Tom Brady may have announced his retirement, but there is still no shortage of big-named quarterbacks who could very well switch teams this offseason.
It’s only a matter of time until the Las Vegas Raiders trade or release Derek Carr. San Francisco 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan has already confirmed that the team will not bring back Jimmy Garoppolo for 2023, too.
On top of that, two previous MVP winners in Lamar Jackson (Baltimore Ravens) and Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) have dominated the NFL trade rumor mill in recent weeks.
Jackson’s rookie contract expires after this season, but if the two sides can’t agree to a deal? The 26-year-old will likely get traded by the Ravens before he can enter free agency. Or, Baltimore could place the franchise tag on the 2019 league MVP and buy themselves more time on contract negotiations or a potential trade.
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In an update, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Jackson and the Ravens could be as high as $100 million apart in contract talks. Fowler added that the trade discussions for the dual-threat quarterback are on the horizon:
“Yes, Baltimore and Jackson could possibly be $100 million apart there, a massive gap to bridge. Those trade calls are coming. I don’t get the sense that that process has heated up, in part because teams are assuming Jackson will be tagged. It’s still very early on this one.”
Most NFL teams don’t hesitate to sign their young phenom franchise quarterback to a long-term deal, but the Jackson-Baltimore situation is different. He may have all-world talents, but Jackson’s recent injury history certainly makes contract talks more tricky.
Jackson missed five games in both 2021 and 2022, as well as the team’s Wild Card Round playoff loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. But Jackson’s record as a starter (45-16) speaks for itself and shows just how important he is to the franchise.
Needless to say, it’ll be very interesting to see how Jackson and the Ravens go about contract negotiations leading up to free agency.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.