Lamar Jackson Next Team Odds: Is The Former NFL Most Valuable Player Going To Land in Indianapolis?
What's Next For a Player Who Changed The Position of QB?
A Star in Limbo? Former MVP Lamar Jackson Faces Uncertain future
Since forcing his way into the lineup in the second half of his rookie season, about the only question surrounding Lamar Jackson was whether his high-risk style of play would enable him to play every game.
Now it is a different story as there is a pretty good chance that somebody else will be the starting quarterback for the Ravens in 2023. It seems like a foregone conclusion that Aaron Rodgers will be quarterbacking the New York Jets in 2023 and Jimmy Garoppolo joined the Las Vegas Raiders after Derek Carr’s services were no longer wanted.
Carr ended up in New Orleans. Baker Mayfield is now with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following the retirement of Tom Brady. Yet, a player as talented as Jackson and one who won’t turn 27 until Jan. 17, feels like a player without a team.
The Ravens placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Jackson and that does give him some freedom to find a new team, a process that has not been progressing well. About three weeks later, Jackson announced that he had requested a trade. Since Jackson does not have an agent, it took a while for that information to be leaked to the NFL insiders.
The Lamar Jackson next team odds are not favorable when it comes to a long-term future in Baltimore.
A Raven Nevermore?
Baltimore added former New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and used a first-round pick on receiver Rashod Bateman in 2021 so there are some talented pass catchers for the Baltimore starting quarterback to throw to. Mark Andrews is one of the best tight ends in football. JK Dobbins, if he stays healthy, can be a 1,000-yard rusher.
However, the Lamar Jackson next team odds are at -165 for him to start the 2023 season with a team other than the Baltimore Ravens.
Teams have not been lining up to sign the former MVP. Part of that can be attributed to teams not having the salary cap space to accommodate a player like Jackson. There have also been some teams using recent first-round picks on quarterbacks and there will be more of those situations arising after the upcoming NFL Draft.
The Indianapolis Colts seem to be the team mentioned the most when it comes to a potential landing spot. The Atlanta Falcons, Washington Commanders, Minnesota Vikings and New England Patriots are other teams considered as options for Jackson.
Worth the Risk?
Jackson’s first full season as the starting quarterback was one to remember. He completed 66% of his passes for 3,127 yards with 36 touchdown passes and just six interceptions. He also ran for 1,206 yards, a single-season record for a quarterback. None of that seems to matter when looking at the Lamar Jackson next team odds.
His passing completion numbers have fallen as he was at 62.3% in 2022. Jackson’s yards per completion also tumbled from 7.8 in 2019 to 6.9 in 2022.
Most troubling of all is that Jackson has played 12 games in each of the last two seasons. That has led to some teams making it clear they aren’t going to risk a sizeable percentage of the team’s salary cap on a player with a notable injury risk.
The line is set at -120 for Jackson to start 12.5 games during the 2023 NFL season.
Another number to consider is -135, the mark for Jackson’s team to make the playoffs compared to -105 to have his team miss the playoffs. There is no doubt that when looking at the NFL’s best players, Jackson belongs in that group. However, right now his once promising career is in limbo.
A Road Less Traveled
It is highly unusual to see a former NFL MVP in the situation that Jackson is in.
Earl Morrall, the 1968 MVP, went from the Baltimore Colts to the Miami Dolphis in 1972. However, Morrall was 38 at the time.
Roman Gabriel was 33 when he landed with the Philadelphia Eagles four years after being the MVP. Boomer Esiason, Joe Montana and Brett Favre were in their 30s when they headed elsewhere as were Kurt Warner and Peyton Manning.
A player very much in his prime with an MVP to their name usually is locked up for years to come and that is not the case for Jackson.
The Ravens, a perennial playoff team, is currently at +1400 in the odds to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl. That is eighth with the Jets, likely with the assumption of Rodgers leading the offense, coming in fourth at +700 while the Jacksonville Jaguars are also ahead of the Ravens in the AFC title odds.
With the Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans having a chance to take a quarterback with the top two picks in the 2023 draft, those are two more teams that can be eliminated from the Lamar Jackson sweepstakes. If the Colts also grab a QB early, things could get really interesting.Follow us on Twitter
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