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‘I would be really wary of walking on a football pitch until my deal is done’ | No way Lamar Jackson will take the field in 2022 without a long-term sack

Lamar Jackson is a dynamic quarterback and probably the most exciting player in the NFL. Fans need to understand that the 24-year-old star still has room to grow as a quarterback. Image credit: B/R Gridiron

The Baltimore Ravens have been mum on a contract extension for dynamic Louisville dual threat Lamar Jackson. This lull in negotiations over a lucrative long-term extension may come as a surprise, given what Jackson has meant to the franchise over the past three seasons as a starting quarterback.

You have to believe there’s no way Jackson is walking the grill without a new deal done. The situation had NFL insider Adam Schefter throwing flags when the subject was brought up during his appearance on the “Ari Meirov Show” last Tuesday. The veteran ESPN reporter has warned Lamar Jackson to dress up this fall.

“If I were Lamar Jackson, it would be my priority this offseason to make sure I never set foot on a football pitch again until I had one of those lucrative contracts that put me in line. with these highest paid quarterbacks in the league. . …
“Lamar is his own agent. If I’m my own agent, I make sure my deal gets done, especially with the way he plays… I would be very wary of walking on a football pitch until my deal gets done.

Jackson’s style of play could be a hiccup in a lucrative deal: nagging injuries are starting to rise

There’s no doubt Jackson was dynamic for the Ravens, winning the 2019 NFL MVP and becoming the second unanimous MVP in league history. He made up 63% of the team’s offense during his three seasons as a starter. His first two years as a starter, he led the team to playoff berths and home-court advantage with a 14-2 record in 2019.

Last season he was 8-3 before a janky ankle sent the season into a tailspin. Some believe Jackson shouldn’t have played last season without a new deal in place.

Jackson’s postseason struggles come into play when it comes to a lucrative deal: Are the Ravens on the fence?

As good as Jackson was in the regular season, it wasn’t in the playoffs. Jackson’s lack of consistency in the passing game showed up in all four playoff games he appeared in. He is 1-3 in those games, with home losses to the Chargers and Titans and a road loss to the Bills. The Ravens trailed early in each of the losses, and Jackson couldn’t bring them back with his arm.

Jackson’s Passing Regressed: Needed Development and Better Passing Game Concepts

In 2019, Jackson led the league with 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions. That number dropped to 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions in 2020. The numbers dropped even further in 2021 with just 16 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

Those aren’t exactly numbers that make a team want to give you that $40 million a year sack you’re looking for. But again, it’s not all up to Jackson as the offensive scheme and passing game concepts are not conducive to his development and specific needs as a passer. But he still has to show better than last season’s numbers.

Ravens need a Byron Leftwich/Eric Bieniemy guy

Jackson’s poor season may have made the deal numbers a little trickier, but there’s no way the Ravens won’t extend their franchise. Numbers aside, he’s been carrying the Ravens since he was handed the keys at the end of 2018-19.

Now it’s up to them to pay for it first, then put it around improved training spirits. That may mean parting ways with offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who isn’t known for developing QBs as passers.

He can design the hell of a running game, but was never a big developer of signal callers. Ask Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Smith became a much better passer under Andy Reid, while CK7, a dynamic player in that position, never really became a great passer. Kind of like what we are seeing with LJ8.

Jackson being his own agent will likely affect how much information we hear about. You don’t need to ask for public support when you conduct your own negotiations. But the expectation must be that Jackson is made to protect himself ahead of the 2022-23 season. Franchise QBs typically don’t reach the fifth and final year of their contract before an extension is granted.


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