Lamar Jackson on his contract situation: Respectfully, I’m done talking about it

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Six days ago, the Ravens and Lamar Jackson reached an impasse on contract talks. That ended negotiations until after the season as the quarterback repeatedly set the season opener as the deadline to get a deal completed in 2022.

Jackson, who serves as his own agent, now is fully focused on football, declining to answer three questions Wednesday about his contract situation.

“Respectfully, I’m done talking about it,” Jackson said, via Jamison Hensley of ESPN. “I told you guys before, I was going to be done with it Week 1. Week 1 is over with. We’re done talking about it. I’m focused on the Dolphins now.”

A report Sunday indicated Jackson turned down a five-year extension worth over $250 million with $133 million guaranteed. Deshaun Watson‘s fully guaranteed, $230 million contract created a gap between what Jackson wanted in guaranteed money and what the Ravens were willing to pay, and the sides couldn’t close it enough to seal the deal.

A reporter asked Jackson about the guaranteed money, and Jackson smiled and said, “Like I said, I’m done talking about that, respectfully. Dolphin time, man.”

Jackson will make $23.016 million this season on his fifth-year option, the final year of his rookie deal.

41 responses to “Lamar Jackson on his contract situation: Respectfully, I’m done talking about it

  1. Pay attention children, because this will be a lesson you’ll want to remember forever. Always take what’s guaranteed today, because there are no guarantees it will be there tomorrow, and he’s one hit away from obscurity

  2. He’s classy. Whether he gets what he wants is another thing. The Browns screwed the pooch big time

  3. Lamar is playing a funny game to us mortals, but he may still come out ahead.
    If everything goes wrong, living off this year’s 23 million is a pretty nice floor to have!

  4. I’m a Bengal fan, and I totally dig Lamar. Honest, to the point, and holds himself accountable. Go get that bag dude. Forget the haters here.

  5. Lamar knows he got $111 million either with a deal or franchise over the next 3yrs, he’s gonna get paid
    don’t worry about him.

  6. The contract he was offered sounds generous and appropriate. He’s achieved less than Josh Allen yet is still the cornerstone of his team.

    When you think you’re too good for $133 million and all you’ve managed is one playoff win in four years, you’ve got a big sense of entitlement.

  7. It’s hard to put myself in his shoes, but it’s hard to understand not being happy with $133M in guaranteed money. He could spend nearly a million per month for the rest of his life on the interest alone.

  8. Once he took the first snap in the Jets game, there was nothing more to talk about where the contract situation is concerned. Most athletes would have sat out in this sort of situation, Lamar didn’t. Gotta have respect for a guy who cares about his team and teammates by putting it all on the line.

  9. It is the man’s right not to sign a contract he doesn’t want. That being more honest to the team in a way.

    What is a little weird in Lamar’s position is that he is willing to accept $23 million guaranteed, or $230 million guaranteed, but not $133 million.

    Maybe he wants to get out of Baltimore after a few tags.

    Or it would make sense if he thinks his play will decline in fewer than seven years, but not this year. But athletes hardly ever expect that.

  10. So does he look bad if he takes anything less than $133mil next year? Or is it foregone he’ll get more guaranteed next year?

  11. To quote the greatest middle linebacker of all time 52. Lamarvalous is pissed off for greatnesses! Fish Fry on Sunday at the Bank! Tua fish on the menu!

  12. He is not talking about it, he is being politely responsive to reporters who refuse to leave it alone.

  13. He’s getting paid injury or not.
    Dak shattered his ankle and still got paid.

    He could break his leg, the ravens would just IR him for a year then pay him less, but will still be generational changing wealth.

    Ravens, Lamar, or Ravens fans don’t want to talk about his contract. It’s everyone else for some odd reason.

  14. “…I’m focused on the Dolphins now.”

    Indeed. Every performance is a showcase for a potential employer.

    Miami this upcoming Sunday. NY Giants: Oct 16, Tampa: Oct 27, New Orleans: Nov 7, Carolina: Nov 20, Atlanta: Dec 24.

  15. I agree with Lamar. He would get alot more than 133 guaranteed on the free market. The way he is asked to carry the ball means he should push for more guarantees because hes not likely to see the end of that contract, thats why the Ravens wont up the guarantees. I think hes doing the right thing. Realistically, he will be tagged and will be playing on year to year extensions which of course is risky since he will be basically rented year to year until the Ravens stop tagging him which puts him at risk of injury concerns but I think hes doing the right thing. Bet on yourself Lamar!

  16. The NFL and the Browns set the bar. If the nfl will accept watson’s conteact and behavior, then all team-protecting nonsense like “offset language” and low ball guarantees should go out the window. Every player and agent should be out for blood in contract negotiations.

  17. kevpft says:
    September 14, 2022 at 8:20 pm
    The contract he was offered sounds generous and appropriate. He’s achieved less than Josh Allen yet is still the cornerstone of his team.

    When you think you’re too good for $133 million and all you’ve managed is one playoff win in four years, you’ve got a big sense of entitlement.

    ———
    Besides a few more playoff wins, how exactly is Allen more “accomplished” than Lamar? Neither have a SB win and only one of them have a league MVP and #1 ranking in NFL top 100. Lamar IS more accomplished than Allen. 🤷🏽‍♂️

  18. Right. Until the next game he throws 3 TD’s and tweets out something about “getting paid”.

  19. Good for the Ravens for staying put. They’ve offered an incredible offer that Jackson should’ve taken w/ open arms. The Watson numbers are ridiculously overblown and Jackson isn’t worth that much.

  20. And don’t anyone dare say anything but good things about “selfless” Lamar. Or his mom or ‘Al will be sure to admonish you.

  21. jamaltimore says:
    September 14, 2022 at 10:14 pm
    To quote the greatest middle linebacker of all time 52. Lamarvalous is pissed off for greatnesses! Fish Fry on Sunday at the Bank! Tua fish on the menu!

    ————————————————————————————–

    Hilarious comment, I could hear Ray Lewis’s voice as I read this.

  22. I’m a Steelers fan, but I dont get this.

    Lots of hate for a dude who plays football pretty well, and seems like a pretty good dude off the field and for his community.

    Who cares what this signs or how it happens.

  23. Dude literally said I’m done talking about it and then immediately after that another reporter asks him a questions about his contract. What an idiot.

  24. Fight it all you want. The sports world wants to know and won’t just go away because you are done talking about it. Now that there’s been reports of a contract left on the table, next year’s contract necessarily HAS to be better than 133million guaranteed or the kid made the wrong choice. And Jackson will need to have a career year to make his bet on himself pay off.

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