According to Jeff Howe of The Athletic, the New England Patriots will not be pursing Lamar Jackson, which becomes a massive failure by the team. This seems like the “official” end to any potential for the Patriots to land the 2019 MVP.
I’m still struggling to come to grips with this recent news. The Patriots are at a huge disadvantage in the AFC East, especially considering Aaron Rodgers is on his way to the New York Jets at some point. What makes this even worse is that according to Robert Kraft, Meek Mill apparently texted him to let him know that Lamar Jackson told the rapper that he’d like to play for the Patriots.
So, if that’s true, and I don’t see why Meek would lie to Robert Kraft, there is genuine interest in Jackson and wanting to become a Patriot.
That is devastating news since the organization apparently does not plan on pursing him. Not only will not getting Jackson hurt in 2023, but this is a move that could have negative consequences for years to come.
Both Josh Allen and Tua Tagovalioa are elite passers and in their mid-20s. I’m sure neither plan on slowing down, and Mac Jones isn’t particularly close to being as good as either QB.
I’m not sure what the Patriots plan on doing this offseason to get better at quarterback, but as I’ve said before, there’s no way that they truly believe Mac Jones is good enough to compete in this division and conference, right?
The team does have the facilities to be able to pull this trade off. They don’t have many large contracts on their roster, so they’ll be able to fit any sort of contract they’d give Jackson. They also have enough draft picks to make the trade happen as well.
Maybe Robert Kraft will force Belichick to make a play for Lamar Jackson, because he is exactly who the team needs.