The AFC North is buzzing with activity or at least news the last few days. The Cleveland Browns hired Jim Schwartz as their new defensive coordinator. The Pittsburgh Steelers have decided to retain Matt Canada as their offensive coordinator, to the dismay of fans and media of that team. The Cincinnati Bengals are preparing for the divisional round after taking out the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card.
Now, after being eliminated from the playoffs, the Ravens could become one of the most interesting franchises this offseason. QB Lamar Jackson missed the end of the season and playoffs with a knee injury and now becomes a free agent. There was talk that Jackson could have played but chose not to due to his contract status.
Thursday, Baltimore made a move that Pittsburgh refused to by firing their offensive coordinator, Greg Roman.
While questions will remain about Jackson’s future with the team after not being able to come to an agreement on a contract extension, he is expected to be given the franchise tag. Not only that but the team will have him involved in hiring the new OC:
Ravens’ HC John Harbaugh said Lamar Jackson will be involved in the search for the team’s new offensive coordinator.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 19, 2023
Interestingly, the head coach didn’t hold back when discussing Jackson’s quirks:
John Harbaugh said you can't assume that Lamar Jackson won't show up for offseason workouts and training camp if tagged. "He's not beating to everyone's drum," Harbaugh said.— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) January 19, 2023
We will keep you up to date on Baltimore’s search process, Jackson’s contract status and all the ways the AFC North changes throughout the offseason.