Lamar Jackson’s future and whether or not it will be with the Baltimore Ravens is already heating up as a focal point of the NFL offseason.
It appears that the Ravens and Jackson could be headed toward a non-exclusive franchise tag, at least according to recent reports, which would allow the quarterback to negotiate with other teams and gives the Ravens the option to match the offer.
Should the Ravens not match the offer, they would be compensated two first-round draft picks.
Among the possibilities being linked to Jackson include the Miami Dolphins.
Just one problem: the Dolphins do not have any 2023 first-round picks to send to the Ravens due to losing the pick due to the league’s tampering investigation into the team last offseason.
As Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk pointed out, there is still a chance for the Dolphins to land Jackson should the quarterback remained unsigned past the draft in April. At that point, the Dolphins could then send their 2024 and 2025 first-round picks to the Ravens if they were to sign Jackson.
Of course, the Dolphins will have to make a decision on what they want to do with Tua Tagovailoa first.
Tua had a successful season under first-year head coach Mike McDaaniel, but it was also plagued by multiple head injuries, raising concern about Tagovailoa’s health.
Despite Tua’s success in 2022, Jackson is a former league MVP who has never had the talent at receiver like the Dolphins do in Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. It would seem like an ideal fit and would bring Jackson back closer to where he grew up in South Florida.
Plenty would still have to happen in order for this to become reality, but it certainly seems like a possibility.