The Baltimore Ravens need to make a decision about Lamar Jackson.
Jackson, who’s representing himself in his pursuit for a contract extension, wants way more guaranteed money than the $133 million they’re reportedly willing to offer him, and that could be the ultimate deal-breaker in the negotiations.
The team could simply place him under the franchise tag and force him to play for another season while they continue to try and work out a new deal, or they could use the non-exclusive franchise tag to get some compensation for his services if he decides to leave.
However, former NFL player-turned-analyst Dan Orlovsky believes the latter option would be a major mistake by the organization, as it would pretty much tell Jackson that they wouldn’t mind parting ways with him if they get some nice value in return:
“I would feel disrespected if I was Lamar, if I got the non-exclusive franchise tag because you’re basically saying, ‘We’re going to tag you, but if somebody else wants to give us a ton for you, then they can come and take you off of our hands,'” Orlovsky said on Get Up.
"I would feel disrespected if I was Lamar, if I got the non-exclusive franchise tag because you're basically saying, 'We're going to tag you, but if somebody else wants to give us a ton for you, then they can come and take you off of our hands.'"
— Get Up (@GetUpESPN) March 2, 2023
All things considered, Jackson has proven to be an elite quarterback in the National Football League, and those don’t exactly grow in trees.
His injury concerns could scare the Ravens away in terms of the guaranteed money; that makes sense.
But then again, last season proved that they need him way more than he needs them, and he could have multiple teams lining up to try and acquire his services.
Jackson has been tied with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins over the past couple of months, so don’t be shocked if they submit a Godfather-like offer to try and lure him away from Maryland if the Ravens decide to place him under that tag.NEXT: Ravens WR Calls Out Team's GM On Social Media