggest splash the Falcons might presumably make this offseason,” Bryan Knowles wrote.
Cale Clinton wrote that the Jets ought to “do no matter it takes to land Jackson.”
John Harbaugh Addresses How Jackson’s Contract Situation Impacts Marcus Peters
Head Coach John Harbaugh spoke with CBS Sports’ Josina Anderson on the Combine on Tuesday afternoon. Here are among the highlights:
How a participant on the franchise tag offers with the feelings of going 12 months to 12 months with out long-term stability: “I feel Lamar, particularly, offers with that stuff nice as a result of Lamar is a now form of individual. Year to 12 months, month to month, week to week, day after day. Life is day after day. Life is minute by minute. So attempt to strategy it like that — reside within the second. That’s how we have a look at issues. That’s how Lamar seems to be at issues. … Let’s fear about right now. Tomorrow will care for itself.”
How Jackson’s contract state of affairs impacts pending free agent Marcus Peters: “That’s going to be an ideal query for the mathematicians within the constructing, as a result of that is an enormous problem, and I like to remain out of math equations as a lot as attainable. But Marcus is my man. I really like Marcus Peters. He is a good competitor; he’s a fiery dude; he is received a beautiful coronary heart. As nicely as he performed this 12 months, he fought by that damage. He got here again off a knee damage, and he’ll be that significantly better going ahead. So placing Marcus subsequent to Marlon [Humphrey] is one thing I’m actually hopeful we get an opportunity to do.”
What he’s anticipating from huge receivers Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay subsequent season: “I’m actually anticipating Rashod to return again in an actual sturdy place. He’s been coaching actually laborious and I feel he’ll have an ideal 12 months this 12 months. Devin, the identical means. Devin’s been sturdy. He takes quite a lot of snaps, does quite a lot of work for us. In some methods I’d virtually wish to lighten his load. I do know he would not need to hear that.”