Baltimore Ravens star quarterback Lamar Jackson did not hold back in his reaction to his team’s blockbuster first-round trade in the 2022 NFL Draft on April 28 that saw wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown join the Arizona Cardinals.

First, Jackson retweeted an expletive-laced post from a fan criticizing the deal before responding to Brown’s farewell to his former quarterback. The Ravens sent Brown and a third-round selection – the 100th overall pick – to the Cardinals for the 23rd overall pick.


— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 29, 2022

Jackson and Brown enjoy a longstanding friendship and have known each other since playing in the same Pop Warner youth football league in South Florida. The pair often arrived at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore together for the Ravens’ home games, and typically left the field after games together as well.

That connection showed up in the Ravens offense, as both Jackson and Brown were noticeably better when the other was on the field. Brown had a career year in 2021 with 91 catches, 1,008 receiving yards and six touchdowns, but he could have had even more if Jackson didn’t miss Baltimore’s last four games with a bone bruise. Per Pro Football Reference, Brown was on pace for 102 catches, 1,275 receiving yards and nine touchdowns before Jackson’s injury. He struggled to establish chemistry with backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, who found more success passing to Rashod Bateman and Mark Andrews. 

Jackson is clearly upset to be losing one of his top targets and a close personal friend, as evidenced by his next draft-night tweet.


— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 29, 2022

But Jackson’s post came at an unfortunate time: right when the Ravens were using their next pick to draft Iowa center Tyler Linderbaum.

Many on social media took Jackson’s tweet to mean that he was upset with the Ravens’ decision, but he clarified later that wasn’t the case, calling Linderbaum his “new center.”

It’s not about my new center🙄 stop that bs

— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 29, 2022

Jackson’s apparent frustration with Brown’s departure continued after the end of the draft, as he responded to a photo posted by the Cardinals on their official Twitter.


— Lamar Jackson (@Lj_era8) April 29, 2022


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