Lamar Jackson sends possible message to Ravens on social media

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Last week, things seemed to come to a head between the Ravens and quarterback Lamar Jackson. As the offseason officially commences in Baltimore, Jackson may be ready to continue to apply pressure to the pimple that has festered on the forehead of player and team.

“When you have something good,” Jackson posted on his Instagram story, “you don’t play with it. You don’t take chances losing it. You don’t neglect it. When you have something good, you pour into it. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good thing takes care of you too.”

The comment will be interpreted as a message to the Ravens. In 2022, they refused to give him a five-year, fully-guaranteed contract. More recently, a sense of exasperation from the organization has emerged regarding his unwillingness to play in the postseason with a PCL sprain.

Jackson seemingly has tiptoed around doing anything over the past two years that would paint him as the bad guy. If the Ravens are going to subtly characterize him that way (and/or fail to push back on the efforts of outside voices to do so), he might as well embrace the role and do what Deshaun Watson did as one of the various steps on his path to a five-year, fully-guaranteed deal from the Browns — make it clear he’s done playing for his current team.

That could indeed happen in the coming weeks. All options are on the table, starting with a renewed effort to work out a long-term deal. Given that the two sides could make no progress when the relationship was strong, it’s hard to imagine a deal getting done at a time when things feel tense and dysfunctional.

The question then becomes whether the Ravens will apply the non-exclusive franchise tag, opening the door to negotiations between Lamar and other teams, and quite possibly an offer sheet or a trade.

170 responses to “Lamar Jackson sends possible message to Ravens on social media

  1. Easy to say from the cheap RB who won’t pay for a real agent and won’t be responsible for paying a busted player with bad knees who can’t throw from the pocket

  2. Wise words!
    The Ravens NEED to get themselves a GOOD QB and not play around with a passing running back…

  3. Wow. Jackson is good, but if I am the Ravens, I am asking myself is he that good that he is worth all this hassle and difficulty. Same question for Green Bay.

  4. Sometimes you have to say “How much is enough?” If you can’t take care of generations of your family with $150 guaranteed, you need a new financial adviser or a new family.

  5. This dude is beyond a head case, there’s no way the Ravens can continue down this path with Lamar being so passive-aggressive and no meaningful way to get through to him.

  6. Pretty sure he walked away from 250 million, 130 guaranteed. Not exactly victim type situation here.

  7. Lamar doesn’t want to negotiate. He wants to hold the team hostage. What he doesn’t want to do is to be seen as the bad guy so he’s doing his best to force the team to give him what he wants without publicly saying that it’s his way or the highway.

  8. If the Ravens are smart they’ll trade Jackson and use the money they would have given him and build the team around Huntley. And then draft a young QB to back up Huntley.

  9. I don’t care how talented Lamar is,…. Cut Bait. He will continue to be a headache that tylenol will never relieve.

  10. Gosh I am a manchild playing games on social media.

    Realistically the ravens have throw away a championship caliber kicker and defense playing with this guy. Convert back to a pocket passing offense and go win something already.

  11. The Ravens should do whatever they can to move on from this guy. He will cripple their cap for the next 5 years. Let a dysfunctional team (the Browns would be perfect but they already screwed up)pay him to sit on the sidelines injured. The Ravens aren’t stupid, they will maneuver a way out of this for a decent return.

  12. The Ravens are a well run organization, there’s no way they are going to give him a full guarantee contract, especially to an injured prone player, Honestly I doubt any Team will do it.

  13. “You don’t take chances losing it”. Isn’t that exactly what he did by passing on a new contract? Then getting injured and now butt hurt because he made a mess of it.

  14. Wild how many people there are in the comments, carrying water for cheap billionaires who see humans as expendable. I hope Lamar gets every penny he can.

  15. Players typically don’t get too upset about other players holding out for money. They know it’s a business. How will they feel if Jackson keeps hinting that he would have played if he had a contract? Sitting out a playoff game is something else entirely, he’ll be smart to never imply that’s what he did.

  16. Could Lamar have played this any worse? Have two horrible seasons in a row. Have two serious injuries in a row. Quit on his team and refuse to play in the playoffs. And he’s still the same QB who can’t throw, read defenses, or handle pressure. He’s gotten worse every year since 2019- fact. And he thinks the Ravens owe him something? Wow. What a mess he is.

  17. I think Lamar deserves a large contract with substantial guarantees, but there is ZERO chance I’d pay him a 5 year fully guaranteed contract. Just because the Browns set an insanely stupid bar for QB’s, it doesn’t mean that every other franchise now has to follow suit. It’s perfectly okay to leave the Browns out on an island by themselves with their stupid 5 yr fully guaranteed contract. There is no need for other franchises to feel compelled to join them. I say let him walk and let him be the “Deshaun Watson” to some other team if they are dumb enough to be willing to do that.

  18. Lamar 1-3 in the playoffs. Man up, take a normal contact from the Ravens and if you win a Super Bowl let that trigger more guaranteed money in your contract. You don’t deserve Deshaun Watson guarantees, Browns had to do that because otherwise they had no chance to get him and so far it looks like a poor decision. MVP in the regular season is the regular season, we only care about rings.

  19. The Runner playing QB….quit on his team, or was really hurt bad enough to not play? The one who thinks he (foolishly) has the Legal background to represent himself and now two years back to back where the last 1/4 of the season he was hurt. Ravens would be Asinine to offer a heavily guaranteed contract.

  20. A 5 year guaranteed contract is absurd. He woont even last 5 more years. He couldnt even finish the season the last 2 years. Its just nuts that 5 years guaranteed is his line in the sand. He wont get that from anybody, well one idiot team would if they could. Good job Browns.

  21. Millionaire athletes acting like aggrieved teenagers by making these passive aggressive social media statements is just the worst. They should be embarrassed that this is how they try and make their points. Be an adult and just say what you want to say!

  22. “When you have something good,” Jackson posted on his Instagram story, “you don’t play with it. You don’t take chances losing it. You don’t neglect it. When you have something good, you pour into it. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good thing takes care of you too.” —– Did Lamar Jackson just posy Taylor Swift lyrics?

  23. Don’t do it Baltimore. I don’t have anything against fully guaranteed contracts themselves, but I hate the hostage taking, greedy attitudes that come with it. Jackson’s current injury may be bad enough to have kept him off the field, but I think he’s also using it and he didnt just hold out of camp or the pre-season…he held out for the playoffs. I don’t think Jackson is worth being overpaid and the team sacrificing so much guaranteed money that it keeps them from adequately bringing in high-quality players to put around him. That actually goes for any QB on any team. You over pay the QB and can’t put a good enough o-line in front of him just doesn’t make good business sense, to me. Also, let’s face it, Jackson’s style and history isn’t good when talking about injury risk.

  24. I’m going to side with Lamar in the grand scheme, because I think fans should typically side with the guys who actually put the product on the field that entertains us every week, and the guys who have a short window and need to maximize their value…over the owners who practically print money over the course of decades, and whom we know are typically not particularly likeable people.

    That said, Lamar is still being a baby with the social media posts. If you want to move on, just move on man. Go get paid and try to prove the Ravens wrong, on the field.

  25. No one seems to complain when college players take themselves out of bowl games when it’s in their financial interests. So why complain here?

    The NFL’s salary system with lots of non-guaranteed money creates these incentives. Good for Jackson, I say, and I hope more players sit out important games when an injury is an issue.

  26. I agree that he needs an experienced agent.

    His PR skills are killing him. This is not just ticking off management, but his teammates as well.

    This has become toxic at this point. Will this guy be accepted back in the locker room?

    I’m assuming that they will tag him and explore other options.

  27. He’ll be fine. Holding his team hostage because he thought he was worth top 3 QB money and turning down a more than reasonable contract offer from the team that drafted him totally worked for Baker Mayfield right?

    I mean it’s not like his coach has Super Bowl wins with other QB’s on his resume to where he’s replaceable or anything.

  28. I said it before and I’ll say it again, LJ is a TREMENDOUS athlete.
    If there’s one thing athletic, running NFL QB’s are good at, it’s getting injured and getting old way before their time.
    Raven’s were smart here, he wanted a 200+ million long term contract, not gonna happen.
    He’ll likely play somewhere on a 1-2 year franchise tag if he gets healthy.
    He’ll also be out of the NFL in the next 2-3 years,
    So sad, what a talent who has now opened his mouth and likely be looked at as a malcontent .

  29. No way am I giving this guy a guaranteed contract. I’m not giving him anything I can’t get out of at any point. He’s an injury rusk as well due to his style of play. LJ messed up by not taking what was offered last summer. He turned down generational wealth.

  30. These kind of cryptic comments don’t benefit anyone. Get an agent and conduct business like an adult.

  31. it’s hard to believe there are owners out there who will give a guaranteed contract to a QB who misses a playoff game with a knee sprain, but it will happen, and he will become the highest paid player in league history

  32. Non-exclusive tag may be the best thing because it will show both sides what his value is to the rest of the league. My personal opinion is that Lamar is overplaying his hand, but let the market show him that is the case.
    If the Ravens learn that there is a major market for Lamar, then they have to decide if building around Huntley is feasible.
    With an offseason to plan around Huntley’s strengths and weaknesses, I think they would do very well to move on if they find Lamar is more accurate in his value than they are.

  33. Ravens decided to be tight with their wallet, and risking alienation of their starter is a consequence of that. Respect Baltimore for having their price and sticking to it, but respect for Lamar, too, for protecting his career at the critical point. If he caved to emotional pressure and got hurt, all he’d is an “atta boy” and a pat on the back. It’s just smarter to be selfish until you have guarantees and financial security.

  34. Sure guessed that one right, he would come out of the woodwork one day after the Ravens were done. I didnt think there was any serious situation with his knee and I also guess that he decieded not to travel with the team. If they told him to stay home then its not going to work out is it.

  35. Yep, he posts on social media while his teammates get ready to clear their lockers after a difficult playoff loss that could have been a win with better execution and clock management. What a guy …

  36. Wonder if the good ol union wont get all involved if the Ravens refuse a guaranteed contract and no one else offers one either. Word on this web site is the owners learned from some of these deals that went sour and are colluding to prevent gauranteed money.

  37. It’s amazing how quickly people turn on players. If they wouldn’t give him the contract he wanted then why should he take a risk of ending his career by playing on an injured knee. If he played and tore his ACL do you think he would be getting paid next year? A 5 year guarantee was the going deal for a guy of his stature. The Ravens caused this issue and now they are making him look bad. Fully agree he should get an agent, but that’s the only dumb thing that Lamar is doing.

  38. YTimK says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:58 am
    Wild how many people there are in the comments, carrying water for cheap billionaires who see humans as expendable. I hope Lamar gets every penny he can.
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    I’m not “carrying water” for a billionaire, but I’m certainly not going to carry water for a temperamental multi-millionaire either.

  39. Lamar is playing dangerous game burning bridges. I dont think theres a team in the NFL who will give him the fully guaranteed contract he reportedly wants. Maybe the Jets are desperate enough, but we are talking about a contract that plain doesnt happen in the NFL. Further he has ended the last two seasons hurt. I think the Ravens play may be to tag and trade.

  40. Jackson is starting to sound like a guy in Arizona that just ruined his team. The head case QB is almost always a disaster. If any one position on an NFL needs a mature leader, everyone knows it. There have been several good examples in the past of average NFL quarterbacks that seemed to Will their teams to victory after victory. They certainly were not selfish immature head cases. Not saying Lamar is that, but he is sowing the seeds of doubt. The grass in not greener on the other side. Baltimore is very well run over the last 1/4 Century.

  41. When you have something good,” Jackson posted on his Instagram story, “you don’t play with it. You don’t take chances losing it. You don’t neglect it. When you have something good, you pour into it. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good thing takes care of you too.”

    This comment could also be from the rehab staff if the multiple reports are accurate

  42. Ravens have a right to pay him what is best for the organization. Lamar Jackson has a right to not get on the field quickly after a grade 2 MCL sprain. Knee injuries are the # 1 career killer in the NFL. Exactly much negotiation leverage would the Owner have if he tore ligaments in his knee? THe answer is ALL the leverage. All. So we fans are angry at the player for “quitting on the team” but the truth is, business decisions are being made by both player and team. I’m sure his agent told him “don’t risk it and lose your leverage”.

  43. Does he mean the organization that drafted him and then built an offense just for him? He could have been drafted by a team that was not going to create an offense for him

  44. twilightzone says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:58 am
    I think Lamar deserves a large contract with substantial guarantees, but there is ZERO chance I’d pay him a 5 year fully guaranteed contract. Just because the Browns set an insanely stupid bar for QB’s, it doesn’t mean that every other franchise now has to follow suit. It’s perfectly okay to leave the Browns out on an island by themselves with their stupid 5 yr fully guaranteed contract. There is no need for other franchises to feel compelled to join them. I say let him walk and let him be the “Deshaun Watson” to some other team if they are dumb enough to be willing to do that.

    ———–

    Legalizing gambling is making the pie much, much bigger. Everyone is going to get this kind of money. Whatever deal you can make now is going to look like nothing in 5 years. Always better to make a deal as soon as you can with all the expected growth.

  45. It’s not a question of talent. It’s about availability and longevity. Why pay a quarterback who can’t suit up for the most important games? Lamar Jackson is obviously approaching his expiration date, and any team committing mega millions to him over the next six or seven years will undoubtedly regret it.

  46. I agree with him 100% . Ravens caused this by making him the focal point of their offense. That being the case he deserves to be well compensated. Denver made the same mistake early in Elway’s career but finally gave him talent around him late in his career and he began winning titles.

  47. Most running quarterbacks reach the point fairly early in their careers when the injuries begin to catch up with them. As much as it pains me to say, I believe this is where Lamar is heading at this point in his career. As dynamic as he can be, I don’t think giving him huge guaranteed contract is a smart move for the organization. Tag him, trade him and take the massive haul of draft picks he will bring, then move on.

  48. Mike, we need to see how this plays out. You wrote last week about Roquan Smith’s contract and Eric DeCosta’s willingness to negotiate in good faith with a player representing himself. You need to do the same with Lamar Jackson. EDC will jump start contract negotiations soon and we’ll see how it goes. But all of this is about guaranteed money and always has been. If Jackson had lowered his demands earlier this year we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

    BUT….If Lamar is still demanding a F.G.C., the Ravens might as well start shopping him around as soon as possible.

  49. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:55 am
    If the Ravens are smart they’ll trade Jackson and use the money they would have given him and build the team around Huntley. And then draft a young QB to back up Huntley.

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    Good idea if they never want to win a Super Bowl.

    If you let go of Lamar, another team is going to pay him and win a lot of games. Whatever parts they could get for Lamar still leaves them with a mediocre QB unless they get lucky in the draft.

    It’s only Money. Pay the guy and move on.

  50. His main tool (his legs) kept him out of the last 6 games and he missed the playoffs. Of course we want to sign him to a guaranteed 5-yeard contract! That was sarcasm by the way.

  51. I foresee Jackson going to a different team in 2023 on a more realistic contract. One that will allow the team to bench or release him when he inevitably tanks.

  52. I’m not a Ravens fan but seeing the Ravens with Lamar and with Huntley twice a year I’d tell the Ravens front office not to let Lamar hold them hostage. 1. If he was able to play last night and didn’t that shows he’s a me first guy not a team player 2. Huntley. Is a more complete qb he may not be as good at running as Lamar but he’s a better passer.

  53. Lamar is a legend in his own mind. According to Peter King on FMIA, Lamar missed 12.5 out of a potential 35 games over the last two years – a full third. Why give a long term fully guaranteed contract to a guy who can’t stay on the field? A guy who for the past two years has missed the last month of the season, when, arguably, the team needs him most. That’s not the definition of a franchise QB. It seems to indicate that Lamar doesn’t have the durability needed to be the long term answer at QB for the Ravens. I’m not a Ravens fan, but the organization is no-nonsense and well-run. They need to trade this guy because they are never going to get Lamar to accept anything other than what he wants, and he doesn’t have an agent that will talk sense to him. If they tag him, the contract problem remains and they are paying him between $30-45 MILLION dollars for him to get injured in December. Trade him and put an end to these cutsey passive aggressive social media games.

  54. Wow! The hate for Lamar is unreal here! If Baltimore doesn’t sign him he’ll be signed within 3 hours of being a free agent. Guy is an amazing talent. My advice is for him to stay with Harbaugh…he’s a great coach who can utilize Lamar’s talents the best.

  55. Hey Lamar, ever hear of a guy named Latrell Spreewell?

    Give him a call and see how he’s doing….

  56. What a headache this guy is. He’s had 2 good seasons, which were also the only seasons he wasn’t hurt (much). He insists on being his own agent, yet can’t reach an agreement with the Ravens because he insists he should get a fully guaranteed contract. And now he’s quit on his teammates, which is made pretty clear from his social media posts. He is a tremendous athlete, and is beyond stupid. Ravens should trade this guy for whatever they can get for him and draft someone who wants to be there.

  57. nflfan51 says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:19 am
    Does he mean the organization that drafted him and then built an offense just for him? He could have been drafted by a team that was not going to create an offense for him

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    The NFL is transactional. Lamar doesn’t owe the Ravens a thing. The ravens built an offense around him because they want to win football games. They didn’t do it for Lamar.

    It’s easy to sell a story to the fans that a player is being selfish by sitting out, but ultimately it’s a business. The player has to protect themselves.

    If Lamar had gotten paid it is highly likely the Ravens would be keeping him out to protect their investment and their messaging would be completely different.

  58. If this was a case of him staying out of camp and not reporting it would be a different story. That’s become a rather common thing nowadays. But to not show up leading up to the playoffs and then in fact stay out of the playoffs, who does he think he’s hurting? Just the team? What about the players, his teammates?

    This comment from him is feeding right into the thought of many that his contract was the overall reason of him calling it quits more so than unable of giving it a try.

  59. What a mess…

    Ravens need a QB, but with this ’22 season in tatters signing Jackson, for even just next year, looks to be a bridge too far.

  60. tnpatsfan says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:30 am
    Lamar is a legend in his own mind. According to Peter King on FMIA, Lamar missed 12.5 out of a potential 35 games over the last two years – a full third. Why give a long term fully guaranteed contract to a guy who can’t stay on the field? A guy who for the past two years has missed the last month of the season, when, arguably, the team needs him most. That’s not the definition of a franchise QB. It seems to indicate that Lamar doesn’t have the durability needed to be the long term answer at QB for the Ravens. I’m not a Ravens fan, but the organization is no-nonsense and well-run. They need to trade this guy because they are never going to get Lamar to accept anything other than what he wants, and he doesn’t have an agent that will talk sense to him. If they tag him, the contract problem remains and they are paying him between $30-45 MILLION dollars for him to get injured in December. Trade him and put an end to these cutsey passive aggressive social media games.

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    It is a point that his availability could impact his pay, but teams should also design offenses that keep their QB’s on the field.

    Mahomes scrambles a lot but rarely takes hits. The Ravens offense could be adjusted so Lamar doesn’t run as much as he does currently.

    In any case, finding special players at the QB position is tough. Most teams can’t find a guy at all. Letting Lamar go very likely will lead to 10 years of losing. I don’t think it’s smart. Take a chance on him. The money won’t matter. In a few years whatever you pay him won’t look like much.

  61. Lamar Jackson completely over played his “hand” and will be lucky to get ANY contract from Baltimore. He should have taken their last offer. It’s was more than he is showing he is actually worth. I can’t believe he really thinks he has much leverage here. But then again, he’s not the sharpest tool in the she. On the sharpness scale, Lamar can’t cut room temperature butter!

  62. Ron Jull says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:44 am
    Lamar , lol

    Always a good laugh when a running back wants quarterback money.

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    There are quite a few comments like that on here. Lamar is a MVP winning QB. Saying he is a running back is intended to be demeaning.

  63. pioniere says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:36 am
    What a headache this guy is. He’s had 2 good seasons, which were also the only seasons he wasn’t hurt (much). He insists on being his own agent, yet can’t reach an agreement with the Ravens because he insists he should get a fully guaranteed contract. And now he’s quit on his teammates, which is made pretty clear from his social media posts. He is a tremendous athlete, and is beyond stupid. Ravens should trade this guy for whatever they can get for him and draft someone who wants to be there.

    —————

    The exact narrative that the Ravens want you to believe so they can sign him cheaper.

  64. The Ravens need to slap him with the non-exclusive tag – and then hope someone else takes him.

  65. Scott Baily says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:31 am

    Wow! The hate for Lamar is unreal here! If Baltimore doesn’t sign him he’ll be signed within 3 hours of being a free agent. Guy is an amazing talent. My advice is for him to stay with Harbaugh…he’s a great coach who can utilize Lamar’s talents the best.
    ____________________

    Agree 100%. At least 4 teams would hand Lamar 200 mil guaranteed. QB is king in the NFL. Prescott shredded his leg, Kyler doesn’t study and we all know about Watson. These guys get paid regardless and playoff record is not a thing. See Staffing, Cousins, the list goes on.

  66. tiredofcowards says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:25 am
    I foresee Jackson going to a different team in 2023 on a more realistic contract. One that will allow the team to bench or release him when he inevitably tanks.

    ————–

    So many teams have QB problems. He will be scooped up in one second in a huge deal.

  67. Ravens have a right to pay him what is best for the organization. Lamar Jackson has a right to not get on the field quickly after a grade 2 MCL sprain. Knee injuries are the # 1 career killer in the NFL. Exactly much negotiation leverage would the Owner have if he tore ligaments in his knee? THe answer is ALL the leverage. All. So we fans are angry at the player for “quitting on the team” but the truth is, business decisions are being made by both player and team. I’m sure his agent told him “don’t risk it and lose your leverage”. So much wrong with this take I don’t have the time to address it, so I’ll just stick to 2 points 1) It’s a PCL strain not MCL (less severe) 2) He doesn’t have an agent, which is the point 90% of the posters have been commenting on. C’mon Man !

  68. Jackson is an awesome athlete, doubt anyone would argue that. His main weapon unfortunately isn’t his arm. That’s a fact. If I’m the Ravens I franchise tag him and try and trade him and let him see just how many teams won’t bet on his legs. The difference between a guy like him and Josh Allen is that if Allen loses his running ability some, he’ll still be able to use his arm. Imagine how dangerous Jackson would be if he was a throw first QB. Odds are not on Jackson’s side, he must face that fact.

  69. Lamar is doing a lot of damage to himself by talking/ posting on s/media.
    Other teams are watching as well and they won’t want to deal a personality like that.
    We all know, saw and heard about his injury. Should just stick to being injured and be quiet and talk to the front office behind closed doors. I mean..be a pro bru

  70. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:55 am
    If the Ravens are smart they’ll trade Jackson and use the money they would have given him and build the team around Huntley. And then draft a young QB to back up Huntley.

    ————–

    Huntley has proven that he’s not a starter! Get over that thought.
    Maybe Jackson is talking what a good thing he has in Balt!

  71. If the Ravens don’t want him, let him go. Don’t tag him so you can “get value” for something that doesn’t belong to you. Why would he sign a tag and help a team that didn’t value him.

  72. The Ravens made a business decision when they chose not to give him a five-year fully guaranteed contract and it was affecting their season as he was making a business decision when he decided not to play injured. That was the risk and everybody knew about it, so what is the fuss about it now. He will either end up signing with them and they will have to try again next time or he will go somewhere else and Baltimore will get two draft picks for the franchise tag. Move on! We have playoff football to care about now. There will be enough time to talk about the drama with all the unsettled QB situations in the offseason. Lamar, Aaron, Tom will be all the talk once the dust has settled on the season. We‘ll also get some Aaron Donald on top, but right now I just care about the games that are played and the players in the games.

  73. firedog784 says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:40 am
    If this was a case of him staying out of camp and not reporting it would be a different story. That’s become a rather common thing nowadays. But to not show up leading up to the playoffs and then in fact stay out of the playoffs, who does he think he’s hurting? Just the team? What about the players, his teammates?

    This comment from him is feeding right into the thought of many that his contract was the overall reason of him calling it quits more so than unable of giving it a try.

    —————

    Of course the contract is part of the reason. What protection did he have if he gave it a try and suffered an injury that cost him an entire year? If his contract was in place he would have been much more likely to try and play.

    Listen to what RG3 says about it. Lets not forget he was considered at the same level of Andrew Luck when he was drafted. How did it help him to play in that playoff game in the end? It probably cost him like 50 million dollars.

  74. Jackson is a head case. He should hire Antonio Brown as his agent. They both have elevated impressions on what they are worth!

  75. Just try and trade him you won’t get much if he were a free agent he wouldn’t get much at least not what he thinks he’s worth . Running QB’s with slightly above average passing skills don’t last long he is now damaged goods who when he returns will 100 % soon get damaged again .
    Some say run him less sure that’d help but that is his best skill so now he’s worth less whoever signs him ( 3yr 105m is fair not one penny more ) will no doubt be disappointed .

  76. I understand Lamar protecting himself from injury without the long-term commitment, but did he turn down a good contract and put himself in this situation? The Browns and DeShaun Watson contract was a different circumstance altogether although it left everyone scratching their heads as to why you want to reward someone with Watson’s situation with a fully guaranteed contract that is unheard of. Logically, you would think players like Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and Burrow that play at another level of commitment would be rewarded with a fully guaranteed contract, but the Watson contract is an anomaly; a QB with questionable ethics and commitment was rewarded a fully guaranteed contract that great QBs do not even receive.

  77. Comparing tape of Lamar’s last couple playoff games with Ravens last night – the only difference is it was a much closer loss this time around, and the loss can be traced to one critical mistake by the QB – instead of having several bad decisions/picks to choose from. Bad timing for Lamar to go all DeShaun; he won’t find a more patient or interested club for his services.

  78. Lamar Jackson is not reading the tea leaves correctly. He is expecting DeShaun Watson’s contract, which is viewed as the Browns making a poor and desperate decision, to be the starting point. Lamar is insulting the Raven’s GM and management’s intelligent out the gate by believing his management would make the same poor choice that the Brown’s made.

  79. As they say, anyone who represents themselves has a fool for a client. Or something like that…

  80. Did Lamar just make himself into a bad guy with the fans by not playing? I don’t know the answer or seen/read any articles on fan’s reaction. It seems by the information available before the game that other players who suffered this same injury in the past, played with the same or less recovery time. So, if Lamar is viewed as healthy enough to play, then he basically didn’t play in the playoffs and for the fans and fulfill his current contract obligation. I am a distant observer and not a doctor and don’t know true condition of Lamar’s PCL, but as a distant observer, if I were a fan, I would be struggling to have an empathy toward Lamaar demanding waaaay too much in the beginning of the season and now missing playoff games because the Raven’s didn’t overspend in the beginning of the season. I would not pay for that type of commitment.

  81. Nice, so he quit on his team, faked an injury to avoid playing, maybe they could have won if he played but now their season is over. And he thinks this is going to get the Ravens to give him more money? NFL GMs arent stupid (with a few exceptions) and so do you think smart GMs are clamoring to sign this guy after seeing what he did to the Ravens?? So basically what I’m saying is welcome to Indianapolis, Lamar

  82. He’s got LeVeon Bell disease waaaaaay worse than LeVeon had it. This is past the point of fixing. It doesn’t even matter if you give him the transition tag and no one offers him what he wants and he signs the tag.

    You can’t let that guy back in your locker room. He’s cancer.

  83. More trouble than he’s worth. They still lose that game even if he plays so the aftermath of the game is a lousy time to put out a message like that.

  84. They almost won with Huntley, Lamar. You’ve done nothing in the playoffs. Let him walk.

  85. If I’m a Ravens fan, I want him gone. Guy is 1-3 in the playoffs and bailed on his team this year.

    As a Steelers fan, I love the dysfunction.

  86. I understand wanting to get paid, but outside of Baltimore…what is the market for a running QB. I think escapability is important, but running QBs cannot stay healthy.

  87. The typical me me me self entitled self important self absorbed that way too many NFL players have become. Let him go show some guts.

  88. Lamar isn’t worth the $$$, not sure how you can cut it anyway else.

    Get an actual QB with actual QB accuracy and Ravens become a consistent contender again

  89. Whose gonna pay a qb who’s missed a portion of the past two seasons a guaranteed 250 million bucks????

    Leave it too the Browns!

  90. Watson’s contract sets a new baseline, why should Jackson accept anything less from the Ravens?

  91. Lamar, you DO have something good with the Ravens, don’t play with it, don”t neglect it, don’t take chances of losing it. Take care of that something good!

  92. I read it as Lamar is getting nervous. He is trying to rile the fan base to support him. Ravens lost and they can not win without him. He is trying to get the fans to pressure the team to give him what he wants.

  93. Marcus Mariota was ridiculed because he quit on the team.. yet talking heads will probably defend LJ because you deserves the money bullcrap …

    *jerruhjones says:
    January 16, 2023 at 10:54 am
    No one is going to give a 200+ million guaranteed contract to a RB with a bad knee.*

    Unfortunately there’s teams like the browns out there that that’s the only way they can get people to come do their terrible city is to pay him $250 million.

  94. Getting Kyler Murray vibes here: focus on money, less than stellar performances, work ethic issues, injury issues, and a sense of sulkiness – although I’m sure Lamar does his playbook homework. Headaches ahead.

  95. Why would any team want this guy. He is like TO level crazy, but TO would go out there and ball, while LJ stays on the bench. No way this guy is a Raven next year unless it is on a highly reduced contract.

  96. Lamar Jackson is a cancer to the Ravens team. Not in the same way that Aaron Rodgers is, but there are different kinds of cancer and none are good. Jackson is already alienating teammates and will continue to do so with these stupid moves. Baltimore is better off by getting rid of him.

  97. Maybe Lamar should follow his own advice and consider treating the Ravens, the team that showed confidence in him and made him a first round draft pick when literally everyone else passed on him has adjusted their whole offense to his skill set.
    “When you have something good you don’t play with it. You don’t take chances losing it. You don’t neglect it. When you have something good, you pour into it. You appreciate it. Because when you take care of something good, that good thing takes care of you too.”

  98. BayAreaBrownsBacker says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:18 am
    Ravens have a right to pay him what is best for the organization. Lamar Jackson has a right to not get on the field quickly after a grade 2 MCL sprain. Knee injuries are the # 1 career killer in the NFL. Exactly much negotiation leverage would the Owner have if he tore ligaments in his knee? THe answer is ALL the leverage. All. So we fans are angry at the player for “quitting on the team” but the truth is, business decisions are being made by both player and team. I’m sure his agent told him “don’t risk it and lose your leverage”.

    An I’m sure his teammates are impressed with his business decision, since it potentially affected their ability to go to the Super Bowl. I’m not saying Lamar would have gotten them there, I’m saying he wasn’t there for the team.
    All this could have been prevented had Lamar signed the very generous offer presented last year by the Ravens. Instead he wanted the duplicate of an outlier contract and that’s just not likely to happen.
    As for social media – since when did the NFL have so many 13 year olds playing in the league? Be a man and negotiate like a man, not through cryptic messages.

  99. I thought that Lamar was built in a different way. He seemed like a winner. Someone who would handle their business and not let things get in the way. This year, and now with this post, I feel he is more Kyler Murray than anything else.

  100. This is not about the Ravens being cheap. They offered him a massive contract before the season began. LJ turned it down because he wants the entire contract guaranteed. The only player with a contract like that is Deshaun Watson because the Browns are a poorly ran organization and are desperate for relevance. The Ravens are willing to pay him top dollar, but they are not a poorly ran, desperate franchise. They are not going to give a bad contract. LJ can do as he pleases, but he is not helping his career by negotiating through social media. It makes him look like Antonio Brown. He needs an agent who will give him wise counseling. If he had a good agent, he would probably be signed right now on a contract that both sides could be happy with.

  101. Lamar’s legs>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> arm>brain.
    You may have thought sitting out was a great idea. But you failed to realize teams now view your legs as less an asset than they were. And commitment to a team even less.

  102. Jackson is a “ME” – guy. He is immature, and he loves the attention. The other huge element here is his repeated ineffective playoff performances against good teams when it counts. Ravens would do well to keep doing what they just did. Sign key highl level players like Roquan. Jackson is too one dimensional and they will not smell a super bowl with him at QB.

  103. Lamar could have played but he’s too worried about his long future. I know I would be but he’s asking way more guaranteed money than he should have. He’s been hurt the past two years and I don’t think this will change. Good for the Ravens for not giving him a wild guarantee.
    Lamar, hit the road and well see how long you last.

  104. Lamar not being on the sidelines with his team tells me all about the character of that young man. Also when you represent yourself, you have an idiot as a client! If I’m the Ravens, I’m moving on!

  105. To the NFL, the Ravens and the other 31 teams, Lamar is a gnat on an elephant’s backside. The league, the Ravens and every other team will do just fine without Lamar. How will Lamar do with them?

  106. One last thing. I don’t think Jackson has any other intention outside of going the Kirk Cousins route. He wants that free agency. They offered him huge money.

  107. I’m not a Ravens fan, and I don’t begrudge LJ his right to earn every dollar he can, but most fans don’t side with owners or players; they side with what is best for their team. In other words, what is the best team you can build within the parameters of the salary cap. When a player is signed to a fully guaranteed deal that is going to negatively affect the roster in other areas. There is no way to lower cap charges like there is with bonus’ throughout the life of the contract. If there is no negative affect on the cap I couldn’t care less what the player gets. In this case there is also the fact that this player makes a higher percentage of plays with his legs than his arm, has not been able to take the team deep into the playoffs playing that way and is now having knee problems that have taken him out of the lineup for almost a 3rd of the past two seasons. If I’m the Ravens or a Ravens fan not only do I not want Jackson to be given a fully guaranteed deal, but I’m questioning the wisdom in a long term deal period. If he is willing to play under the FT and stays healthy next season, we can revisit a long term deal but at this point in time Jackson is a massive gamble on a long term deal.

  108. I guess this how a millennial negotiates a $250 million deal when he has no agent. What a dope.

  109. Franchises do not have to mimic other franchises contractual stupidity.

    Bad sign when an x-player calls out Lamar.

  110. Lamar Jackson seems to be a real head case. He quit on his team and won’t be in Baltimore next year

  111. I hope Baltimore sets the precedent of not caving into these primadonnas who air their grievances on social media when they’re wanting to negotiate their contracts.
    Kyler Murphy did it and now Jackson is doing it. Baltimore is Pittsburgh’s archnemsis but I hope they tell Jackson they appreciate his years of service but they’re moving on then trade him for some draft capital to build a pocket passer / run offense like other AFC north teams.

  112. Judging by all these comments, Lamar has done excommunicated himself from the Baltimore fanbase. On to Plan B …

  113. Breaking news: Lamar called the Raven’s. An excerpt from the call follows. Lamar: Hi I just wanted to say no hard feelings. I have thought it and I will accept that very fair offer y’all sent me. *CLICK* Lamar: “Hello, hello, HELLO, anyone there????” *sounds of uncontrolled laughter coming from inside the Raven’s front office*

  114. I was about to say his agent must have written that because he tweets at 3rd grade level but then I remembered . . . So who is his ghost writer?

  115. Mr. Jackson, You are a running QB who has missed parts of the past two seasons. I don’t know what happened last season, but this year the injury that put you out was your knee. There will be (or should not be) a guarantee with that history. You’re looking like a cancer in the locker room. YOU NEED AN GREAT AGENT. I can tell you that Josh Allen would have played that game.

  116. Lamar has missed a total of 10 games over the last two years. He has failed to complete the season and his team has suffered because of it. His passer rating has been 87.0 and 91.0 the last two seasons . Average by todays NFL. He has thrown 33 TD passes the last two years and 20 picks. Would you give the farm to someone that has these stats in his last two years of play? I would not. The Ravens are one of the smartest well run organizations in Football. They know Lamar, the way he plays and runs is not gonna be a functional QB in his 30’s.

  117. Bottom Line: Lamar Jackson career playoff QB rating is 68.3. Comp % is 55.5%. Sacked 19 times. 5 interceptions, 3 td passes. Lost 3 our of 4. Good teams, bright lights, ain’t happening with him at QB. Whoa to the GM who bites on this one.

  118. Pay the man. 60 mil a year He’s better than Watson and should be compensated accordingly.

  119. Funny how so many of you post that LJ is a rb playing qb. But I guess that TB12 is a rb playing qb too because LJ has a better avg completion than TB12, the greatest SB winning qb ever. Or maybe, just maybe its ALL of your personal biases showing up and that LJ is good passer afterall. His avg. completion this year happens to be his lowest. His other years he’s better than other pro bowlers and SB winners. His completion percentage this year is solid too. Speak facts or be quiet. Lol

  120. getem says:
    January 16, 2023 at 2:42 pm
    Lamar’s legs>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> arm>brain.
    You may have thought sitting out was a great idea. But you failed to realize teams now view your legs as less an asset than they were. And commitment to a team even less.

    ___________________________________________________________________________________

    That is 100% true. HOWEVER…teams are also saying “Lamar wouldn’t have fumbled the game away on the goal line”. The Ravens should have backed up the Brinks truck the minute after the infamous Browns, Ravens poop game. What he he did in that game was amazing, but Ravens fans always have a short term memory.

  121. Huntley played well enough, I’d keep him and start the search for a new QB. Jackson already peaked. He’ll be injured every year by playoff time just like what happened to Cam Newton.

  122. Lamar is a special athlete, but he’s been injured the last couple of years – and he played poorly in the playoffs last year. Maybe that’s why he didn’t play hurt this weekend? He gains nothing by playing at less than 100%, though that’s what a team leader would do.

    I’m all for him getting as much as he can, but I would never want my team to sign him to a fully guaranteed contract. I’m a Browns fan and I hate that Watson is the face of the franchise, and that Haslam gave him that ridiculous deal. The rest of the owners don’t want to normalize fully guaranteed contracts. I think Lamar won’t be a Raven next year, but he’ll quickly find out that playing for a lower quality organization makes winning much more difficult.

  123. Daniel Jones has as many playoff wins as Lamar. DANIEL JONES!!! Let that sink in Lamar fans!

  124. fantasyfootballstud says:
    January 17, 2023 at 4:21 pm
    Daniel Jones has as many playoff wins as Lamar. DANIEL JONES!!! Let that sink in Lamar fans

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    And Mark Sanchez has as many playoff wins as Josh Allen. What’s your point?

  125. The contrast between the unanimous “Pay this man!” mooing in sports media (especially on television) and the clear-eyed adult assessment of the LJ situation in this comment section is very telling.

  126. mandelzev says:
    January 16, 2023 at 11:20 am
    I agree with him 100% . Ravens caused this by making him the focal point of their offense. That being the case he deserves to be well compensated. Denver made the same mistake early in Elway’s career but finally gave him talent around him late in his career and he began winning titles.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Mentioning Lamar Jackson in the same sentence as John Elway…… Now that is funny!

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