Deshaun Watson’s contract affects Lamar Jackson, Ravens speak
At a time when more people are recognizing the importance of self-care and self-worth, one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks is in a situation with his employer that highlights the struggle that often comes with achieving self-preservation. The Baltimore Ravens do not want to pay Lamar Jackson the second unanimous MVP in NFL history — his asking price, and it’s all because one of the worst franchises in the league changed the quarterback market forever.
Losers like to spoil it for others.
According to a recent report from ESPN, every offer the Ravens made to Jackson came back with a No. 8 counteroffer that was fully guaranteed. Look at this:
“Jackson, who has vowed not to discuss his contract publicly since the start of the 2022 regular season, wants a fully guaranteed deal in line with the five-year, $230 million contract. Brother Clevelandwns given Deschaun Watson in March. The Ravens, meanwhile, are unwilling to guarantee the full amount, according to team sources. In September, Jackson turned down a five-year, $250 million contract that included $133 million in guarantees — well less than Watson’s deal but more than the guaranteed amount. Rucheell Wilson ($124 million) and Kyler Murray ($103.3 million) last offseason.”
How we got here
Before we go any further, we need to explain how we got here. Back in 2018, Kirk Cousins when did it change the game signed a three-year, $84 million contract. At the time, he became the highest-paid player in football history and the only quarterback to ever receive a multi-year, fully guaranteed contract.
Cousins is best known as a meme.
Then came something no one saw coming. In March 2022, the Cleveland Browns decided to give a guy who played football for one year and He filed 20-plus civil lawsuits against him on charges of sexual abuse and sexual harassment — Deshaun Watson (who has he maintained his innocence) – a five-year, $230 million guaranteed contract.
Watson used to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Well, that was before all the “off the field” stuff.
Now you can see why one of the most electrifying players in NFL history, once the league’s passing touchdown leader (2019) and one of only four black quarterbacks to ever win MVP, wants a fully guaranteed deal, which is better, like Watson’s?
If sport is to be a meritocracy, then a lesser player should not bring more than a better one.
“Just because the Browns were desperate doesn’t mean the Ravens are,” a senior NFL executive said in an ESPN report. “It is a stable franchise. They’re not going to jump into something just because Cleveland did it.”
When the Ravens took Jackson with the 32nd overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, he committed to by him he changed their entire offense and philosophy to suit his abilities – and it worked. Jackson 46-19 during his tenure in Baltimore including regular season and playoffs.
A new record was set in the 2022 season 64 different quarterbacks started throughout the year, as it proves how important this position is and how valuable franchise players are at this position.
Baltimore has one of those in Lamar Jackson. And despite the missed games due to injury, the smart ones understand that it is worth it. The NFL is a league of haves and have-nots, and teams with franchise quarterbacks tend to have more success than those without. But for some reason the Baltimore front office is playing a dangerous game acgoing up against one of the best players in the league, all because some idiot in Cleveland made one of the NFL’s most toxic players a better deal.
Omar Little once said:you come to the king, you better not miss it.” And if the Ravens don’t figure this thing out, it will be because they didn’t have a goal.