The Baltimore Ravens gave Lamar Jackson the non-exclusive franchise tag. The news on its own is not all that shocking, but the reaction afterward was. The thought was that a team would show interest, submit an offer, and the Ravens would have the chance to match it.
However, to the surprise of some, there has been no interest. It has fans and media wondering if there is collusion. After the Deshaun Watson sweepstakes got a bit embarrassing for the NFL, a precedent was set that teams would guarantee salaries. Did the NFL take a stand against that with Lamar Jackson?
Here are three reasons that while things look weird, it is not collusion.
3. Lamar Jackson has a history of injuries with Baltimore Ravens
You cannot just walk past the idea that Lamar Jackson has been hurt over the past two seasons. For two straight seasons, the Ravens were in position to make a run in the playoffs and both years saw Jackson banged up and the team sputtering.
With his size and frame, it is hard to say for sure that he will stay healthy. Beyond that, his playing style is reliant on his legs and athletic ability. Will there be a point where the injuries start to hurt his speed and the team is stuck with him on a bad deal?
It is one thing to pay Lamar Jackson. It is another to trade for him and pay him. Even more than that you have to do all that, hope that the new scheme you have can adapt to his style of play, hope the players you have are a good fit and then hope he stays healthy.
Maybe it is a bit weird that teams are so completely out at this point, but that could change. At the very least it makes plenty of sense why teams would skeptical of his health.