Lamar Jackson’s longterm status with the Baltimore Ravens continues to be very much up in the air right now.
Although no NFL team has officially made any overtures to steal the former league MVP away from his current team, things are definitely happening behind the scenes.
This week, an intriguing new darkhorse candidate emerged for Jackson.
It could prove to be a win-win for all sides involved.
During a recent appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter, NFL insider Jeremy Fowler pointed to the Minnesota Vikings as a “wild card” team to watch.
“Kirk Cousins has one year left on his contract if they want to reestablish their identity there,” he reported.
Although the Vikings are going to need a quarterback in a year, they also literally just restructured Cousins’ deal to clear $20 million in cap space. That means if they tried to go out and replace him with Jackson, it would cost the franchise nearly $50 million.
Could something happen here? Sure, anything is possible. But there is a reason Minnesota is being regarded as a darkhorse candidate and not a favorite.
Jackson has made it abundantly clear as of late where he wants to end up come the 2023-24 NFL season.
The question is just whether or not he will be able to get there. He has also previously made available a list of three teams that he would be willing to leave the Ravens for.
How that will ultimately influence things remains to be seen as well.
At the moment, it’s hard to shake the feeling that the likeliest outcome here is Jackson remaining a member of the Ravens for at least one more season.
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That seems to be the direction things are presently pointing in.
Will that change at some point in the foreseeable future, though?
Will Jackson try to finagle a trade to a darkhorse candidate like the Vikings? One way or another, an answer should emerge over the next few weeks.
A graduate from the University of Texas, Anthony Amador has been credentialed to cover the Houston Texans, Dallas Cowboys, San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and high school games all over the Lone Star State. Currently, his primary beats are the NBA, MLB, NFL and UFC.