The Indianapolis Colts are one of the teams that many people see as a viable landing spot for Lamar Jackson. Jackson revealed that he has requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens, who placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on him a few weeks ago. Nothing has materialized for his market yet, but that could change after the 2023 NFL Draft.
Indianapolis would make a lot of sense for Jackson, especially after the draft. They could use the No. 4 overall pick on another position of need to continue building up the team. Once the draft is complete, they could sign Jackson to an offer sheet and use their 2024 and 2025 first-round picks to consummate the deal. Because of the non-exclusive tag, the Ravens will receive two first-rounders should they opt not to match the offer sheet.
That is the ideal scenario for a Colts team that has been searching for a long-term option at quarterback since Andrew Luck shockingly retired ahead of the 2019 season. Jackson would be a huge upgrade for the team, and some players are already pushing for him to join the squad.
Wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie, who signed with the Colts as a free agent this year, has taken to Twitter to recruit Jackson. McKenzie was answering Jackson’s tweet in which he shared an update on his situation.
That would be quite fortunate for McKenzie to go from catching passes from Josh Allen on the Buffalo Bills to Jackson on the Colts. Receivers are lucky enough to play with one elite quarterback in their career, but to play with two would be truly special.
As things currently stand, the Colts are one of the only teams that look to be a potential landing spot for Jackson. The New York Jets were the team most recently to officially pull out of the Jackson sweepstakes, as they are fully focused on acquiring Aaron Rodgers from the Green Bay Packers.
The Atlanta Falcons, despite their need for a quarterback and cap space available earlier this offseason, never really showed real interest either. The Washington Commanders would be another logical landing spot but they are committed to starting Sam Howell.