When Lamar Jackson was taken with the #32 overall pick in the 2018 draft by the Baltimore Ravens, he had his fair share of critiques that didn’t believe he could make it as a quarterback in the NFL. Since then, he’s gone on to be one of the best quarterbacks in the league.
Lamar Jackson has proved to the NFL that being an unbelievable passer with good size isn’t the only route to being an NFL quarterback. While his 2019 MVP campaign featured great passing numbers like 36 touchdowns to just 6 interceptions, he only had 3127 passing yards. That’s because he was such a big threat on the ground that he racked up 1206 yards and 7 touchdowns.
Numbers like that warrant a big-time contract but it seems like Jackson wants to take his time with any extension. As things stand, he’s set to make $23 million on his 5th-year option. If he still wishes to not sign a new contract, he could be franchise tagged for 2023 and 2024. After that, once the quarterback market has inflated more, he could be in line for a $60 million per year contract.
Rich Eisen took this possibility into account and shared his thoughts on the situation and shared his thoughts on what Lamar Jackson is doing.
Rich Eisen expresses his confusion over Lamar Jackson’s contract situation
In a segment of his show, ‘The Rich Eisen Show’, Rich Eisen was quoted saying “I’ve never heard of a team saying ‘we want to give you the money’ and the quarterback says ‘sometime, we’ll get around to it.’ I’ve never heard of this especially when he could finish the last season because he was hurt. You could get hurt worse and then all of a sudden you’re not getting the money at all.”
Eisen further added, “This adds into that vacuum of maybe he doesn’t want to get it from this team.” While Lamar Jackson himself has questioned where the narrative of him wanting to leave Baltimore has come from, Eisen had an answer for that saying “Lamar, it’s you not asking for the money. Honestly, we’re not used to this.”
Eisen also added “Nobody knows what’s happening here. We don’t know how to compute this. I’ve never seen anything like it before, we may never see anything like it again. It might be risky or reckless. There’s one word for it and it’s something that we’ve all got to learn. It’s Lamar.”
The one truth about this entire saga is that there really is no set timeline to figure out how everything pans out. It could be as soon as the regular season that Jackson signs a new contract or he could play this out for the next 3 seasons before looking for a long-term deal. Either way, he’s sure to find himself a huge contract provided he stays healthy.