Lamar Jackson currently finds himself as the main character in the National Football League, as the former MVP has yet to come to a long-term contract agreement with the Baltimore Ravens, the team that drafted him.
While the fact that Jackson didn’t get a new deal from the Ravens (and is reportedly not all that coveted across the league), has led some — such as ESPN NFL analysts Robert Griffin III and Ryan Clark — to suspect that there’s some collusion at play, Mike Florio over at ProFootballTalk has come to another conclusion: Lamar Jackson needs an agent.
In an article titled “Now more than ever, Lamar Jackson needs an agent”, Florio argues that Jackson has “always needed” and agent and needs one more than ever now.
“Now, as teams quickly slam the door on Jackson before he even approaches the porch, Jackson needs an agent to develop and execute a plan for using Jackson’s new status under the non-exclusive franchise tag to his advantage. As teams that are otherwise committed to due diligence for any and all competent players try to bury their heads in the sand as to Jackson, a skilled and connected agent can get their attention,” Florio writes.
Continuing with his commitment to the “skilled and connected agent” alliteration, Florio argued that having an agent would resolve many of Jackson’s current contract issues:
“A skilled and connected agent can explain to these teams the path to getting Lamar to sign an offer sheet that the Ravens perhaps wouldn’t or couldn’t match. A skilled and connected agent could work the media to create the impression, true or otherwise, that a bidding war will emerge for Jackson’s services. A truly skilled and connected agent could even get a team that truly isn’t interested in Jackson to feign interest as a favor, possibly getting some other team to come to the table… These are all real benefits of having a good agent.”
After months of negotiations, the Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on quarterback Lamar Jackson, which means he will be able to negotiate with other teams. At this time, reports indicate that teams such as the Washington Commanders, Atlanta Falcons, and Las Vegas Raiders are NOT interested in acquiring Jackson despite their need for a franchise quarterback.
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