Lamar Jackson has a social-media message for the world (or at least the Ravens): “I need $”

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The Ravens have been ready to give quarterback Lamar Jackson a big pile of money. Until recently, he hasn’t been ready to take it. He apparently has now developed a real sense of urgency.

Both Jackson’s Twitter page and his Instagram page have a photo with this message: “I need $.”

Jackson may not appreciate the attention that the gesture will generate, but what does he expect? After months of not wanting to reach into owner Steve Bisciotti’s wide-ass-open vault, Jackson now seems ready to have the Brink’s truck back up to his doorstep.

He clearly deserves a second contract. The challenge becomes selecting the right dollars and structure. The Browns gave quarterback Deshaun Watson $230 million over five years, fully guaranteed. Why shouldn’t Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, expect the same deal — if not more?

The Ravens surely don’t want to fully guarantee five years at $46 million annually, given the possibility that the wear and tear from playing the position in a very physical way will catch up to him before the next five years expire. And that’s one of the biggest drawbacks of long-term, fully-guaranteed contracts. If the player can’t earn the money, the team needs someone else to play. And the team has less cap space for rewarding those other players who are playing, given the resources given to someone who is either too injured to play or no longer on the team.

Regardless, Jackson seems to be ready to get a deal done. The best way to do it would be to hire a good agent. The best way for the Ravens to make that happen could be to offer to gross up the contract value to cover the percentage of the compensation that gets paid as a fee — if as many believe Jackson doesn’t have an agent simply because he doesn’t want to pay one or two or three percent of the total amount to the person who negotiates it.

80 responses to “Lamar Jackson has a social-media message for the world (or at least the Ravens): “I need $”

  1. “Pay the running back all he wants,” says every team’s coaching staff & FO in the AFC.

  2. doesnt seem to be able to cash in off the field .. Ravens will tag him .. to much risk in a long term deal..

  3. Tragic circumstance. I imagine he’s living under a bridge by now but has been too proud to take the handout!

  4. What’s with these prima donna pro athletes and their guaranteed money demands. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Especially when it comes to your job and your paycheck.

  5. He should play on 2 tags, then he is free.
    He can go the Kirk Cousins route – 3 years fully guaranteed.

    If he wants 5 years fully guaranteed instead of 3, it depends on the price. If it’s too high the Ravens should tag him twice, then try and sign him. The risk is he loses motivation or effectiveness.
    If I’m the team I want some incentive clauses.

    But there are enough QB needy teams he can go elsewhere for an inflated salary. That is his ace up the sleeve.

  6. It have to worrying to to be making a 200+ million contract with someone of Lamar Jacksons sensibilities.

  7. He’s right. He deserves to be among the highest paid RB’s in the league.

  8. Just because one team way overpays and makes as stupid deal doesnt mean every other team after has to be just as dumb

  9. Many teams (if not all) are SO GRATEFUL this guy is not their problem!
    Perfect example of a prima donna…

  10. The real shame here is that he’ll probably get an insane, fully guaranteed contract that beats Watson’s. Thankfully, it’s the Ravens, so we wont have to worry about them being post-season relevant for the next 5+ years.

  11. If a person who represents themselves in a criminal case has a fool for a client, what should we call a person who negotiates their own multimillion dollar contract to save a couple percentage points?

  12. Hiring an agent for the contract would be a good business decision.

    He could then hire a publicist to help him with learning about phrases like “tone-deaf.”

  13. Firstly he is not a QB but rather a dynamic runner who can throw. He cannot win with his arm as he has already proven. Make him a RB or receiver and let him light it up. Put him behind center and you never make it to a Super Bowl until after he retires.

  14. The saying actually is “A lawyer that represents himself in court has a fool for a client”.

  15. So the cowboys partnering with a coffee company is tone deaf, but Lamar Jackson, in the start of a recession saying he needs $$ isn’t. Got it.

  16. Hiring an agent to speak for him would have been the smart move. To see his posturing exposes him as amateurish and immature.

  17. Learn to throw consistently and he will get paid big money. He doesn’t deserve top tier pay, but he does deserve a hefty raise.

  18. How many qbs who are less accomplished than him making all kinds of money? cousins, goff, Josh Allen, Wentz, dak.. Jackson is a former MVP. Winning season after winning season with a less than ideal supporting cast.

  19. Give him $101 million. One million for every yard Taron Johnson returned that interception Lamar threw in his last playoff game.

  20. I just can’t decide if he’s really, really greedy…or really, really stupid…

  21. If the Ravens overpay this guy they will relegate themselves to making the postseason with early exits each year. He’s not good enough to beat top 10 defenses with any regularity.

    They would be best to trade him to some team with a sap for a GM and use the draft picks to bolster their roster

  22. I don’t see an commercial endorsements heading his way, that I’m aware of, which is something an agent could help him with too. I’m surprised some other NFL players haven’t reached out to him to tell him to wise up and get good representation.

  23. Jackson has made 10 million dollars, and will be the 15th highest paid player in the NFL this year and 9th highest paid QB, taking his career earnings to 33 million dollars. And he “needs” more? That’s pretty disgusting. What an out of touch jerk.

  24. First off, any team that follows what Cleveland does is a fool. They are not the model franchise of winning or about making good decisions.

  25. Some of his throws downfield are downright scary,no one knows where they’re going. A great athlete, but clearly has arm issues.

  26. I have never seen so many negative comments posted against a player on this site. He is treated worse than those who have committed crimes.
    Many of you losers will have to shut up when Lamar goes on to win another MVP on his way to the Super Bowl.

  27. Why wouldn’t LJ expect the same deal if not more? Because he’s a lousy QB, that’s why.

  28. I’m of the belief the best thing the Ravens could do is trade this guy. I don’t care if he’s a #1 pick,… or the #1 player on their team. He’s divisive to the unity of that team. Me Me Me,…. If your locker room isn’t right,… the team on the field won’t be right either.

  29. Honestly I liked him at first but it’s clear now that he’s really really really stupid. He’s also doesn’t remotely deserve a contract like Watson’s. That nonsense was insane.

  30. Why do I think that without an agent he will lose way more than 3% of whatever he will negotiate himself?

  31. I hope the Ravens break the bank for him. He’s overrated and wants the physical nature of being a running quarterback catches up to him he’ll be done

  32. He’s worth as much as Josh Allen and Deshaun Watson.

    He has an MVP trophy and a few NFL Records to boot.

  33. If the Ravens were smart they would offer a tiered contract based on winning games this year; such as make the playoffs is worth $30 million a type contract with little guaranteed (which is for an average QB), win a playoff game maybe bump him up to $35 million and 50% guaranteed, got to the Superbowl (AFC Champ) in the low $40 million range, if he wins the Superbowl give him what he wants. So far Lamar is an epic failure in the playoffs and they need to be blunt win playoff games or you don’t get paid as much with little guaranteed. And they also need to hire a new O-coordinator the current one has been figured out and is easily defensed.

  34. That MVP award for 2019 belonged to Brady. He turned trash into treasure with Belichick’s horrible signings on offense. After finishing 12-4, they went 7-9 a season later. Jackson had all day to throw to wide open targets. That’s why he looked good that one season.

  35. Instead of an agent he’s listening to his entourage and that never ends well…

  36. minime says:
    July 9, 2022 at 11:57 am
    You don’t need a QB’s salary because you’re a RB.

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    An MVP running back. That I don’t know… the Giants, Dolphins, Lions, Panthers, Saints, Jets, Vikings, Titans, Patriots , Eagles, Commanders, Falcons, would trade for in a heartbeat.

  37. Might as well give him his 45 mil for 5, someone will. Is he worth it, no. Is he over-rated, yes.

  38. gromit45 says:
    July 9, 2022 at 2:15 pm
    Tyler Huntley proved he can do much the same for cheaper

    Agreed, I would trade Jackson for a haul of picks and let Huntley start and I think he’ll do as well as Jackson. Let someone else deal with cap issues for signing him. He’s not as good as Mahomes or Allen and in a year or 2 Jones will be better.

  39. LOL!!

    Millennial passive aggressiveness at its finest! Baltimore is so arrogant. They did this with Flacco, you’d think they learned their lesson as they soon sunk into cap hell and missed the playoffs 3 years in a row soon after that. 2015, 2016, 2017.

    LOL

  40. Former MVP

    Future MVP

    Super Bowl MVP

    Watch it happen haters and get ready to cry

  41. For all the “Running Back” Savants, get a new schtick because you’re boring!

  42. How about 300 completions a year (he never completed 266)? How about now 3,400 yards passing? Just think, Tom Brady is 20 years older and last year he had 220 more completions and nearly 2,200 more yards passing than Jackson in any season. Jackson is the most overhyped player since Mike Vick. You can’t bet the farm on a running back. Baltimore could tag him and see if can learn to play RB. Signing him is guaranteeing at best Browns football.

  43. In a theoretical way I wonder just where the breaking point is for QB salaries. I think the time will come when a team will tell a very good quarterback who wants to be paid like a great one, “nah…we’re good. We’ll just find the next guy. Have a good life with your next team.” I know it doesn’t seem likely but things can change in a hurry in the NFL. Don’t mistake what I’m saying as a direct reference to Lamar Jackson but something more in the future.

  44. All these comments about him being a RB.. Who is unquestionably the most valuable player on the Ravens roster? His record as a starting QB is 37-12-0. If Dak is making 40m a year Lamar should be at minimum.

  45. The Ravens were in no rush to do a deal. They know he’s not elite but they may have to give him something. Bigger shoulder pads for the rb maybe

  46. I mean, he has a case. He had a much better 2021 than Watson,throwing 16 more TDs from Deshaun. U fortunely for Jackson, he also threw 13 more interceptions.

    In all seriousness, if anyone thinks Jackson is moreike his MVP season than the rest of his career then maybe they deserve what they get. He is one of those “just good enough” guys that you almost can’t get rid of, but you almost can’t justify spending on.

    In any event, he’ll make a wild amount of money before he’s done.

  47. Numbers don’t lie. He is the best QB of his draft class. Pay the man.

  48. Win 4 straight playoff games in 1 season and the Lombardi you’ll get your money But Lamar you’ve only won 1 playoffs game

  49. justsaying says:
    July 9, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    An MVP running back. That I don’t know… the Giants, Dolphins, Lions, Panthers, Saints, Jets, Vikings, Titans, Patriots , Eagles, Commanders, Falcons, would trade for in a heartbeat.

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    Not so sure about that. First, I don’t think the Patriots, Jets, or Titans would bite even if they had the chance. Second – those other teams might want him on their roster, but would they want to pay the market price for him?

    I honestly don’t see any other team but the Ravens being all-in on what it would take to actually sign Jackson to a contract, and there’s no way he’d be traded without a team being willing to offer the next contract.

    If the team he earned the MVP with won’t offer him enough money, why would someone else?

    Maybe the Dolphins. They always seem desperate enough.

  50. Only one more year before he is a free agent and signs with the Steelers.

  51. Last 2 seasons ended by throwing an all time pick 6 then getting knocked out of the playoff game with an injury followed by a season ending ankle injury. I’d be nervous to make him the highest paid QB too.

  52. Pay him like a top tier RB. Nothing more. Baltimore should have shipped him out for boatload of picks and drafted Malik Willis and just plugged him in.

  53. Jackson and Murray deserve a lot of money. Just not highest paid QB money.

  54. So this is the hot new strategy he has decided to use? This guy is in way over his head. Just pay the 4 percent and be done with it. The next qb deal is going to set the precident for all future deals. The next team is going to either give in and guarantee the entire deal and that will be the new normal or a team is going to draw a line in the sand and say no. Just because the idiot Browns were desperate and gave out the dumbest contract in history doesn’t mean we are going to follow suit. We appreciate you and want you hear but we cannot strap our future down to you in the event of a catastrophic injury. As soon as the NFL does this it’s going to turn into the NBA. If Jackson is demanding fully guaranteed money over multiple years then it’s easy, tag twice and let him walk. See how many teams are going to uproot their offense for his run heavy style of play for 5 years. Doubt he will find many bidders. He is nowhere near as skilled a passer as he needs to be. He is not going to be a 15 year qb so thre is really no point in giving out that money other than the two tags.

  55. The Ravens would be crazy to pay Lamar stupid money like Mahomes, Rodgers, or Allen. The second he loses a step it’s a wrap. His whole game is predicated on his running ability. When that takes a hit from age, and it will because Father Time is undefeated, he will be a mediocre QB at best.

  56. yameshodges says:
    July 9, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    That MVP award for 2019 belonged to Brady. He turned trash into treasure with Belichick’s horrible signings on offense. After finishing 12-4, they went 7-9 a season later. Jackson had all day to throw to wide open targets. That’s why he looked good that one season.
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    Really? You guys have nothing by hate for Lamar. Dude was unanimous MVP and suddenly this room is smarter. 7-9 the next season? Now we’re into predicting the future and any QB who throws to open receivers should never be MVP? I guess Rodgers should give a few back. My lord.

  57. Name me one other sport or profession even where if you sign the contract & work the time where you aren’t paid what you agreed to…you people are always whining about players wanting out of their contracts and now you’re whining about a player wanting one. Morons

    buffalobluecollarlunchbucket56 says:
    July 9, 2022 at 12:01 pm
    What’s with these prima donna pro athletes and their guaranteed money demands. Nothing in life is guaranteed. Especially when it comes to your job and your paycheck.

  58. Every QB should change his throwing motion, just look how well it worked for Tim TeBlows

  59. Not having an agent in professional sports, where the franchises have TEAMS of people dedicated to negotiations, is unbelievably stupid. Even the most intelligent players aren’t going to comprehend every page of legalese, nor will they have anyone to speak for them when things get testy. Ask Ricky Williams how it works.

  60. This is hilarious. No one, media or trolls, knows how to react to Lamar. He’s broken every mold in the NFL in his young career, from his style of play to how he is handling his contract negotiations. He doesn’t do anything by the book. But he wins. And it drives everyone crazy!
    No QB in this league is guaranteed they will be healthy next week. We’ve seen pocket QBs go down time after time. If that is your argument against signing him, you’re missing the point.
    It takes a team to win any championship. And the Ravens playoff success, although strongly hinged on Lamar, hasn’t always been his problem. Not every QB jumps into the leagues and starts running off playoff wins right off the bat either.
    But for Raven’s fans, there is a certain trepidation that comes along with him. And the front office knows that. They aren’t stupid and I’m sure they will work out a fair deal for both parties. Or maybe they won’t.

  61. This is hilarious. No one, media or trolls, knows how to react to Lamar. He’s broken every mold in the NFL in his young career, from his style of play to how he is handling his contract negotiations.
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    He’ll break the mold if he wins a Super Bowl.

    Until then, he can stand in line behind Cunningham and Vick.

    .. funny, those guys didn’t have to make monetary demands. The Eagles and Falcons saw their value and paid them accordingly.

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