Lamar Jackson is currently going through an unfortunate situation with the Baltimore Ravens. Overall, he is one of the best quarterbacks in the entire NFL. However, he has been with the injury bug over the last two years. As a result, he and the Ravens have been embroiled in a contract dispute. Reports suggest he wants fully-guaranteed money, although the Ravens do not want to give it to him. This is ultimately why they hit him with the non-exclusive franchise tag.
Shockingly, there isn't a single team that has attempted to sign him thus far. Many are accusing the league of things like collusion. Although, reporters like Adam Schefter see it differently. In fact, during a recent report, Schefter claimed that Jackson was offered $133 million at signing. Moreover, he could have gotten up to $200 million guaranteed based on certain incentives. These are some massive figures, and one would have to wonder why Jackson would turn that down. Especially when you take into consideration that non-exclusive tag only pays him $32 million this year.
Lamar Jackson Responds
Well, as it turns out, Jackson has, in fact, subsequently responded to Schefter and his reporting. Firstly, Jackson posted a gif of a man wearing many hats. Clearly, he is calling out Schefty for some serious cap. Secondly, he wrote "122/3 years full guaranteed, but I need a agent?" Lastly, he simply wrote "People throw sh*t at the wall and hope it stick." Based on all of these tweets, it seems clear that Jackson does not appreciate this reporting. Although, it should be noted that the truth is muddled right now. It seems like Schefter is getting his information from the Ravens, who have an interest in controlling the narrative. As for Lamar, he has that exact same interest.
This is going to be a very interesting situation to follow over the next year. It seems pretty clear at this point that Jackson will not see an offer sheet this offseason. Instead, he will have to go back to the Ravens who clearly have tested his patience. Hopefully, he gets the contract that he is deserved. Let us know whose side you are on, in the comments down below.