Last Thursday night, than a few people speculated that Joe Flacco might be none too pleased that the Baltimore Ravens traded back into the first round of the NFL Draft to select Lamar Jackson with the 32nd overall pick.
Any hope that those concerns were unwarranted appears to have been put to bed.
Yes, Flacco seems to be far closer to Ben Roethlisberger than Josh McCown on the Rookie Quarterback Welcome Wagon Meter. And for good reason; given Flacco’s salary, cap number, and recent performances, it’s clear that the Ravens didn’t add Jackson to be insurance against a Flacco retirement or a guy who could be moved to receiver but as the potential successor to the Super Bowl XLVII MVP.
Meeting with reporters during rookie minicamp on Saturday, Jackson was asked whether he has heard from Flacco. The answer?
“No, I haven’t,” Jackson said. “No I haven’t.”
Flacco was also asked about Jackson while he was attending the Ravens’ team draft night party, and chose to give no comment.