Rumors Link Dolphins to Star Quarterback Ahead of Free Agency

David Kaestle
The Dolphins could make a play for Lamar Jackson.
The Dolphins could make a play for Lamar Jackson. / Associated Press

The Miami Dolphins are coming off a hard-fought playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills, and despite quarterback Tua Tagovailoa's success this season he still seems to have some doubters — including some within the Dolphins organization.

Now as the NFL offseason gets underway for most of the league, reports are suggesting the Dolphins could make a play for superstar impending free-agent quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Dolphins Lamar Jackson Rumors

The Baltimore Ravens are expected to sign Jackson to a non-exclusive franchise tag. This works a little differently in the sense that Jackson would have the right to negotiate with other teams in hopes of signing an offer sheet with one of them, similar to restricted free agency in the NBA. Furthermore, if Jackson signs an offer sheet with another team, and Baltimore fails to match it, then the Ravens receive the team's next two first-round picks.

The one issue for Miami? It doesn't have a first-round pick in 2023 after it was forfeited following the discovery of Miami's collusion in trying to lure Sean Payton and Tom Brady to Miami through some shady back-channel dealings last year.

However, if Miami waits until after the 2023 NFL Draft, then it could sign Jackson to an offer sheet and surrender its 2024 and 2025 first-round picks should Baltimore choose not to match it.

It's a complicated and time-strained plan, but there is a path for the Dolphins to sign Jackson this offseason. Jackson is a Miami native, so there is some belief around the league he would be open to signing with the Dolphins.

After being unable to come to a long-term agreement with the Ravens, it could be a potentially tumultuous offseason for the fomer MVP quarerback. With talents as dynamic as Jackson's, there will surely be multiple teams willing to surrender two first-round picks for him, the only questions remains, will that be enough for Baltimore to let him walk out the door?

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