There’s been a ton of chatter about what the Ravens should offer as quarterback Lamar Jackson In a possible contract extension and what Jackson really deserves. Thanks for an article published last week By Jason La Canfora of The Washington Post, we’ve got a little look at what Baltimore has to offer its star quarterback and what he has so far rejected.
In the article, La Canfora reiterates a point of conversation that has become quite common in the past few weeks: the standoff between team officials and Jackson focused on guaranteed funding, an issue punctuated by Brown’ Unprecedented, fully guaranteed contract extension to quarterback Deshaun Watson,
La Canfora reports that, a year ago Bills Quarterback Extended josh allen At a price tag of around $43MM per year, Baltimore offered Jackson a deal worth $35MM per year. However, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement, and the contract-saga continued this past season.
Jackson and the Ravens proceeded with negotiations before the start of the season, culminating in an offer of $290MM total raise over six years. The average annual value of $48.33MM would have been good only for third in the league behind Russell Wilson Broncos and Aaron Rodgers of packers. But, in line with the negotiating point mentioned above, the two sides were still unable to agree on a new deal due to differences of opinion on the guaranteed money. Ravens offered guaranteed funding in the range of $160-180MM. It’s a significant offer and commitment, but Jackson’s heart rests on the full guarantee Watson receives.
Here are some other sources of information about the position that offer unique views for the position, starting with an argument against the precedent set in Cleveland:
- former Saints head coach Sean Peyton attended an interview With Lindsey Rhodes of the “NFL Rhodes Show” podcast this week. When asked to comment on the situation, Peyton claimed he understood Jackson’s point of view. When compared to Watson, Jackson has proven he deserves an equal, if not better, deal with Watson. However, Peyton argued that the market was not being determined by the Browns, a franchise that has made the playoffs once in the past 20 years, calling Watson’s contract “no other organization in the league would have done it.” This point is underscored by recent deals that did not follow that precedent. Wilson and Cardinals both quarterbacks kyler murray Recently signed new long-term deals that didn’t even come close to the guaranteed money of the Watson-deal. While Jackson is alluding to Watson’s contract, Ravens is pointing out to Wilson and Murray that Watson’s deal is an aberration.
- The Athletic’s Jeff Howe recently discussed the situation Several NFL officials on condition of anonymity, While much has been made about Jackson conducting negotiations without professional representation, rival officials made an interesting point about Jackson’s lack of an agent. Taking no credit from Jackson’s ability to conduct himself in a contract negotiation, one of the executives pointed out that having an agent could act as a buffer, removing any “personal elements from business transactions”. can be removed. A second general manager agreed, saying, “Clubs have arguments why you might not be worth as much as you think, or the club is trying to get the best deal for themselves and the player is trying to get the best deal for themselves. Come to the table with why you came to your post.” To tell a player to his face why you think he doesn’t deserve as much as he thinks can be very personal. So far, all signs have pointed to the conversation being completely cordial, but potentially awkward situations can be avoided by using an agent.
- Many expect Jackson to play on the team’s franchise tag next season. In a Q&A with fans This week, Albert Breyer of Sports Illustrated offered an interesting prospect the Ravens could pursue. Breyer previously points out that, now and subject to change, the special franchise tag project is $45.45MM. If the position is closed again, forcing a second consecutive unique tag, the amount will increase by 20% to approximately $54.54MM. A third consecutive exclusive tag would require a 50% increase, resulting in an unheard of salary of $81.81MM, which would be nearly impossible to facilitate. All of these options are less than ideal, as well, as they will all count solely against the team’s salary cap space for each season. Breyer proposes that a possible solution may be the use of a non-unique tag. Again, subject to change, no specific tag projects at $29.7MM, a difference of about $16MM. The risk is that anyone in the league will get a chance to sign Jackson. However, Baltimore would retain the rights to Milan, meaning that Baltimore could allow the rest of the league to set up Jackson’s market and simply match him. It’s obviously possible that a team submits a proposal that Baltimore can’t possibly match, but Breuer believes that losing Jackson would be at least two more likely to come back in the first round. It’s clearly not what the Ravens want, but taking that risk will give them breathing room in the cap space, take the pressure off their shoulders, and test how badly Jackson wants to be Raven. .