Lamar Jackson Could Have Another Potential Suitor After All

The Indianapolis Colts could be a suitor for Lamar Jackson.
The Indianapolis Colts could be a suitor for Lamar Jackson. / Associated Press

Lamar Jackson has been searching for a long-term contract for over a year now, but no agreement was reached between the former NFL MVP and the Baltimore Ravens, leading them to use the non-exclusive franchise tag on the 26-year-old signal caller.

This non-exclusive tag allows Jackson to go seek out offers from other teams and then gives the Ravens the right to match any offer sheet Jackson signs. If they choose not to match, Baltimore receives that team's next two first-round draft picks. If no deal is reached with another team, then Jackson will play for Baltimore on a roughly $32.4 million one-year deal.

Indianapolis Colts Lamar Jackson Rumors

When the tag was first apllied to Jackson, a number of QB-needy teams were out on pursuing Jackson almost instantaneously. One team in need of a QB is apparently still not out of the race quite yet. The Indianapolis Colts own the fourth overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, are in dire need of a franchise QB and reportedly have not ruled out pursuing Jackson.

On the flip side, the Colts haven't exactly made an indication they are going to pursue Jackson. It would make sense for that to happen after the NFL Draft so they could secure their top pick and give up their 2024 and 2025 picks instead.

The Colts have roughly $20 million in available cap space, so some maneuvering would be in order if they were to make a legitimate play at signing Jackson, but the need is clearly there. The top two QBs in Bryce Young and CJ Stroud are expected to be off the board with the first two picks in the draft, leaving Indy to choose between Will Levis or Anthony Richardson, both expected to be projects upon entering the NFL.

Whatever the Colts decide to do, signing Jakcson doesn't appear to be off the table at the present moment. If things are quiet on that front until the NFL Draft, that weekend should tell us a whole lot about the team's thinking.

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