When does the deadline arrive for Lamar Jackson, Ravens?

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Recently, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson suggested during a press conference that there’s a Week One deadline for getting a new deal done. So when specifically does the window of opportunity slam shut?

Given that the Broncos and Russell Wilson selected midnight on September 1, the Ravens and Jackson are either past the deadline or getting damn close to it.

For starters, we’re assuming that Jackson has made it clear to the team that Week One is the deadline, and that the Ravens are willing to act accordingly. What if they offer him everything he wants in Week Five? Will he refuse?

If there is a deadline, it likely arrive at kickoff of the Week One game against the Jets. Soon, preparations will commence in earnest for the game. To the extent that Lamar the agent had time to negotiate on behalf of Lamar the quarterback during training camp and the preseason, he’ll have even less once it’s time to practice and study film and otherwise get ready to go.

Whatever the deadline, the objective should be: (1) to get Baltimore’s best offer on the table; and (2) to properly evaluate the pros and cons of accepting and rejecting the offer. Those goals would best be achieved with the assistance of a good agent.

Consider the various teams in recent years that have gotten their franchise quarterbacks paid. With very few exceptions, owners know when it’s time to open the vault. Washington never valued Kirk Cousins properly (or, as some Vikings fans would say, they valued him just right), and Dallas thought it could aw-shucks its way into getting Dak Prescott to take less. Otherwise, teams know when to make a significant offer — and the players know when to accept.

Maybe the Ravens are playing with fire. If they are, they learned nothing from their experience 10 years ago with Joe Flacco. Either way, a deal isn’t done and, without Jackson hiring an agent, it’s hard to imagine that happening.

48 responses to “When does the deadline arrive for Lamar Jackson, Ravens?

  1. Mr Jackson is holding himself hostage and try to negotiate his own deal for his release.
    He can say say to any offer. When you take your self hostage your have a fool for captor.

  2. The main difference with Lamar and most every other QB is the offense was designed for him. It is not an offense for most QBs. Most teams would not be willing to do that. Can he, as a square peg, fit in a round hole? He has less value because of that. He should be willing to take a lesser deal, for the chance and commitment the Ravens have shown to him. Still life changing amount!

  3. WOW! This is a lot of attention on a RB who likes to throw the ball (badly) on occasion. The Raven’s are CRAZY if the break the bank on this guy. Have you ever heard him try to speak at a press conference? It’s almost embarrassing. Not a chance he should be the face of the franchise.

  4. Anyone remember a player that negotiated his own contract that resulted in a blockbuster deal? Me either…

  5. The short answer is that he’s in way over his head and has no clue what he’s doing! A player in this era particularly at that position, who represents himself has a fool for a client!

  6. A big part of the reason that the Ravens went into the can for a period of years after the SB win was due to overpaying the QB. Don’t make the same mistake. They played with fire and got burned (not by waiting, but by overpaying). If, as the site has alluded, are at $165M guaranteed and Mr. Jackson wants $231M guaranteed, let him get it from someone else.

  7. With or without an agent, if the Ravens aren’t willing to pay Lamar what Lamar thinks he’s worth, there won’t be a deal.

    The fact a deal hasn’t been done, and there’s been little chatter about a deal being imminent, suggests they remain apart.

  8. Every year that a QB that relies on his legs plays, his value depreciates faster than that of a car, and that car falls apart before you get the full benefit of the purchase.

  9. ravenhawks says:
    September 2, 2022 at 1:44 pm
    The main difference with Lamar and most every other QB is the offense was designed for him. It is not an offense for most QBs. Most teams would not be willing to do that. Can he, as a square peg, fit in a round hole? He has less value because of that. He should be willing to take a lesser deal, for the chance and commitment the Ravens have shown to him. Still life changing amount!
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    No team would be willing to sign a franchise QB and also be willing to adjust the offense to that QB’s strengths. Right????

  10. I love all these folks so concerned about Lamar getting paid too much. It’s not their money. The bottom line is he’s a great athlete who has immense respect from his team mates and coaches. He might not be Patrick Mahomes as far as throwing ability, but he’s a proven regular season winner, who could go on a hot streak in the playoffs. Jimmy G. isn’t the greatest thrower either, but I’m sure his locker room is more comfortable with him than ‘great thrower’ and unproven Lance.

  11. It’s shame when an upstanding player who is respected by his peers and loved by his teammates receives so much hate from people on these boards and they actually want him to get hurt.

  12. I’m not crazy about Jackson, either, but check out his stats. They are as good or better than Josh Allen. Better completion %. Better yards per attempt. Better QBR.

    The only thing that Allen does better is that he throws more often, so he has mor etotal yards.

  13. LJ wants to see what Burrow gets .. that should be fun to watch Brown with limited funds and a QB that wants the moon.

  14. Isn’t Lamar already under contract for this season? Just let him play and deal with it next offseason

  15. “I’m sorry Mr. Jackson, oh I am for real”, you are not worth amount of money, no running QB ever has. Dude has rocks for brains.

  16. >>Maybe the Ravens are playing with fire. If they are, they learned nothing from their experience 10 years ago with Joe Flacco.

    Meaning they grossly overpaid an average QB after they got lucky and won a Super Bowl, and suffered for it for several years?
    The problem with locking in a QB for 5 years at a high price, is if he performs just so-so your team is hurt for years.
    Look at Goff and Wentz.

    Mahomes I’ll pay. Justin Herbert I’ll pay. I’ll pay :Lamar, but I’m worried. What he has going for him is there aren’t alternatives.

  17. nhpats2011 says:
    September 2, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Isn’t Lamar already under contract for this season? Just let him play and deal with it next offseason
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    That’s my wish. Exactly 10 years ago Flacco bet on himself and we all know what happened. Lamar, the stars aligning again and things are in your favor.

  18. mrbigass says:
    September 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    Anyone remember a player that negotiated his own contract that resulted in a blockbuster deal? Me either…
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    D Hopkins negotiated his own contract. It turned out to be the biggest non-QB contract in NFL history. It also included a no trade and no tag clause. Mic drop…

  19. I have always Lamar is a RB that throws the ball. You will never win a Super Bowl with him. What is his playoff record again? So many bad QB’s the media hypes because they can run even though they can’t pass (Fields, Watson, Lance, Hurts). Those that buy into the hype don’t know what they’re watching. The game is made for passing yet they are one look and run.

  20. If Lamar is willing to sign for 231 million guaranteed and not a penny less, and is just waiting for the Ravens to agree to that number or tag him twice and let him go to free agency, then Lamar is right he does not need an agent. I also think that he’s right that 231 million guaranteed is a fair number given the market. I say that as neither a fan of Jackson nor the Ravens. I would not think it is a good idea for a team to pay him that much, but I do think he could command that much as a free agent, and if he’s willing to assume the risk of a career-ending injury while playing on franchise tags, then what’s an agent going to tell him to change his mind? It’s his decision to make, and it’s not my money either way.

  21. So many people recite the same tired old jokes and the same tired old narratives. People have been doing this to him since he entered the league. He broke them down including the postseason win (which most people seem to forget). When he wins a SB ya’ll will say he needs to win several. Stop wishing he was your quarterback and just enjoy watching him play football..

  22. kohila says:
    September 2, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    I have always Lamar is a RB that throws the ball. You will never win a Super Bowl with him. What is his playoff record again? So many bad QB’s the media hypes because they can run even though they can’t pass (Fields, Watson, Lance, Hurts). Those that buy into the hype don’t know what they’re watching. The game is made for passing yet they are one look and run.
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    And how would you know that? Only recently has there been more running QBs. When there has historically been one or two a year, the sample size is too small to make a true assessment. Fields, Lance and Hurts, really? These dudes are still in diapers. Kaep was one play away from winning a SB with multiple NFC championship games under his belt. Cam met up with a great defense in the SB and Brian B choked away the game plan with Cunningham. Actually, it’s a dumb statement to make because running QBs have way more success than the average QB. The always make the playoffs and guys like Rosen, Donald, Fitzpatrick, Mac Jones (too) just come and go and not a word is said. It’s not hype, these running QBs win games, but football is a team sport. Stafford wasn’t winning anything in Detroit (0-3 playoff) and Brady got the heck out of NE when the talent wasn’t there. Brad Johnson, Trent Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler have won all SBs. If you think those guys are better than Lamar, your kidding yourself. QB is a very important piece, but at the end of the day, it’s still a team sport, coaches and organization matter too.

  23. What if they offer him everything he wants in Week Five? Will he refuse?

    *******

    Honestly, it probably depends on their record.

    If they’re 5-0, yeah he’ll be thinking his price goes up w every win.

    If they’re 1-4 or 3-2, watch him start tossing his teammates/coaches under the bus.

    Either way it’s gonna get ugly.

  24. spartan01 says:
    September 2, 2022 at 6:30 pm

    So many people recite the same tired old jokes and the same tired old narratives. People have been doing this to him since he entered the league. He broke them down including the postseason win (which most people seem to forget). When he wins a SB ya’ll will say he needs to win several. Stop wishing he was your quarterback and just enjoy watching him play football…
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    I know, they are like kids in the playground. Let me get my RB joke out there as soon as Lamar is the topic. Funny thing is, Lamar would suck at RB. His QB sneaks suck, he is great open field runner, but that don’t make you a great RB, getting past the first level does. The playoff argument is so weak as well when talking contracts, but that is the only thing they can stand on. Allen got his big money deal in 2021. And his playoff record was? Stafford, Goff, Wentz, the list goes on and on. I guess Herbert gonna get $0 ahaha.

  25. Christopher Allan says:
    September 2, 2022 at 5:53 pm
    mrbigass says:
    September 2, 2022 at 1:52 pm
    Anyone remember a player that negotiated his own contract that resulted in a blockbuster deal? Me either…
    —————————-
    D Hopkins negotiated his own contract. It turned out to be the biggest non-QB contract in NFL history. It also included a no trade and no tag clause. Mic drop…

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    from ESPN:
    HOUSTON — Laremy Tunsil said he thinks he “started a trend by not having an agent doing my deal,” the Texans left tackle said Monday.

    Tunsil negotiated his own contract with coach and general manager Bill O’Brien, agreeing to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with $50 million guaranteed. The $22 million average per year on the contract makes him the highest-paid offensive lineman by $4 million per year.

  26. Yeah, the agent thing is so overrated. Lamar knows his number, the Ravens meet it or not. If not, he goes the Cousins route, which has worked out quite well for a QB not half as good. Play out this year with a Lloyds of London 100 million contract. This whole thing is getting too much airplay. And for all of you calling Lamar an idiot, why would accept a Murray equivalent contract when you are far more accomplished than Murray? If you do, then you are the idiot.

  27. I would have a hard time committing Watson/Wilson money to Lamar, for the same reason most RB don’t get a 2nd deal. He will need to prove himself as a passer this year. He did not convince anyone last year.

  28. nite2al says:
    September 2, 2022 at 8:05 pm
    Yeah, the agent thing is so overrated. Lamar knows his number, the Ravens meet it or not. If not, he goes the Cousins route, which has worked out quite well for a QB not half as good. Play out this year with a Lloyds of London 100 million contract. This whole thing is getting too much airplay. And for all of you calling Lamar an idiot, why would accept a Murray equivalent contract when you are far more accomplished than Murray? If you do, then you are the idiot.
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    How is he far more accomplished than Murray? He’s been in the league longer and has less passing yards, lower completion percentage, just one more rushing TD. Lamar is no where near the passer Kyler Murray is. Murray ranked as a top 5 QB in almost every passing stat last year with the 3rd highest PFF passing grade in the NFL of 88.1, highest deep ball pass grade, 2nd best 3rd down QB, top 3 BTT, more completions of 20+YDs than any other NFL QB w/35, 2nd overall completion percentage, 2nd in CPOE on deep passes of +12.3, 2nd best passer rating on deep passes of 111.1, most deep passing yards. Shall I go on? Lamar doesn’t come close to that level as a passer. Murray is one of the most productive QBs in league history thru his first 3 seasons, is a 2X Pro bowl n 3 seasons actually 3 pro bowls in 3 seasons if you count him being an alternate as a rookie when he won ROY. Lamar isn’t some far superior QB to Murray like some Ravens love to make him out to be.

  29. Sure let’s pay him more than all the qb’s that are better than him. Good luck on that one. 20 quarterbacks at least better than him and he wants to be the top paid one, makes sense.

  30. Lamar’s biggest jump was from year one to year two. In that year he had a 66% completion rate. The last two he has dropped to 64% completion rate, and last year he had 13 interceptions. Which was an increase from the year before. His average for passing is not even in the double digits ever, if my memory is correct, I don’t think he has ever broke the 8 average either. So I can see why the Ravens are not giving him a boat load of guaranteed money. I would not be surprised if he is cut after this year or traded before the dead line this season. The talking heads on TV keep trying to talk him but the numbers don’t lie.

  31. Lamar’s situation is an interesting one. Lamar’s style of play would indicate a shorter playing career because of the risk of injury. The Raven’s are probably going to be circumspect about a long term contract with full guarantees.

  32. He’s going to be just like Cam Newton and fall off dramatically in a few years. 2-3 tops. If I was the Ravens I would be happy to pay him year to year.

  33. Now Murray is more accomplished? Really? The hate continues to be strong for Lamar. I think unanimous MVP, first team All-Pro and a slew of NFL records and the most wins by any player in NFL history at his age trumps little ole ROY. Sorry, Murray. And ya’lls favorite…where’s the playoff win?

  34. As for rumors of Lamar holding out, he would stand to lose $1,352,941.18 per game this season. Most of us here commenting couldn’t make that amount in a lifetime and aren’t too sympathetic.

  35. If Jackson was smarter,he would hire an agent and come the the realization that he is not going to be paid the figure he is expecting. The Ravens are not going to overpay like Cleveland or Arizona.

  36. Christopher Allan says:
    September 2, 2022 at 2:54 pm
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    No team would be willing to sign a franchise QB and also be willing to adjust the offense to that QB’s strengths. Right????

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    I’m sure that there are teams that would be willing, but it’s not something that can be done in a single season, and may involve drastic changes to the team roster and coaching staff to accomplish it. If people aren’t committed and skilled, it will likely fail miserably.

    So, there’s a large risk that it will fail badly, or that it will succeed slowly and your fabulously rich QB gets frustrated or declines in skills before everything sets up. For a team with a traditional pocket passer, management probably figures it’s safer to just try for a QB in next year’s draft.

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