There has been a lot of chatter about what the crows should give to the middle class Lamar Jackson in a potential contract extension and about what Jackson really deserves. Thanks to an article published last week By Jason La Canfora of The Washington Post Here’s a look at what the Baltimore star quarterback has and what he has rejected so far.
In the article, La Canfora repeated a talking point that has become very popular in the past few weeks: the impasse between team executives and Jackson is focused on guaranteed money, an issue that has permeated the Brown family. Unprecedented and fully guaranteed contract extension for quarterback Deshaun Watson.
No Canfora mentioned it, over a year ago Quarterback billing extended Josh Allen At about $43 million a year, Baltimore offered Jackson a deal worth $35 million a year. The two sides were unable to reach an agreement, and the contract saga continued into last season.
Jackson and the Ravens embarked on pre-season negotiations, culminating in a massively increased $290 million bid over six years. The average annual value of $48.33 million would have been good for only 3rd in the league behind you Russell Wilson from Bronco and Aaron Rodgers from Packers. But, in keeping with the aforementioned talking point, the two parties are still unable to agree on a new deal due to differing views on the secured funds. The Ravens family offered guaranteed money in the range of 160-180 million dollars. It’s an important show and commitment, but Jackson put in his heart the full guarantees that Watson had.
Here are some other sources of information about the situation that offer unique perspectives on the situation, beginning with an argument against the precedent set forth in Cleveland:
- Former Saints coach Sean Payton Take part in an interview With Lindsay Rhodes of the Rhodes NFL Show This week’s podcast. When asked to comment on the situation, Payton claimed to understand Jackson’s point. When compared to Watson, Jackson proved he deserved a deal similar, if not better, to Watson. Payton argued, though, that the market would not be determined by The Browns, a franchise that has done playoffs once in the past 20 years, describing Watson’s contract as a deal “no other organization in the league would have done.” This point has been emphasized by recent trades that did not follow the previous ones. Both Wilson and Cardinals Quarterback Keeler Murray New long-term deals have occurred recently that were nowhere near the guaranteed money of the Watson deal. While Jackson refers to Watson’s contract, the Ravens family points to Wilson and Murray’s contract as evidence that the Watson deal is an aberration.
- Jeff Howe from The Athletic recently discussed the situation with Several executives in the NFL on condition of anonymity. While much has been made about Jackson conducting negotiations without professional representation, rival executives made an interesting point about Jackson’s lack of an agent. One executive took no credit for Jackson’s ability to act in contract negotiations, and noted that having an agent could act as a roadblock, removing any “personal element from business dealings.” A second general manager agreed, saying: “The club has arguments about why you are not 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 himself. And you come to the negotiating table with your reasons for taking up your position.” Having to tell a player in the face why you think it isn’t worth as much as they think it can get very personal. So far, all indications are that the negotiations have been quite amicable, but using an agent can avoid potentially embarrassing situations.
- Many expect Jackson to end up playing next season on the team’s franchise brand. in Q&A with fans This week, Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated brought up an interesting possibility that the Crows could pursue. Brier first notes that, as of now and subject to change, the franchise exclusive is worth $45.45 million. If the situation stops again, forcing a second consecutive exclusive label, the amount will increase by 20% to approximately $54.54 million. The third exclusive label in a row requires a 50% increase, resulting in an unheard salary of $81.81 million, which is almost impossible to smooth out. All of these options are less than ideal, too, because they’ll count entirely on the team’s maximum salary space for each season. Brier suggests that a potential solution could be to use a non-exclusive tag. Again, subject to change, non-exclusive tag projects total $29.7 million, which is approximately $16 million. The danger is that anyone in the league will have a chance to sign Jackson. Although, Baltimore will retain the matching rights, which means Baltimore can allow the rest of the league to simply designate and match Jackson’s market. It’s clear he’ll likely put up a team with a show that Baltimore can’t match, but Brier thinks Jackson’s loss will likely amount to at least two first-round picks. Obviously, that’s not what the crows want, but the risk will give them breathing space in the cover space, take the pressure off their shoulders, and test how badly Jackson wants to be a crow.