There has been a lot of talk about the Atlanta Falcons quarterback situation over the past handful of months and the possibility of them pursuing former MVP Lamar Jackson. Much of the time it seemed like an irrational dream because the Baltimore Ravens were surely going to extend him before other teams could call him.
However, recent developments during the weekend have made it clear that there is a strong chance Jackson will test free agency as there appears to be a rift between the player and the franchise.
Lamar Jackson’s cryptic post makes it seem believable that the Atlanta Falcons could get their hands on him
The Atlanta Falcons’ plans at quarterback this offseason are unknown. They may stick with Desmond Ridder and sign a backup quarterback, or they could put all the chips in the middle and pursue top QBs on the market. If their plan is to be aggressive then they could very well land Lamar Jackson.
Over the weekend, the Ravens were preparing to take on their division rival in the playoffs. For weeks they had hoped that their star QB Lamar Jackson would be ready to play in the postseason but they found out that he wasn’t (speculation has brewed that he was ready and just didn’t want to play, but who are we to judge how someone’s injury feels?).
Right before their game on Sunday night, it came out that Jackson didn’t even travel with the team to Cincinnati, which says a lot. If it wasn’t clear before, then it is now, he is not happy with the Ravens.
Then he posted the following quote on his Instagram story:
"When you have something good, you don’t play with it. You don’t take chances losing it. You don’t neglect it. When you have something good, you pour into it. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good thing takes care of you too."
Talk about a straight shot at the Ravens organization. It seriously seems like he is done messing around with them and is ready to sign elsewhere in March.
So, if the Falcons are planning on being aggressive in the pursuit of a quarterback then it does seem highly probable that they will at least talk to Lamar Jackson. After all, if they were willing to offer a king’s ransom for Deshaun Watson, then why should we think otherwise when it comes to Lamar?
At this point, it seems like a fair assumption to say that either Desmond Ridder or Lamar Jackson will start for the Atlanta Falcons in week 1 of the 2023 NFL season.