Nobody expected Deshaun Watson to get a fully guaranteed, five-year, $230 million contract in March as part of his trade from the Texans to the Browns because of his alleged inappropriate sexual conduct during numerous massage sessions, but that is exactly what happened.
The Baltimore Ravens are in the middle of a game of high-stakes poker with Lamar Jackson amid contract talks.
Jackson, who represents himself without the aid of an agent, set a deadline of the start of the regular season for an agreement on a new deal to be reached or he’s going to play out his rookie contract on his fully guaranteed $23 million fifth-year option.
The Ravens open their season on the road against the New York Jets on Sept. 11. Time is running out.
Jackson is reportedly seeking a fully guaranteed contract. The Ravens seemingly have no intention of offering him that.
To help the team out, Ravens fans have started a GoFundMe to get Jackson $250 million to make sure he stays in town for years to come.
Jackson himself replied to a person on Twitter who wrote “As much as I love Lamar, a fully guaranteed deal is just bad business.” The quarterback responded simply, “You don’t love Lamar.”
While fully guaranteed contracts are uncommon, Jackson is similarly an NFL rarity given his record-setting combination of passing and rushing numbers with the supporting cast he has been throwing to.
A franchise tag is a last-ditch option, but it is a very possible outcome if extension talks continue to stall next winter.