Lamar Jackson responds to NFL insiders about contract drama

Lamar Jackson represents himself in his contract negotiations, and he is now talking for himself whereas the insiders launch no matter morsels of information they’ve with regard to the marathon discussions between him and the Baltimore Ravens about an extension. Some new information has come from Adam Schefter, and Lamar Jackson threw a metaphorical problem flag at it on Twitter.

shut to the tip of Monday’s episode of The Adam Schefter Podcast, Schefter talked about the piece that he and Chris Mortensen put collectively in September about Jackson turning down a 5-yr, $250 million contract current from the Ravens.

They reported that $133 million of it was assured. that will be a smaller guarantee than what Kyler Murray and Russell Wilson obtained. And, lest we overlook, Deshaun Watson obtained a completely assured deal. Schefter claimed on his podcast that the complete ensures inside the current that Jackson turned down added as a lot as $200 million.

Jackson noticed the SB Nation weblog Baltimore Beatdown tweet out a narrative they revealed with regard to the episode and he enthusiastically acknowledged as cap on Schefter’s statements.

How Schefter said the ensures inside the contract would have labored is that Jackson would have been due $133 million at signing. the utterly different $seventy seven million would have come through an “damage” guarantee for $forty two million, and the remaining from a “springing” guarantee.

a pair of minutes later Schefter needed to name cap on himself about that “springing” guarantee. After explaining what that actually meant he said, “so maybe it’s not a guarantee.” Jackson would have obtained a $25 million sum supplied that he was on Ravens’ roster on the fifth day of the league yr in 2026. That sounds extra like an monumental ole roster bonus to me, however maybe my understanding of the definition of the phrase assured is off.

Not solely did Jackson ship the cap gif, however in addition claimed that what he was supplied from the Ravens was a three-yr completely assured $133 million. A quantity that should be thought of objectively low for a participant who obtained an MVP on his rookie contract.

After NFL community’s Ian Rapoport despatched out a barely messy quote tweet, about Jackson’s response to Schefter’s information, he did a tv hit. His information almost corroborated what Jackson tweeted. The Ravens thought that a shorter take care of a decrease annual payout, however completely assured, was an excellent compromise. Three years and worth simply over $forty 4 million per yr whereas Watson will get 5 completely assured and is making $forty six million per yr. Jackson in all probability doesn’t want an agent to see that the arithmetic is simply not mathing.

what’s each most fascinating and disturbing about this negotiation course of between the Ravens and Jackson is how shortly of us with no vested curiosity inside the tip outcome are leaping to the franchise’s protection. Schefter spent almost seven minutes of a 36-minute podcast — 20 of which was spent interviewing Patrick Peterson — saying that the Ravens actually made a elevated current than what he reported inside the autumn.

Rapoport sees Jackson’s response after which does worthwhile on NFL community to elucidate to the viewers what three-yr current Jackson was referring to, however on the tip, he too delivers a expert-Ravens message.

“It [has] been pretty apparent that the Ravens have tried every utterly different methodology to try to get this contract carried out,” Rapoport said on NFL community. “prolonged, quick, pretty a little bit of ensures, not as a lot ensures however extreme APY, it merely has not occurred.”

there may even be one methodology to get this contract carried out that Ravens clearly haven’t tried, and that is giving Jackson what he wishes. evidently they’re intent on not giving him a 5-yr contract with a assured dollar quantity he sees as respectable.

it is odd that the Ravens are having fun with such hardball with amongst the numerous most interesting gamers inside the NFL, however that is their various. What the NFL’s extreme information brokers ought to not be deciding on to do although, is ship a message that paints the group as innocent.


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