So far the Baltimore Ravens have played the Lamar Jackson contracts perfectly. It is hard for any team to want to put together a deal that also includes two firsts, knowing that the team will likely match. One thing that they need to watch for is the New York Jets, though.
Baltimore Ravens would benefit from Aaron Rodgers being traded to the New York Jets
If you have not been following the New York Jets, they have been in an interesting flirtation stage with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. The Packers and Jets are talking trade compensation, but Aaron Rodgers is debating playing for the Jets or retiring.
It is an interesting drama that somehow now impacts the Ravens. Of course, if Rodgers does retire, it takes a quarterback off of the market, and it opens a hole for a team. It opens a hole for a team that is desperate.
This team thinks they are a quarterback away, but they missed out on Derek Carr waiting for Rodgers. If they swing and miss on Rodgers, they are going to go all in to make sure that they do not strike out.
That means that if any team were to get outrageous and offer Lamar Jackson a big deal, it is going to be the New York Jets. They already have the cap space cleared for Rodgers. They already thought about the picks that it would take. They have both of them with the possibility to make this happen in a way that others teams do not.
This is why they are so in on Rodgers. However, if they have to pivot, they can be just as easily in on Jackson. At the very least they will be the team that pushes the Ravens to the limit and forces them to pay more than they would like based on the structure and the reality that they have to match.
If Rodgers does go to the Jets, it starts to get really hard to see any team with real interest In Lamar Jackson. This appears to be the last hurdle that the team needs to clear. From there, they could be looking at Jackson getting extended on a more team-friendly deal.