Eric DeCosta: I laugh at the notion players don’t want to play with Lamar Jackson

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General Manager Eric DeCosta admitted the Ravens might be limited in what they can do in free agency based on having only $15 to $20 million in cap room this offseason.

But DeCosta doesn’t feel like that makes Baltimore any less attractive of a destination — particularly because the club has Lamar Jackson at quarterback.

“Let’s face it, we’ve had some of the best players in the history of the NFL play with us, and players want to play with them,” DeCosta said in his Monday press conference. “Players want to play with Lamar Jackson. I really do kind of laugh at the notion that players don’t want to come here and play with Lamar because he’s one of the very best young players in the NFL. And we’ve got a lot of other young players as well that fit that criteria.

“I think it’s a great place to play. I think people want to play here. I think it’s a team that’s positioned well in the future.”

With Jackson behind center, the Ravens are set up to win. But if a wide receiver has a goal of leading the league in yards, Baltimore might not be the most appealing option. The Ravens finished the regular season 11-5 and won a playoff game, but they were last in passing attempts and passing yards in 2020.

9 responses to “Eric DeCosta: I laugh at the notion players don’t want to play with Lamar Jackson

  1. cmon on EDC, how many WRs passed on the Ravens this season cause they don’t want to play in LJs run first offense? A Lot.

  2. I really do kind of laugh at the notion that players don’t want to come here and play with Lamar because he’s one of the very best young players in the NFL.

    I laugh at the notion that he thinks Lamar is a QB. Well positioned in the future? Only if the future is to have your RB posing as a QB lead the league in rushing. Good luck attracting any WRs to go to Baltimore when the RB can barely complete a pass. If DeCosta really believes what he’s shoveling then don’t look for much from the Ravens in the next few years except beating bad teams and getting embarrassed against good teams. Just wait until Lamar loses a step.

  3. No top receiver free agent would want to play in Baltimore given the QB’s limitations in the passing game. If the Ravens overpaid by many millions, maybe, but even that is questionable. They’ll have to draft a top talent to get a top receiver.

  4. Why would a WR want to play with Jackson? It gets boring running all those routes and never catching any balls. If a WR wants to get stats and get paid, don’t play with Jackson

  5. Wr go to die in baltimore, nobody wants to go there. Was this way with flacco too.

  6. Yes Eric, the biggest primadonna position in football clearly wants to play with a team who hates to throw the football.

  7. I’m certainly glad that DeCosta is the Ravens GM and not some of the knuckleheads(I include myself) posters on here that think they know football. They love to hate on the Ravens but that happens to good teams.

  8. A good WR who wants to put up stats, score TDs, and get paid in a long-term successful career will want to go to the #20 offense with the #32 throwing QB? Yeah, sure.
    You Ravens keep on thinking you’re smarter than everyone else. Your self-proclaimed “revolutionary” offense features a running back at QB who throws ocassionally and with no accuracy. A guy who’s 1-3 in the playoffs with more interceptions than TDs and averaging about 150 yards per game throwing.
    Yup, seems like the perfect sales pitch to make to good WRs to get them excited to play for your wonderful team.

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