An interesting twist in Lamar Jackson’s asking price has emerged.
On Monday, Jackson revealed in a Twitter thread that he requested a trade from the Baltimore Ravens on Mar. 2. Earlier this month, the organization placed the franchise tag on the 2019 league MVP.
Previously, it was reported that Jackson was seeking a fully guaranteed contract, but this reportedly isn’t the case.
During an appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show”, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport explained that he doesn’t think Jackson is eyeing a fully guaranteed contract. Rapoport did note that Jackson wants plenty “of guaranteed money” on his next contract.
“I haven’t heard that they are contract demands from Lamar Jackson and I don’t believe he wants a fully guaranteed deal,” Rapoport stated.
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Deshaun Watson of the Cleveland Browns got $230 million in fully guaranteed money after he was acquired via trade from the Houston Texans last offseason. That move obviously didn’t please many NFL owners, and of course, no team has signed a quarterback to a contract anywhere close to that ever since.
In 2018, the Minnesota Vikings handed Kirk Cousins a three-year deal worth a fully guaranteed $84 million. The quarterback market has increased significantly ever since, as evidenced by Watson’s fully guaranteed deal.
Because the Ravens placed the franchise tag on Jackson, a team would have to sign the 26-year-old to an offer sheet if they hope to land him. Baltimore would then have five days to match the contract, otherwise they’d receive a pair of first-round picks in compensation.
A two-time 1,000-yard rusher, Jackson owns an impressive career record of 45-16-0 with 12,209 passing yards and 101 touchdowns against 38 interceptions.GOOGLE NEWS.