It’s unclear if the Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson would have gotten the negotiated deal if the Browns hadn’t given quarterback Deshawn Watson a fully-guaranteed $230 million five-year deal. The Watson deal clearly played a big role in preventing the Ravens and Jackson from achieving anything.
It is commonly believed that Jackson wanted a fully guaranteed contract, primarily since Watson won the deal. It’s not an unreasonable position for Jackson to take. He won the league MVP award. Watson did not. Jackson set an example for the Ravens off the field. Watson is not, to say the least. If Watson deserves his five years with full warranty, so does Jackson.
Conversely, it’s not unreasonable for the Ravens to reject it. In fact, the planets lined up perfectly for Watson. Despite his off-field problems, he: (1) forced a trade from Houston; (2) To land his services, he managed to bring four teams to the table. (3) removing the Browns from consideration after they burned Baker his bridge to Mayfield; (4) We witnessed a desperate Browns franchise make Watson an offer they couldn’t refuse in the form of a fully guaranteed deal.
Jackson won’t be able to generate a similar rush for his services unless he contests being traded after the 2023 season. must be desperate enough to offer a deal that will provoke ridicule and disapproval from the rest of the league.
And if the Ravens decide to apply the franchise tag in 2023 and 2024, Jackson will remain three years away from Kirk Cousins-style unrestricted free agency. Come to think of it, he might not be the same player three years after he’s been running balls and hitting hits regularly.
That’s another reason Jackson needs an agent to explain the situation to him. did you talk to him Who would have advised him on the risks and rewards, the costs and benefits, the pros and cons of accepting or not accepting the best offer the Ravens put up?
It is possible that Jackson was, and still is, quietly taking advice from the NFL Players Association then. urged to push for a fully insured contract. What if the NFLPA, in the advice it gave Jackson, was trying to advance its agenda instead of considering Jackson’s actual best interests?
Jackson hasn’t told anyone much about the process, so it’s natural to wonder where and from whom he got advice. If you advised him to stick to a fully insured contract without explaining that he might have been better off getting the full compensation and getting the most out of it, that would help explain the refusal. accept offers — if they are willing to outnumber Murray and Wilson.
No one knows what the Ravens offered. But these are the Ravens, not one of various dysfunctional teams who always find ways to screw things up. We can’t say for sure, but we can speculate that we’ve put together a strong package to replace $124 million over the next three years. On an annual basis in 2022 he will be $23 million, in 2023 he will be approximately $46 million in exclusive franchise tag, and in 2024 he will be $55.2 million in tag.
Unless Jackson plans a power play, such as demanding a trade after the 2022 season, the options are Door No. 1 ($124 million over three years) or Door No. 2 (Baltimore’s best offer, totally not guaranteed). He chose Door No. 1. he has every right to do it. Now, I hope he fully understood the implications of passing Door No. 2 and did so gratefully.