Interesting! The Ravens are clearly open for business. If someone signs Lamar to a massive deal, and the Ravens don’t match, they will only receive 2 1st rounders, which is nothing compared to what some of these other teams got in the Russel, Watson, and Stafford deals.
You get a contract you like, or you get 2 firsts, which you can spin w your 1st into a QB on a rookie deal and bring in a vet t0lo bridge him depending who he is PLUS free up 20ishm cap space.
News Alert-Lamar Jackson has thrown like crap excepting 1 year. Yes, he needed better receivers, but given his style/injury history/passing ability, Im not payi g him 48m a year and guaranteeing 66%of it, at best case.
I heard they’re very frustrated with negotiations (mostly because he represents himself) and decided, essentially, to let some other team do it and if they’re willing to match, they’ll match. If not they’ll get 2 1st round picks.
I also read where Dan Snyder and the Commanders might just give Lamar what he wants, the fully guaranteed deal, as a final ■■■■ you on his way out the door.
I think people are confusing Watson’s deal for a benchmark instead of an exception. What happens with Jackson will clarify that.
I could be proven wrong, but I wonder if the league is taking a collective deep breath before handing over an insane salary to any QB that hasn’t proven to be at the caliber of the Mahomes, Allen, Burrow ilk.
It started with Kirk Cousins and got even bigger with Watson. Lamar is trying to keep that same energy for his deal. And someone in Lamar’s shoes has the ability to demand that kind of a deal. He is going to make a ton of money over the next 3 seasons if the Ravens try to tag him each time. So there’s no reason to settle for a lesser deal. Russ deal is essentially a 3 year $124M deal fully guaranteed at signing. Then some pay as you go years added to the back end.