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Ravens GM says Lamar Jackson will draw free agents to Baltimore: 'Players respect talent'

Ravens GM says Lamar Jackson will draw free agents to Baltimore: 'Players respect talent'
Published On: Sat, Feb 09
Aug 30, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) runs for yardage defended by Washington Redskins tackle Anthony Lanier (72) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Ravens believe Lamar Jackson will take the necessary steps to improve this offseason, whether it's tossing the ball around with receivers on his own or working with a throwing coach.

Still, the biggest work this offseason will come from the front office and new general manager Eric DeCosta. Their challenge is building an offense around Jackson's unique skill set.

"This is a really, really fun, exciting offseason, because we get a chance to look at other teams, and maybe even have the chance to draft some players or add some players that maybe other teams dona€™t like as much as we do because wea€™re doing something different," DeCosta said. "So, we may be able to find or exploit that situation a little bit."

The key word is flexibility when looking at how the Ravens will assemble Jackson's supporting cast. Baltimore will be searching for different players than other teams -- wide receivers who can block, for example -- because the Ravens will be one of the few run-first offenses in the NFL with Jackson. The Ravens also will have more cap space to acquire receivers, running backs and interior offensive linemen by going with Jackson and parting ways with Joe Flacco, who is expected to be traded or released.

The Ravens' three-year cap commitment with Flacco would've been $78.9 million. With Jackson, it's a total of $7.8 million.

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