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The Baltimore Ravens have made a bold decision on quarterback Lamar Jackson.
The two sides could not agree on a long-term deal, so the Ravens were forced to place the franchise tag on Jackson.
According to Ian Rapoport, the Ravens have placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on their quarterback.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 7, 2023
That tag will pay Jackson just over $32 million for next season.
But, it also gives opposing teams a chance to negotiate with the former MVP during free agency.
If a team can agree to a long-term deal with Jackson, they would then have to trade the Ravens their next two first-round picks.
With the Ravens placing this tag on Jackson they are essentially okay with him leaving.
But, they wanted to make sure that they got something back if he does leave.
While two first-round picks may seem like a lot to give up, all quarterback-needy teams should be interested.
This move seems like one that the Ravens will end up regretting.
Jackson is 26 years old, and a former league MVP.
He has had some injury problems in the past few seasons, but he is still the most dynamic player at his position.
Teams should be lining up to offer Jackson a contract.
He can immediately vault a team into contention.
Even though he will want a massive amount of guaranteed money, it is worth it.
The NFL offseason just got a lot more interesting, as players like Jackson are not up for grabs very often.
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