As many of us have probably all heard, QB Lamar Jackson has finally given in and signed a 5-year contract extension with the Baltimore Ravens. This happening will cause a little bit more of a rumble within the AFC North. The Cleveland Browns had a season full of drama in 2022 and we are all hoping that the drama is now resolved. With the drama possibly being solved, the Browns have little to worry about regarding Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens.
If I was having this conversation two years ago, I would probably tell everyone that the Ravens would be too good to compete against. But with the 2023 NFL season upon us, the Browns should not have to worry about the Ravens with or without Jackson.
The Browns have a better defense than the Ravens Offense overall. Granted, we do not know that for sure, but statistically, the Browns shut down Baltimore in their last meet-up. I am also aware that Jackson did not play in that game, but that brings me to my next point.
Lamar Jackson has been injured for the past two seasons for the Baltimore Ravens. Sure, Lamar is a great athlete and is fast on his feet, but it leads to injuries. His being out midway through the last two seasons has given the Ravens nothing but weakness. They finished last place in 2021 and lost a horrible playoff game in 2022 against Cincinnati.
Overall, the Ravens won’t have much to play for especially if Lamar Jackson gets injured again. If that happens, I won’t be surprised if he requests another trade. If the Browns do their job and get to where they need to be, there will be nothing to worry about with the Ravens and Lamar Jackson.