- Aug 1, 2006
Everyone should, the Ravens have been talking and acting for a week plus like they KNEW that they could let him talk to teams and not worry about it, and the teams all jumping all over themselves to say they aren't interested in even talking to an MVP caliber player not even in his prime yet, AND that all the owners were telling the press that they wouldn't let the Watson deal happen again......Florio thinks that Jackson is a clear victim of collusion: View: https://twitter.com/profootballtalk/status/1633273569823145984?s=46&t=4DK5sD-8gsSKFExcsnEJqg
yeah I have zero doubt that there have been a number of conversations among the owners about how important it is to be united against full guarantees, with Lamar being either expicitly or implicitly brought up (as Biscotti did publicly)
So I'd note among other things...A lot of NFL Twitter is banging this same drum. I just don't see it. Any QB needy team has certainly already had internal discussions about Jackson and if they would be willing to give up two first rounders and a record setting fully guaranteed contract to sign him. News hits, well connected reported reaches out to team sources, quickly hears a few "not interested." Just doesn't seem that absurd to me.
It looks even less weird when you consider the circumstances of the reported teams:
-Raiders, Falcons, Panthers are all picking in the top 10 of the draft and are in the mix for the top 4 QBs. For a rebuilding team, a rookie QB on a smaller contract alone is arguably more appealing than Jackson and that's before you add in the extra cost in draft capital
-Miami doesn't have its 2023 first round pick - it CAN'T go after Jackson until after the draft
-Washington could be headed for a sale process - this probably makes it harder to make a quarter billion dollar guarantee
1. None of these teams even checked in on his cost, and ALL of them quickly leaked this... which doesn't make much sense as a leverage play if nothing else... if you're CAR, you probably don't get a top 4 QB in the draft without trading up... why eliminate some of your leverage in that situation.
2. Miami can talk to him, find out what he wants and then try to negotiate a sign and trade, that's happened more often than someone making an offer sheet.
3. Raiders aren't really high enough to be sure of a QB, and they aren't acting like a rebuilding team... they added DaVante Adams last year, they just franchised Josh Jacobs... why if they want to rebuild... (they are the one team I actually buy isn't colluding though.... Davis just doesn't have the capability to get that much liquid for escrow.)