Since Lamar Jackson was given the non-exclusive franchise tag by the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, there have been a surprising number of teams who have been revealed to not be interested in the quarterback.
Today there was another team added to that list.
According to New England Patriots reporter Mark Daniels, the Pats are the latest team to not be interested in Lamar Jackson.
Lamar Jackson in New England?
Only as an opponent.
According to a league source, the Patriots aren't expected to pursue Jackson in free agency. https://t.co/ow1LZGpxsK
— Mark Daniels (@ByMarkDaniels) March 9, 2023
Jackson would definitely be an upgrade for the New England Patriots, but pursuing him would be complicated for them.
The relationship between the Patriots and starting quarterback Mac Jones doesn’t seem to be in the best place after a disastrous 2022 season where the team decided to make Jones navigate his second year in the league without a real offensive coordinator.
Publicly trying to acquire another quarterback definitely wouldn’t do anything to help that situation and could put the Patriots in a tough spot if they fail to land Jackson.
There are also advantages to having Jones as their starting QB that Jackson wouldn’t be able to offer.
The Patriots spent a 1st round pick on Jones just 2 years ago, which means they can keep him on a rookie contract for the next 3 season, making him a much cheaper option than Jackson.
They’d also have to give up a pair of first rounders, which would make it difficult to build up their roster that currently has needs elsewhere.
The Patriots would also be far from an ideal landing spot for Jackson. He has never had an ideal group of pass catchers during his time with the Ravens and that issue would only get worse if he headed to a Patriots that had one of the league’s worst groups of pass catchers last season and could lose their best receiver this offseason.
It looks like we’ll have to keep waiting for the first team to show interest in Jackson.