- Ravens’ owner Steve Bisciotti was critical of Deshaun Watson’s contract with the Browns
- It seems to have more to do with upcoming negotiations with Lamar Jackson than Watson’s off-field issues
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The Deshaun Watson contract with the Browns has had an effect on everyone in the NFL.
The massive $230 million, all guaranteed deal in Cleveland rubbed many the wrong way. This includes fans in Cleveland who were against signing the troubled star, even if it meant missing out on an upgrade at quarterback.
It also includes fellow owners and GMs that believe the Browns chose success over morality by making the move. One of those owners has spoken out against the deal publicly this week.
Steve Bisciotti of the division rival Ravens came out to criticize the signing, saying that he didn’t believe Watson “should’ve been the first guy to get a fully guaranteed contract.”
On Tuesday, Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said he didn’t believe three-time Pro Bowler Deshaun Watson should have received the massive $230M fully guaranteed deal.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) March 30, 2022
While I’m sure many around the league share this sentiment, some are questioning whether Bisciotti’s comments stem from Watson’s off-the-field issues, or if this has more to do with upcoming contract negotiations with his own star passer in Lamar Jackson.
Deshaun Watson Deal Will Affect Lamar Jackson Negotiations
The Baltimore Ravens still have to sign their starting quarterback to a long-term deal. A former MVP, Jackson has yet to solidify his standing with the team as the two sides go back and forth in negotiations.
While it seems that the signal caller wants to stay in Baltimore, contract discussions haven’t been the easiest thing for the Ravens to navigate.
Watson’s deal further complicates things.
By signing a fully guaranteed contract worth $230 million, he significantly changed the landscape for NFL quarterbacks. This happens every time a record-breaking deal gets done. But with Watson, it’s even more complicated.
He comes with a ton of baggage. In fact, it’s not a certainty that he’ll even play in 2022. Going further, he’s posted just a 28-25 overall record over his NFL career.
So when it comes time for Jackson to work out his details, you can bet he’ll have some leverage.
Jackson has that MVP. He’s led the Ravens to a 37-12 record as a starter. He’s made three postseason appearances. He led the league in touchdown passes in 2019. Baltimore has effectively built their offense around Jackson.
Oh, and he doesn’t have 20+ sexual misconduct civil suits pending.
Now, not only could that price tag go following the Browns’ $230 million offer for Watson, but it could also need to be fully guaranteed.
And owners aren’t typically eager to shell out that kind of money.
The NFL world has been quick to react on social media, sharing these same sentiments.
So that means he’s upset now because the browns are putting the ravens in a predicament lol.
— Aidan Heckel (@HeckelAidan) March 29, 2022
lamar gonna want 260 guaranteed 😭😭😭 he’s sick https://t.co/MEjSX3NDBl
— John (@JohnBaker129) March 30, 2022
Translation: “I don’t want to pay Lamar Jackson” https://t.co/t0o4KQVb0A
— PJ Bonello (@PJ_Bonello) March 30, 2022
Translation: “now we are forced to guarantee Lamar Jackson money and we hardly want to extend him in the first place” “thanks a lot cleveland” https://t.co/D96Fl7KDAk
— Hue Janus (@wtfkindatweet) March 30, 2022
Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti saw Deshaun Watson’s contract with the Browns and checked his piggy bank. https://t.co/wQRm2r0Ywk
— WashTimes Sports (@WashTimesSports) March 30, 2022
“i dont want to have to pay lamar jackson that type of money” there i fixed it for ya boss! https://t.co/31tGGSztXo
— brendan.sol (@trllang) March 30, 2022
If Watson can get a fully gtd contract with all that is going on around him, every QB should be asking for that moving forward. https://t.co/bvhdekNxJm
— Nick Herrera (@Nick_Herrera34) March 30, 2022
He just mad Deshaun raising the QB prices.. fully gtd contracts for QB's are definitely about to be the going thing. https://t.co/T7EvRWW0oG
— DOOM is Master of the World (@brooklyn_mademe) March 30, 2022
Dude is so salty lol now he has to pay Lamar more than that, fully guaranteed https://t.co/0BWxL7a6Zn
— Archduke Dale VI (@ESPN_Dale) March 30, 2022
So he’s mad that he needs to pay Lamar Jackson pretty much 🥱 https://t.co/dKULuufsGb
— Joey Cuevas (@JoeyCuevas_) March 30, 2022
I mean yeah if a dude with an active sexual assault suit is getting 230M guaranteed, if I’m Lamar Jackson, I’m asking for a billion dollars lmao https://t.co/B3uH0TmmLv
— splache (@lilaquadrop) March 30, 2022
In other words. I wasn’t trying to pay Lamar all that but now I don’t have a choice 😂 https://t.co/TOKBi9LiTR
— Gan Fall (@HitDa_Showers) March 30, 2022
He knows that price just went up lol. Lamar about to reset the market 🤣 https://t.co/Thae1Crnia
— Tre'Juan Johnson 🥋 (@futurenbagov) March 30, 2022
Yeah go ahead & throw Lamar them 250m’s fully guaranteed https://t.co/Gza6JmfMMt
— Corey Butler (@Drizzy_Butler) March 30, 2022
They don’t care about it being Deshaun…they just care that it happened and now it gives players/agents leverage https://t.co/PF93YRGtCa
— Harv (@itsnotright484) March 30, 2022
Someone sounds mad that they’re gonna have to pay Lamar https://t.co/V4I1MwwWDX
— Ian Webb (@theBIGbearIAN) March 30, 2022
translation: thanks to the browns i have to pay lamar jackson https://t.co/AeP1Aybv2T
— Cory Harlow (@lowkeyC24) March 30, 2022
We’ll soon find out what effect this has on Lamar Jackson. He could work himself into a nice payday thanks to Watson’s recent signing.