Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson announced his intention for the Ravens to trade him right before the press conference of longtime Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh. It was an interesting move on his part to say the least but nonetheless, an effective one. Lamar controls the narrative around his ongoing contract discussions now and the possibility of him sitting out for the majority of, if not the entire, season is absolutely in play now. It appears that the majority of QB needy teams will not be pursuing Jackson at this time due to a multitude of factors. Indianapolis appears to be only team doing real homework and framework of how a deal could be come to fruition. Other teams may include Atlanta and Washington. While it seems that Baltimore is completely out of the running, it should be noted that they can still get a deal done move on from the franchise tender with a long term contract. Never say never with Baltimore.
Lamar Jackson Requests a Trade
Franchise Quarterback Contract Negotiations
Four major franchise quarterbacks (including Lamar) are now up for "market resetting" extensions. We know the issues with Lamar and Baltimore. The other QBs eligible for extension are Chargers QB Justin Herbert, Bengals QB Joe Burrow and Eagles QB Jalen Hurts. The Burrow and Hurts extension should be easy to work out based on performance but the Herbert one will be interesting. He has all the ability and talent to be a franchise QB but has zero postseason wins in only one appearance. His overall record is 25-24 during his time in Los Angeles. Whether you believe the performance on the field warrants a $50 Million dollar contract from Herbert, it will most likely happen as he will be paid on potential as well as on the field performance. The expectation for Hurts and Burrow will most likely be around $60 Million Dollars per year but don’t be surprised if they take a little less money to help the team so they can still contend every year.
Purdy Takes Over As Starter In San Francisco
At this weeks owners meetings, 49ers GM John Lynch announced that QB Brock Purdy (who is recovering from UCL surgery) will most likely be the starter at the start of training camp and heading into Week 1. Lynch feel that he has earned the right to be the starter for upcoming season as he delivered with his stand in duty the second half of the year. This leaves Trey Lance as the backup going into the season potentially and Sam Darnold as the third QB. Look for Lynch to listen to trade calls on Trey Lance this offseason as he has become expendable. Tennessee could be an option for Trey Lance as former 49ers exec Ran Carthon has taken over as GM in Tennessee.
Calais Campbell Joins Atlanta
In a bit of a surprise move, veteran DL Calais Campbell has decided to join the Atlanta Falcons on a 1 year $7 Million dollar guaranteed deal with the potential to get to $9 Million. Falcons owner Arthur Blank stepped in to assist in the recruitment of Campbell. Blank believes Campbell has the chance to make a difference "on and off the field" as Campbell and Blank both have a history of philanthropy. Campbell believes he can make an impact with a young roster and hopefully surprise some people this year.
Anthony Richardson Pro Day
As with CJ Stroud and Bryce Young, the NFL executives showed up for Florida’s Pro Day with all eyes on QB prospect Anthony Richardson, after his performance at the NFL Combine a few weeks earlier. He continued to impress again. He was accurate while showing his quick release and strong arm. Most scouts don’t put much into the performance on the field but they do care about what the coaches and staff have to say about the prospect. I am sure other prospects were put through drills as well but nothing huge on the reporting of it as of now. Look for other teams (such as Oakland, Tennessee, Seattle or Baltimore) to do some calling on moving into the top 4, specifically Arizona’s pick at 3 to potentially groom Richardson to be the future signal caller.
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