NFL Rumors: Baltimore Ravens Considering Drafting Quarterback in First Round

The Baltimore Ravens find themselves in a cold war with their franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson, and their general manager just escalated hostilities. Eric DeCosta recently entertained the possibility that the team could draft a quarterback with their top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft.

Jackson and the Ravens remain at an impasse regarding a long-term extension. Jackson is allegedly pursuing a contract that exceeds Cleveland Browns quarterback Deshaun Watson's fully-guaranteed five-year, $230 million deal in total guarantees. The Ravens have balked at the possibility, as have manymany other teams. 

Jackson recently expressed his desire to be traded from the Ravens but appears to have met with a cold market. The Ravens have yet to distance themselves from the 2019 MVP, but if they eventually receive an offer they can't refuse, they may have no choice but to look for their passer of the future in the draft. They currently hold the 22nd overall pick in the draft.

More than likely, the Ravens are simply playing hardball with their star quarterback. They won't find a player of his calibre at their current spot in the draft. It's possible trading Jackson could give them the ammunition they need to move up and snatch a passer in the top 10 of the draft, but that won't affect Jackson; he'll already have what he wants by then. 

One way or another, the draft will mark the next major step in the Jackson/Ravens conflict. If he isn't traded by then, he may be forced to decide between playing out the franchise tag or sitting out for the year. Or, if the Ravens really do dare to draft a quarterback, it'll be the surest sign yet that they're moving on from their star.

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