BSPN: Bucs A Top-Six Fit For Lamar Jackson

March 9th, 2023

Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson.

The Bucs currently have competing Kyle Trask at quarterback and, well, nothing else.

Surely the Bucs will add a quarterback or two. But earlier this week former league MVP Lamar Jackson got a lot of NFL fans fired up when it was learned the Crows put the nonexclusive franchise tag on Jackson. That means he can find another suitor — had for two first-round picks if Baltimore doesn’t match the offer.

The Bucs have Trask and, thus far, chotskie.

Little Billy Barnwell, follicly-challenged though he may be, decided to cobble together the teams best fitting Jackson. Barnwell believes the Bucs are the sixth-best spot.

Why they should consider it: … … Todd Bowles’ team fielded a veteran roster designed to win now around Tom Brady, so the hope would be that Jackson could coax another division title or two out of the remaining core. As we get closer to the top of this list, the need for Jackson becomes more and more obvious.

Joe will step out on a limb and suggest if the Bucs swung a deal for Jackson, the Bucs would be the odds on favorite to win the division, not the slimy Saints.

After all, the Bucs would then have the best quarterback in the NFC South, no? You can’t tell Joe that Derek Carr is better. C’mon now.

Jackson would probably feel he’s dreaming coming to Tampa. When has he ever had the kind of firepower to throw to in Baltimore as the Bucs have with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?

64 Responses to “BSPN: Bucs A Top-Six Fit For Lamar Jackson”

  1. NYbucsfan Says:

    No way you give a guy that has missed 11 of the last 22 games a seven-year fully guaranteed contract and two first round picks. He was MVP three years ago. What have you done for me lately?

  2. Gbobucsfan Says:

    Dead on NYBucs.

  3. PanthersSuck! Says:

    I think the salary cap says this will never happen.

  4. Tye Says:

    That would make the Bucs the DUMBEST of all the teams…
    Not worthy of major contract and certainly not one of the best to deserve guaranteed money… That’s actually laughable!

  5. zzbucs Says:

    Jesus H Christ….
    Chances Lamar gets in Bucs is less than a logarithm……And if they did, Management and ownership are out of their minds…..

    Over the cap, you´ll need to guarantee 10% of the contract to a guy, whs had several injuries, you´ve also will have to give up some pics and another more player for starters, DOESN´T MAKE ANY SENSE!”!!!

  6. Greg Says:

    What he wants is absolutely ridiculous considering most of his big plays or while he runs the football. He’s an average passer at best. He does not have cam newtons frame and he’s going to get hurt as he has the last two years. He has only played about half his games and coming off of injury. The arrogance of this guy to demand a fully guaranteed contract is just insanity. It’s not a conspiracy that the teams are coming forward saying they’re not interested.

  7. Sunken Ship Says:

    There is a salary cap. This is nonsense.

  8. Winny Testaverde Says:

    I would truly enjoy it…Bucs have never had anyone close to that “electric”. At least it would be entertaining. I’m sure Jackson is miffed that Daniel Jones and Used Carr got topped off while being mediocre. He could sit out the season at this point.

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    Ain’t happening at all.


  10. Statisticly Insignificant Reader Says:

    Geez…..only pushing the Bucs further into purgatory. They need to play on the cheap this year.
    Payoff the Superbowl, work on the cap pinch, save some money and balance the check book. Be in a better position to enter the sweepstakes and make a difference next year.
    Go Bucs

  11. Dooley Says:

    “Jackson would probably feel he’s dreaming coming to Tampa. When has he ever that kind of firepower to throw to in Baltimore as the Bucs have with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?”

    Never!! but we don’t have the compensation in cash or in draft capital to make this manifest irl, good to ponder or “what if” it to death but no way can we bring a Lamar Jackson in without it hurting somewhere else on the roster. Hell, we can’t bring the majority of our own FAs back w/o it hurting somewhere else on the roster. Jackson is at the very least is a solid QB, who’s done more than enough without help some other QBs stink with.

  12. WillieG Says:

    I understand Bowles has watched film of every single one of Jackson’s handoffs.

  13. slacker Says:

    Sure, bring in Lamar. Then release or trade everyone else on the roster and surround him with rookies and practice squad guys. Damn good plan. Why are we even talking about this? Joe goes from talking about Lamar and Rodgers and then guys like Keenum, Ryan, Brissett, and Lock.

  14. Nicholas Carlson Says:

    Commenters around here sure are salary cap experts. Wow.

  15. Doughboy Says:

    Wow,so many owner’s friends here.If your a players friend, guaranteed contract is what you want. You guys act like it’s your money! Let me tell you, the Bucs owners have plenty. The cap is the problem.

  16. Duane Says:

    Would be quite a coup if they got him. Moving mountains to shuffle finances, then sticking it to NFL owners trying to reign in QB salaries- very bold move if Team Glazer can pull it off.

  17. gbobucsfan Says:

    not just the salary but the trade compensation and gnteed $$ is enough to stay away.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    BS……BS & more BS

  19. Stebobucsfan Says:

    Hope the Bucs stick with their seems to be deal where they go with Trask and bring in a veteran. My opinion is, if the Bucs defense plays as well as they’re capable of doing we can still win the division. We play the Saints twice. If we can win those 2 games, it’s a 50 50 chance we can win the division. I am not quite sure but I think we’ve beaten Carr a couple of times already.

  20. optimisticbucfan Says:

    He wants a fully guaranteed contract.

    He has played basically at a 50% rate lately.

    He and Vea can take plays off together.

    This would be one of the biggest mistakes in the history of the Bucs.

    The Glazers aren’t putting up $350 million in cash into an escrow account.

    That isn’t happening.

  21. sasquatch Says:

    Speculative Nonsense Industrial Complex.


    Not happening.

    Not giving up draft picks for a guy who is an average passer and questionable leader. Not the face of the franchise. Not for 40 million per year and 2 #1 picks. This whole idea is insanity.

    Everything from the mouth of Bowles and Licht indicates this is not the year they’re gonna blow a big wad on a QB. They have too many other needs to be addressed and kicking the can again is just going to leave the rest of the roster more depleted. This does not add up to winning.

    Speculative Nonsense Industrial Complex.

  22. Walter Says:

    I would welcome him with open arms. Seems like most of the commenters here would rather roll with a dud like Trask though, interesting.

    If we can manage to keep Godwin and Evans, adding a guy with the skill set Lamar has would make our offense deadly. No more will defenses be able to just hang back with 7-8 defenders in zone coverage waiting for the pass like they did all last season, if they do that Lamar will just gash them for easy first downs with his legs.

  23. sasquatch Says:

    I’d rather go the cheap QB option until we draft our franchise QB, so we can get 5 years at a reasonable rate. QB salaries are cap cripplers.

  24. Redeemer Says:

    They could figure out the cap, believe me. I wouldn’t do it though. The picks and the money are fine, it’s his inaccuracy as a passer that scares me. Sure he’s an incredible athlete and runs like the wind. But you can’t count on him being healthy. They tailored the offense to him in Baltimore and it’s hasn’t worked. I don’t think Lamar can operate in a modern NFL offense. Once Baltimore gets down a couple scores, it’s almost impossible to mount a comeback with a run first offense. He’s entirely overrated.

  25. JN Says:

    Aint happening. Nothing to see here. LJ looking for guaranteed loot and Bucs need to pay the (salary cap) bill$. That’s the price for a title. I am good with it. Too many holes to fill. JL and Glazers need to be smart and thrifty and reset this roster. Just wish it wasn’t Bowles. But he will be canned in 10 months.

  26. Allbuccedup Says:

    Lamar one playoff win in 4 years thats a 1-4 postseason record 5 games 900 yards passing thats less than 200 passing yards a game. When he can’t run hes done. Overhyped to the max.

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Duane Says:
    March 9th, 2023 at 12:42 pm
    Would be quite a coup if they got him. Moving mountains to shuffle finances, then sticking it to NFL owners trying to reign in QB salaries- very bold move if Team Glazer can pull it off.
    From what I understand, Jackson wants GUARANTEED money, like Cleveland gave Watson. Cleveland made a mistake, IMHO, that I wouldn’t want the Bucs to make, with guaranteed money.

  28. Duane Says:

    Here’s some more speculation for the Bellyachers out there- Trask is not the guy. If he was, Team Glazer would have put the Kaibosh down on any of the qb musical chair scenarios we have gotten Carr and Geno, to Tom frickin Brady. When you geniuses make a billion dollars and can afford your own franchise, you can make that decision to soil your product by rolling out Glennon 2.0 this season. Until then, enjoy the Big Storms, and watch the adults take care of bidness.

  29. Rand Says:

    If they add Jackson then there won’t be fair competition for Trask because Jackson will automatically be gifted starter position.

  30. Aceofaerospace Says:

    We’ll see. A lot of people believed Brady would never come here and we couldn’t afford him. So, who knows?

  31. SB~LV Says:


  32. Redeemer Says:

    Joe in Michigan, yup he wants 200 mill, fully guaranteed. The Watson deal messed up the market. The idiot owner in Cleveland was so hot for Watson, he couldn’t see past his own nose.
    From my understanding, Baltimore was willing to give him between 130-150 fully guaranteed. Lamar and momma, who acts as his agent, rejected it. IMO what Baltimore offered was more than fair based on his injury history and inability to win playoff games.

  33. sasquatch Says:

    You’re dumb.

  34. YucsBall Says:

    AR 12 would be better

  35. ABucAway Says:

    No on Lamar Jackson for all the reasons given above. That amount of guaranteed money is over-the-top ridiculous unless you want to guarantee me, the owner, four touchdowns in every single game. That’s Al Bundy money.
    As an aside Joe, reading this article trips my mind up. There are at least ten obvious grammer errors (((Joe’s really not seeing it. Perhaps Joe needs a new career —Joe_ that just says your kinda being lazy on writing. I get it; sometimes you need to get things out there but this is too much. I’d expect that from the comments section not the actual story.
    Can you imagine if say Devin White played his gape as sloppy as this is written… Oh, wait.

  36. Tye Says:

    OC Canales talks about accuracy and throwing in the vicinity….

    JL struggles to throw in the vicinity… in a few years his legs will likely not be as reliable and since his accuracy is an issue, he will become dead weight much like Cam Newton’s career!

  37. Joe in Michigan Says:

    “Sources told ESPN last year that Jackson wants a fully guaranteed deal like the one given to Deshaun Watson last year by the Cleveland Browns. Baltimore is against doing so because the team considers the Watson deal an outlier. The nonexclusive tag means Jackson can now engage in contract talks with other teams.”

    No thanks.

  38. Marine Buc Says:


    The two faces of JBF…

    One writes posts about QBs like Mason Rudolph, Carson Wentz, Drew Lock and Case Keenum.

    While the other writes about Aaron Rodgers, Lamar Jackson and Derrick Carr.

    Good times.

  39. ModHairKen Says:

    $240million and two 1st round picks? Nah. Nah. Nah.

  40. Tye Says:

    @Marine Buc – One lives in reality and the other in fantasy!

  41. Tucker Says:

    They don’t have the money for that and they are really in denial if they don’t think they are rebuilding right now bucs need those draft picks too many holes on the roster.

  42. catcard202 Says:

    Screw it…The #19 in 2023 & 2024 1st + a 10yr/$400M contract that fully guarantees $200M at signing & gives the team an out after 5yrs….Is doable.

    The Cap will keep going up, so $$ becomes less of an issue going forward…And you solve QB1 problem immediately. (Might need to restructure/trade additional 2023 assets…But also locks in national spotlight game coverage, mega TB12-ish merch and season ticket sales for Team Glazer – for the foreseeable future!)

  43. Jeff Says:

    Lol! 6 of 6. This guy gets hurt way too often. Hard Pass

  44. HC Grover Says:

    Bowles eyes lite up at the thought.

  45. SlyPirate Says:


    The Lamar Jackson discussion shows the Bucs are making winning a priority. It shows they don’t want down years. Keep the peddle to the metal and win super bowls.

    Licht has earned out trust, 100%. I look forward to seeing how he molds the next generation of Bucs.

  46. BrianBucs Says:

    2 1st round picks plus a sh$tload of guaranteed cash for a QB that misses a lot of games when you are trying to rebuild, are in salary cap purgatory, and want to get a lot of fresh young bodies in here?

  47. StretchOMatic Says:


    I’m not sure if you saw this article from the Saints. But this is what they believe we are doing this season: Just a media opinion. –Joe

  48. 80forBrady Says:

    Too expensive and too much of a risk. Won’t ever get to a SB.

    Sign Nick Foles and/or Gardnew Minshew and we are done here.

  49. Pewter Power Says:

    Them saying he is a fit means absolutely nothing. They have nothing to talk about in the offseason. Less than a month ago they were telling us to have a fire sale and trade Godwin and Evans

  50. A1727 Says:

    You guys are idiots if you dont think Lamar would get us another ring in Tampa u know how many 3rd downs he could convert and the man can throw believe or not so him with Mike and co that would be scary

  51. Duane Says:

    The “other” Duane here. Nobody knows what Trask will do as a quarterback, and anybody who says they know if full of sh it. He’s on the team, he’s had reasonable prep time, no reason for the team to try and go for broke with a a guy who is more expensive than the GOAT and is far less durable than the GOAT proved to be in his three years here, not missing a game. The value of a player not playing is zero.

    Sign a couple of vets who can help out in practice and be prepared to start in the event Trask is unavailable.

    Coaches are never going to claim that a player who never started a game in the NFL is guaranteed the starter’s job, even a no 1 overall pick QB. Make all players compete for their jobs, even the GOAT.

  52. Mike Johnson Says:

    IF..our bucs Truly wanted to jump right back into contention? Lamar is the answer. A duel threat. Passer and running back. Don’t say we cannot do it because we are over the cap. Saints did it as do a number of teams. Make it happen Licht Oh well, I tried guys. Now back to reality, Bottom feeders unite on the plank.

  53. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    So hamstring the team financially, and lose 2 first round draft picks, for a guy who wants guaranteed money, who has only played a full season once in 5 years because of injuries, and whose playing style massively increases his chance of injury. Yeah, that sounds real smart. Anybody who thinks this is a good idea, YOU are the reason the rest of the league has called the Bucs “the Jets of the south” for decades. SMH…

  54. Admiral Redbeard Says:

    Love this last line by “Joe”-“When has he ever had the kind of firepower to throw to in Baltimore as the Bucs have with Mike Evans and Chris Godwin?”.So Evans and Godwin weren’t enough for the GOAT to get us to the playoffs (remember, that was the big push for bringing in Gage, Jones, and Beasley), but it’ll be enough for Jackson? Really?!? LMAO!!!

  55. gotbbucs Says:

    They are currently in the midst of releasing veteran players. The championship window is closed for now. Why in the hell would they want to pay a QB $50 million during a reload time frame?

    Quit with this nonsense. Why do I continue to get sucked in to these stupid articles.

  56. MadMax Says:


  57. Goatfarmer Says:

    Billy Barn-ill must have suffered a closed head injury after huffing glue for 12 hours or so. What an ignorant and stupid take for every reason imaginable.

  58. Dylan Says:

    You’re only a better QB if you’re actually on the field.

  59. sasquatch Says:

    A1727 Says:
    March 9th, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    You guys are idiots if you dont think Lamar would get us another ring in Tampa

    This roster is not set up for a Superbowl run with ANY QB right now. You might be the idiot.

  60. Cobraboy Says:


    Just get rid of Evans and Godwin to pay for him.

  61. Redeemer Says:

    The thing is, some stupid team will give him very close or exactly what he wants. I really believe that. He’s done in Baltimore imo. Bad blood and whatnot. No top recievers want to play with him, because he can’t get them the ball consistently. Talk about overvaluing yourself.

  62. Goatfarmer Says:

    Spot on, Redeemer.

  63. Ben Harvey Says:

    Top 6 only because analysts have identified QB as a need for the Bucs. How the hell would they fully guarantee a massive contract when they cant even afford their own players.

  64. John Dixon Says:

    Lamar and his contract does not matter. He is an average or below QB without his running ability which has already started to go downhill. He has had lower body injuries two times and has not played the last two seasons complete. He will only get worse with more injuries and damage with his play style. He does not have the accuracy, quick enough release and ability to read defenses to make up for the loss in physical ability as he becomes less mobile and a threat to run. Teams will start teeing off on him. He in reality should not be paid any more than a top 10 QB and then their is still risk. People taking about MVP in 2019 are wanting him paid for reasons other than his future ability and skill.