Rumor: Eagles are on Lamar Jackson’s short list of teams if he doesn’t get a new contract
If the Eagles aren’t confident in Jalen Hurts after this season, they may have an enticing option waiting for them.
Ravens’ star quarterback Lamar Jackson gave his team a deadline for a new contract: Friday, September 9th. That deadline has since passed, and Jackson is now playing on his fifth-year option for the 2022 season. What happens after the season remains to be seen.
Jackson has reportedly told people in his camp that he won’t play on the franchise tag next year, and should he be traded, there are a handful of preferred destinations, per Five Reasons Sports Network:
“Unless the Ravens change their stance and offer Jackson what he’s asked, the potential for a sign and trade is open. It would look poorly on the Ravens organization if Lamar is left to deal with the open market in free agency. Jackson does have a list of teams he would be interested in going to. Per source the list includes the Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles.
The Philadelphia Eagles have Jalen Hurts as their current quarterback but they may not be sold just yet. The Eagles have two very good tackles that can handle their own in the trenches, a solid run game, a dominant receiver in A.J. Brown and a potential top five defense in the NFL. Furthermore, the Eagles have the draft capital to lure the Ravens into a sign and trade deal.“
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According to reports, the 2019 MVP turned down a contract offer of six years worth roughly $250M, more than the newly signed Russell Wilson and Kyler Murray. The issue for Jackson is that he wants his deal to be fully guaranteed, like Deshaun Watson’s contract in Cleveland.
Jackson believes he is fully justified in his request; we’ll see where it lands him next offseason. On the other hand, would the Eagles ditch Jalen Hurts for a QB with a similar skillset? Lord knows Philadelphia wants a pass-oriented offense. I’m not sure if Lamar Jackson leading the charge is what they have in mind.
The Eagles ironically traded the No. 32 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the pick used to select Lamar Jackson, to the Ravens for a number of picks eventually used to select Dallas Goedert, Miles Sanders, and Avonte Maddox. Life sure does have a way of coming full circle.
The All-Pro QB has proved to be a bonafide playmaker in the NFL, totaling nearly 10,000 yards and 84 TDs through the air in his four-year career. He’s also rushed for 3,600 yards and 21 touchdowns. If it isn’t with Baltimore, Jackson will surely get the bag elsewhere.
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