Robert Griffin III Floats Conspiracy About Teams Not Wanting Lamar Jackson

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On Tuesday, after months of negotiations, news broke that the Baltimore Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson. The non-exclusive tag means he will be able to negotiate with other teams.

Given Jackson’s talent and MVP pedigree, the fact that he’s able to negotiate with other teams at just 26 years old is virtually unprecedented. So unprecedented, in fact, that former NFL QB and current ESPN analyst Robert Griffin III thinks there’s something that doesn’t “smell right” about it.

“Lamar Jackson is a Unanimous MVP, has lead the NFL in Passing Touchdowns, is 26 years old, is 45-16 as a starter and All the QB needy teams are saying they aren’t interested. Don’t smell right to me,” RGIII tweeted on Tuesday night.

RGIII certainly wasn’t alone, however, as fellow ESPN NFL analyst Ryan Clark tweeted something similar and suggested that collusion is taking place:

“So a former league MVP, 4th in overall wins since entering the league, entering his 5th year & the same age as incoming rookie Stetson Bennet is free to negotiate… but all these teams know before speaking to him that they’re good? Yea right there’s no collusion!” Clark said.

According to reports, the Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers are among the teams that are NOT interested in acquiring Jackson, which is strange considering how QB-needy they all are.

The New York Jets certainly don’t seem interested, as reports indicate that team brass– such as general manager Joe Douglas, head coach Robert Saleh, and offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett — met with Aaron Rodgers in California earlier this week.

Drafted as the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Jackson was awarded league MVP in 2019 and has been named to the Pro Bowl twice.

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