There was no bigger story coming out of the NFL’s franchise tag deadline than the Baltimore Ravens‘ decision to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamar Jackson.
The decision leaves the door open for other teams to try and sign the star quarterback to a contract.
The Ravens will have the opportunity to match any offer that comes in for Jackson and if they don’t, they’ll receive a pair of 1st round picks from the team that takes their QB.
Today Adam Schefter revealed that if this were to happen, it would be the first time in NFL history that a quarterback has ever been given the non-exclusive tag and then ended up on another team.
Lamar Jackson could make history: there never has been a QB to sign an offer sheet with another team after getting the non-exclusive tag, then wind up with that new team. In 2009, the Patriots placed the non-exclusive tag on Matt Cassel, but he then was traded to the Chiefs,… https://t.co/GisH9HAlv7
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2023
So far, there has yet to be a team who has actually shown interest in Jackson, but we are still a few days away from the legal tampering period where teams can actually talk to him.
Once that period begins, we may see some teams begin to show more interest.
However, there still seems to be a pretty good chance he’ll remain a member of the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the offseason.
There is always the chance that somebody comes in and makes a huge offer to Jackson, but the Ravens definitely didn’t make this move with the intent to let just any offer take their quarterback.
What the future holds for Jackson will be the most followed story of the offseason and there is at least a chance that the story ends with some history being made.