Making A Case Against Lamar Jackson

March 10th, 2023

Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson.

The Bucs need a quarterback, unless you are in the tank with Kyle Trask or one of the unknown quarterbacks Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht will sign/draft.

So with the news this week that former league MVP Lamar Jackson is available, a lot of folks are looking at the Bucs to make a move. Tampa Bay clearly has enough weapons to do serious damage with Jackson at quarterback playing in a trash division.

Folicly-challenged Billy Barnwell of BSPN has a series of items on why the Bucs should and should not pry Jackson loose from Baltimore. Here is a big reason not to:

Why they shouldn’t consider it: The Bucs are $57 million over the 2023 cap, which is a problem because they need to be cap compliant in a week. They could restructure a few deals to create cap space — and they’re already expected to release Leonard Fournette and Cameron Brate — but there’s not a lot of room for a quarterback in Jackson’s tax bracket.

Well, Billy is a numbers guy. Surely he knows the salary cap can be worked around with funny accounting. For example, only the Bucs were in a worse salary cap situation than the slimy Saints this offseason, and the slimy Saints found a way around the cap to sign Derek Carr. So don’t tell Joe the Bucs can’t find a way.

If you guarantee Jackson enough Team Glazer loot in his third, fourth (or beyond?) years of his contract, the Bucs could squeeze Jackson in on the 2023 roster.

51 Responses to “Making A Case Against Lamar Jackson”

  1. Hail2dabucs Says:

    I just don’t think he can hit Evans, Godwin, or the broad side of the barn consistently enough for my liking . Give me a line & rb Robinson out of Texas and go draft a qb next year

  2. LOL Says:

    Hope the Bucs are either all in or all out. don’t want another middling year


  3. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Too expensive no matter how you cut it.

  4. Allbuccedup Says:

    Running back at the quarterback position overhyped and eventually overpaid.

  5. Winky Says:

    No thanks to Lamar.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think you need to add 2 first round draft picks to the reason NOT to bring in Jackson….

  7. Cobraboy Says:

    The #1 reason to forget Jackson: $$$$,$$$,$$$.$$

    End of discussion.

    It’s like a dude going to a Maybach dealership eyeing an upgrade on the way home from his bankruptcy attorney.

  8. Steven007 Says:

    Lamar overplayed his hand here. And he’s made a woefully bad decision in not getting proper representation. I think his best deal is going to come from his current team. I see no scenario where he ends up on this team. And I’m just fine with that.

  9. Marine Buc Says:

    Why can’t we get both Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers?

    If Jackson gets hurt then we would have a really good backup QB who could come in and lead us to another Super Bowl.

    You can’t have enough good QBs so why not get both of them?

  10. Aceofaerospace Says:

    I know nothing of Jackson’s “future” durability. Neither does anyone else. His past is a concern. As far as using 2 first round draft choices for him, well consider, most people that have little to no confidence in Trask are hoping to spend a first round pick on a quarterback that hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. So in reality, we’d only be spending 1 extra first round pick on a proven commodity. The money is not our problem. That’s the numbers crunchers problem. I’m ok with either way the team goes in this scenario.

  11. Da Bucs Guy Says:

    Most would rather have two first round draft picks and three free agents at 16 million each then one injury prone running QB.

  12. Mike C Says:

    So going with Trask is a Tank move? Not sure what negative point you were trying to make with that rambling first part of this “article”.

  13. Duane Says:

    Joe wrote:

    “The Bucs need a quarterback, unless you are in the tank for Kyle Trask or one of the unknown quarterbacks Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht will sign/draft.”

    And then I read no further. This constant whining and bitching about Trask is beyond tiresome and annoying.

  14. ModHairKen Says:

    Why can’t we get both Lamar Jackson and Aaron Rodgers?

    If Jackson gets hurt then we would have a really good backup QB who could come in and lead us to another Super Bowl.

    You can’t have enough good QBs so why not get both of them?


    I totally agree! Let’s also get Bradley Chubb, Nick Chubb, and Jalen Ramsey. Licht can work the cap! Dolphins should take a 4th for Chubb. Let’s also have scientists clone Wirfs and Jensen.

  15. German Buc Says:

    $$ – case closed

  16. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Mod


    If Licht would just follow our plan for the 2023 Bucs we would have a freaking all star team…

    It’s so frustrating!

    QB1 – Lamar Jackson
    QB2 – Aaron Rodgers
    QB3 – Patrick Mahomes (just clone him)

    Come on Licht – get with it!!!

  17. Mr Blutarski Says:

    This guy is not going to win you a Lombardi trophy. He is getting injured more, his stats have dropped every year. You sign him to a long term, he has a career ending injury and then what? Not to mention he cant get past his first passing route reads. That’s why he runs so much.

  18. Bucsalltheway Says:

    We can’t tank for a guy on our roster lol who writes this stuff.

  19. Sammy lee Says:

    I think it would be a perfect fit for l.j. spend the money. It is not we don’t have it. GO Buc’s

  20. bucnjim Says:

    Lamar Jackson is the last person we need on this team. He thrives in Baltimore stay there if you’re smart. They built an entire team around his style of play the Bucs don’t have the pieces for a power running because we’ve been building around Brady.

  21. sasquatch Says:

    idiot idea. You can continue to pile anvils onto future cap years. All that guarantees is mediocrity for years to come. The Saints aren’t going anywhere, and I wouldn’t want to emulate their cap management.

  22. Walter Says:

    Rolling with Trash-k is 100% a tanking move.

  23. LOL Says:

    Funny that a lot of commenters are on JBF all day waiting for new articles. Then when Joe is able to scrape together a story about possible QB’s on the team, that mainstream outlets are saying mind you, the same commenters are then whining about said articles.

  24. Adam Says:

    I say go for it. The guy was a league MVP and led the league in TD PASSES. Looks like he’s getting a lot of hate on here. To simply put it, he will be exciting and put fans in the seats and IF healthy can definitely win games. Lets get him here!!

  25. 80forBrady Says:

    Very well said!!!

    Da Bucs Guy Says:
    March 10th, 2023 at 9:08 am
    Most would rather have two first round draft picks and three free agents at 16 million each then one injury prone running QB.


    keep the 2 first round picks and clean up the salary cap issues in one year to reset for a future Super Bowl run

  26. Jeff’s grandpa Says:

    It’s going to be a long year

  27. June Garris Says:

    I have been a Ravens fan since 2009 and I hope the Ravens pass on Lamar I would Never cripple my team paying that much for a player whose stats have gone down for the past 3 years plus his inability to stay healthy. I also did not appreciate his No Show at the playoffs. His team needed him on the sidelines.

  28. Mike Johnson Says:

    I loathe cheap Buc fans. You paid Brady and he gave you 2 great yrs and a superbowl. You say Lamar is too expensive? Any QB worth their weight is expensive and..You’d better have a good one if you expect to go anywhere in the NFl. Jackson is good and he is a dual threat that teams find difficult to prepare for. He automatically places us in contention for a championship. I hear all of this negative yet..You would take ole beat up non-mobile Brady back in a heartbeat and pay him too…Please!

  29. optimisticbucfan Says:

    @ dabucsguy – 10000000%

    Great post!

  30. Tye Says:

    1 team will be as stupid as the Browns last year desires a decade of dark days…
    30 teams will be better off for years to come!

  31. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Rolling with Trask is not tanking.

    It is the smart move. You take a one season chance on him, clear a bunch of cap space, and if he socks we get a good pick next year.

    Meanwhile, focus on offensive line this year, so we are covered for Trask to do well, or his replacement next year.

  32. Goatfarmer Says:

    Did Billy get in a motorcycle accident without a helmet?

  33. MadMax Says:

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!! omg, im over here lmfao….you guys are killing me

  34. MadMax Says:

    Ok, even IF we got Lamar….we have so many gd holes and a stupid HC, he would eventually want out too…i mean we couldnt even keep the GOAT around…retired twice, and i dont blame him…

    suck it up buttercups, 2 years of losing seasons while we build into 2 to 3 years of winning seasons….thats all we can do 🙂

  35. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    Our first round picks would be 19 this year and if we have Jackson probably worse next year. There’s only so many franchise worthy qbs out there and he’s one of them. I say get him.

  36. David Says:

    No, thank you. Give me a pocket passer who can also scramble and make plays… Mahomes, Allen…. Over someone who’s more inclined to look to run first. That is a knee injury waiting to end of the season.

  37. Jersey Supe Says:

    I’m with you Mike Johnson. There has to be a lot of Saints trolls on here. Because any Bucs fan that wouldn’t take one of the best QBs that is younger than Burrow need to eat a d. Oh and he’s in great company with regards to passing percentage and touchdowns. So stop it with the running QB shit

  38. Rod Munch Says:

    Yeah, why would you want the most exciting QB in the NFL and wrap up the NFC south immediately when you can have the most boring, dull, uninteresting and losingest team in football.

    Winning is overrated, and those lottery tickets called draft picks, that’s where you want to invest everything. All in on the next VH3 is what I say!

  39. BUCman Says:

    There’s a reason the Ravens haven’t signed him long term. Run far far away!

  40. adam from ny Says:

    oh these things rarely happen…where a star qb is hitting the open market…

    i think a lot of teams learned their lesson with brady and the bucs the past 3 years…

    lamar is so gone from baltimore…

    teams are going to throw the kitchen sink right into his lap…

    heck, danny dimes just got like 40 mil per, plus incentives to bump to like 45 mil…

    swoop in with the bag and steal lamar away 🙂

  41. adam from ny Says:

    lamar would be so exciting in tampa…

    his game is the polar opposite of brady…

    and yes with bowles building a defense, and ground and pound offense type team, lamar would be the perfect injection to a new brand of winning football by the bay

  42. adam from ny Says:

    show me a winning team in the nba without a good point guard…

    show me one…just one…

    you can’t because there aren’t any

  43. adam from ny Says:

    forget rodgers, he’s really kinda done with his new lifestyle and experimenting with drugs…

    all you need is one wavy dude in the locker room and you have a hot mess…

    the last few years he’s gotten worse, gotten all greazy looking, dirty, and most of all quite wavy – because he thinks wavy is cool and expansive…

    sheesh, kids been gettin’ wavy for years now

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    BUC LIFE here we come baby!!!

  45. FairMinded Says:

    Just seeing this article and I completely agree…he’s expensive but WORTH it. And he’s happy to see the back of the Ravens mismanagement. They’ve completely destroyed anyone’s respect for them around the league the way they’ve mishandled Lamar’s contract situations. So there’s a chance we can land him and surely we have enough cap wizards to figure it out! This would be a HUGE coup

  46. FairMinded Says:

    These Traskers are the new Glennon Mob huh…. Unbelievable loser mentality

  47. Ranger Walker Says:

    We do not have the money required in escrow to sign a deal like that, that’s the biggest hurdle for a franchise our size and a guaranteed contract. Almost $250 Million tied up of your own money is alot for any owner but way more than the Glazers could afford

  48. BUC IT Says:

    I like Lamar but giving up our next 2 first round picks and all that money would be idiotic. I can’t even believe “Joe” and others are entertaining it.

  49. Brian Says:

    PASS! Can’t hit wide open rescievers

  50. garro Says:

    So blah blah blah Jackson blah blah….Again?
    Come on man!

  51. garro Says:

    Blah Blah Anthony Richardson Blah Blah Blah