Despite rumors Lamar Jackson unlikely to land with Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons and Lamar Jackson have been connected in early off-season rumors with the Baltimore quarterback still not under contract and Atlanta looking to make a playoff push. Despite the rumors looking at Baltimore’s recent moves and the potential cost of a Lamar Jackson trade, the blockbuster seems increasingly unlikely.
Baltimore has made it clear they are willing to do whatever it takes to keep Lamar in Baltimore. Firing their offensive coordinator and making it clear that Lamar would play a role in deciding the team’s next coordinator. Baltimore can still place a tag on Lamar buying themselves even more time to negotiate and potentially match other offers.
Setting aside the improbability of the Ravens letting Lamar leave Baltimore the Falcons would be forced to win a bidding war to land the former MVP. With at least two first-round picks and a record deal for Lamar the bare minimum, it would take to land the star quarterback.
This isn’t to say whether the Falcons should chase the star quarterback but to point out that the likelihood of Baltimore letting Lamar get away or even if they do Atlanta being the team to land the star seems increasingly improbable.
The safe move for Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot is to stick with Desmond Ridder taking advantage of his rookie contract and looking to build a complete team around Ridder. San Francisco has been a perfect example of what can happen when you build a complete roster and have in place a strong coaching staff able to bring in any capable quarterback and compete every week.
Considering Atlanta’s comments last off-season and how the quarterback situation was handled over the next few months it is still completely possible the team attempts to chase Lamar or a top quarterback. An easy argument can be made this is the move to make, however, it is an unlikely one and a very risky move if it doesn’t go perfectly next season.