June 23, 2024

It seems that general manager of the New York Jets Joe Douglas never entertained the idea of pursuing Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, either before to or during the Ravens’ use of the non-exclusive franchise tag to secure Jackson’s rights through 2023.

Jets beat writer Brian Costello of the New York Post stated, “The Jets never pursued Jackson or even really explored it as a possible option,” for an article that was published on Monday. “There were no conversations with Jackson or visits.”

Even as far back as January 2023, former Jets quarterback Boomer Esiason, who remains connected to the team, stated that the team’s management felt Jackson wasn’t a good fit for the way the team was “constructed.” Jackson was then connected to the Jets by NFL insiders Peter King of NBC Sports and Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, but in March, Douglas stated unequivocally that he was “sticking to” his plan to sign Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers.

In the end, Jackson inked a five-year deal with the Ravens that was supposedly worth up to $260 million, with $185 million guaranteed to stay with them. Rodgers had officially joined the Jets in April.

“Yes, Jackson requested a trade with the Ravens, but nobody in the NFL thought the Ravens were going to

Had Gang Green’s contract for Jackson been accepted by the Ravens, Costello continued, “the Rodgers option likely would have been over as well as every other viable starting option” for the Jets.

Naturally, Rodgers was largely sidelined for the Jets’ 2023 campaign after suffering a torn Achilles tendon four offensive snaps into the regular season. Next month, Jackson is expected to win his second MVP Award of his career. Additionally, he just needs to defeat the Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday to advance to his first Super Bowl appearance as an active player.

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Regarding the likelihood that tight end Mark Andrews and cornerback Marlon Humphrey will be available for Sunday’s AFC championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Ravens coach John Harbaugh remained ambiguous on Monday.

In their divisional-round victory over the Houston Texans on Saturday, the Ravens won without the need of either All-Pro. Isaiah Likely, a tight end, kept up his recent winning ways by receiving two catches for 34 yards, which included a 15-yard touchdown. While this was going on, the Ravens defence held rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud of the Texans, who had led the league in passing yards per game (273.9), to 175 yards on 19 of 33 passes.

It appears like Andrews will return. On Wednesday and Thursday, he participated fully in practice, continuing his unexpectedly quick recovery from ankle surgery more than two months ago. However, Andrews was not removed from injured reserve on Friday, therefore he was not available for Saturday’s

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