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Ravens place non-exclusive franchise tag on QB Lamar Jackson

The Ravens are beginning the gamble

NFL: Baltimore Ravens at Jacksonville Jaguars Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the Baltimore Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson.

The Ravens attempted to sign Jackson to a long-term deal through the waning moments of the franchise tag deadline of 4 p.m. ET, but were unsuccessful.

The cost of the non-exclusive franchise tag for the quarterback position is $32.416 million, far cheaper than the exclusive franchise tag, currently set (but not finalized) at $45.46 million.

After this move, the Ravens sit $9.12 million over the cap (according to The Ravens now have eight days to be cap compliant, meaning a few cuts or restructures will be on the way.

The non-exclusive tag means all NFL clubs can now negotiate directly with quarterback Lamar Jackson. If a team gives a formal offer to Jackson, the Ravens do have an opportunity to match the offer. If the Ravens decline to match said offer, the other team will sign Jackson and give the Ravens two first-round picks as compensation.