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There is a lot of uncertainty when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens right now, and it all centers around the future of quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Their franchise quarterback is going to be a free agent, and some have felt the Ravens simply won’t give him the huge contract he has been asking for over the last several months.
Tim Hasselbeck says they should use the non-exclusive franchise tag on him in order to let him test the free agent market while remaining with them for one more season.
.@tthasselbeck thinks the Ravens should let Lamar Jackson test the market under the non-exclusive tag
“Find me the team that is going to guarantee Lamar Jackson $200 million or more, on a 4 or 5 year deal, and also give up two first round draft picks.” pic.twitter.com/TrdokWxt77
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) February 28, 2023
Hasselbeck also doubts whether another team would offer Jackson the $200 million deal he may want while also being willing to give up considerable draft capital, which would make the non-exclusive tag less of a risk, or perhaps mean it would carry minimal risk.
Jackson is arguably the best running QB in the NFL, and although his ability as a passer has been doubted, he isn’t too shabby in that department.
This past season, he threw for 2,242 yards and 17 touchdowns while adding 764 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
The big concern many have for a signal-caller who plays the way he does is injuries, and Jackson hasn’t played a full regular season schedule since his rookie season.
In 2022, he missed five games, as well as Baltimore’s wild-card playoff game, with a sprained PCL.
Many feel that a running quarterback isn’t worth $40-$50 million a year, and it will be interesting to see if the Ravens eventually give in to Jackson’s demands, or if they bite the bullet and commit to a rebuilding process without him.
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