3 Problems with the Atlanta Falcons trading for Lamar Jackson

Nick Halden
Oct 23, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) scrambles away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett (95) during the first half at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports /
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Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on in the fourth quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-17.Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 478
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh looks on in the fourth quarter during an NFL wild-card playoff football game on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Paycor Stadium in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Baltimore Ravens 24-17.Baltimore Ravens At Cincinnati Bengals Afc Wild Card Jan 15 478 /

1. Why would Baltimore trade Lamar?

The first and most obvious problem is the one we just looked at which is why the Ravens would ever trade Lamar Jackson? The team has an offense that is built specifically around Lamar’s ability as a runner something the team isn’t going to be able to replace in trade, free agency, or the draft.

Parting ways with Lamar completely changes your offense and complete coaching strategy. If the Ravens were going to part ways with Jackson it seems there would be far more signs of the team making adjustments and looking to turn the page.

They haven’t because trading a franchise quarterback who is a top-ten player and clearly the best path to contention in the AFC would be nonsensical. Baltimore has a reputation as a smartly run organization that elevates players and is well-coached.

Trading Lamar would be a move a team made in five years if they are unable to win the quarterback and looking to start over.  Trading a twenty-six-year-old franchise cornerstone in the middle of his prime would be a move that would haunt Baltimore for a decade. The only reason that would ever happen is the same problem that would present itself to Atlanta.

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