The Buccaneers and Lamar Jackson is not as crazy a pairing as most would believe. Those chances improved yesterday when the MVP quarterback did not get a new deal.
A large portion of the NFL world likely let out a collective gasp yesterday when the news broke that Lamar Jackson and the Ravens were not able to reach a deal for his future in Baltimore. While the fans and analysts were shocked, teams like the Buccaneers have to be licking their lips.
The current way that this seems likely to play out is with Jackson getting the franchise tag from the Ravens next year and then working out a deal from there. However, there is a lot that could go wrong with this season for both parties to shake their seemingly-firm foundation.
Let’s say the season does not go to planned or that Jackson refuses to play on the franchise tag. The Ravens would then have very little leverage with their MVP quarterback.
Teams like the Bucs should be chomping at the bit to move on this if something does happen. A world without Tom Brady in Tampa looks rather bleak, but one that has Lamar Jackson with the rest of this roster completely flips the script.
The Buccaneers have the cap management wizards in place to make Jackson one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league while also keeping the majority of their key pieces in place.
Jackson would get the best wide receiver corps of his career by a mile and a coach that would let him air it out, something that the young quarterback does remarkably well despite the misinformation out there.
The fit would just make far too much sense on paper for the Bucs to be out of the running if something like this happened. There is still a lot of time between now and then and a lot that can change, but the chances have become slightly better with the news from yesterday.
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