Lamar Jackson Seeking Move Away from Baltimore Ravens

The Baltimore Ravens and their star quarterback Lamar Jackson have reached an impasse in negotiations over a contract extension, leading Jackson to ask for a trade. The Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons have emerged as the frontrunners to acquire Jackson in a trade, which the Ravens could facilitate prior to the 2023 NFL Draft.

The demand for Jackson has caused a ripple effect in the betting odds, as the Ravens’ Super Bowl and AFC Championship chances have taken a hit. Jackson’s current franchise tag allows him to negotiate with other teams, and the Ravens will receive a pair of first-round draft picks in compensation should they decide to trade him.

Jackson has made it clear that he is aiming to help a team win a Super Bowl, while the Ravens are unwilling to offer him a fully guaranteed contract due to the risk of potential injury. The Colts are the betting favorite to acquire Jackson, as they were looking for a franchise quarterback after parting ways with Matt Ryan. The Falcons are also in pursuit, as they recently parted ways with Marcus Mariota and are hoping to find an upgrade to backup Desmond Ridder.

DraftKings has posted a prop bet to determine which team will add Jackson in a trade, and the Colts are the betting favorites at +250 odds. The Falcons are slightly behind at +300, followed by the Washington Commanders (+450), New England Patriots (+450), Miami Dolphins (+800), Detroit Lions (+900) and Tennessee Titans (+1200). The San Francisco 49ers, Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Tampa Bay Bucs, Seattle Seahawks, Las Vegas Raiders, and Green Bay Packers all have long odds.

Some teams, like the Washington Commanders and Dolphins, have publicly stated that they have no interest in Jackson. The Patriots have been tight-lipped about the situation, while the Jets are surprising to see on the list, as they are negotiating with the Green Bay Packers for Aaron Rodgers.