The National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) is advising Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson to stand his ground in contract negotiations.
ESPN reporter Dianna Russini stated that the Browns’ decision to give Deshaun Watson a fully guaranteed five-year, $230 million contract has shifted and “reset the market”, which means that Jackson should hold firm in negotiations. Jackson is a pending free-agent after playing his 5-year rookie contract.
The Ravens have reportedly offered Jackson a contract that would pay him about $50 million per year but their offer doesn’t include a fully guaranteed deal.
Lamar Is Worth It
Jackson has been one of the most successful quarterbacks in the league since being drafted in 2018. He has been named to multiple Pro Bowls, won the league’s MVP award in 2019, and has led the Ravens to the playoffs in each of his first three seasons. His success on the field has made him one of the most valuable players in the league and has earned him what should be a lucrative contract.
The NFLPA’s advice to Jackson is to hold out for a contract that reflects his value and his place in the league. They don’t want to see the quarterback market go backwards.
While negotiations can be difficult and time-consuming, the NFLPA believes that Jackson’s talent and success make him worth the investment.
As negotiations continue, it remains to be seen whether Jackson will receive the contract he deserves, but his success on the field suggests that he is worth his asking price.