Ravens pull plug on contract talks with Lamar Jackson

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On Wednesday, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said that the deadline for doing a new deal with the team was “probably” Friday. On Friday, the Ravens removed the “probably.”

“Despite best efforts on both sides, we were unable to reach a contract extension with Lamar Jackson,” Ravens G.M. Eric DeCosta said in a statement. “We greatly appreciate how he has handled this process and we are excited about our team with Lamar leading the way. We will continue to work towards a long-term contract after the season, but for now we are looking forward to a successful 2022 campaign.”

While the statement seemingly closes the door on doing a deal from now until the end of the season, the Ravens likely would give Jackson whatever their last, best offer was, if he decides to accept it. (And if that happens before he potentially suffers a significant injury.) Possibly implicit in DeCosta’s statement is an acknowledgement that Jackson has conclusively refused their last, best offer.

Hopefully, Jackson made a good decision in choosing between Door No. 1 (the team’s best offer on a long-term deal) and Door No. 2 (whatever happens next). In a subsequent item, we’ll lay out what Door No. 2 may look like for Jackson and the Ravens. By not accepting the team’s last, best offer, that’s the path Jackson clearly has chosen to follow.

68 responses to “Ravens pull plug on contract talks with Lamar Jackson

  1. The last option is a tag and trade, but I would imagine an interested team would just call the bluff and wait for him to be released.

  2. The deadline set by Lamar shows he has no idea what he is doing. The Ravens are perfectly happy to let him play this deal out and then franchise tag him next year. What better way to manage a running QB who puts himself in harms way? Lamar has to realize that there isn’t an agency with a license that wouldn’t put very their best man on the job, someone with a long proven track record. They wouldn’t even send a young agent to negotiate the contract for a back up QB let alone your deal. This is a dirty business, send in a lawyer to get it done.

  3. They should have pulled a Texans and traded him for a load of draft picks this past spring. With the salary cap, players occupying 20% of the cap are not going to result in long term success.

  4. Imagine thinking you’re so good that you don’t need an agent, 2 years removed from an MVP season, and now a failed demand, they’re ready for you to move on. Because they know what everyone outside of Baltimore does, gimmicky guys don’t last. They called your bluff big guy….

  5. Well what would an agent advise him to do. Sit or play and risk injury. I think he will honor his remaining year but may not take as many risks as he once did. Robert Griffin learned that lesson too late.

  6. Multi-hundred million dollar question is obviously what their last best offer was vs. what Jackson demanded.

  7. This was the Ravens goal all along. Keep him under his current contract for very cheap, tag him next year. Lamar made a huge mistake which could cost him over $100 mil over his career

  8. I think it would have been unwise to give him a bigger contract. The guy is way too likely to get hurt the way he plays. He also MAY get worse as he ages instead of better.

  9. This is so mind boggling. Who signs this guy next year if, God forbid, he blows his ACL this year? Risky

  10. The most likely outcome after this will be back to back tags (See Cousins). Ironically, for the Ravens this might work out for the best. Jackson plays a physical style of game. After a few more years of this, I’m not sure he’ll still be able to keep playing (see RG III, Cam Newton).

  11. Anyone who turns down hundreds of millions of dollars with the injury risk these guys face is a fool. If he gets a serious injury this year, that money is gone forever. Sure he might make a little more guaranteed if he has a great and healthy season, but what is the difference in $170M or $250M guaranteed anyway. (And he will likely earn the full $250M even if it is not guaranteed.). Both are life-changing money. Getting seriously hurt this year could mean he never makes anywhere near that kind of money.

  12. I really can’t decide whether he’s incredibly greedy…or incredibly stupid. [there is no third choice]

  13. All they have to do is FRANCHISE him next year and go year by year. He isn’t playing this very well for his playing style because as we all know it only takes ONE BIG HIT and it could be all over. Ask RG III.

  14. The dude was a rockstar in 2019, above average in 2020, and average at best in 2021. HE is showing signs of regression already, and I bet the Ravens offered based on that. Whereas Jackson is likely looking for a deal to match his 2019 season. The Ravens will let this season play out and see where the chips fall, but I think it’s ultimately a wise decision to let the season play out and see where the negotiations stand then.

  15. The ravens would be wise to let him play out the season then tag and trade him for whatever they can get.

  16. And this is the reason why the ravens have been consistent front runners for the past two decades. They are not dumb enough to offer this guy a bank breaking deal knowing that his best years are already behind him and he has a limited skill set. Even as a Steelers fan I have to applaud their approach

  17. I suspect he wants a similar contract to Watson guaranteed, but the Ravens aren’t as stupid and desperate as the Browns, he’s not a top QB, in my opinion doesn’t even deserve $25 mil a season, I can see this ending in teras for him and that would be poetic justice for a greedy over rated player

  18. Smart of them. His backup is as good if not better. Save the money and draft another throwing running back in a couple years.

  19. The difference could be wealth and generational wealth. The calendar and time are not Lamars friend. The question is how long has the longest lasting running quarterback or one that balls out, lasted at peak level?

  20. Lamar is overplaying His Hand , The guy is a mediocre quarterback with wheels, if God forbid He injures His leg running around taking shots He is done . That is a lot of money to leave on the table .

  21. They were willing to overpay a RB that is an ok thrower. He is an amazingly dynamic runner though. The only reason he won the MVP was because teams weren’t ready for him. Remember Cam Newton won a MVP one year as well. Lamar will not win another and you can never win a SuperBowl with him.

  22. Sorry Lamar,

    You’re going to get burned on this one. Betting on yourself is okay, but in your case its too risky.

    Your style of play is too conducive to getting hurt as you found out last year. The advantage is all Baltimore. They learned their lesson with Flacco too, and they know, its a matter of when not if you’ll get hurt…

    Operating without an agent is not the best method as well. There’s lots of language written in these contracts that I’m sure you’re not familiar with or understand. Or, anybody for that matter can understand. Agents are only allowed 3% max and most will do it for nothing or less than 1%. If you make it though the season and you played well, and are relatively uninjured, then you look like a genius.

    However, if you get hurt and there is a high probability based on your athleticism that you will, then you’ve cost yourself hundreds of millions of dollars…

    Good luck with your decision Lamar….

  23. My money says if he stays healthy that he gets the franchise tag next year. Because he runs so often he is at a greater risk of injury than many other QB’s. He should consider the advantage of a long term contract with huge guaranteed money. If he has a career ending injury or an injury that destroys his career (think RG3 injury) he will miss out on a chance to take care of his family for generations to come.

  24. I think what Eric DeCosta really meant to say,… “We’re moving on,… and it won’t be with Lamar.”

  25. After watching Josh Allen’s passing and running performance last night the Ravens realized just how limited Lamar’s upside actually is at this point

  26. I remember when everyone was saying Dak was asking for to much and he ended up get more, a lot more!

  27. Lamar wouldn’t leave his stance of wanting a fully guaranteed deal and the Ravens aren’t willing to be as incompetent as the Browns. If Lamar has a great season then he has more leverage. If he doesn’t or he gets hurt, the Ravens may franchise him or move on. QBs are getting paid too much and I am glad the Ravens stood their ground.

  28. The great thing about Lamar is that he is his own man. He has fun playing football. He doesn’t care about what people think that he should do, and he certainly doesn’t care about what internet commenters think about him. Lamar will make $23+ million this season and much, much more in subsequent seasons. Meanwhile, his critics here will continue living their mundane lives.

  29. Here’s some advice from someone who’d love to be your agent and will only take half the normal rate… better start slidin’

  30. Ravens (rightfully) have 0% interest in signing Lamar to a long-term largely guaranteed contract. Smart teams do not ink running QBs long term and to cap-crushing contracts. At season’s end Lamar is a restricted free agent, if some team makes an offer Lamar likes and he signs, the Ravens will NOT match. They’ll collect the 2 1st round draft picks they get and move up to get their QB of the future; and end up paying him about $35M less per season, over the next 5 yrs, than what Lamar wants to be paid. And they’ll get an accurate throwing QB in the red zone. I luv the way Lamar plays the game, but facts are facts, he’s not an accurate thrower of the ball in the red zone and against the best teams. If you want to win a title, your QB can’t just be great against average teams, he has to be a great thrower against the best teams, Lamar is not that. If Lamar does not sign elsewhere, the Ravens will franchise him (or trade him). Take emotions out of it, the Ravens do, they’re a smart team and have been for decades, they’re not inking a running QB to a long term, guaranteed cap-crushing contract. The Ravens don’t do stupid contracts. Period.

  31. kohila says:
    September 9, 2022 at 12:32 pm
    They were willing to overpay a RB that is an ok thrower. He is an amazingly dynamic runner though. The only reason he won the MVP was because teams weren’t ready for him. Remember Cam Newton won a MVP one year as well. Lamar will not win another and you can never win a SuperBowl with him.
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    These types of statements always crack me up. I would never say any QB can’t win a Super Bowl because it’s a team sport, not a QB competition. Do you even know NFL history? I’m sure the same was said about Brad Johnson, Dilfer and Jeff Hostetler to name a few. I’m a Ravens and I don’t care if Lamar threw for 30 yards a game as long as it leads to winning the chip. His game fits the Ravens’ style and I’m fine with that. He won a playoff game on the road, down double digits. If you don’t think you can win with that type of guy and the team behind him, you don’t know football.

  32. I remember when I pulled the plug on that date ask to the girl who hadn’t yet responded. I showed her!

    Maybe she really didn’t want to date me??? Hmmmm

  33. Physically, he’s as talented as anyone in the league, maybe more so. Mentally however, he doesn’t come across as the sharpest tool in the shed.

  34. Cheaper for the Ravens to tag Jackson than to pay what he (likely) was holding out for, so that’s what they’ll do.

  35. I think he really wants out of Baltimore. If that is the case, tag him and trade him in the Spring. I hope that is not the case, though. With Lamar as the qb, we are a contender every year. You can’t say that about too many qbs in the league.

  36. correctingerrors says:
    September 9, 2022 at 12:07 pm
    This was the Ravens goal all along. Keep him under his current contract for very cheap, tag him next year. Lamar made a huge mistake which could cost him over $100 mil over his career
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    Hello, room. The Ravens already offered LJ at least 190 guaranteed and he turned it down. Stop making up things like the Ravens were being cheap or had some master plan. Jackson wants better Watson money and that’s his choice and the Ravens’ said no dice and that’s their choice. No master plan here. Move on with your life.

  37. They should let him walk. He probably wants a fully-guaranteed contract, and he’s too big an injury risk to give that to. His style of play is conducive to running of impressive regular-season win totals and to playoff disappointment. The Ravens are a smart organization, and the smart play here might well be to go in a different direction.

  38. Too bad, I was hoping Jackson and the Ravens would come to terms. He is an electrifying player and I’d like to see him get the big payday before it is too late.

  39. hazydavey says:
    September 9, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    “Anyone who turns down hundreds of millions of dollars with the injury risk these guys face is a fool.”

    Fortunately, it is not your money to worry about.

  40. Norseman says:
    September 9, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    “Cheaper for the Ravens to tag Jackson than to pay what he (likely) was holding out for, so that’s what they’ll do.”

    Oh? 46 million in 2023. 55 million in 2024 and that is not accounting for Burrow and Herbert possibly driving the Top Five average quarterback salary upwards. That’s a lot of savings.

  41. 70 Million is the difference and that’s a that’s a ton of money. He will have already made 23 million after this season, so the life changing money is already banked. Now it’s time to get what you are worth. He’d be a fool to not try to get most of that difference.

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    hazydavey says:
    September 9, 2022 at 12:11 pm

    Anyone who turns down hundreds of millions of dollars with the injury risk these guys face is a fool. If he gets a serious injury this year, that money is gone forever. Sure he might make a little more guaranteed if he has a great and healthy season, but what is the difference in $170M or $250M guaranteed anyway. (And he will likely earn the full $250M even if it is not guaranteed.). Both are life-changing money. Getting seriously hurt this year could mean he never makes anywhere near that kind of money.

  42. Why all the bad will for a guy who is betting on himself. He surely understands the risks and has decided he can live with it. There are single digits of teams that wouldn’t be better with him as their QB. I hope it works out for him in the end.

  43. honestly… who really wants endless money?
    .
    we should take solice in the fact that he will be so youthful when he’s all banged up that he will at least remember the players and the hits that cause the various aches and pains.

  44. “Ravens Pull Plug On Contract Talks With Lamar Jackson”

    “Ravens Pull Plug On Lamar Jackson”

    There. It’s fixed.

  45. Genius move by Ravens. In two franchise tag years, he will have lost a step and he’s not worth resigning as a passer.

  46. I guess that “deadline” died . . .

    We can add LJ to Brady, Rodgers, and oh so many others who try to come across as sincere, decent people but have no problem lying in answer to a direct question simple because telling the truth would make them look bad, or even worse, make them look normal.

  47. 3 combined tags for a qb gotta be around 175 mil or so these days. I’ve always liked Lamar. I can’t imagine it would come to 3 (or 2 for that matter) tags to sort things out

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