Fans of the Pittsburgh Steelers have been glued to the Lamar Jackson saga in Baltimore for months now. Whether it was the reports of Jackson being healthy enough to play at season’s end, the reports of him requesting a trade, or the team placing a franchise tag on him. Steelers fans watched all of it seeing how it would play out.
Throughout the offseason, the Jackson rumors continued to swirl, and the Baltimore Ravens putting the non-exclusive rights franchise tag only made these rumors intensify. As of the 27th, these rumors have come to a head when Jackson took to his verified Twitter account saying he requested a trade from Baltimore.
Lamar Jackson has requested a trade. https://t.co/O41RchNDbj— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 27, 2023
The timing of this was near perfect, as the news broke just as John Harbaugh was slated to sit in front of media at the league’s owners meetings. When asked about it, Harbaugh continued to suggest trust in Jackson being the quarterback for the Ravens in 2023.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh now striking a positive tone: “When we’re playing football next year and Lamar Jackson’s the quarterback, we’re all gonna be happy.”— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) March 27, 2023
Harbaugh can say what he wants, but there is a chance Jackson simply sits out 2023 if a trade can’t get done. This has been done before, and something Steelers fans are familiar with after the Le’Veon Bell saga.
Nonetheless, if there is a team who has the draft capital to make the trade for Jackson, it might be the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts’ first round pick would put the Ravens in position to draft a quarterback who they deem to be the future signal caller, all while cutting ties with Jackson.
So the Ravens need a QB if they fulfill Lamar Jackson's trade request. They pick at No. 22 and have no second-round pick. If I'm the Colts I'm making that call. Get off the QB carousel they've been on let Jackson work on a fast track indoors.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) March 27, 2023
This story is just getting started, and with the 2023 NFL Draft coming at the end of the month, expect these rumors/reports to intensify.
As for Steelers fan, they are able to sit back and watch as the Ravens have to go through this turmoil, and Pittsburgh has a quarterback they deem to be their future already in the fold.