The Ravens placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Lamar Jackson, which means the former NFL MVP is free to negotiate with teams once the legal tampering period begins next week. Many have came away shocked that the team did not give the dynamic QB a fully guaranteed contract that he wants, but around the league, the reaction is much different.
Jeff Howe of The Athletic reported that opposing executives around the league have come away impressed with the Ravens’ refusal to offer their franchise quarterback a fully guaranteed contract.
Ultimately, it could mean Jackson receives a fully guaranteed contract, much like Deshaun Watson got from the Browns last offseason.
However, five teams came out and announced that they would not be trading for the former MVP quarterback. other teams could still push to sign the 26-year-old and guaranteed money will entice Jackson and could discourage the Ravens from matching the contract.
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The right deal might need to come in the near future, before Jackson resets the quarterback market.
A former league MVP, Jackson’s contract situation has been an ongoing saga dating back to last offseason. It was reported then that he declined a five-year extension worth over $250 million and $133 million in guarantees at signing.
Since being drafted with the final pick of the first round in 2018, Jackson has won the MVP, being named an All-Pro and leading the league in passing touchdowns in his first year as the team’s full-time starter. He also set the all-time record for rushing yards by a quarterback that year with 1,206.
As long as he stays injury free, Jackson should get a huge deal at some point.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.