Like Yankees celebrity Aaron Judge, Lamar Jackson has guess on himself relatively than settle for the Ravens’ long-term contract provide.
Jackson, who will face the Jets in Sunday’s season opener at MetLife Stadium, turned down a five-year extension provide value over $250 million with $133 million assured this week, ESPN reported.
Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is slated to earn $23 million on the fifth-year choice of his rookie contract, and the extension would have kicked in subsequent season.
The common annual wage and assured money at signing would have exceeded the offers landed this summer season by star quarterbacks Kyler Murray with Arizona and Russell Wilson with Denver. But the 25-year-old Jackson — who represented himself in negotiations — sought a fully-guaranteed deal just like the one Deshaun Watson signed (value $230 million) with Cleveland in June. The Ravens nonetheless can retain Jackson’s rights for 2023 by making use of their franchise tag on the two-time Pro Bowler.
“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” Ravens GM Eric DeCosta stated Friday in a press release after negotiations had been tabled till the conclusion of the season. “We drastically admire how he has dealt with this course of and we’re enthusiastic about our group with Lamar main the best way.
“We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”
Jackson has posted a 37-12 report as a starter as Baltimore’s beginning quarterback because the center of the 2018 season, however they’ve dropped three of 4 postseason video games in that span.