Football fans continue to await an announcement on the Baltimore Ravens’ plans with star quarterback Lamar Jackson as free agency draws closer.
Jackson’s rookie contract is up, and there are four options on the table for the 26-year-old: The franchise tag, a long-term contract extension with Baltimore, a trade or a simple walking to the free agent market.
If the Ravens decide they can’t retain Jackson long-term and explore the trade market, there will certainly be plenty of teams interested in his services.
Bleacher Report’s David Kenyon wrote a list of blockbuster trade ideas to help thwart a Kansas City Chiefs’ repeat as Super Bowl champions. Kenyon proposed a deal where the Ravens send Jackson to the New York Jets in exchange for quarterback Zach Wilson, the No. 13 and No. 43 selections in this year’s draft, 2024 first and third-rounders plus a 2025 second-rounder:
“Should extension discussions reach an impasse, Baltimore may instead pivot to eyeing a (Deshaun) Watson or Russell Wilson-type trade. The short version is multiple first-rounders and at least two more Day 1 or 2 picks.
That enormous price should not scare away the New York Jets, who desperately need a franchise quarterback to bolster their offense and complement a high-quality defense.
Meanwhile, third-year quarterback Zach Wilson could get a fresh start with new Ravens offensive coordinator Todd Monken. With Wilson on a rookie contract for at least two more years, Baltimore would also have the financial flexibility to bolster its skill-position corps in a way that it has failed to do for Jackson.”
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The Jets haven’t had a true superstar quarterback since Joe Namath, who last played for the organization back in 1976. Getting a player like Jackson would be a franchise-altering move, and Kenyon’s proposed return makes plenty of sense here.
New York may be ready to give up on Wilson, the No. 2 overall pick of 2021, after forgettable rookie and sophomore seasons. Despite lackluster quarterback play, the Jets went 7-10 last year thanks largely to a stingy defense and the play of Offensive Rookie of the Year in wideout Garrett Wilson.
A superstar like Jackson could help the Jets make the jump to Super Bowl contention. If the Ravens end up shopping their franchise QB, don’t be shocked if New York is among the teams to make a call for his services.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.