Lamar Jackson Next Team Odds – Colts, Falcons & Patriots Among Favorites
- Lamar Jackson has requested a trade from the Ravens and odds have been posted on his most likely landing spot if Baltimore deals him
- The Colts are the favorites to make a move for Jackson, followed by the Falcons
- Check out the odds for where Jackson is likely to play next year, if not for the Ravens
The biggest story of the NFL offseason has been where is Lamar Jackson going to play in 2023 and what type of contract is he going to receive. Baltimore answered one of those questions by signing him to the non-exclusive franchise tag, but on Monday the story took a surprising turn.
Jackson announced on social media he requested a trade from the Ravens on March 2nd. Baltimore has given no indications that they’ve been trying to shop Lamar, but online sportsbooks didn’t waste anytime speculating on where he might land next, if not back with the Ravens.
Lamar Jackson’s Next Team Odds 2023
|New England Patriots||+400|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1500|
|New York Jets||+2500|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+3500|
|Las Vegas Raiders||+5000|
|Green Bay Packers||+5000|
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Colts are the favorites to trade for Jackson at +250. That’s a big shift from two and a half months ago, when Indy boasted the sixth shortest odds to acquire Lamar, while the Jets were the clubhouse leaders.
Right behind Indianapolis are the Atlanta Falcons, and a marriage with Arthur Smith seems like an ideal fit given the scheme he deploys and the success he had with Marcus Mariota a season ago.
New England sports the next shortest odds, and there’s been plenty of rumblings out of Patriots’ camp that the team isn’t in love with Mac Jones under center.
Odds as of March 28 at DraftKings Sportsbook.
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The Case for the Colts
Indianapolis’ favorite status makes plenty of sense. They’re in desperate need of a QB, and have the draft capital to put together a favorable package for Jackson. The Colts own the fourth overall pick this season, and there’s a 99.9% chance the two stud QBs (CJ Stroud and Bryce Young) will be off the board by then.
Owner Jim Irsay is not afraid to make a splash, and this team desperately needs a new identity after consecutive seasons with pocket sloths Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Matt Ryan running the offense.
Breaking: Lamar Jackson announced on social media that he requested a trade from the Ravens on March 2. pic.twitter.com/rXBinhczJh
— ESPN (@espn) March 27, 2023
They can pair Lamar with Jonathan Taylor, one of the league’s premier running backs, which would give them the most lethal running game in the league. The Colts receiving corps, led by Michael Pittman Jr, is a major upgrade from what Jackson has been dealing with, and that would likely be enough to entice the 2019 MVP to join Indy.
Don’t forget, there were plenty of teams that said they would not be interested in signing Jackson to an offer sheet once the non-exclusive tag was put on him, but the Colts made no such claims.
A Perfect Fit for the Falcons
One of those teams who said publicly they would not sign Lamar was Atlanta, but that might not preclude them from trading for him now that he’s potentially available.
Smith could literally drop Jackson directly into the offense he ran last season, and the Falcons would instantly vault to the NFC South favorites and a Super Bowl contender.
Atlanta has poured resources into their offensive line and skill position talent (Drake London and Kyle Pitts), and NFL experts have been drooling over the thought of Jackson playing for the Falcons for months.
Lamar Jackson : “ give me real weapons please *
* ravens sign 80 year old desean Jackson *
Lamar : pay me what I’m worth
Ravens : that’s a no sorry
Ravens when lamar requests a trade : pic.twitter.com/Ae7QJjuJ5R
— John (@iam_johnw) March 27, 2023
Like Indianapolis, Atlanta is ripe with draft capital, and would have no problem putting together an enticing package. The Falcons own the number eight pick in this year’s draft, plus four additional picks in the first four rounds. They’ll also likely get the Jaguars second round pick next year if Calvin Ridley signs an extension, affording them the luxury of parting ways with their own second round selection in 2024 as well.
The scheme and the talent on this roster should make Jackson drool with excitement. If he had his pick of where he’d end up Atlanta should be at the top of the list. The fact that they play in the NFC as opposed to the AFC, also makes them a more desirable trade companion for Baltimore.
Don’t Sleep on the Lions
Speaking of NFC trade partners, don’t sleep on the Lions. Detroit is set up to win now, with a bevy of offensive talent. They can also offer the Ravens perhaps the best package in return.
The Lions own the 6th and 18th picks in this year’s draft. The asking price for Jackson’s services will likely be two first rounders (if Baltimore decides to move him), and the Ravens could significantly upgrade their roster by acquiring a package that looked like that.
Lamar Jackson 2022 Stats
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There’s been no indication that Detroit is looking to move away from Jared Goff, but they’d be crazy not to consider it. Jackson has already played at an MVP level, and is one of the top-six quarterbacks in the league.
The Lions would vault themselves into the NFC’s top championship contender by adding Jackson, and opportunities like this don’t come along very often. If you want to win a Super Bowl you have to be willing to mortgage the future, just like the Rams did in 2021. It’s time for Detroit to push all their chips into the middle.
Picks: Atlanta Falcons (+300), Detroit Lions (+900)
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