Lamar Jackson landing spots
With Lamar Jackson saying that he has requested a trade from the Ravens I felt as though it was a good time to write an article detailing what his best options are going forward since it doesn’t look likely that he will be going back to the Ravens.
Here are the top 5 places that I believe would be a good fit for Lamar as long as he leaves the Ravens:
5. New York Jets:
The Jets have made it no secret that they are in the market for a new QB. With their current trainwreck of a quarterback room with only Zach Wilson and some dude named Chris Streveler on their current depth chart, they need someone desperately. The Jets have also loaded up on offensive weapons during free agency which would make it an attractive landing spot for any quarterback. The Jets have also made it clear that they are willing to pay for a franchise QB if necessary.
The only problem with the Jets for Lamar Jackson is that they seem to have their eyes set on Aaron Rodgers.
The other problem that the Jets could potentially have, is that they don’t have a top 10 draft pick this year. A top ten draft pick seems like a must for the Ravens to be comfortable enough to give up Lamar Jackson. If they don’t get the promise of an extremely talented rookie prospect, I don’t see the Ravens moving on from Lamar just yet.
4. Houston Texans:
The Houston Texans appear to be in the market for a QB as well since I very much doubt that they are sticking with Davis Mills for the long run. And the good thing for the Texans is that they have the fourth most cap space in the NFL. They are sitting with $37.1 million in cap space and that’s a great thing for them since they have 12 picks in the 2023 draft. Since the situation with the Texans is looking like they have a bright future ahead of them I don’t really know if Lamar would be the right fit for them right now. In my opinion I believe that it would be smart for the Texans to draft a rookie QB with the second pick in the draft so that the QB could grow with the team, and they can have him on a rookie deal for a little bit. Right now, it looks like they would be drafting Bryce Young. But, if the Texans do decide that they want to win now, then I believe that it would be smart to try with Lamar even though it would take up most of their cap space. Lamar is a QB who can win and if the Texans have a good enough draft, they could trade the Ravens their second overall pick and some more, for a quality couple of seasons with Lamar.
3. Washington Commanders:
I’m really not sure if the Commanders are looking to upgrade their QB room at this time. They drafted Sam Howell a couple of years back and they played him toward the end of the season so that he could get some experience playing in some real NFL games, and he didn’t play half bad. In his last game of the season against the Cowboys he went 11-19 for 169 yards 1 TD and 1 INT. However, the Commanders did just sign Jacoby Brissett who has a ton of experience in the NFL and could be a good person to help Howell adapt to the NFL game. The Commanders currently have just over 8.5 million in cap space which probably wouldn’t be enough to sign Lamar Jackson unless they move some funds around since Lamar wants guaranteed money. If Lamar did end up on the Commanders, he would have some decent receivers for the first time in a while (excluding Mark Andrews). Terry McLaurin is a top-level talent and I think it would be extremely exciting to see what Lamar could do with him as well as some of the other talent on the team. I also know that Commanders fans would love this move as their organization is looking to change owners and I have seen more edits of Lamar Jackson in a Commanders jersey than I can count.
2. Indianapolis Colts:
The Indianapolis Colts could be a great fit for Lamar Jackson. They have elite talent on offense in Jonathan Taylor and they have depth at WR with Pittman, Pierce, and McKenzie. Even thought these receivers aren’t really elite they are an upgrade from what Lamar has right now. The Colts have signed Gardner Minshew in free agency, but he was less than impressive in the few games that we saw him play in for the Eagles this year. The Colts also have Nick Foles on their QB depth chart, but in the games that we saw him play last season for the Colts he was actually terrible. It looked like he had aged 20 years since he won the Superbowl with the Eagles, and I don’t think he should be starting for any team in the coming season. With all of this being said Lamar could be a great fit on this team. He’s mobile, which is something the Colts haven’t had in forever, and the Colts have the number 4 pick in the draft. If the Colts give the Ravens, their Fourth overall pick as well as some draft capital in the coming years then they could 100% get Lamar Jackson. I also believe that the Colts are ready to win now. They have quality players on offense as well as a very good defense. With the quality of QB that they could get with Lamar, they might just turn into Superbowl contenders in the coming year.
My Favorite: Atlanta Falcons –
I truly believe that the Atlanta Falcons would be the best possible fit for Lamar Jackson, besides the Ravens. The Falcons relied on the RPO in order to get the most out of the quarterbacks that they had last season in Desmond Ridder and Marcus Mariota. This type of offense centered around a skilled QB like Lamar Jackson would be extremely fun to watch. The Falcons also sit at the 8th pick in the NFL draft this year, which could be a quality pick for the Ravens to receive. But for the Falcons who are looking for elite QB talent right now, the 8th pick may be too late for them to be able to get one of the best QBs in the draft like Bryce Young and C.J. Stroud. The Falcons also have the cap space to take on a high-priced contract like the one that Lamar is looking for.