Falcons seen as frontrunner to land Lamar Jackson, ahead of Ravens

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Don’t blame me for writing about the Falcons trading for Lamar Jackson; blame the Ravens for not giving in to his contractual demands. Blame Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot for leaving the door open by not committing to Desmond Ridder as the starter. In the latest adaptation of the Lamar Jackson to Atlanta saga, Bookies.com has dubbed the Falcons as betting frontrunners in his next team odds. 

Lamar Jackson Next Team Odds

The table below is courtesy of Bookies.com and Adam Thompson.

Team Odds Implied Probability
Atlanta Falcons +300 25.0%
Carolina Panthers +450 18.2%
Las Vegas Raiders +500 16.7%
Baltimore Ravens +550 15.4%
New York Jets +750 11.8%
Chicago Bears +750 11.8%
Miami Dolphins +1200 7.7%
The Field +650 13.3%

The Falcons were already considered the betting favorites if Lamar Jackson does leave Baltimore, but Adam Thompson, the NFL handicapper here, thinks Atlanta is the outright favorite; it’s not particularly close either.

Last year, the Falcons made a real run at Deshaun Watson but were ultimately outbid by the Browns, who gave the highly controversial quarterback a precedent-setting, fully guaranteed contract. In this cycle, the club has been most connected to Jackson without any substantial reports of the Falcons’ interest.

The Ravens are a world class organization that doesn’t usually nickel and dime its most prominent players. Hell, the club has built its entire offense around Lamar Jackson; there’s no way the Ravens will move him, right? Well, it seems that possibility is growing with each passing day.

Stranger things have happened, and the Falcons seem motivated to land an elite quarterback. Atlanta was already willing to part ways with many draft picks and a lucrative deal before Cleveland swooped in and gave Watson an unprecedented contract. One would think they’d be willing to do it again with Lamar Jackson, regardless if you or I think it’s the best approach to building a sustainable winner.

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