Falcons’ Arthur Blank explains why team is out on Lamar Jackson, faces criticism

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Lamar Jackson He is the best remaining free agent on the market even if a team other than the Baltimore Ravens is looking to get him and may have to forgo multiple first-round draft picks.

the Atlanta Falcons It is a team with young players who are about to start next season. Falcons owner Arthur Blank has made it clear he will stick with Desmond Reader as the starting quarterback even though the former Cincinnati star only caught two passes in the four games he started.

Plank said Tuesday he was impressed with how far Rieder has come from day one entering the facility to the final game of the 2022 season.

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Desmond Reeder, #4 of the Atlanta Falcons, fumbles the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Atlanta.

Desmond Reeder, #4 of the Atlanta Falcons, fumbles the ball against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2023 in Atlanta. (Alex Slitz/Getty Images)

But what about Jackson? A quarterback for the Ravens could be a game-changer for the franchise, and it looks like the Falcons were in the market for a quarterback game last season as they headed up to the Finals. Deshaun Watson, although Watson has been at the center of more than two dozen civil lawsuits accusing him of sexual misconduct. The team reportedly refused to give Watson a fully guaranteed contract.

Blanc explained that the situation this year was different from last and lamented the restrictions a team might have if a quarter of the team’s money was invested in a single player.

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson, #8 of the Baltimore Ravens, warms up before their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Baltimore.

Quarterback Lamar Jackson, #8 of the Baltimore Ravens, warms up before their game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at M&T Bank Stadium on December 20, 2020 in Baltimore. (Todd Olzewski/Getty Images)

“I think we discovered one last year, and it’s our responsibility,” Plank said of Watson’s potential deal, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “We didn’t explore it in depth, we spent some time on it from a legal point of view, from a personal point of view, from a player’s value point of view and a variety of things. Soon after we started exploring, we decided it wasn’t a very good match.”

He added, “I think Lamar’s situation, and I really don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about players at other clubs, but Lamar’s situation, I think it’s completely different. Different player. Different time.”

The explanation didn’t fit the NFL world.

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Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on September 25, 2022 in Seattle.

Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank looks on before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at Lumen Field on September 25, 2022 in Seattle. (Steve Chambers/Getty Images)

Atlanta was in the mix for the NFC South title, finishing 7-10. The team has not made the playoffs since the 2017 season—the same year it last finished with a record above . 500.

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