The Baltimore Ravens placed the franchise tag on star quarterback Lamar Jackson earlier this week, preventing him from entering the free agent market next week.
The franchise tag ensures that Baltimore will at least receive draft picks as compensation if they lose Jackson to another team. Other clubs can sign the 2019 league MVP to an offer sheet, and Baltimore would have five days to either match it or take the compensation instead.
But on Thursday, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport outlined a complicated aspect of teams submitting an offer sheet to Jackson. If the Ravens were to match an offer sheet for the 26-year-old, the teams that tried signing him away would then lose out on other available signal-callers.
Jimmy Garoppolo, Andy Dalton, Carson Wentz, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Jacoby Brissett and Teddy Bridgewater are among the available free agent quarterbacks. The New Orleans Saints are also expected to release Jameis Winston after landing Derek Carr earlier this week.
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Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers has also been the subject of trade rumors, with the New York Jets widely being reported as the front-runner. And on Thursday, NFL analyst Michael Lombardi revealed on “The Pat McAfee Show” that the Los Angeles Rams are trying to move out Matthew Stafford.
The first major domino to fall was Carr going to the Saints. Stay tuned for more in what will be an adventurous 2023 offseason quarterback carousel.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.