Lamar Jackson practicing at Ravens’ training camp without a new contract

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Some NFL players seeking a new contract have declined to practice at training camp. Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson is not one of them.

Jackson was on the practice field Wednesday, and teammates said there was no indication that his contract was on his mind.

Jackson is heading into the fifth and final season of his rookie contract. His base salary of $23 million is guaranteed this year, but he has no guarantees of anything beyond this year, and every time he steps on a football field he’s risking an injury that could reduce his future earning potential.

Some agents would advise a client in Jackson’s position not to practice until his team guarantees him significant money for years to come, but Jackson doesn’t have an agent, and it’s unclear to what he’s seeking on his next contract. If he plays out the 2022 season on his rookie deal, he is slated to become a free agent in March, but the Ravens would presumably keep him in Baltimore by using the franchise tag.

Jackson has been tightlipped about his own thoughts on his contract situation, but his presence on the practice field indicates he’s willing to play this season without a new deal, which is good news for the Ravens.

48 responses to “Lamar Jackson practicing at Ravens’ training camp without a new contract

  1. Could be risking hundreds of million dollars with this move. You would think even his teammates would warn him of the dangers of his actions.

  2. He’s not making that kind of money in the private sector so there’s no tears for Lamar, and if the Ravens were smart that’s the exact dollar amount they’d guarantee in his new contract as well. Make any money he can earn above that incentive based. He doesn’t deserve a mega deal he hasn’t done anything to prove he’s worth that type of money

  3. Maybe he is not seeking another contract from the Ravens. Year to year. 23 million guaranteed in 2022. Whatever the average of the top 5 quarterback salaries will be in 2023 and Whatever the average of the top 5 quarterback salaries times 120 percent in 2024. Then free agency… A three year plan.

  4. Does it really matter? Not in the long run, it doesn’t. Jackson will get hurt and not be able to finish the season….again.

  5. “Every time he steps on a football field he’s risking an injury that could reduce his future earning potential” Ravens front office, you have fun with this one.

  6. Why would Lamar Jackson want out of Baltimore? After all they moved back into the first round to draft him. It always surprises me to hear this narrative. I think the Ravens have benefited well from their decision to draft Lamar Jackson. It hasn’t been charity. There are those who will never give Lamar credit for being a great quarterback so there is no need in engaging in debate with you. It would be fruitless. To those who DO believe Lamar is a special talent, I would say, there are never enough franchise quarterbacks in this league. The success rate hitting on quarterbacks is 50 percent at best and likely less than that. If Lamar reaches free agency in three years he will have his pick of teams desperate for a franchise quarterback. Where might he go? First choice would be Miami. This would depend upon whether Tua was able to capitalize upon the opportunity he now has with the weapons he has been surrounded with. If Tua succeeds there are still other opportunities. Tampa, New Orleans, Tennessee, and probably more. Lamar does not owe the Ravens or Ravens fans anything. He owes it to himself to be the best quarterback he can be and make the best situation he can. The very people who call him a running back are the same ones who will criticize him for not signing a long term contract now. I hope he resists and bets on himself. If he makes it to free agency he can write his own ticket.

  7. He’s at practice because he is under contract. Stop dismissing the fact that Jackson is already signed for 2022.

  8. Here’s a crazy thought: What if Jackson is planning to retire after this season? Even he has to realize running QB’s have limited careers. Maybe he is waiting to see how he feels after this season before committing to more years.

    I know, crazy thinking. But maybe Jackson has a bit more integrity than most players. Shocking, right?

  9. When will a team and Quarterback figure out it is in their mutual interest to do a contract as a percentage of the cap?
    At some point the money that Quarterbacks demand becomes counter-productive to the overall talent level of the team by taking such a large portion of the salary cap. Successful QBs on their rookie deals provide an unusual sweet spot for teams lucky enough to have one. The large chunk of allocated salary cap in a second contract can only be off-set by a good draft which is a crap shoot, lack of major injuries also a crap shoot and growing profits and cap year over year. But growing caps means larger and larger contracts and sets the stage for players to holdout and attempt to renegotiate an older contract agreed to with a smaller cap. Super Bowls have an intrinsic value for all the players involved but especially so for Quarterbacks. Legacy aside Super Bowls are a cash cow for endorsements and revenue outside of football. It seems that agents, teams and players could find the sweet spot on a salary cap allocation that grows with the cap, provides money for other talent around QB1 and gives them a chance to cash in on the success of the ultimate goal. Fully guaranteed money is here now and can be offset with injury language and insurance leaving length of deal as the remaining parameter.

  10. If he plays without a new deal salaries go up so there’s some upside for him as well.
    He is unlikely to be seriously hurt, and going the Kirk cousins roots will pay him top dollar if that’s what he’s after.

  11. 27 million dollars is a great insurance policy. (Franchise Tag) Blame can be assigned to either side, but a contract has not been made. If Jackson feels he is worth X dollars, go for it, take the franchise tag, and cash in for much more later. He has a 27 million dollar injury insurance policy to gamble with. If he gets hurt, he still lives high class, and his kids still get an amazing headstart in life.

    Like him or not, Cousins believed in his talent. These NFL players talk a big game, but when it is time to put their money where their mouth is, they are scared. I do not think it’s due to a possible injury, (insurance policy) but rather it is a fear that they won’t be good enough.They do not have confidence in their own abilities.

  12. No idea who he’s getting advice from but what is he waiting for? He wants a new contract, he’s not holding out and now he’s risking an injury that could seriously screw him. It’s a riddle wrapped in a mystery….

  13. I’m sorry Ms Jackson, your boy needs a deal!
    I know he don’t want to split the pie, but y’all really need to hire an agent guy.

  14. If the Ravens allow him to continue practicing and playing on the last year of his deal then they are base opportunists and are sending a message to every football player that they are not to be trusted and are not a team that players should want to play for

  15. He is honoring his contract. In this day and age it is unusual, but the right thing to do. We have all been so conditioned by new-contract whiners that we find this to be the wrong thing to do…

  16. The same players who only care about their money are the same players who couldn’t care less how their team is affected by the PR nightmares that these players create. Player greed is killing the NFL.

  17. He’s under contract for the upcoming season. Perhaps he is just meeting his obligation which actually shows great character on his part

  18. Dak destroyed his ankle and still got paid shortly after.

    Lamar is getting paid injury or not as is any other probowl QB in this league.

    Legitimate starting QBs are just too hard to come by. There are like 15 walking the earth.

  19. He’s a gimmick quarterback who is shut down by quality defenses come playoff time. Name me 1 run first quarterback who’s ever won a Superbowl in the modern NFL. You can’t, because there’s never been one, and when Lamar plays against above average defenses he’s been shut down every single time. Pay the man? For what? Mega deal? No thank you…

  20. Have to commend Lamar for honoring his contract.Very rare these days.If I was a Ravens fan I would be questioning why this deal isn’t done by now?He is the perfect QB for the Ravens.He has lived up to his draft status and proven he is a top 10 QB.Idiots who deny that know nothing about todays NFL.No off the field issues.by all accounts respected in the locker room.Yet the Ravens can’t get him signed?Something doesn’t smell right here

  21. It’s not as if he’s practicing or going to play without a contract. He’s under contract isn’t the last year of a players contract still a valid year? Jackson is under contract so not sure why the controversy. I think fans and media should applaud Jackson. He’s out there getting ready. It’s weird that some think it’s the norm to not honor ones contract. Like, you think guys should stay home and protest that they shouldn’t honor their final year of their contract?

  22. evrybdyhas1 says:
    July 28, 2022 at 8:10 am
    When will a team and Quarterback figure out it is in their mutual interest to do a contract as a percentage of the cap?
    At some point the money that Quarterbacks demand becomes counter-productive to the overall talent level of the team by taking such a large portion of the salary cap. Successful QBs on their rookie deals provide an unusual sweet spot for teams lucky enough to have one. The large chunk of allocated salary cap in a second contract can only be off-set by a good draft which is a crap shoot, lack of major injuries also a crap shoot and growing profits and cap year over year. But growing caps means larger and larger contracts and sets the stage for players to holdout and attempt to renegotiate an older contract agreed to with a …
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    Congrats! You just described the last 28 years of the NFL.

  23. nosurrender says:
    July 28, 2022 at 10:06 am
    He’s a gimmick quarterback who is shut down by quality defenses come playoff time. Name me 1 run first quarterback who’s ever won a Superbowl in the modern NFL. You can’t, because there’s never been one, and when Lamar plays against above average defenses he’s been shut down every single time. Pay the man? For what? Mega deal? No thank you…
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    What a load of crap! Did you not see his 5 TD performance vs the LA Rams? His carving up of the Seahawks? The Bills? The 49ers? Dude led the league in TD passes in ’19. Your narrative is trash. Did you see the comeback vs Indy? KC? Yeah…the playoff record is not there….yet….but each game is different & Lamar was probably one of the least “to blame” for those playoff losses.

  24. Lamar that is silly. Take a new contract so you can dominate your personal life after football.

  25. Most players are probably practicing without a new contract, because you know they need to honor their current contract.

  26. These are 2 consenting parties, people.

    Lamar is doing this intentionally. He is risking it all and betting on no injuries and himself. He knows the risk/reward and is doing it. He knows the franchise tag will pay him well for the next 2 years. And he knows his free agency pay day after that will be huge.

    The Ravens also know the situation, and know Lamar’s style of play. And are happy to let him do this. Lamar is taking the risk away from them, and they are wiling to let him do that for 2 years but most likely risk losing him after those 2 years to free agency.

  27. “Name me 1 run first quarterback who’s ever won a Superbowl in the modern NFL. You can’t, because there’s never been one.”

    Steve Young. Russell Wilson.

  28. steelersbandwagon says:
    Steve Young. Russell Wilson.
    ==

    Neither Steve Young nor Russell Wilson were/are “running quarterbacks.” Nor were Fran Tarkenton, Kenny Stabler et al.
    It amazes me how many younger fans don’t have the slightest ability to differentiate between an athletic, skilled, pass-first QB who can also scramble and create, and a one-read-and-take-off-running quarterback.
    They’re not the same thing.

  29. nosurrender says:
    July 28, 2022 at 10:06 am

    He’s a gimmick quarterback who is shut down by quality defenses come playoff time. Name me 1 run first quarterback who’s ever won a Superbowl in the modern NFL. You can’t, because there’s never been one, and when Lamar plays against above average defenses he’s been shut down every single time. Pay the man? For what? Mega deal? No thank you…
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    I’m so sick of this dumb argument. First of all, there has never been a run first QB in the modern NFL, that would be college. Let’s just call them running QBs. So, there are 1 o 2 QBs like this a year, if any. The sample size is just too small. That’s almost like saying a redhead QB can’t win the SB. It’s one guy’s style against 30 other like QBs to win the SB each year. Cam and Kaep, if you put them in this category were one or two plays away from winning a SB, but it just didn’t happen, doesn’t mean it can’t. Are you supposed to win a SB win the talent of Trent Dilfer? Typically not, but it happened and Marino with his prototypical style never did. So many misnomers around this topic, even the injury thing. I do know one thing, these running QBs have more success than the average dropback passer. How many of them just come and go? Vick, Cam and Lamar to name a few, have had a measure of success. And you guys act like winning a SB is easy. A lot goes into that, your team, coaches and luck. Rodgers and Brees, with all that talent and years in the NFL, have one each!

  30. Perhaps the sticking point in negotiations if the fact that Greg Roman is still the OC. Maybe he wants a different playbook.

  31. Lamar is following the great Joe Flacco. Nobody said Joe was dumb for doing it and he went on to be super bowl mvp.

  32. He’s gambling that he’ll have a great season and won’t have a serious injury. IF he’s a free agent next season the offers will be huge. Big risk, but possibly big reward.

  33. It would be wise to get an agent but I respect his integrity to honor the contract he already signed.

  34. greenlantern says:
    July 28, 2022 at 2:34 pm
    Both the Ravens and Jackson are playing with fire.

    10Rate This

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    EXACTLY

    We’re flying high in Foxborough, drama free.

    I’m loving it.

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