NFL star Lamar Jackson ‘wants to leave Baltimore Ravens’
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Quarterback Lamar Jackson is reportedly keen to move on from the Baltimore Ravens ahead of the 2023 season with the 26-year-old not wanting a fully-guaranteed contract, which is regarded as a roadblock in contract negotiations. The Ravens recently placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson, which means the 2019 MVP is free to negotiate with other NFL teams.
If another organisation signs him to an offer sheet, Baltimore will have a chance to match the contract. However, the Ravens’ chances of holding onto Jackson are slim to none, despite contract negotiations, with ProFootballTalk reporting that the quarterback is ready to move on in his career.
Jackson does not want a fully-guaranteed contract with the Ravens. The report also goes on to state that he may be open to accepting one or more non-guaranteed years on the back end of his contract.
A team not linked with a move for Jackson, but are being encouraged to do so, are the New England Patriots. Jackson has been tipped to fire Bill Belichick’s side back into Super Bowl contention in the post-Tom Brady era by former linebacker Rob Ninkovich.
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Ninkovich said on ESPN’s “Get Up!” : “If you’re the Patriots, and you go and you make an attempt to get Lamar, that changes everything. Absolutely everything. And listen, I am a huge fan of Lamar’s style of game and what it puts on a defense, the stresses. And there’s needs and wants, OK?
“A need is necessary for life. A want, it helps your quality of life. I don’t need Lamar here, but I sure as heck want to see Lamar running around with a New England Patriot on his helmet. Because if you see it out there, the Patriots instantly, instantly, become division favourites and, to me, get right back into that Super Bowl hunt.”
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The non-exclusive tag isn’t thrown around very often. it’s only been applied to one other NFL star within the last 30 years of free agency.
That player was Matt Cassel, who was later traded to the Kansas City Chiefs from the New England Patriots on a long-term deal. No player in the last 30 years has received the non-exclusive franchise tag, signed an offer sheet with another team and then ended up with that new team, meaning Jackson could be the first to do so.
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