3: Detroit Lions
The Detroit Lions may be the least obvious team on this list, and despite the recent play from Jared Goff, who finished in the top six last season in passing yards and touchdowns, adding Jackson could bring a completely new identity to an offense who found their footing last season.
For Goff, who was acquired just two seasons ago for Matthew Stafford, this move would likely include sending the California product to Baltimore. Trading for Jackson would instantly make the Lions a real threat in the NFC North, as well as the conference in general.
With Aaron Rodgers’ future in Green Bay up in the air, the North seems as open as ever, and for a young team who has as much talent as Detroit, they could really raise the ceiling by adding a former league MVP to an offense that already includes a young receiver corps in Amon-Ra St. Brown and Jameson Williams.
Plus, who wouldn’t want to see Lamar Jackson versus Justin Fields twice a season for years to come?
2: Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders might be focused on adding a quarterback via the NFL Draft, but with the No. 7 overall pick, two quarterback-needy teams picking ahead of them, and more willing to trade up, the Raiders might be the loser in the game of rookie quarterback musical chairs.
Adding Jackson might be the team’s best chance at finding a quality starter for 2023 and beyond, and with a stacked division that includes Patrick Mahomes, Justin Herbert, and Russell Wilson, the former MVP could help the Raiders compete as soon as possible.
With pass catchers like Davante Adams and Darren Waller, Jackson would have great targets to work with in the pass game, and with Josh Jacobs receiving the franchise tag, the run game could be one of the scariest in the league. For the Raiders, Jackson could be the missing piece that ties everything together, and truly allows them to compete within their own division.