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Lack Of Interest In Lamar Jackson After Ravens Franchise Tag Has NFL World Thinking Collusion

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With all that has been reported about contract negotiations being at a stalemate, it’s not a shock the Baltimore Ravens put a non-exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson.

What might be surprising is the fallout from the move by the Ravens, where multiple teams have said they wouldn’t be interested in pursuing Lamar Jackson. Most of the teams on the list are said to be in need of a QB.

I say it might be surprising to some in the NFL world, but judging off of the tweets from a few prominent personalities, I can say it is surprising, to the point collusion is a word being floated out to describe the aftermath. Check out these reactions from retired defensive end JJ Watt and New Orleans Saints safety Tyrann Mathieu, among others.

Bryant McFadden, who is a former cornerback and current CBS Sports contributor, makes a point in responding to Robert Griffin III (former QB and ESPN analyst) about the contract Deshaun Watson got from the Cleveland Browns, which was $230 million fully-guaranteed.

It’s been said Jackson is looking for something similar to Watson’s deal from the Ravens, but the team doesn’t want to give him that. Therefore, once Jackson was hit with the non-exclusive franchise tag, it gives him the liberty to talk to other teams. Baltimore can match whatever offer sheet comes his way, but if not, they receive two first round picks via trade.

One can understand why the Ravens might not want to commit to a long-term, fully-guaranteed deal, but it does see odd other teams are so quick to say they’re not interested. Let’s hope the reason for that is something other than collusion.

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