Despite the fact that the NFL Draft is just days away, the Baltimore Ravens have yet to come to a long-term contract agreement with franchise QB and former Most Valuable Player Lamar Jackson.
After months and years of negotiations, the Ravens and the 26-year-old Jackson remain in a standoff, as Jackson has yet to put pen to paper on a long-term deal. As a result, Jackson’s future with the franchise has been in question for weeks now, especially after Jackson revealed that he requested a trade.
Still, it’s not as though the Ravens haven’t been working towards re-signing Jackson, as they recently signed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. to a one-year contract in an obvious effort to appear Lamar.
Given his talent, though, until the day that Lamar officially signs a new contract with the Ravens, there will be speculation about him being potentially traded to another team such as the San Francisco 49ers, for example.
Speaking at his pre-draft press conference this week, 49ers general manager and former NFL safety John Lynch said that the team looked into trading for Jackson because the organization “looks into everything.”
“You look into everything, and we seem to be linked to everything. I can tell you, I think it’s how convicted we are on Brock, on this current group of guys. You’re not doing your job if you don’t look into things,” Lynch told reporters.
“A lot of those things I think you’re limited by the way our roster is set up and the other thing is, what’s your motivation? And there’s more than just Lamar, there’s tremendous players, MVP type players. We really like our guys and we like where we’re at. We like our complete roster and how they fit for multiple reasons and we’re excited about that group. So, I’ll just leave it at that.”
What makes the 49ers an interesting potential trade partner for the Ravens is that, in addition to draft picks, the team is apparently exploring trading 22-year-old QB Trey Lance, who has only started in four games for the team during his first two seasons in the league.
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