Ed Reed tells Lamar Jackson: Ravens are a business first, if you get hurt they’ll pay you less

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One of the greatest players in Ravens history is warning Lamar Jackson that he needs to take care of himself until the team has taken care of him contractually.

Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed told Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com that Jackson, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, should be focused primarily on keeping himself healthy until he has the long-term guaranteed contract he’s seeking.

“He’s just got to be smart,” Reed said. “I’m not telling him to play scared or anything because I don’t think he’s gonna do that, he hasn’t displayed that, but he has to be smart because it is a business and they will use that shit against you whether you like it or not. You can think these people love you. They’re showing their true colors right now. And it’s no shot at the Ravens because they are an organization that’s a business. It’s a business first. It’s the NFL and it’s football to the players and we love that, but it’s a business first to the league.”

Reed said that if Jackson puts his body on the line for the Ravens this season and gets injured, his reward will be a less lucrative contract offer when he hits free agency in March.

“Yeah, of course, they ain’t gonna pay you as much,” Reed said. “It’s a business, bro. I don’t know how else to tell you clearer than that.”

Reed said Jackson may need to change the way he plays to prioritize his own health heading into free agency, and Reed said he himself did that when he was in the midst of negotiating his second contract with the Ravens.

“Yes, I would change because I did change. When I went through situations with the Ravens, I was in the last year of my rookie contract and I knew I deserved more — I still know,” Reed said. “I was underpaid. It’s a business, man. You’ve got to understand that. You have to be smart about what you’re doing.”

Jackson doesn’t have an agent, and it’s unclear whose advice he’s listening to on contractual matters. He may want to listen to Reed, a great player who’s been there before.

55 responses to “Ed Reed tells Lamar Jackson: Ravens are a business first, if you get hurt they’ll pay you less

  1. Ravens were not going to overpay by giving him a guaranteed contract. They will negotiate again and worst case the Ravens franchise him 1-2 seasons. Unlike some organizations they aren’t going to sacrifice that much of their salary cap. Even for Lamar.

  2. Lamar is a really good QB, but isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Just listening to him in a press conference proves that. I very much doubt he is up to date with his contract law studies. His deal should have already been done and signed. Lamar needs an agent. End of Story!

  3. I’m sure Lamar has heard it all by now. He made his decision, let’s move on. If he happens to get that mythical career-ending injury and not get paid big money, too bad for him, but I don’t care that much. If he is no good to the Ravens, I don’t care whether he has 100 million in the bank or 2 bucks.

  4. Hes not wrong but hes not right.

    You really cant compare a 25 year old QB to a safety who was a bit older. Obviously a there is a level of injury that wrecks a career – everyone knew that. but recent history has shown young QBs get their money as long as they have fairly good potential to recover.

  5. I’m surprised to read that Jackson doesn’t have an agent. Or maybe I’m not surprised. That could be part of the problem. He’s representing himself and he’s got a fool for a client.

  6. The truth by Ed Reed! Some talk of tantrums right now (Brady/Dorsey) but I can only imagine the owner tantrums around the league when Haslam signed Watson to all of that guaranteed! If only we could see those moments as well.

  7. so while this is true for every organization in the nfl, if lamar cuts it back in order to protect his health and he starts losing or playing crappy the ravens arent going to pay him big bucks either. sounds like a lose lose situation.

  8. I hope LJ goes full Kirk Cousins on Baltimore and takes them for every dime he can. They made a very, very poor business decision by not paying him this summer. For a business first organization, they messed up

  9. pretty crazy to think just this past summer people on here were actually saying Derek Carr was a better QB than Jackson

  10. I admire Lamar for his position. No hold out. Balling out every week. As a former MVP and what he has won, he is a better QB than Watson.

  11. Jackson not having a professional agent, is idiotic. He’s a tremendous athlete, although personally, I’m not a fan of quarterbacks who disguise themselves as running backs on every other play. But let’s be honest here … I highly doubt Jackson would get an “A” in differential equations, or binomial distributions. He needs a professional agent to advise him. If he doesn’t know or think that, he’s delusional.

  12. Of course it is a business and they don’t want to pay a fully guaranteed deal. Its the same reason senior executive’s compensation is heavily performance based. You pay for results, not just to be present.

  13. I love these posters who called injuries ” mythical”. They should ask Joe Theismann or Alex Smith or Bo Jackson or Steve Young or etc etc about their “alleged” injuries. Perhaps these posters don’t have car or life insurance?

  14. Sooooooo players should treat it as a business too. Lamar has shown he is an extremely valuable player. He should hold out the remainder of the season until they pay him. Don’t put yourself and money at risk?

  15. Goes both ways, Ed. Look what you did to the Houston Texans. How many $millions did you milk them out of when you didn’t disclose your inability to play? Ed Reed is a business too.

    If Jaskson stays healthy, it’s a win-win if Baltimore (or any team) signs him. But was is the risk if he gets hurt soon after signing a guaranteed contract? Yes, it’s a business and the risk-factor has to be assessed.

    Is Watson’s deal a good one (a win-win for both parties)? We don’t know yet. But, the associated risk for Cleveland is extremely high and that’s why 31 other teams would have never made that deal. A business? Yes. Would you buy stock in a publicly traded Cleveland team??

  16. Reed is right. Or else he’ll get hurt scrambling like … Trey Lance this year and RG3 10 years ago I guess? … and not get hurt in the pocket like Tua, Mac Jones, Justin Herbert, and Dak Prescott all have in literally the past 3 weeks (not to mention Lamar himself last year).

  17. They made a very, very poor business decision by not paying him this summer.

    this is complete nonsense..apparently the ravens offered 5 yrs 250 mil with like 130 mil guaranteed. jackson is the one that turned it down, the ravens made a solid offer, but added in some protection for the team if he starts to decline. sounds smart to me

  18. riggo08 says:
    September 27, 2022 at 10:39 am
    Ravens were not going to overpay by giving him a guaranteed contract. They will negotiate again and worst case the Ravens franchise him 1-2 seasons. Unlike some organizations they aren’t going to sacrifice that much of their salary cap. Even for Lamar.
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    Unlike some organizations? Last season the Ravens paid LT Ronnie Stanley $23 million. They paid CB Marlon Humphrey $18 million. CB Marcus Peters was averaging $14 million a year.

  19. Ok Ed if he gets hurt Baltimore will pay less but will 31 other teams do the same? Don’t think so. He should’ve taken the deal that was offered, nobody will be giving him a fully guaranteed contract. The browns will be sold in a few years after flying j pulled that stunt with Watson, mark my words. Nobody is getting 5 years fully guaranteed, go to the nba if that’s what you’re looking for. I do believe am he does deserve to be paid from man annual standpoint the top qb in the league he has earned his place in line for that.

  20. There is a way for LJax to avoid putting his body at risk for the whole season and getting paid NOW for the MVP talent he has shown so far, but it requires both a reasonable approach and heavy-handed leverage. First, he will not get close to 100% guarantees, but he can seek substantially more guaranteed than what the Ravens offered, say 33% more, now. If they say no he can tell them he will stop running until the guarantees are higher. The Ravens can either stick with him on those terms, franchise him next year on those terms or let him go, and another team will be happy to pay him at that level or greater. I believe the Ravens will choose to pay the extra guarantees, but of course nowhere close to 100% guaranteed.

  21. Is it me or has the lack of an extension seemed to motivate him even more.

    He’s never played this well. Not even the MVP season.

    Maybe the Ravens organization know what they’re doing.

    And injury or not he has future generation changing wealth coming his way plus or minus a few mil. See Dak

  22. 1.agents are not necessary..any good lawyer with an understanding of sports could handle the negotiation at hourly rates which will save him millions2.I am not sure how many games he needs to play to be vested this year but he should advise the Ravens that he will attending to personal matters after that game

  23. The Raven’s have the advantage right now. Their last offer was excellent for Lamar. He just wanted more. He will ether perform and earn more this year or get franchised again. If the Ravens can’t come to terms with him they will simply maintain control while Lamar is franchised and trade him to someone who wants him and is willing to pony up a lot of draft picks. It’s just the nature of the system at this point.

  24. Goes both ways, Ed. Look what you did to the Houston Texans. How many $millions did you milk them out of when you didn’t disclose your inability to play? Ed Reed is a business too.

    If Jaskson stays healthy, it’s a win-win if Baltimore (or any team) signs him. But was is the risk if he gets hurt soon after signing a guaranteed contract? Yes, it’s a business and the risk-factor has to be assessed.

    Is Watson’s deal a good one (a win-win for both parties)? We don’t know yet. But, the associated risk for Cleveland is extremely high and that’s why 31 other teams would have never made that deal. A business? Yes. Would you buy stock in a publicly traded Cleveland team??

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    I agree with this statement above and it goes into detail about what Baltimore might have thought and the same thing with Lamar and the Ravens happened with Judge and the Yankees. I think the Ravens should also learn from the Yankees mistakes and now that he’s playing well offer him a contract now or you’ll be like the Yankees who are probably regretting not paying him now they have to give him more.

  25. Superstars do not need agents. The negotiation is simply pay me more than everybody else. Lamar Jackson is making 23 million this season which is more than enough to feed your family last time that I checked and even if he suffers a major injury (not a very rare career ender) or plays poorly he has shown enough throughout his career that someone will pay him millions of dollars to play football next year. He is not only the best player in football he has a LeBron James like business mind. Another thing for haters to hate.

  26. Any good company is going to pay an employee for future potential, not past performance. Any significant risk to future performance, like an injury, is going to reduce demand and lower any offer.

    In this case, Lamar received some good offers but it seems like he might want to hit the open market instead of accepting a competitive offer right now. So Lamar is assuming the risk of injury. If he can continue to play at his current level and make it through the season healthy then maybe he gets franchised. If the Ravens did there is zero chance they would franchise tag him a second time based on the cost, so I could see Lamar playing it out.

    I think he probably breaks the bank and leaves the Ravens in 2024 worst case.

    Best case, the Ravens pay him everything they can at the end of 2022.

  27. Did he expect it to be a charity? Baltimore is far shrewder than the Cardinals. Rightfully so.

  28. downeyrf says:
    September 27, 2022 at 11:41 am
    Sooooooo players should treat it as a business too. Lamar has shown he is an extremely valuable player. He should hold out the remainder of the season until they pay him. Don’t put yourself and money at risk?
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    Lamar makes over $1.3 mil for each game. That’s likely more than most of us here make in a lifetime. No play, no pay. Not likely he’s sitting out.

  29. It’s his right to bet on himself if he wants to. Lot of opinions on what he should do or what the team should pay him but if he wants to do the Cousins franchise tag dance that’s up to him and him alone. Time will tell if he made the right call.

  30. Did Ed tell Joe Flacco the same thing? I mean maybe Joe should have not played so hard and not won the Super Bowl that year? Lamarvalous doesn’t care what others think.

    Tired of all the drama just let the former MVP keep cooking.

  31. No teams other then the Browns are stupid enough to guarantee the kind of money LJ wants and destroy the future of a franchise if he has a career altering injury. A team is a business and it has other players that want to get paid and win. The best result is a compromise that makes sense. The NFL has a 100% injury rate, a large roster and limited games. Long term fully guaranteed deals are a recipe for disaster in the NFL business of otherwise.

  32. jamaltimore says:
    September 27, 2022 at 3:22 pm
    Did Ed tell Joe Flacco the same thing? I mean maybe Joe should have not played so hard and not won the Super Bowl that year? Lamarvalous doesn’t care what others think.

    Tired of all the drama just let the former MVP keep cooking.

    Excellent point – Nothing against Ed Reed, one of my favorite players of all time in Baltimore sports, but doubt he expressed the same sentiment when the unsigned Joe Flacco played his ass off to bring the Super Bowl home!

  33. I’m a Browns fan yet I love when people bet on themselves and then go out and deliver. Good for him.

  34. fantasyfootballstud says:
    September 27, 2022 at 10:39 am

    Lamar is a really good QB, but isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed. Just listening to him in a press conference proves that. I very much doubt he is up to date with his contract law studies. His deal should have already been done and signed. Lamar needs an agent. End of Story!
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    So, you can judge intelligence by the way someone talks? So much goes into the way a person speaks that has nothing to do with intelligence. And I know a few excellent speakers who are not very smart at all because of what I have to explain to them and my experiences with them. Bad theory, dude. Man, I swear. I’ve heard so many “firsts” with Lamar that I’ve never heard associated with any NFL player before. What is it about this guy that pushes so many peoples’ buttons??

  35. The price is only increasing and extensions for Joe Burrow, Justin Herbert etc are coming up. What if they get fully guaranteed deals without MVPs or superbowl wins? Burrow gets beat up more than Jackson and has had a major injury unlike Jackson. Bad business by a usually solid Franchise.

  36. Questioning the intelligence of someone you’ve never met sounds extremely unfair. Judging people by the way they talk is also extremely unfair. There’s nothing that Lamar says that people can’t understand. He’s smart enough to understand his value as an athlete and obviously smart enough to be the face of an NFL franchise. NFL contract’s aren’t that hard to negotiate. There are market standards and you can base your worth off of that. It’s not rocket science. Superstars don’t need agents.

  37. mjkwarch says:
    September 27, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Definitely not the year to play hurt or dinged up. Rooting for him.

    I do not believe that Lamar Jackson will soft play it. If he can play…he is going to play. That just seems to be the kind of man he is. He is doing this differently than perhaps 99% of the people would. I admire him for that. I am hoping that he is more successful than he has ever been, survives the next two franchise years and makes it to the open market. If Cousins could score a fully guaranteed contract then I cannot even imagine what Lamar Jackson can. I want to see it.

  38. BuckyBadger says:
    September 27, 2022 at 10:52 am
    That a truth that fans don’t want to understand here.
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    And what might that be? That the league is a business and will offer less money to an injured player? The Ravens obligations are to the Baltimore Ravens, not Lamar Jackson. If he were to suffer a serious injury (god forbid) that could potentially diminish his ability to create explosive run plays, he would be half of the player he is now. Why on earth would the Ravens organization pay him what’s on the table now, or more, when he’s half of the player he was when they made the offer? Doing so would make it so much harder for the organization to win and it would be a slap in the face to the players, coaches, execs who devote so much of their time and energy into winning…not to mention the fans who are expected to buy tickets and merchandise. That is a truth that some fans here don’t want to understand.

  39. Apparently, the Ravens forgot history. They got burned not paying Joe Flacco what he wanted.

    The further he takes them, the more they’ll be paying down the road.

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