There is a lot going on with the quarterback position in the NFL, and the Baltimore Ravens should gleam from that the value that Lamar Jackson brings to the franchise. Think about what teams have done this offseason (or have attempted) to get their quarterback situation in good standing.
The Houston Texans have been called more than a radio station giving concert tickets to the third caller. The Deshawn Watson situation has been one big can of crazy to follow for a ton of reasons we won’t dive into here. The Seattle Seahawks have had trade rumors circling around Russell Wilson as well.
The Chicago Bears wanted to get one of these top-tier passers and they were willing to sell the farm to get it done. Do you know what they got? Andy Dalton. There is run-of-the-mill settling, and then there is that.
The most recent move (reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter) was the Carolina Panthers trading for Sam Darnold. The trade breaks down rather sane for both sides. Still, the New York Jets are already starting over after taking Darnold with the third overall pick in 2018. It’s not great for them, but Baltimore should be grateful they were wrong about the 2019 NFL MVP.
The Panthers aren’t taking a horrible risk here. The biggest part of the trade was a 2022 second-round pick, so they had to take a stab at this. Still, they’re going with a quarterback looking for a second chance in his career.
The San Francisco 49ers aren’t far removed from completely over-investing in the Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers just made a blockbuster deal with the Miami Dolphins to get the number three overall pick. Regardless of what they say, Garoppolo is on the trading block.
It didn’t take much for a rumor to start that Garoppolo could end up back with the New England Patriots. The Patriots making a deal to get him back would be an insane story. With Tom Brady celebrating his seemingly 1,0000th Super Bowl win (His seventh), the Patriots have inked Cam Newton to another one-year contract.
Teams will do whatever it takes to get a legitimate starting quarterback as their main hope of winning it all. If we’ve learned one thing this offseason it is that looking for a quarterback isn’t fun and it is a very costly endeavor.
The Bottom Line:
That’s why the Ravens should have absolutely zero apprehension about signing Jackson to a massive long-term contract. The Ravens have a quarterback who has been the main ingredient for three straight playoff appearances. The Ravens have a quarterback with an MVP award to his name, who has a career passing rate of 102.6 and is the only quarterback to ever rush for 1,000 yards in a season twice.
Jackson is not only one of the most entertaining athletes in any sport, but he’s also a top-tier quarterback in the NFL. He gives the Ravens a chance to win. Jackson is special and everybody with two eyes and objective reason can figure that out. The Ravens can never let Jackson getaway to another team. Remember the Bears went fishing and ended up with Dalton.