Bucky Brooks: “When the Ravens started Lamar Jackson at quarterback, John Harbaugh actually set the table for this. He said we are the ‘army’ of the National Football League, meaning we run the football, we play option football, and this is something that is ‘systematic’, which gives us the advantage over other NFL opponents. If they’re talking about being the ‘army’ of the National Football League, that means that he [Harbaugh] is taking a collegiate approach to how they do it. It is factual that when you have a quarterback on a rookie deal you have a better chance to build a Super Bowl champion. Lamar Jackson is about to have his fifth-year option picked up, and about to be a quarterback who might command $40 million. It is really hard to build a team with a quarterback who commands so much money, so why not this year – they traded Orlando Brown to get two first-round picks – if Justin Fields happens to slide they can be in range to grab Justin Fields, continue to have Lamar Jackson play on his fifth-year option, and then rather than pay him $40 million+ per year, they could now have a redshirt freshman who is ready to pick up the deal. You can keep all of the assets and the pieces in place and continue to do what you do because doing what you've done you're 31-7 since you made the wholesale investment in this option approach. Maybe, just maybe, the team can sustain its success by having a rookie quarterback continue to take it over.” (Full Segment Above)
Former NFL player and Fox Sports studio host Bucky Brooks was on FS1 on Wednesday explaining why he believes the Baltimore Ravens should trade up to take Justin Fields in Thursday’s Draft, with Bucky saying Fields could be an heir apparent to Lamar Jackson when Lamar is set to become a free agent after this season.
Brooks thinks the Ravens could trade their two first-round picks (#27, #31), and grab Fields, who has gone down recently on some people’s draft boards, including Chris Simms', who has Fields going 32 to the Bucs. Brooks thinks Fields can have a 'redshirt freshman' season as Lamar's backup in 2021, and become the starter by 2022.
Check out the video above as Brooks details why having Fields on a rookie deal is certainly good enough to win a Super Bowl with an already elite run-option Ravens team led by John Harbaugh, who may not be able to continue contending if the AFC if they have to pay Lamar $40+ million in next year’s off-season.