The Ravens reportedly want to negotiate with quarterback Lamar Jackson until the deadline to apply the franchise tag. At this point, Lamar Jackson has to politely decline.
Chess competition has grown into a major stage. Ravens check for Jackson. They will have to make a big move on Tuesday.
They use a non-exclusive copyright tag or an exclusive version of the tag. Jackson will have to wait and see what they do.
Non-exclusive means he will negotiate with other teams. He may sign an offer sheet with another team. The Ravens can match it, or they can refuse to do so. Along the way, he could be traded.
The exclusive will be the Ravens’ only contracted asset. But instead of the minimum amount ($32.416 million) for the non-exclusive tender, he will receive a one-year, $45 million contract. He could still be traded, but a higher tender would give him more leverage in long-term talks.
At this point, it’s Baltimore action. Why not see what the Ravens are doing? As explained over the weekend, it helps Jackson use the tag now. This sets the stage for an expensive second tag or a very expensive third tag.
So at this point Jackson only has to do the one thing most of us can do well – nothing. By 4:00pm on Tuesday, the Ravens will surely do something.