January 31, 2023

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The Dolphins could make a play for franchise-tagged Mar Jackson, post-draft

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The banners are currently suggesting the Ravens apply the non-exclusive franchise label to quarterback Lamar Jackson, if they can’t sign him to a long-term contract.

This would allow other teams to negotiate with Jackson and sign him to an offer sheet. If the Ravens did not match the draft sheet, they would receive two first-round draft picks from Jackson’s freshman team.

Some believe that Jackson would like to go back to his hometown of Miami and play with the Dolphins. Jackson, given Coach Mike McDaniel’s ability to devise game plans that make the most of his players’ talents, could work very well as a runner and passer on Miami’s offense.

but there is a problem. The Dolphins did not have a first-round pick in 2023, thanks to a tampering investigation and penalties stemming from the failed attempt to lure coach Sean Payton and the quarterbacks. Tom Brady to Miami.

There is another way to skin a cat. If Jackson did not sign an offer sheet with another team prior to the draft, the Dolphins could sign Jackson to an offer sheet after the draft. Then, if the Ravens don’t match, Baltimore will get Miami’s first-round picks in 2024 and 2025.

Before the Ravens are in a position to match or select a pair of first-round picks, Jackson will have to negotiate a multi-year offer sheet with a new team. He hasn’t been able to do that, yet, with Crows.

If the Ravens applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to Jackson, they would invite any other team to do what the Ravens were unable to get Jackson to do. If the Dolphins wait until the 2023 draft come and go, they’ll have a chance to try it out — if they want to.

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