Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson

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Quarterback Lamar Jackson decided that he didn’t need an agent. Some teams may be wishing he’d made a different decision.

Via Albert Breer of SI.com, NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said during the coverage of the Louisville Pro Day workout that teams are having trouble setting up workouts and meetings with Jackson. If Jackson had an agent (more accurately, a good agent), inability to communicate, coordinate, etc. wouldn’t be an issue.

This didn’t stop the Texans from setting up a private workout with Jackson, a curious move by both team and player given the presence of Deshaun Watson and the absence of a first- or second-round pick. But if other teams are having a hard time getting in touch with Jackson, that necessarily means he’s missing opportunities to make his case to be picked. Given his willingness to work out for the Texans, it’s safe to say he’s not being all that picky.

As a result, his Pro Day throwing session could be the last thing plenty of interested teams see from him. Which, given a so-so showing at the Scouting Combine, potentially raises the stakes.

25 responses to “Lack of agent may be hurting Lamar Jackson

  1. I guess Lamar doesn’t mind being labeled difficult? I can somewhat understand a veteran, elite player wanting to retain maximum monies from his contract but how much is Lamar truly going to lose on a rookie contract to an agent? It seems like money well spent to me.

  2. How about focusing on Ndamukong Suh’s superdumb agent for only getting him a ONE YEAR contract for a 32-year-old client that’s not getting younger?!?

  3. “But if other teams are having a hard time getting in touch with Jackson…”

    I’m pretty sure the kid has a phone. This really makes no sense – almost to the point of being a baseless rumor started by someone with an agenda.

  4. The only thing that matters is that Jackson gets with the right team who is committed to him and his style of play and who are sharp enough to put together a strong defense and are creative in crafting plays. QB’s get paid with their second contract anyway. And getting with the wrong team and coach can kill a high draft picks future success as happened to RG3 and many many many other QB’s who were highly successful in college!! I mean we almost saw it happen to Jared Geoff. Wentz got with the right team. That is all that matters. Agent doesnt matter as the first contract is peanuts and pretty much set by draft position anyway. They have rookie deals.

  5. In 4 years if he gets drafted by a team that uses him properly.. he’ll be the best QB in this class. Imagine Micheal Vick if he watched game film, studied defences, and played in the current NFL. Sky is the limit. He has Watson in Houston type potential and you put Jackson in a offence like Cam Newton…WOW!

  6. I liked Lamar Jackson coming out until I saw him throw at the Combine, he was comically bad at the combine and was missing WR’s by 5 feet left/right/over there head when throwing to them at times, he was bad. Given this news now there is no way i’d take this kid in round 1, i’d much rather draft QB Mason Rudolph who I think has a far better chance of becoming a good NFL QB.

  7. Good for you kid. You only do it once so do how you feel is best. Many people are to timid to blaze their own trail. Instead they just take the same trail everyone else took before them. It’s safe. I can’t blame them. But I admire a person that isn’t scared to to blaze their own path. Good for you kid. I hope it works out.

  8. 1phillyphan says:

    March 29, 2018 at 11:55 am

    In 4 years if he gets drafted by a team that uses him properly.. he’ll be the best QB in this class. Imagine Micheal Vick if he watched game film, studied defences, and played in the current NFL. Sky is the limit. He has Watson in Houston type potential and you put Jackson in a offence like Cam Newton…WOW!
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    Can he avoid getting hit by Lineman and LBs???

  9. He’s going to be the steal of the draft if he ends up in the right team and they bulk him up and let him sit until he’s ready. Patriot’s or Steelers probably take a flier.

  10. The rookie contracts are slotted according to draft picks. There isn’t really a ton to negotiate anymore especially if he waits until the pick prior and pick after sign. If teams are not able to get in contact with him, he probably doesn’t want to play for that inept group of management anyway. This is 2018… not 1918. I could probably get a workout setup with this guy if I spent 30 minutes on twitter!

  11. And here’s the gloom and doom article about not working with an agent. Sorry but agents are often in the way and cause deals to be delayed. Ask Matt Ryan why he hasn’t gotten a new deal. It’s because his agent is dragging it to gain more leverage as he gets closer to being a free agent. Never mind that he would probably and should sign for less than he’ll get since he knows he needs a strong cast around him to succeed. In my opinion if teams are having trouble setting appointments/visits they aren’t really trying. Stop being lazy and taking the traditional route. It’s a new day…text him.

  12. “The rookie contracts are slotted according to draft picks. There isn’t really a ton to negotiate anymore especially if he waits until the pick prior and pick after sign. If teams are not able to get in contact with him, he probably doesn’t want to play for that inept group of management anyway. This is 2018… not 1918. I could probably get a workout setup with this guy if I spent 30 minutes on twitter!”

    Bingo. The market is going to figure out where Lamar is going to go, with or without an agent, and then after he is drafted he will be slotted and an agent isn’t necessary to pay 5% of the rookie contract.

  13. elvoid says:
    March 29, 2018 at 11:49 am
    “But if other teams are having a hard time getting in touch with Jackson…”

    I’m pretty sure the kid has a phone. This really makes no sense – almost to the point of being a baseless rumor started by someone with an agenda.

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    A team would need to know his number in order to call his phone. Without someone else to contact, how do they get the number? And, even if/when they have the number, just physically calling or texting the phone does not mean that Jackson is answering or responding. There is a lot more to getting in touch with someone than the fact that they own a phone.

  14. Another day, another story about the greatness of agents. We get it. Most of your stories are sourced from agents. But, its not your job to play cheerleader for the agents, the players, or even teams.

  15. twinfa24 says:

    “A team would need to know his number in order to call his phone. Without someone else to contact, how do they get the number? And, even if/when they have the number, just physically calling or texting the phone does not mean that Jackson is answering or responding. There is a lot more to getting in touch with someone than the fact that they own a phone.”

    You might be a bit challenged when it comes to metaphors. The point is it wouldn’t be that hard for an NFL team to get in touch with Jackson. He’s not exactly hiding under a bridge somewhere. Phone number, physical address, twitter, college coaches, etc. etc.

    It isn’t rocket science. If they want to talk to him, they can easily find him. If he wants to respond, he can.

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