As the NFL’s franchise tag deadline passed at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, even more questions arose about where current Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson will play next season.
Baltimore announced shortly before the deadline that placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson. Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta said the team hopes to reach a “long-term agreement” with Jackson, who they want to lead the way for “many years to come.”
Jackson is under a $32.4 million contract through 2023, but is negotiable with other NFL teams, with Baltimore able to match any contract offer. If Jackson signs a contract with another team and Baltimore decides not to match the offer, they receive two first-round picks.
Jackson and the Ravens’ inability to agree on a contract extension dates back to last offseason, when the two sides parted ways on a deal before the 2022 season. Still unable to find common ground, speculation has inevitably been hyped over who could come in and sign the 2019 NFL MVP.
Reports circulated Tuesday that a handful of NFL teams, some of which have been noted as potential destinations for Jackson should he leave Baltimore, are not interested in pursuing Jackson.
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The Las Vegas Review-Journal said it is “very unlikely” Raiders try to sign Jackson. ESPN reported that the Miami Dolphins are keeping quarterback Tua Tagovailoa, while the Washington Commanders are “unlikely” to pursue Jackson. The Athletic noted that the Carolina Panthers are not expected to be in the Jackson Marketneither
Shortly after Baltimore announced it tagged Jackson, ESPN and The Athletic reported that the Atlanta Falcons are not in the mix to add the quarterback. Additionally, the Falcons’ official team website published an article citing reports of their lack of interest in signing Jackson.
Jackson, 26, has appeared in just 12 games in each of the past two seasons due to injury. Last season, he missed six games (regular season and postseason) with a knee injury and did not travel with the team for its AFC wild-card round matchup against the Cincinnati Bengals, which added more fuel to the public debate about his ongoing. contract negotiations with the Ravens.
Jackson finished the 2022 season with 2,242 passing yards, 17 touchdown passes, seven interceptions and a 91.1 passer rating, completing 62.3% of his passes. He also rushed for 764 yards and three touchdowns. Baltimore went 8-4 in games Jackson started.
He was the league’s unanimous MVP in 2019.
The number of teams not interested in signing Jackson drew scrutiny from across the NFL, including the recently retired JJ Watt.
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