Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiations proceed smoothly, so far

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As self-negotiated contracts go, none have carried more significance than the contract currently being negotiated by Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Jackson never has had a traditional agent. Three years ago, when he signed a slotted deal as the last player picked in round one, it didn’t matter. (That said, having an agent to push back aggressively against B.S. narratives during the pre-draft process could have resulted in Lamar going higher than No. 32.) Now, as the 2019 league MVP and player around whom the Ravens have constructed their entire offense tries to get the financial reward he has earned, the absence of an NFLPA-certified contract advisor makes things a little trickier, for everyone.

Our position on this dynamic has remained clear and consistent. Every NFL player needs a good NFLPA-certified agent. The fee based on anywhere from one to three percentage points means very little when a good agent does the deal, because 97, 98, or 99 percent of the contract that agent negotiates usually exceeds 100 percent of the contract the player would negotiate on his own.

Lawyers have those conversations with potential clients all the time. When the standard fee in a personal-injury case (typically, 33 percent) raises eyebrows and, in some cases, invites strenuous objection, the lawyer simply says (accurately), “Two-thirds of what I’ll get for you from the insurance company will be a lot more than the full amount of what you’d get on your own.”

In this context, the agent fee lands at far less than 33 percent. Hell, it’s less than 3.3 percent. Regardless, every player has the right to go it alone, if he wants.

Of course, Jackson isn’t completely going it alone. Despite widespread reports and assumptions, we’re told that his mother is not involved. She may be advising him, but she’s not negotiating with the Ravens.

Jackson has advisers. He’s had advisers for all of his business ventures. He simply doesn’t have a traditional NFLPA-certified agent.

It can become problematic if/when the adviser becomes a negotiator. Technically, teams can’t negotiate with an agent who isn’t certified by the union. For the uncertified agent, of course, there’s no downside. He or she already operates outside the jurisdiction of the NFLPA. What will the union say? Stop doing what you already aren’t supposed to do?

Different theories have made the rounds about the person(s) advising Lamar Jackson. One agent believes former NFL player Abe Elam is involved. (Elam’s brother, Matt, was a first-round pick of the Ravens in 2013 and did not use an agent.) There’s also a chance Lamar is using a sports agency that doesn’t do football deals.

Regardless, it’s a life-changing contract and he’s not going it alone. From the team’s perspective, that’s good. If Lamar had no advisers to protect him along the way, the temptation to take advantage of the situation (like multiple other teams, including the Broncos and 49ers, have done in the past with self-represented players) would be strong.

So far, it’s going smoothly. Coach John Harbaugh has said a deal will get done. And it surely will. While the jury may be out on other first-round quarterbacks from the class of 2018 (more on that in a separate item), the Ravens have decided that they want Lamar Jackson to play the position for years to come. Once that decision gets made, everything else is just details.

38 responses to “Lamar Jackson’s contract negotiations proceed smoothly, so far

  1. Make him the league highest paid running back and call it done. Should be easy enough.

  2. He’s gonna get jobbed on negotiations. This is no time to act like you’re a seasoned negotiator just to save 10 percent.

  3. This guy has not shown he has the smarts to read NFL caliber defenses…. The Ravens will regret paying him in the same way they regretted paying Flacco

  4. Didn’t Bill Parcells and Ricky Williams negotiate Ricky’s contracts with the Dolphins with a handshake and a word of mouth agreement about a performance bonus? I recall that deal upsetting Ricky’s agent at the time. Good old Ricky… always rubbing against the grain.

  5. As a homer of all Baltimore teams, extending him is a mistake unless you sneak in slick verbiage that can insulate you from long term financial penalties. I love Lamar but year 8 in the NFL will not go well for an average speed running back under center. He has had 4 years to develop as a QB and hasn’t. You can’t pay for prior magic if nothing good comes out of that current position.

  6. I’ll join the chorus of doubters on this guy (Kyler Murray, too). One big hit and he’s been Bridgewatered. I forget what happened to RGIII- was he whacked or did he just not be good.

  7. I’ll join the chorus of doubters on this guy (Kyler Murray, too). One big hit and he’s been Bridgewatered. I forget what happened to RGIII- was he whacked or did he just not be good.

    Bridgewater was never a running QB and he was hurt in practice not running on a play

  8. 5 Quarterbacks were drafted in Round 1 in 2018

    I know that every post here is about how bad a passed Lamar is but did they actually look at something simple like passing TDs to Ints?

    Baker Mayfield 75 TDs 43 Ints
    Sam Darnold 45 TDS 39 Ints
    Josh Allen 67 TDs 31 Ints
    Josh Rosen 12 TDs 19 Ints
    Lamar Jackson 68 TDs 18 Ints

    Odell Beckham, Stefan Diggs and Jarvis Landry never played with Lamar Jackson yet his passing TDs to Ints are better than any of the others drafted before him. Josh Allen by the way has more rushing TDs than Lamar Jackson, 1 less passing TD and a lot more interceptions but somehow he is a QB while Lamar is a RB? Keep watching highlights and jumping to conclusions.

  9. Ravens are screwed. This is totally going to ruin them for the next 5 years. Unbelievable they are going to pay bank to a guy that can’t throw on a elite level. $10 mill a year TOPS.

  10. How many MVPs does Lamar have to win for you bigoted losers to stop calling him a glorified RB?

  11. pummer says:
    July 4, 2021 at 4:03 pm
    How many MVPs does Lamar have to win for you bigoted losers to stop calling him a glorified RB?

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    I thought the goal was to win SBs not MVPs. No wonder Harbaugh doesn’t care if he had the worst passing offense in the league last year

  12. nhpats2011 says:
    No wonder Harbaugh doesn’t care if he had the worst passing offense in the league last year

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    LMAO! Look in the mirror? New England had BY FAR the worst passing offense in the league last year. 12 passing TDs the entire season. Lamar had 27 btw.

    Why not just admit you were rooting against Lamar before he ever made it into the league?

  13. The Ravens’ owner has always been a class act. They’re not sleazy, and they’ll look out for the best interest of Lamar Jackson. Believe me, everyone in America isn’t a sleaze ball. I know the headlines are full of sleazy people every day because those headlines are good sellers. But there are some decent people. I don’t think Lamar would be representing himself if he played for a lot of other organizations. I think this is just as much about the integrity of the Ravens and their owner, as it is about Lamar Jackson. I’m not a Ravens’ fan, but it’s nice to see that there are some quality people around us. Just like Christian McCaffrey, I like reading stories about decent people.

  14. charliecharger says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm
    The Ravens’ owner has always been a class act. They’re not sleazy, and they’ll look out for the best interest of Lamar Jackson

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    Seriously? They built a statue to a murderer. That’s your definition of “class act”? They also tried to cover up the Ray Rice incident until a tape emerged. Again…class act?

  15. Lamar Jackson is going to have an MVP season and lead his team to a championship this season. He will then shut up all the racists critics.

  16. How do you pay a guy whose game is lacking so badly as a passer franchise money is mind boggling. With that being said teams continue to throw money at these inept players.

  17. nhpats2011 says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm
    charliecharger says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm
    The Ravens’ owner has always been a class act. They’re not sleazy, and they’ll look out for the best interest of Lamar Jackson

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    Seriously? They built a statue to a murderer. That’s your definition of “class act”? They also tried to cover up the Ray Rice incident until a tape emerged. Again…class act?

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    They built a statue to the best mlb to ever walk the earth. Ray pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice… the only murder in the nfl played tight end for the pats.

  18. It’s a TRAP! says:
    July 4, 2021 at 8:11 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm
    charliecharger says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm
    The Ravens’ owner has always been a class act. They’re not sleazy, and they’ll look out for the best interest of Lamar Jackson

    ———-

    Seriously? They built a statue to a murderer. That’s your definition of “class act”? They also tried to cover up the Ray Rice incident until a tape emerged. Again…class act?

    ___________

    They built a statue to the best mlb to ever walk the earth. Ray pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice… the only murder in the nfl played tight end for the pats.

    ~~~~~~

    The only thing missing is here is the mic drop.

  19. He really does need an agent he can trust. 3% is chump change to this upcoming contract. Im sure he trusts the team. Its all about injury. And these contracts are extremely complicated. I wish him good luck. With an agent, he can get on with his life and put all the stress on the agent, and focus on earning your pay.

  20. nhpats2011 says:
    July 4, 2021 at 11:39 am

    This guy has not shown he has the smarts to read NFL caliber defenses…. The Ravens will regret paying him in the same way they regretted paying Flacco
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    You guys and these statements. Regret paying Flacco? Well, then darn near every NFL would regret paying their QB. At least he got them a chip. What did Stafford, Carson, Ryan, Goff, Wentz do? The list goes on and on…
    Read defenses? That comes with time in the league. Even Mahomes admitted who couldn’t read NFL defenses until year 3. Just stop with all the Jackson hate. People always moving the goal post with this guy. He won a playoff game, he came back and won. He has an MVP. But keep praising guys like Herbert and Stafford who ain’t won jack.

  21. They built a statue to the best mlb to ever walk the earth. Ray pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice… the only murder in the nfl played tight end for the pats.

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    The only thing missing is here is the mic drop.

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    Kaboom.

  22. razzlejag says:
    July 4, 2021 at 12:29 pm
    I’ll join the chorus of doubters on this guy (Kyler Murray, too). One big hit and he’s been Bridgewatered. I forget what happened to RGIII- was he whacked or did he just not be good.
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    Right on brotha. Same reason Haskins and Geno Smith busted like these guys will. Fields, Lance, and Kellen Mond are all next up to bust!

  23. Actually stupid to negotiate on his own. He will end up with a lot less guaranteed money and more incentives. But, it’s all his.

  24. I forget, what are we supposed to do to the lawyers if we want to get things done?

  25. That said, having an agent to push back aggressively against B.S. narratives during the pre-draft process could have resulted in Lamar going higher than No. 32. Lol 👌

  26. It’s a TRAP! says:
    July 4, 2021 at 8:11 pm
    nhpats2011 says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:42 pm
    charliecharger says:
    July 4, 2021 at 6:24 pm
    The Ravens’ owner has always been a class act. They’re not sleazy, and they’ll look out for the best interest of Lamar Jackson

    ———-

    Seriously? They built a statue to a murderer. That’s your definition of “class act”? They also tried to cover up the Ray Rice incident until a tape emerged. Again…class act?

    ___________

    They built a statue to the best mlb to ever walk the earth

    ——
    somewhere Dick Butkus is laughing

  27. We will all be up in arms when he gets his leg broken during a totally awesome run up the sideline.

  28. If I was in the Ravens organization, I’d be very, very concerned about paying Jackson top 10 QB money. For those claiming this is racist, Mahomes is the best QB in the NFL right now and Wilson is among the best. For those pushing Jackson’s TD passing stats, because of the Ravens’ running attack, Jackson gets many easy throws against weak defenses stacked to stop the run. But whenever the Ravens play a team that can stop the run, they struggle. We’ve seen it several times in the playoffs. Jackson has been in the league enough years to see he hasn’t developed as a passer. Odds are, if he loses his running edge, he’s not going to be more than an average QB.

  29. somewhere Dick Butkus is laughing

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    Funny you should say that. Pro football focus has a handy stat called HOFm which gives a player a grade base on their stats, milestones, and acheivements… wouldn’t you know it Ray Lewis is the highest graded mlb by a wide margin and has the 8th best resume of all time. I love the troll but saying Ray Lewis wasn’t the greatest mlb of all time is like saying Tom Brady isn’t the greatest qb of all time.

  30. Lamar is the best RB in the NFL hopefully he can get a QB to help him win

  31. There are only five QBs that have a 100+ QB rating after 37 starts. They are Mahomes, Watson, Rodgers, Wilson and Jackson. The active QB with the highest TD pass percentage is Jackson. The QB with the highest QB rating in season openers is Jackson with a perfect 158.3 rating.

    The only QB with 2 perfect QB rating game on the road in a season is Jackson. Jackson was the 3rd best QB facing pressure in 2020/21 and 4th in 2019, that’s something that a running can’t do. Jackson was the second most accurate QB on 3rd down throwing to the 1st down marker. The only thing that is lacking in the Ravens’ passing attack is volume, not efficiency.

    With improved receivers, they’ll address the volume issue in 2021/22. Jackson 24 TD passes v. the blitz in 2019 were far more than Allen’s 17 or 19 in 2020/21. For any who cares to know, it easy to find on Google. The Ravens better pay Jackson now, because with the Raven new talent at wide receiver and new focus with Martin and Williams developing the passing game, Jackson will probably win another MVP and then demand 50 million a season.

  32. Ravens fans are delusional. You want to pay $40mm per year to a QB who is 1-3 in 4 playoff games, with 3 TDs and 5 interceptions, 55% completion rate, and a little over 200 passing yards per game?
    Huh? Forget all the regular season stats. The last time I checked, you play to win Super Bowls. Lamar is not going to get you one, and if you pay him $40mm per year, your team is going to disintegrate quickly when you can no longer afford to pay the WRs, TEs, and O linemen which currently you claim you need because they apparently are the reason Lamar can’t win in the playoffs.

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