The Falcons have been the team most mentioned when talking about potential landing spots for Lamar Jackson if the Ravens decide to trade him this offseason. However, all of it has been nothing but pure speculation… until now.
We finally have a legitimate report suggesting the Falcons and Ravens have engaged in trade talks surrounding the former MVP. Not only that, but those discussions got much warmer this past weekend at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
As others have suggested, #Falcons’ interest in Lamar Jackson is very real
“The #Ravens’ Lamar Jackson deal talks with Atlanta progressed tremendously in Indy,” I’m told
More, plus scout’s take on how Jackson would elevate ATL’s offense | @HeavyOnSports https://t.co/JkKjstUm44 pic.twitter.com/DCMFK7sjyB
— Matt Lombardo (@MattLombardoNFL) March 7, 2023
This is a situation we have discussed at length over the last couple of days, and Falcons fans everywhere should be monitoring it closely over the coming days.
Today is the deadline for the Ravens to place the franchise tag, which they have already said they will do. It’s just a matter of which one.
The exclusive rights franchise tag would not permit Jackson from negotiating with other teams. However, that doesn’t mean Jackson would be staying in Baltimore. If the Ravens believe a long-term extension is unlikely, they could trade Jackson for several first-round picks and then some.
The non-exclusive rights franchise tag would allow Jackson to sign with another team. The Ravens would then be left with a choice — match the offer or let Jackson walk for two first-round picks.
From the Ravens’ perspective, there are pros and cons to both franchise tags. I tend to believe they will place the exclusive rights franchise tag on Jackson. That would allow them to keep negotiating with their star quarterback, and if nothing comes to fruition, they could trade him to the highest bidder.
Regardless, this is no longer just speculation. For the second offseason in a row, the Falcons appear to be big game hunting at the quarterback position. Lamar Jackson would instantly make them playoff contenders, something this organization hasn’t been able to say in quite some time.
According to multiple reports that directly contradict Lomdardo’s, the Falcons will not be pursuing Lamar Jackson.
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