By Max Harper

Lamar Jackson posted a series of tweets yesterday, detailing his wish to be traded. The tweets came just 12 minutes before Ravens head coach John Harbaugh began his scheduled press conference at the NFL owners’ meetings.

Jackson said he asked the Ravens for a trade back on March 2, adding that the team had not been “interested in meeting my value.” According to The Athletic’s Jeff Howe, his announcement stunned teams around the league. Both Baltimore and Jackson did a great job in keeping the request quiet

For weeks now, Jackson has been free to negotiate a contract with other teams, and any signed offer sheet would cost his new team two first-round picks if Baltimore let him walk. A trade for Jackson might cost more than that. So it seems Jackson isn’t finding many suitors on the open market and wants to pressure the Ravens into either accepting his terms or finding a new team as soon as possible.

And, as good as Jackson is on the field, he has missed 9 of the Ravens last 21 games due to injury.

That’s not collusion. That’s just NFL teams being cautious.

Harbaugh, meanwhile, handled the ambush well. The first 26 questions he received were about Jackson. Twenty-six! Harbaugh nevertheless praised the quarterback and maintained that he wants Jackson with the Ravens next season and beyond. It’s what the Ravens must do if they want to retain Jackson or preserve his trade value.

Both sides have dug in. The Colts are reportedly interested in trading for Jackson, and Patriots owner Robert Kraft said yesterday rapper Meek Mill informed him Jackson wants to be a Patriot. There’s intrigue in Washington, too. It feels like we’re only halfway through this.


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