Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson could be on the trading block this offseason. Which teams have the draft capital and cap space to bring him on?
Jackson is expected to continue contract negotiations with the Ravens in the coming months, but until anything materializes, the star quarterback’s future is up for rabid speculation. This offseason will be forever known as the “Offseason of Lamar,” and while the Ravens can still slap a franchise tag on him to buy themselves more time, many pundits have already started to speculate where Jackson’s next home might be.
PFF’s Gordon McGuinness recently listed three potential trade scenarios between Baltimore and a quarterback-needy franchise. The PFF team estimated Jackson’s trade value at three first-round picks along with a second- and third-round pick, which suffice to say would give Eric DeCosta a gold mine’s worth of draft capital for the next several years.
Here are the three trade scenarios:
In the trades with Houston and Detroit, the Ravens were also projected to select their quarterback of the future in the 2023 NFL Draft.
With the second overall pick from the Texans, Baltimore picked Alabama’s Bryce Young. With the sixth overall pick from the Lions, Baltimore picked Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud.
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Per CBS Sports’ odds, the New York Jets are the favorites to land Lamar Jackson this offseason (assuming he leaves Baltimore) with +200 odds. The Atlanta Falcons and Las Vegas Raiders trail the Jets at +300 and +500 odds respectively; the Carolina Panthers, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Commanders are also in the running.
It should be noted that these odds only account for a scenario in which Jackson is traded as Baltimore is not included on the list.
Clark had to swallow his pride last offseason when the Ravens drafted Kyle Hamilton in the first round and acquired Marcus Williams in free agency. Yet Clark turned around and put together a career-best season with 101 tackles in 2022, not to mention he played every single snap on defense.
The Ravens’ green dot-wearer on defense proved that he’s still a “baller” (in his own words) and has one year remaining on his contract; however, Clark admitted that his future in Baltimore remains somewhat clouded.
"“This is the team that drafted me, I’ve been here [for] all my career, I’m comfortable here, I know the other guys, the locker room, the environment. I don’t know. Sometimes you’ve got to step out of your comfort zone. You never know what’s going to happen.”"